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Orson Scott Card Inserts His Foot Back Into His Mouth With New Essay

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08/16/2013 4:39 am
Orson Scott Card Inserts His Foot Back Into His Mouth With New Essay


Dani Strehle
Content Editor

Orson Scott Card just cannot seem to help himself. The Ender’s Game author has been making headlines recently with his vocal anti-gay stances, and he now has President Obama and The First Lady in his sights.

Card has never tried to downplay his right-wing leanings, and his most recent diatribe (in the form of a published essay) further enforces this, as he has compared Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. In this peculiar essay, he toys with the idea of a United States where Democracy has failed, and the Obama’s gain complete control.

Card posted his conspiracy theory via his Civilization Watch blog, entitled “Unlikely Events.” Card weaves a sordid web of possible circumstances in which Obama runs the country as a “Hitler- or Stalin- style dictator,” equipped with a “national police force” compiled of “young out-of-work urban men.”

He also believes that the Barack and Michelle Obama will amend the Constitution so that presidents will have no term limit, and can seek re-election indefinitely.

"Obama will win by 98 percent every time," he theorizes. "That’s how it works in Nigeria and Zimbabwe; that’s how it worked in Hitler’s Germany."

The post is a paranoid rambling of conspiracy theories. It begins and ends with disclaimers from the novelist clarifying that the essay is “an experiment in fictional thinking.”

Card believes that his “job in writing sci-fi is to make the impossible events seem not just possible but likely.” Riiiight. This was just an attempt at professional growth. Sure. We’ll go with that.

Card calls his own bluff with the essay’s conclusion: “Will these things happen? Of course not.”

He continues the barbs stating that the national media has “never challenged Obama on anything.” Card even paints a picture of the imaginary backlash should Obama’s dictatorial role ever comes to fruition: “everyone at Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and the Rhinoceros Times would be in jail. Or dead.”

I try to judge an artist on their talent, and not their personal lives or beliefs. Hell, if I judged every artist just by their actions when not being creative, I would despise John Lennon. And all though, I have not read Ender’s Game, I can’t imagine it could ever be good enough to trump Card’s words and actions.

The film adaptation of Ender’s Game, starring Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Ben Kingsley, is set to hit US theaters on November 1, 2013.


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