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"V For Vendetta"

The movie V FOR VENDETTA is as much black and white truth that you will get in any Hollywood movie. Maybe it is too much truth. But that is OK. No one will understand the truth set forth herein or believe it. Instead, the viewers will discuss the "facts" set forth in the movie and argue about whether the authors political or societal views are relevant or would, if applied to "real" society, have any real outcome. They miss the point.

Is America ready for a so called "terrorist" hero? Or is he really a "freedom fighter"? Can violence be used for good? In Scripture, is it not said that the Creator allows things which people think are bad to be used for a good outcome? Do not parents use punishment to their unruly children in order to teach them a higher understanding of law and the consequence of their actions or inactions? Were the heroes of Star Wars films any less active in blowing up and destroying the Empire's property or soldiers?

Theme: Unchecked influence of government. How does one deal with it at the personal level? What must one do to motivate others into accepting their duty to become responsible? Is there more than one type of government authorized by the people? I mean- what is the difference between a democracy and a republic and what role do the people play in either type?

The movie's story is about a right wing totalitarian government in the not too distant future situated in England. (Right wing or left wing, it makes no difference if it is a democracy.) Seems as the though the rest of the world has melted down in a biological contamination and the resulting aftermath of civil war and other societal breakdowns. The strong and over controlling government in England has kept the society in a rigid hold and the people are too much afraid of the government to challenge its authority or effect change. The public slogan is: "STRENGTH THRU UNITY, UNITY THRU FAITH." The people understand that the government is feeding them lies, but they cannot "see" the real truth or be motivated to do anything about the fact that the government is behind propaganda and indeed acts and actions that create fear in the people..

Enter our hero. He is a masked man or a type of Zorro or Lone Ranger. He says that he fights for justice. It seems that his enemy is certain individuals in the totalitarian government- not the government itself. His theme is "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." After all, the true government of a nation is the people and not their elected or appointed servants. Ah! But a totalitarian government is not a government of the people, by the people, or for the people. It is a de facto government ruling as a military oversight government with a civilian administrative board or commission at the helm. It rules over "persons", not people. It rules by emergency and necessity and exigency. It uses public policy and not the force of law. As such it is the enemy of the persons that it oversees by definition. The level of force that the government uses against the society over which it rules is determined only by the amount of force of the opposition persons being administered.

The first time we meet "V", he is rescuing a young lady named Evey who is played by Natalie Portman in the movie. She has broken a mandatory night time curfew, and three government agents are telling her that if she will provide them with sexual favors, she will be allowed to proceed home instead of going to prison on the charge of curfew violation. She resists, but to no avail until "V" comes to her rescue and kills the three government agents. "V" invites Evey to follow him and observe a special "concert". She does and witnesses an act of what the government calls "terrorism" and what "V" calls civil disobedience to a totalitarian government, much in the pattern of a man named Guy Fawkes, a 17th century man in Britain who plotted to blow up the Parliament building because of what he believed was another totalitarian government .

"V", it could be argued, is either a terrorist who is hell bent on destroying government in an act of revenge- or a vendetta, or "V" is a patriot who is trying to restore the lawful government to the people and trying to set aside the de facto government of deceitful and treacherous men who occupy the seats of government that is suppose to serve the people.

The girl Evey is the symbol of the society who knows something is wrong, but does not know what. She is ignorant of the workings of government just like the rest of the citizens. She is the one whom "V" must train to understand the difference between a lawful government of the people who become responsible and create a "republic" or else stay ignorant and remain subservient under a de facto military type totalitarian government like they have- a democracy.

In spiritual terms, the de facto government is the world occupied with sin and debt and despair. "V" is a form of a savior who has come into that world to give it hope and to teach the people how to take on the responsibility of government and to "pay the debts" that must be paid in order to restore their lawful right to a de jure government which is of the people, by the people, and for the people. "V" does not perform his duty in order to "get paid" or to become the next ruler or to seek fame and fortune. He understands the concept that "If you would be great, first you must be humble." Evey is the symbol of the true "church". She is like the Scripture says reborn, not of flesh, but of spirit and truth. Evey (being the feminine gender) is the true church or the bride of the savior. She is an overcomer and sees all truth as it is taught to her. "V" is a masculine gender. The masculine gender in law is de jure and executes responsibility and authority under the law.

There are a number of characters in this story who represent various tenents of the de facto or de jure governments. The government dictator is Adam Sutler played by John Hurt. He is the bad "Adam", the man of sin. There is a de facto church bishop. He is evil and is taken to seducing young girls who are procured for him. There is the woman doctor who uses her medical license and franchise, with political help from the totalitarian government, to do medical experiments on portions of the subjects :for the better good of the whole". There are line politicians who are in it for their own personal wealth, power, or prestige. Finally, there is also a police inspector who has a prominent role in this story. He is the gatherer of facts and evidence concerning both the government and its subjects. He is in law a relator. He is a fact finder and a report writer. His facts and decisions become the basis for the official public position on the events. He gathers the facts from both sides of the events to present them to an inquest or review board. This is a form of tribunal of justice (maybe even of public opinion). His job is not to prosecute, but to investigate the facts and bring them forward for public review or decision. It is this police investigators final determination in this matter that sides with Evey's findings and position with regard to the characters and events that eventually unfold.

