[SFRA-L] [IAFA-L] HUNGER GAMES reception (and use)
erlichrd at muohio.edu
Thu Mar 29 16:56:47 EDT 2012
On 29/03/2012, at 11:43, John Pierce wrote:
> Came across this in a blog by another YA writer:
And there is this interpretation:
Opinion | ‘The Hunger Games’ novel, movie inspires vigilance for freedom
By Olivia Brough
broughol at muohio.edu
Published: Monday, March 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012 21:03
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> The government is using the Commerce Clause to mandate Obamacare, but the Commerce Clause was meant to give Congress the authority to prevent states from erecting trade barriers on each other and, as James Madison wrote, it was never intended “to be used for the positive purposes of the general government.”
> Not only are our economic and political liberties at stake, but so is the safeguard of those liberties — the Constitution. I do not believe the Commerce Clause supports Obamacare, and if the Supreme Court approves of Obamacare, then the government can act without limits through the façade of the Commerce Clause.
> This makes the Constitution meaningless as a tool to limit government and protect our liberties. It subjects us to a future where we would be defenseless to the dictates of an all-powerful central government, which could compel and coerce us to do anything.
> Freedom or the pursuit of happiness does not come from the government. Any claim that you need government to make you free and happy is an illusion. A totalitarian government, like the one found in The Hunger Games, may seem impossible and ridiculous, but that’s not an excuse to lose vigilance. […]
Richard D. Erlich, Film Script Analyst
Port Hueneme, CA 93041-3447
Le Guin book: http://www.sfra.org/Coyote/CoyoteHome.htm
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