Sunday, April 02, 2006

V FOR VENDETTA & GUNPOWDER


"Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."

The new movie V for Vendetta, is it a work of fiction or something else? Is it a plot taken out of some DC/Marvel Comic series, or is it something much more than that?

For more than 10,000 years kings, emperors, presidents, popes, corporate CEOs, and other various members of the wealthy elite have been leading the masses unto their deaths on various battlefields all over our planet; while systematically also increasing their own individual wealth and power. Wealth that affords them the luxury and safety provided by their numerous castles and mansions; despite the fact that the masses continue to grow hungier every day.

An elite body that both distract and pacify the masses, by continually scapegoating various people of color, religion and sexual orientation; teaching the people to not only hate the other side of the battlefield, but those on the other side of the street as well. Forcing them to send their children to inferior educational institutions, where the focused is more about civil obedience and conformity than it is about the teachings of mathematics, literature, world history and science. Keeping the masses ignorant by dumbing-down their culture.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta, as explained on the official movie website, is set in the not-to-distant future totalitarian controlled United Kingdom. "Telling the story of a young woman named Evey, who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by the masked man known only as “V.” The masked hero launches a series of attacks the various government institutions and its leaders, who have chosen to rule over their public with fear, torture, incarceration, murder, media propaganda; eventually inspiring the masses to rise up and overthrow its own morally bankrupted government.

As Evey comes to uncover the truth about "V’s" mysterious background and dealings, she comes to discover the truth about her own past – emerging as an unlikely ally in “V's” plan to bring freedom and justice back to British society."

The Gunpowder Plot

The cornerstone of “V's” plan involves blowing up the British parliament building on November the 5th. But in proving that sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, as many Brits will likely know, there was an actual plot to blow up the British parliament during the 17th century; and the date was November 5th, 1605.

The Gunpowder Plot was a desperate, but failed attempt by a group of provincial English Catholic aristocracy to kill James I (King of England, Scotland, and Ireland), his family, and many of the Protestant members of the British aristocracy with one single attack; by blowing up the British House of Parliament building during the 1605 annual state opening. The plotters had planned to even abduct the royal children, who were not to be present in parliament that day, as a means of inciting a major revolt in the Midlands.

The aims of the conspirators are frequently compared to those of modern terrorists, however their real aims were nothing short of a total revolution of the British government and the installation of a new Catholic monarch. Far from helping their fellow Catholics avoid religious persecution, the plotters actually put many loyal Catholics in a difficult position. Before this period Catholicism had been associated with Spain and the many evils of the Inquisition, but after the plot it was largely believed to be treasonous just for being a Catholic.

British & American

What many British and American citizens are likely to not be aware of is the fact that former United States President George Herbert Walker, as well as his wife Barbara (Pierce) Bush, are both descendants of Thomas Percy, one of the main players behind the Gunpowder Plot. A family that so came to fear retailation from King James I, they changed their last name from Percy to Pierce and fled England for America. Making the current US President George W. Bush a direct descendant of Thomas Percy on both his father’s and mother’s sides of the family. In fact the Bush/Pierce family ancestry can be traced back to almost every royal family within Europe, as detailed in Burke's Peerage.

The Central Question

The central question in V for Vendetta begs you to ask yourself "is this guy right, or is he completely and totally mad? What do you, the viewer, think about this? Which struck me as an anarchist approach. Although the movie doesn’t tell you directly what we should think, it does begs us to think; and to consider that some of these admittedly extreme little elements like fear, torture, incarceration, government murder and media-controlled propaganda have been recurring themes throughout human history. History also shows us that the masses do have their limits and will revolt if pushed too far, and for that reason only the "people should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

"America was profoundly changed after the September 11 attacks. We went from a country motivated by hope to a country controlled by fear. For the last several years, feeling neither safe nor secure, Americans have lived in extreme anxiety of another impending terrorist attack. I think that as a result, most Americans sought out their faith and reaffirmed their conviction in God. President Bush and the Religious Right's greatest political weapon has been perpetuating fear. Because of the heightened climate of anxiety coupled with religious fervor, they have been successful in stripping Americans of their personal freedoms, suppressing dissent and winning elections based on moral values.

I also think the unfathomable fear of being a victim of another terrorist attack has allowed for the crumbling of the wall between church and state, which is a vital part of our historical, legal and political heritage. By allowing personal religious beliefs to infiltrate our political framework, we have enabled this administration to wage a war on women's reproductive rights, squelch scientific advancement, take away our freedom of speech and fill important positions within government and possibly the nation's highest courts with religious extremists.

We must not let fear cripple our democracy."


Barbra Streisand
Winner of 2 Oscars, 6 Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, 10 Grammys,
a Tony, and countless additional awards

April 28, 2005


Additional Source:

US Presidential Address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress and the American People - September 2001

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aaron,
found your page when researching my great great grandmother, Nancy Baldwin Sherman..She married George Abott Andrews of CT and had my great grandfather Elgin S Andrews..Can you shed any light on the thread that connects her to Roger Sherman?
great respect for you and your passions..standing for your beliefs and against injustice is all important, and spirituality is all that matters..the religious miss the point entirely..
Thanks in Advance
Claudia Dickens Schoen