Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 

From The Great Dictator to The Great Decider?

Adolf Hitler (May 1, 1937): "Everyone has to obey orders...Today, fate has singled me out to be in command...You, too, must be able to obey orders...We shall educate our People to do this and ignore the obstinacy or stupidity of individuals. Bend or break - one or the other!"
President George W. Bush (2000): "It would be a heck of a lot easier if this was a dictatorship, just so long as I'm the dictator."
President George W. Bush (2006): "I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation, but I'm the decider and I decide what is best."
Hmmmm. Made in 1940, before the extent of the Nazi holocaust of the Jews was known, The Great Dictator was an attempt by Charlie Chaplin to poke fun at the Nazi party, Adolf Hitler, and his (at the time) seemingly ridiculous desire to take over the world. In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin wrote that he would not have been able to make such jokes about the Nazi regime had he known about the actual extent of the Nazi horrors at the time. This year, the film American Dreamz (a far less successful effort than The Great Dictator was at its time) attempted to poke a similar type of satirical fun at the current U.S. President, George W. Bush. However, in light of statements made by Bush (such as those quoted above), one might wonder if the light-hearted jabs of American Dreamz, down the road, could prove to be far too similar to the humor Chaplin found in Hitler.

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