Since the government in the story is de facto and the movie is a de facto tale of this story, the story we are listening to in the movie is telling us the truth all backwards. "V" states this doctrine quite clearly to Evey when he tells her that: "Writers use lies to tell the truth. Politicians use lies to cover the truth." In a democracy, the government and the "persons" who make up the subjects are at war against each other- commercially. Because there is a state of war that exists between them (See the Trading With the Enemy Act in United States law that was implemented against the U.S. Citizens and residents by President Roosevelt in 1933), during times of war, the government must deceive their enemies- the "persons" or subjects, residents, or citizens.

Evey's parents were people who understood truth and fought for it. They were victims of the totalitarian government when it first took over reigns of government when Evey was 12 years old. Evey's parents were arrested and taken away by the government agents and Evey never saw them again. When Evey first met "V", she was somewhat sympathetic to his methods, for she herself held a "grudge" against that government for what it did to her parents. But there was one single event in the story that influenced Evey that changed her from a person who was feared the government into a woman who understood who she was and what she stood for and was willing to die for. The de facto government no longer had any power of fear over her. Upon the full understanding of her conversion, she immediately rebelled and expressed hate, vengeance, and a vendetta toward her persecutor. A typical emotional reaction and not one based on reason and logic. It was only when "V" guided her to see beyond her emotional reaction to this test that she could see that the "experience" was motivated by "love" and a concern for her good and not for evil. Only then could her passion for a VENDETTA change into a passion for VICTORY. It is always your perceived enemy who is your friend. Your victory always comes through your enemy. "Love" your enemy. Do not despise him who does "evil" to you, for it is through him that you will get your victory by love. Not by hate. The letter "V" in Roman numerals stands for 5. The number 5 deals with grace. Grace deals with a remedy and release from the burden the law has placed upon you.

The question is, is "V" a terrorist or a revolutionary? A terrorist destroys that which is good. A revolutionary exposes that which is evils and invites the people to replace the evil with that which is good- which is always rule by responsible people. This is the basis of a "republican" form of government. A democracy, on the other hand, is rule by a board or commission in place of the "persons" who are subjects, because they lake the will or the capacity to accept the role of responsible citizens of a republic.

The mask worn by "V" represents a "person". A "person" in law is never a real man or a real woman. It is always a symbol for a fiction or a creation of man. It is a subject or a slave, not a living soul. "V" was at war. Warfare is not the natural state of society when it is run by a de jure government. A war economy government is a de facto government and its subjects are not living men and women who are free, but "persons". A person is a fiction or creation or a man or woman who is a subject or slave of another. The members of the British society in this story may as well all be wearing masks. None of the citizens are responsible to conduct the affairs of government.

At the end of the story, a huge part of the population appeared before the Parliament building wearing masks. These were the slaves and subjects of the de facto government. They had come to support "V" in his call to show up peacefully to protest the totalitarian government. They were met by the military who represented the force and might of the totalitarian government of the despotic rulers. The military was there, not to protect the people, but to protect the totalitarian government political rulers. When the masked persons merged with the army, there no longer were any enemy combatants. The military personnel and the subjects of that government were one. When the "persons" took off their masks, they appeared as the living "people" of the de jure government and not the artificial "persons" who were subjects and slaves of the totalitarian regime.. This was effectively a peaceful revolution by the people retaking their lawful government without warfare.

The Parliament building is a symbol of the "national" government which represents the de facto government which is the democracy. Parliament writes the de facto public policy for the democracy that serves in the place of public law if the society were a republican form of government. The destruction of that symbol of the building where Parliament meets is a declaration of the abolishment of that de facto government. This does not mean that the "government" of the people has been destroyed, but that the de facto government has given way to a return of the de jure government of the people, by the people, and for the people. This replaces the de facto government of the totalitarian government, by the totalitarian government, for the totalitarian government.

The destruction of the Parliament building in this story reminds me of the destruction of the United States Capital building by flood waters in the movie DEEP IMPACT. In this story, the democracy form of government was wiped out by a natural disaster and the people of the nation had the ability to restart their government by a new republic also.

The final scene is Evey and the police investigator as the relator or fact finder overlooking the society. Evey represents the true church inhabited by the individual men and women who make up the congregation. It is not a de facto church corporation represented by a political ruling commission or board of persons. The true church has returned to power to rule in love and peace. The relator is the public servant who witnesses the lawful reestablishment of the true government for the people, by the people, and of the people, who are no longer at war with their own government or those around them. All this takes place at 12:00 O'clock. The number 12 represents perfect government.

(NOTE: This movie review was written by Jack Smith on 3/18/06)