The Biden Death Star: A Star Wars Story

“Fear will keep the local systems in line.” Thus spake Grand Moff Tarkin at his last recorded meeting of directors of the Death Star.

Ah, the movies. Too bad you can’t see one in a theater.

Darth Vader’s infamous Death Star, contrary to popular belief, was not built to destroy planets. Its purpose was fear.

Joe Biden is not great with words, so while it does not have a catchy name, Biden has a superweapon of his own: The Biden Plan to Combat Coronavirus and to Prepare for Future Global Health Threats

Let’s call it The Biden Death Star.

The Biden Death Star is a liberty-killing weapon based on the idea of perpetual pandemic. Its basic structure has four major parts:

  • Progressive control over the economy – “an immediate set of ambitious and progressive economic measures …”;
  • Profligacy – “We must spend whatever it takes, without delay…”;
  • Expertise over self-government – “ [l]eadership grounded in science.”
  • Forever – “…even as we respond to this crisis, we must prepare for the next one.”
  • To paraphrase Orwell—or Darth Vader (take your pick)—the Biden Death Star is a mask, strapped to a human face, forever.

Oh, and I forgot, globally. It’s always global.

The Biden Death Star has many other details. But these are ancillary to its central purpose, which is fear.

Fear is an instrument of control in a struggle to cede deliberative government to an administrative state. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes recognized this. Hobbes built an entire political theory—a depraved one—around fear. In so doing, Hobbes systematized Machiavelli’s political advice that it is better to be feared than loved.

Fortunately, like the fictional Death Star, a readout of the Hobbesian and Machiavellian plans behind the Biden Death Star reveals it has a weakness: failing to take into account our courage.

Courage, it is often said, is the first of virtues, because without courage the other virtues are not possible. 

Even in simple ways, when we witness the phenomenon of courage in our daily awareness of the world, we know it is vital to our well-being. A fireman enters a burning building or a slightly-built police woman faces off with violent Antifa rioters, and these things remind us that mere living is not the point of life.

Film moves us by illustrating fictional accounts of courage. A small force against the odds liberates an enslaved people. Whether it is “Star Wars” or “The Guns of Navarone,” we are inspired by this sort of archetypal imagery. As good people, we know that when our fears control us, we cannot live our lives confidently and for their higher purposes. Indeed, ironically, we cannot even live them safely.

You probably remember the film “The Great Santini.” The protagonist in the film, a navy pilot modeled after an actual navy pilot named Don Conroy, dies when in order to save lives on the ground he refuses to eject over an urban area, instead flying his crippled aircraft over the ocean.

Don Conroy did not actually die in that manner, but he was used as a model of courage based on the book The Great Santini, written by his son, Pat Conroy. When Don Conroy did finally die, Pat Conroy delivered a remarkable eulogy. In it, he said:

Donald Conroy is the only person I have ever known whose self-esteem was absolutely unassailable. There was not one thing about himself that my father did not like, nor was there one thing about himself that he would change. He simply adored the man he was and walked with perfect confidence through every encounter in his life. Dad wished everyone could be just like him. His stubbornness was an art form. The Great Santini did what he did, when he wanted to do it, and woe to the man who got in his way.

Remind you of someone?

When President Trump left Walter Reed Hospital, three days after being admitted there for worsening symptoms of COVID-19, he gave a short speech. “Don’t let [Coronavirus] dominate you! Don’t be afraid of it… Don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen.”

It was a message of courage, and a rebellion of sorts. Courage in an age of technocrats, and the technocrats’ bizarre counterpart, the mob, is revolutionary. Biden’s allies in the corporate leftist media—his Storm Troopers, to stretch our initial metaphor—denigrated Trump’s message as “dangerous,” “reckless,” and an “Evita moment.”

But it was none of that. Trump’s message was very American: don’t let anyone dominate you. You were born for a higher purpose, and your country has been chosen for a higher purpose than mere survival. The ally of those who seek to dominate you is fear.

Trump will be—and is being—punished for saying so. And for this, he is courageous.

The Left seeks to dominate you through many means; the Biden Death Star is just the latest iteration. Indeed, you can count on a Harris Second Death Star and probably even an AOC Starkiller Base, as reliably as you can count on a related Disney Princess merchandising campaign

The Left strives to dominate you with speech codes and by impeding your movement by acts of false imprisonment. The Left prosecutes you for defending yourself, and persecutes children for standing up for themselves. The Left shutters your business and directs its revenue to their corporate allies. The Left impedes your right to assemble and the exercise of your faith.

