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Monday, January 24, 2011

Do we want our cops to be Nazis?

I have been reading a lot of ideas and theories on the ultimate fate of Two-Face at the end of "The Dark Knight." Well, the character was obviously killed at the end of the movie. He took a pretty bad fall, broke his neck, and died. But, while the fall would kill anyone in real life, it was pretty mild by movie standards. Eventually Christopher Nolan had to tell people that Two-Face was dead. This displeased some people.

But what gets me the most are the logistical jumping jacks people are doing to keep Two-Face alive. The most popular being that Commissioner Gordon told the world that Two-Face... Harvey Dent was dead, and secretly locked Dent up in Arkham Asylum, away from the world.

Now, it is time for me to hit these people with a clue-by-four.

These people want to turn Commissioner Gordon into the most corrupt cop in all of Gotham City. Maybe even the entire United States. Let's take a look at the Bill of Rights, shall we?

Here is the Fifth Amendment:

No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Here is the Sixth Amendment:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

And that's just the Bill of Rights. I can check the other Amendments if you want?

But, yes, some fans want to turn Commissioner Gordon, one of the heroes and white knights of Gotham City, into a totalitarian fascist. They want him to violate Harvey Dent's basic civil rights by disappearing him and throwing him into a cell, where no one knows where he is. You know, the kind of behavior that is akin to the KGB in the Soviet Union or the Schutzstaffel in Nazi Germany. And the saddest part is, they don't see what they are asking for here.

Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. And if we are reaching a point where we as a society want to see our fiction heroes engaged in this kind of behavior, how long till we condone our government engaging in these types of behaviors.

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