497: Secretary: Part 4

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Secretary: Part 4
It's time to draw the line.
Title text: It's time to draw the line.

[edit] Explanation

Ron Paul is an American physician, author, and politician who is a House Representative for Texas and is a three-time Presidential candidate, running as a Libertarian and a Republican. He has a very dedicated and vocal base of supporters who believe he is the only true alternative to either side of the Two-Party System.

Tron is a movie made by Disney. The title text refers to the line of virtual light that streams out from the back of Tron's light grid vehicles. Normally it is a single, solid color, but in the comic it is the color of the American flag to show Ron's patriotism. There is also a joke about Pokémon in the phrase "... evolves into ...". Pokémon is a game where the player, a "Trainer", has their Pokémon battle other Pokémon to level the Pokémon up. As the Pokémon levels up, they evolve into the next, more powerful, form of the Pokémon.

Why Ron Paul and Cory Doctorow appear to be fighting, is only because Ron Paul favors down-sizing the US government over anything else, whereas Cory Doctorow feels there should be an American Secretary of the Internet. That may not be the case. Do your own political research before you go to vote, kids.

There is a subtle joke in the panel where Ron Paul and Cory Doctorow are firing at each other; the sound effect for Cory's guns is "Boing! Boing!," which is the name of Cory Doctorow's blog.

The reference to gold touches on Ron Paul's desire to see monetary policy once again be driven by the gold standard, namely that a country's currency value be driven not by its economic activity, but by the amount of physical gold it owns. Earlier in American history, this was the case; owning a dollar would (in theory) be owning one dollar's worth of gold somewhere in the treasury. This is in contrast with the current international practice, where countries are able to print an arbitrary quantity of paper money that is not necessarily backed by physical gold. Adherence to the gold standard is an extreme minority view; most economists, and the population at large, agree that the current system is much better.

All comics in the Secretary series:

This series was released on 5 consecutive days (Monday-Friday) and not over the usual Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule.

[edit] Transcript

[The Ron Paul Revolution blimp floats.]
Pilot: Sir! The balloon is hailing us!
[Cory Doctorow's balloon appears.]
Cory: Ahoy.
Ron Paul: Doctorow!
Cory: I won't let you stop this nomination. We bloggers watch out for our own.
Ron Paul: Stand aside, Cory.
Cory: Nay!
Ron Paul: Very well. Battle stations!
[The Ron Paul Revolution blimp's gun takes aim.]
Whirrr kachunk
[Cory Doctorow's balloon's gun takes aim.]
Whirrrr kachunk
[Both airships open fire.]
Pew pew pew
Pew pew
Boing! Boing!
[Inside the Ron Paul Revolution blimp's control room.]
Ponytail: We're taking damage!
Ron Paul: Keep firing!
Ponytail: No good! We're losing altitude!
[Outside the Ron Paul Revolution blimp, it hangs smoking in the air.]
Ron Paul: All engines full! Pull up!
Ponytail: Can't, sir!
[The Ron Paul Revolution blimp begins to sink, smoking more heavily.]
[The blimp sinks further.]
Ponytail: Sir, maybe if we dropped all this gold...
Ron Paul: Never!
[Inside the control room, tilted slightly.]
Ponytail: We've lost, sir. We have to abort.
Ron Paul: Not yet, we don't! Open the loading bay doors.
[Camera zooms out slightly.]
Ron Paul: You take the blimp and fall back.
click
Ron Paul: I've got a message to deliver.
Whirr
[Ron Paul tosses his cane aside.]
[Ron Paul steadily transforms into Tron Paul.]
Narrator: RON PAUL evolves into TRON PAUL
[Light cycle begins to form.]
[Tron Paul bends over the light cycle.]
[Light cycle finishes its formation.]
[Light cycle speeds off, trailing an American flag.]
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Discussion

The "pew" sound effect that Ron Paul fires back is also a joke -- go look up Pew Charitable Trust on Wikipedia: "Although today the Pew Charitable Trusts is non-partisan and non-ideological, Joseph Pew and his heirs were themselves politically conservative. The mission of the J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust, one of the seven funds, was to "acquaint the American people with the evils of bureaucracy and the values of a free market and to inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won"."

Also, I am 99.9% sure that Tron was not based on a video game; any video games were based on the movie. ‎64.20.186.2 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It would appear the Light Cycles portion of Tron is based on a game called "Blockade". In fact, before Tron appeared, I fondly recall playing various versions of this game (wikipedia:Snake (video game)) on home computers before it became repopularised on Nokia handsets and what-not. Light Disc appears to be based on Pong, although the element of the player having a 2D field of movement was a cool touch. Thokling (talk) 08:04, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
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