"Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter": 8 Antebellum Vampire Zombies in Politics and Pop Culture
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"It's now a stone fact that the blue states and cities are the country's real wealth creators," wrote Robinson, employing a tax-ratio analysis as backup. "That's why we pay more taxes and are able to send that money to the red states in the first place ... the unimaginative, exhausted places that have clung to a fading past, rejected science, substituted superstition for sense, and refused to invest in their own futures."
3. Lincoln vs. Booth vs. Obama
Speaking of Lincoln, there is probably no more popular current analysis of his stunning presidency than the delightful Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, which also happens to be one of President Obama's favorite books. Its popularity practically demanded a cinematic adaptation, and one is indeed coming this year. But not before the apocalyptic election season, explained Lincoln director Steven Spielberg. ""The movie will be purposely coming out after [the] election," the acclaimed auteur explained in 2011. "I didn't want it to become political fodder."
It's a bit too late for that, although Spielberg's choice of words is instructive. Comparisons between Lincoln and Obama have already thoroughly permeated American culture, as have mounting calls for retributive violence that would make John Wilkes Booth happy. Last year, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez fired seven bullets at the White House, before that Rupert Murdoch's New York Post transformed Obama into a bullet-ridden chimp, conservatives on Twitter have threatened to shoot him (like Lincoln) point blank, ad nauseam. These are just a few among a multitude of death threats the first African-American president in history receives daily, according to In the President's Secret Service author Ronald Kessler, who's worried that Obama's protection regime is dangerously behind. No wonder that last year a Republican Committee in Virginia sent out a gruesome email featuring a zombie Obama with a bullet in his head.
Virginia is also where Spielberg filmed the majority of Lincoln: The one-time Capitol of the Confederacy still reveres and preserves its historic Civil War architecture, which makes for blockbuster period vistas. And last but not least, Virginia is eventually where John Wilkes Booth — assassin of the figurative vampire hunter Abraham Lincoln and champion of the parasitic South — was himself finally killed. Yet it is in Philadelphia's Gettysburg where the Civil War was won and where he was brought back from the dead as an increasingly popular John Wilkes Booth bobblehead doll, complete with loaded pistol and theater box, to haunt his victim's respective bobblehead doll on the shelves of the Gettysburg National Military Park's visitor's center bookstore. Which, it might as well be mentioned, currently receives its funding from American taxpayers and their African-American president.
4. The Walking Dead
"There are no n***ers, no inbred, dumb-as-shit, white-trash fools neither," explains The Walking Dead's zombie-killing Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes in AMC 's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comics series. " Just white meat and dark meat."
That visceral philosophy cleverly revises the Civil War for post-millennials fascinated by zombies and vampires. Instead of being torn apart by ethnicity and economics, it is now reductively centered on expendable matter not worth saving for the inevitable apocalypse to come. For what else are we but expendable matter, in an age of perpetual war, lethal drones, surveillance states, proprietary algorithms and worse? That's right, just meat with heat signatures. Especially in an undead-centric series whose apocalypse first unravels in the South — Kentucky and Atlanta, a critical Civil War contention, as well as America's currently fourth-sickest housing market — before migrating to a walled compound in a more hopeful West. It's a dead giveaway.