What is the administrative state but domination by unelected, accountable bureaucracy? The Russia thing? Usurping an election. Retire the Electoral College? Majoritarian domination. Alter the Constitution through the courts? More domination. Ballot harvesting? Domination.

But, as readers of Plato know, justice is not the interest of the stronger. The defense of justice—the hope that right makes might—requires courage. The president has called Americans to courage in the face of a pandemic, practically, sensibly, in the confidence that “this too will pass away” as, we know, all other pandemics have passed.

And in so doing, the president has exhibited the first of virtues. 

About Jay Whig

Jay Whig is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness. Whig practices law in New York and a resides in Connecticut, specializing in insolvency and restructuring. Opinions are his own.

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10 responses to “The Biden Death Star: A Star Wars Story”

  1. When President Trump said, “don’t let the coronavirus dominate you” was not much different than what FDR said, “the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.”

  2. So the Death Star was just a huge, floating monolith of offialdom and bureaucracy. Its purpose was to bring everybody living as well as every system or way of living into line — through fear certainly. It had the capability to zap a planet, a civilisation. It could vaporise it in an instant.
    Could you imagine Star Wars, the movie, without the presence of R2D2 and C-3PO? They are built-in light relief. The two have personality. Both robot and droid are a reminder of the antidote of humour. We cannot live without humour. Both R2 and C-3PO are some distance from HAL in Kubrick’s Space Odyssey. And the two are good guys. They were programmed up well. And unaware of their vital contribution to the rebels’ fight against his grand scheme, the Grand Moff Tarkin, aka Peter Cushing, had had a run-in with the excitable, nervous, squeaking and squealing R2D2 and the lumbering, hectoring, overly polite but panicky C-3PO nearly forty years before Star Wars was made. It was in 1939, I believe. Peter Cushing had been at Oxford to welcome Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy arrive in style to receive the best possible education in A Chump At Oxford. Yes, R2 was Stan Laurel and C-3 was Oliver Hardy (in their prior existence). As plain as day.
    So let’s have three cheers for the old days: without the influential pioneers in art and comedy, we’d have been already miserable before the internet and smart phones arrived.

    So don’t let the New Dems hector the masses into a deathly, humourless new existence. Our ability to smile at each other has already been neutered by the mask. They’d have us all as automatons. What with everyone wearing headphones these days, we’re well on the way.
    Any attempt at light relief will be made super-problematic, I guess, in the Woke world.
    As evidenced by the countries behind the old Iron Curtain, identity politics in full swing will sound the death knell of the popular enjoyment of the arts and entertainments. If we will still have art, if we will still have entertainment – as we used to know it. Schadenfreude might be the new sport. If we’re not careful.
    I trust I make myself obscure.

  3. Thinking of the Left as being psychotically enamored of Bondage and Domination is not far off the mark.

    • I couldn’t agree more. And I would like to address the third functioning part of the Biden Death Start, also known as “rule by experts.” Almost 20 years ago I was under the impression that I was bringing public education reform to the Navajo Reservation where the average high school senior read and ‘rithed at the 4th great level.

      It turned out I had been bamboozled by the district superintendent into a bait and switch. As soon as I got settled down in that remote area of the country, the position I sought to fill was mysteriously redefined. The superintendent told me that he wasn’t going to accept any ideas that didn’t come from on high, that is, from some official Department of Education study. I became a drone teaching to prefabricated reading and writing tests.

      The superintendent, consistent with Progressive ideology, had institutionalized stupidity into his school district by stamping out any creativity. The scary part is that he was following the same pubic education SOP (standard operating procedure) that I had experienced for the previous 10 years in California.

      Because stupid has been institutionalized into our public education system from bottom to top it is designed and lavishly funded to fail.

      The Biden Death Star is actually set up to create even more massive transfers of wealth from taxpayers to bureaucrats and cronies while at the same time creating an entire population of people expertly trained to be stupid.

  4. The more you tighten your deep state grip, the more Americans will slip through your fingers.

  5. “If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?” – Solzhenitsyn

  6. Good article. However, Don Conroy and Bull Meacham were NOT “navy” pilots, they were Marines. To call a Jarhead “navy” is an insult even though they were technically naval aviators.

  7. That piece was inspiring! It’s almost like “courage, oh yeah, I remember that”.