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Monday, March 26, 2012

'The Hunger Games.' Welcome To America.

I haven't seen the movie.  Though I will, some day, thanks to Netflix.  But I'm half way through the book.  (A tedious endeavor, I may finish it).

One thing that struck me as I was reading was this: the background theme in "The Hunger Games" is awfully familiar.  The plot, as outlined here, is thus:
It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
The "Capitol" in the book is in today's Colorado.  The "12 districts" are made up of the former states - and Canada, one presumes.

What's striking is this: Life in the districts is primitive and geared toward bare subsistence, while the living standard in  "the Capitol" is extravagant beyond anyone's dreams.  Humans in the districts work to support the fortunate few in the seat of the nation's power.  Capitol residents accept their way of life as being their privileged right, and they look down upon the residents on the outside as being lesser citizens kept alive only for the purpose of sustaining the elite few.

It's a stretch but ... sound familiar?

See "A new survey finds 10 of the 15 wealthiest counties in America are in the Washington D.C. area."

See "Government. Big, oppressive, evil government is what smacks you in the face throughout the film "Hunger Games."

Yes, it does.  It smacks you in the face.

Because, as Washington gets more powerful by the day, and as its citizens grow more wealthy, and arrogant, and demanding, residents out here in "the districts" become ever poorer.  And to hear Obama and his ilk tell it, life is good.

Well, yes it is.

For some.

But for the teeming masses, seeing a fortunate few profit off the labors of the many, with no hope in sight for those who sustain the lavish lifestyle of those who have become accustomed to riches, resentment festers.  Distrust abounds.  Resistance grows.

Hail the Tea Party.

Read the book (and if the movie holds true to it, see the  movie).  Tell me if you are struck by its theme.

We are players in "The Hunger Games."