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Barack Obama: The Twilight Zone Revisited

 

 "TO SERVE MAN"

 

One of the Sci-Fi Channel's most watched programs is "The Twilight Zone". Like Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners", the Rod Serling classic enjoys its highest ratings when run in a marathon format. The G-man is a devoted fan of the series, and two of my favorite episodes are "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", where a young William Shatner looses it after seeing a Joan Rivers look-a-like on the wing of a plane, and "The Howling Man", where an unsuspecting guest at a religious sanctuary ends up releasing an imprisoned Satan upon the world. Serling, in my opinion, was one of the greatest writers and creators in television history.

On New Year's Day, the popular channel ran its Twilight Zone marathon. As I sat in front of my television, in complete awe of how Serling used his creative genius to address many social and cultural issues, I began to realize the episode I was watching was chillingly similar to a current event in American politics: the meteoric rise of Senator Barack Obama. The episode was entitled "To Serve Man", and it featured an alien, Kanamit, that came to Earth to convince humans that a far better life, a far better place, awaited them based on the futuristic content of a book called To Serve Man. All they had to do was place their faith in him and not fear the unknown. The alien, who seemingly appeared out of nowhere, began to win them over through powerful speeches, immediately solving all the problems of the world, and his heartfelt pledge to serve man. Ultimately, despite his strange and unearthly appearance, the inhabitants of Earth became loyal followers and boarded hordes of spaceships for what they believe is The Promised Land. It is at this point when the awful and terrifying truth is revealed. A man, who was extremely skeptical of the claims being made by the alien, breaks the book's code and frantically tries to warn the people boarding that the title of the book, To Serve Man, is actually.....a cookbook!

To Serve Man may have originally aired some 40 plus years ago, but the message it conveyed rings true to this very day. Historic events, such as slavery, the Holocaust and the massacre at Jamestown, have proved that danger, terror, death and destruction will surely reign if people blindly devote themselves to a person or cause without deliberate and immediate scrutiny. Moreover, society must be exceedingly wary of those who virtually appear out of nowhere, captivate the masses, and profess that their sole purpose is.....to serve man.

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Comment by Laura L on January 9, 2013 at 11:39am

Excellent post. The Twilight Zone is one of my all time favorite tv shows.

Comment by Sandra Miller on January 8, 2013 at 10:53pm

How true!  I loved the Twilight Zone.  Remember the one where a man was left alone on the earth

and he was so happy because he loved to read books all the time.  As he leaps up the library steps,

his glasses fall and break!

Comment by Paul Szemanczky on January 8, 2013 at 5:02pm

An ever better episode I thought was the one with Burgess Meredith who plays a librarian 'captured' by the Totalitarian State with secreted books and a Bible, who is forced to choose his own means of execution by the State. The execution will be televised. The lead executioner-prosecutor invites himself to view the ceremony and is entrapped in the ritual of death by a clever Meredith. Sterling tell us: (that in a toalitarian state laws, people, rules...) are made OBSOLETE!  Under Obama the Tea Party and the Republicans have been made by his Media Arm obsolete. Sterling says: "Any state that fails to recognize the rights, worth, or the esseces of man's liberty is obsolete." It must be destroyed. It must be killed. Rod Sterling, 1962. Than man had prescience.

Comment by Edward T Bolton Jr on January 8, 2013 at 4:01pm

Great Post!  As with so many things today, we have seen them all before.  The sad truth of human nature is that we tend to forget things all too easily.  Especially when things come flying at us in great volleys.  There is no way that any of us can absorb them all and way to many of us give up trying.  Which of course is the lefts purpose.

 

The left never fails to use a crisis and have a knack for inventing and using them in clusters, which divides us based on which one catches our eye first. 

 

But then, what we face today is the followup to the "cookbook" we bought into in '08.  The left's objective today, is to keep us divided.  What we have to determine is how we can hold ourselves together as a united front?  If we do not, we will start disappearing without a trace and fear will weaken the resolve of who remain. 

Comment by Phil McConathy on January 8, 2013 at 3:08pm

Obama's nomination of Hagel and Brennan are two horrible picks. These guys are just as bad as the presidnet. They are Israel haters and Muslim lovers. A very bad mix in my opinion. The next 4 years are going to seem like a very bad Twilight series for all Americans who love this country and our Constitution.

