Even though Halloween and the dreaded Frankenstorm draw near, nothing is scared people more than what might result from the presidential election. Of course, one fear is irrationally based, that an American of color will be re-elected to the highest political office in the country, seems to be more troubling to people than a rationally based fear that a rich white man whose policy ideas are very similar to W. Bush and would sink us further down into decline seems to balance out the fear department very well these days. Then, the undecided voters who will be hopefully making up their minds come Election Day. Since Ohio is a swing state, the candidates keep coming back to pitch, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did in Akron’s neighboring city of Canton the other day.
Many see the presidential election as two candidates looking for power, and that is true. One seeks to maintain, but another seeks to preserve. To quote Spiderman, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” A lot of questions on our mind these days is, who best is responsible for that power? Will they do good in their position? What drives them to this work, and what will they accomplish with it? Let’s look at an interesting story about power in the 1933 film ‘ The Invisible Man’.
Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Henry Travers, and Una O’Connor, the film is about a scientist, Dr. Jack Griffin(Rains)who discovers a formula to make people invisible. In his experiment, he did not find a reasonable antidote for restoring visibility, and hides his physically invisible self behind bandages and dark goggles and secludes himself in a small-town inn to find an antidote. This upsets the landlord’s wife who he won’t allow to clean a mess he made, and when the landlord comes up, he knocks the landlord down, and when the police and suspicious townspeople come to confront him, he reveals his true identity and escapes. At the same time, Dr. Cranley( Travers) is worried about his disappeared colleague, as is his assistant, Dr. Kemp (William Harrigan) and his daughter, Flora (Stuart). While searching through his empty laboratory for clues, Cranley and Kemp find that he used monocane in his formula, which is known to drive dogs mad. Upon his escape from the inn, Griffin finds Kemp and makes him become his visible partner in a plot to take over the world, one murder at a time. Kemp follows orders, and distracts while Griffin comes back to the inn to retrieve a notebook and kills a doubtful cop. Kemp is able to call Cranley and the police, and Flora pleads to go with her father to find him. When Flora and Jack reunite, he relaxes a little and she pleads for him to get help, but Griffin refuses as means to seek power. Upon recognizing Kemp’s hand in this, he promises to kill Kemp, and goes on a murderous rampage, knocking people off cliffs and causing hundreds to die in a train accident. What will come of this quest for power? Watch the film and find out.
Dr. Jack Griffin is a character that, when discovering and given power, lets it go to his head and destroys society around him as means to hang onto it, which is very irresponsible. Who amongst the candidates would be like him? One candidate has his wife worried about the state of his mental health. Think about it.