Americans are angry. And why shouldn’t they be? With an exponentially expanding national debt, crippling foreclosures, corporate bailouts, degrading infrastructure, dwindling job market, and widening income gap between the haves and the have-nots, it’s getting harder to believe politicians when they speak of American exceptionalism as if it were a fundamental truth.
In response to gradual erosion of our beloved nation, resentful citizens of all kinds of political backgrounds are rising up in the form of new political movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. But unlike the 1960s, when protests and activism resulted in the discontinuation of the military draft, the Civil Rights Act, and the sexual revolution, the contemporary bickering government parties have proven largely ineffective at slowing or reversing the downward trajectory.
The media isn’t helping matters. Rather than promote discussions about viable solutions moving forward, ad-driven 24-hour media outlets and radio programs are content to stoke the fires and sensationalize political differences. History proves that if leaders don’t move swiftly to address these grievances, the political rage can sometimes find a more violent channel of expression. Case in point: the meteoric rise of militias over the past few years.
In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported a massive resurgence in anti-government para-military groups, which have jumped from 43 militias in 2007 to nearly 300 in 2010. The sudden surge has captured the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, CIA and FBI, who all view these groups as a real threat to the stability of the nation. Moreover, many of these disenfranchised groups frequently put their members through intense military training exercises – for what, no one knows.
America’s volatile political climate serves as the jumping-off point for Rainbow 6 Patriots. This latest game in the storied tactical shooter series eschews the exhausted Russian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern crises so common in contemporary shooters and challenges gamers’ perceptions by placing them in the roles of the elite tactical unit, the homegrown terrorists, and the civilians caught in the crossfire. Do you have what it takes to pull the trigger on a fellow citizen?
Yet another comparison of the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party, to which I, like many others, can only respond: “How many rapes, murders and other violent crimes have occurred at Tea Party events?” Also, in reading the rest of this ten-page article, it becomes clear that Rainbow 6 Patriots has been in development for several years, so any comparison to Occupy Wall Street was a last-minute addition. The most obvious giveaway as to the developers’ political inclinations can be found in the following quotes:
In conducting their story research and reading up on the latest Tom Clancy books, Sears and his team realized there was no need to look outside our nation’s borders for the next big threat facing the nation and Team Rainbow.
“We knew we had to have a story this time that’s very plausible, very relevant, and that touches on the current fears of U.S. citizens,” Sears says.
If properly coordinated, the emerging rage-fueled para-military groups angered over the direction of the country could cause irreparable damage to our political and financial foundations.
“Fortunately there hasn’t been a single leader to galvanize, orchestrate and mobilize all these groups who have all this political energy and are so dissatisfied and angry,” Sears said. For the sake of the next Rainbow Six story, however, Sears created him.
“Our enemies are inspired by these paramilitary groups, political radicals who we see all over YouTube, and former military men and women who have valiantly served their country but then return home and feel disenfranchised and forgotten,” he says. “They don’t return as heroes, and they feel like they have been neglected. These are the people who would join a movement like our terrorist group.”
Really Mr. Sears? Now I’m all for free speech and capitalism, and I wish Ubisoft the best of luck in this free market, but I can guarantee you that I will not be purchasing this game, nor allowing my child to play it.