Comment by Marc Jeric on January 8, 2013 at 2:55pm

President Barack Obama picked his top counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to become the next head of the CIA. Brennan had defended Jihad as a “legitimate tenet of Islam”, arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies. During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” and therefore those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.” It was Brennan who instructed Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and even Obama to blame that obscure video trailer for the Benghazi murder of 4 Americans. It was also Brennan who invented the terms “overseas contingency operations” to describe the War on Terror, and “workplace violence” to call the jihadist murder of 13 US soldiers by Major Hassan in Fort Hood, Texas.
Brennan will now be in direct charge of Obama’s Arab Spring program, designed to accomplish the following goals:
1) Introduce jihadist government in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt – done;
2) Bring about jihadist governments in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq – to go:
3) Organize common front with the above states with the existing jihadist governments in Gaza, West Bank, Sudan, Turkey, and Iran; and
4) Proceed to the “final solution” – destruction of the State of Israel, mass murder of all the Jews there, establishment of the jihadist state of Palestine, and thus ensuring the state of permanent piece in the Middle East.
5) Finally, establish the basis for the Nobel Piece Prize to be awarded to Obama for the second time; but this time on the basis of real accomplishments and not just on vague hopes for such.
After all the above goals have been met, the “overseas contingency operations” will be ended with a total success, and such operations will cease. At the same time examples “workplace violence” will also cease, while Major Hassan will be freed on “compassionate grounds” and allowed to travel to the new state of Palestine. These activities will be coordinated with the new Secretary of Defense Hegel and the new Secretary of State Kerry, both highly suspicious of the legitimacy of the State of Israel – to the full satisfaction of our Marxist Muslim President from Kenya Barack Hussein Obama. At the same time, the Benghazi murder cover-up will disappear from the national conscience, and the Fast & Furious murder cover-up will disappear from national news to be replaced by a new program of closing all gun shops in the United States, as well as the abolishment of the Second Amendment by an executive order.- in Obama’s third term.

Comment by Art Penticoff on January 8, 2013 at 1:59pm

At some point in time, even the liberal media will see that Obama is not the answer to America's problems. Until then, watch them try to ignore the missteps and tyranical power plays. The masacre at Ben Gazi would have been ignored if Fox had not reported it. Obama, you are running out of lies, you can't blame Bush any more.

Comment by Stombut on January 8, 2013 at 1:47pm

A very good episode. I am also a yearly Twilight Zone Marathon watcher and have marveled at Sterling’s insight and foreshadowing as well. There are a couple of other episodes I believe ring true.

 "The Obsolete Man", where books, God and independent thinking have been outlawed and people live in an Orwellian world. Citizens have to conform to the will of the state and prove they have value and are productive in the eyes of the state. If unable to defend your case and prove your worth you are deemed worthless and obsolete, thus executed.

Also, “Number Twelve”, where both men and women when coming to age, trade in their natural born looks and ideals for menu of society excepted body shapes and facial features. Any and all individual uniqueness in thought or appearance is considered ugly and socially unexceptable. "Conforming" is the way of the world. If you don’t do it willingly you will be forced or exiled.

Lastly, for the doomsday bashers “The Shelter”. A man builds a bunker in his basement with food, water, flashlights, guns….His friends while at his birthday party praise what a great, giving, caring, honest and special person he is but also rib and tease him about his paranoia in building the bunker. All the while they live care and worry free lives. Then a radio broadcast mentions alien invasion and the man and his family lock themselves in the bunker. When his “so called” friends find he does not have room for them they turn on him, turn on each other and try to bust down his door. He is now called a selfish, evil murderer by those same people. In the heat of this it turns out everything is a false alarm but the damage has been done. When the man comes of his bunker to face those same people the reactions are priceless. I can see this one happening all over our country once Obama really begins his work!!

Comment by Skip Peters on January 8, 2013 at 1:44pm

   Obama walks around with his head in the sky, is that the Twilight Zone for him.  Or would you say it's when Obama has his head up George Soros A-- he's in the Twilight Zone. 

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 8, 2013 at 1:22pm
"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, - who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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