Monday, January 08, 2007

Fetch me my Mithril!

Dean Barnett is a rising star in Right Wingistan. He's essentially a co-blogger on Hugh Hewitt's site and his debut Townhall column features this white-knuckle lede: "Oh, dear. They're back." On a recent post he gave the big thumb's up for "savagery" in war (see also, Haditha, yay!), and then unleashed this stirring bit of rhetoric:

Yes, it’s sad that we find ourselves once again in a situation where we’ll have to be savage. But denying the present-day reality along with all relevant historic precedents is pointless and obtuse. These are the challenges of our day. Let’s ride out to meet them.

Let's ride out to meet them?

Let's ride out to meet them?

Now where have we heard this before?

Théoden: "So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?"

Aragorn: "Ride out with me."

[Théoden turns to face Aragorn.]

Aragorn: "Ride out and meet them."

Théoden: "For death and glory?"

Aragorn: "For Rohan. For your people."

Gimli: "The sun is rising."

So this is what it's come to. Invoking movie versions of children's fantasy books. I guess it was a natural progression for the Keyboard Kommandos.

P.S. Credit goes to the commenter on Hewitt's blog who drily noted: "Yeah I mean that worked in Lord of the Rings right?"

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