Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I haven't been watching 24

As some people understand, I work a great deal, and don't bother to watch television much, if at all. Shows like Battlestar Galactica, the West Wing, and 24 which have a consistent and moving time line are ones I watch later via Netflix. I am about halfway done with the third season of 24. For the record that is important.

A friend at work, who records and watches the shows as soon as possible, asked if I thought it was possible that something like 24 was going on. Incredibly effective Secret Agents who save the day in a single handed manner like that. I answered a definitive no.

You see, I was in the Army once, what feels like a long time ago. Rambo isn't what the troops desire to be. They learn quickly enough that team work is the answer, a tightly knit unit which has trained and worked together for many months or years.

Jack Bauer the main Character of the show in real life would be serving six hundred life sentences after his first "bad day" season. On the off chance that he hadn't yet been convicted, or bankrupted by legal fee's trying to defend his actions that first year, he would be locked up forever after the second season. In real life, he would be charged with the Murder of his wife because the person who killed her was a woman he had an affair with. That is the way our Legal system works. The Prosecuters tend to go after the cops, instead of the crooks. In real life, if the officer arresting a shot suspect bumps the wound accidentally while securing the suspect, there are lawsuits, and criminal charges against the cop for violating the suspects civil rights. The ACLU would have an army of Lawyers and observers following Bauer around every day. He couldn't spit on the sidewalk without protests breaking out on College Campus' across the nation.
Do you doubt me? Explain the outrage of the left on Club Gitmo, the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility for terrorists, and undocumented combatants. These are people we captured on the battlefield, with weapons, who were killing our troops, or trying to, and we are accused of torture because we yell at the prisoner trying to get him to talk. We may even play loud music to annoy and wear down his patience. Granted, ten minutes of Brittney Spears and I would be willing to admit to taking the Lindbergh Baby. I am not sure that qualifies as torture though.

The point is simple however. We destroy our hero's. Those who go above and beyond the call of duty, determined to save lives of innocents, who are willing to get information from a kidnapper to find a stolen child. We punish those who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the day from the evil that comes for us all.

We see it all the time. We see it just about every day. The Liberals wouldn't rest until Jack Bauer and all his descendants were destroyed. The Terrorists aren't as relentless in attacking America as the Liberals are, the Terrorists don't have that kind of energy.

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