Month: September 2016

Force Friday: A Force For Good

Hello Banthas! This is a special release of Beltway Banthas that we are excited for you to hear. Stephen has a chat with James Floyd (Club Jade, Big Shiny Robot and, the “force” behind the #WearStarWarsEveryday project.

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May the Force be with you!



EP XIII: One Horny Politician

This week, we will have order! In this episode we delve into the character of Mas Amedda, that horned blue guy who lingers behind Palpatine throughout the prequels. Yes he is important. Yes he is powerful. His political career is meteoric and something fascinating that we discuss with Mike DeRose of the “You Seek Knowledge” podcast. Mike was an Amedda fan before it was cool.

Connect with Mike on Twitter @LiveTheForce 
Tirso and Stephen also discuss Mark Hamill backing California legislation, Star Wars Rebels and dish bantha fodder.
Our audience is amazing and so is this project. #WearStarWarsEveryDay founder James Floyd has a GoFundMe up to benefit the Collateral Repair Project, which  helps urban refugees with emergency aid, education, and community building in Amman, Jordan. Please consider checking out this project and giving on or before Force Friday, Sept 30th.
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May the Force be with you this week

I, Politiphobe: A Star Wars Story

By: Eric Onkenhout

Politics to me is such a dirty word. It brings to mind words like corruption, betrayal, treachery, and deceit. I don’t like politics. Never have, never will.

When Election Day comes in November I will vote, but not for who I really want because that person is already out of the race. No, I will be voting for the lesser of the two remaining evils. I don’t trust either remaining politician, and I firmly believe either one will say whatever it takes to get elected. I don’t believe either candidate has any concern for my well-being, it’s all about power. I guess you could say I’m the Obi-Wan of planet Earth, much like the Negotiator, I don’t like politicians. Now let’s take this situation and place it in a galaxy far, far away—where war and corruption are on a galactic scale.

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember, and besides the usual things that interested me about Star Wars like the Jedi/Sith conflicts, and the mythological aspect, there’s one thing that has always made me think—what’s it like to be a regular citizen in the Star Wars galaxy? A regular person not involved in the ongoing war, or not a Force sensitive; just someone who is just trying to make their way in the universe. In a galaxy where the old republic pulled the wool over the eyes of its people and transformed into the Galactic Empire, to serve the people in a safe and secure environment.

As a citizen of the United States of America, with a population of approximately 300 million people, I already feel just like a number to those in office. What could a galactic government do for a family on Lothal? Yes each planet has their own government, just like each state has theirs. But not everyone in the galaxy is a Leia Organa or an Anakin Skywalker, what about the little guy, the guy who goes to work every day to support his family. The guy who struggles to make ends meet, whose voice is nothing but an insignificant cry in a vast sea of stars? Who represents him? With galactic conflicts a norm this galaxy, who speaks for this person? Who has time to listen to his pleas for help, his concern?

Jedi have been known to resolve conflicts between citizens peacefully. But it seems to me in a galaxy where everyone’s concern is who is going to the next leader of the Republic, or where the Jedi are when they are needed, the little guy gets left to fend for themselves. It’s a wonder that no one has stepped up to make their case known. I suppose the rebels in the upcoming Rogue One movie represent the unrest felt across the galaxy, but again who leads the rebels but another aristocrat, former senator called Mon Mothma. The insurgent Saw Gerrera fights for the people, but his morals are in question—his antics a bit extreme for most. Then again fighting against a corrupt Republic and then an oppressive Empire will push a person to the brink of rationality.

Perhaps if elected officials listened to the people who put them in office in the first place, relative trust in politicians  and the process would exist once again. 

Eric Onkenhout


@EricOnkenhout on Twitter (willshatter82)

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Episode XII: The Politics of Harrison Ford

This week on Beltway Banthas, the politics of Harrison Ford. The actor behind Han Solo is mysterious, edgy and also a warm hearted, committed activist. We have long been fascinated by the work Ford has done outside of acting, whether is it environmental work, documentaries, speaking gigs with the Clintons or saving lost hikers in his helicopter.

To better understand Ford, we welcome to the show the hosts of The Fordcast Podcast, Lauren Milberger and Rachel Leishman. They run a fantastic podcast that chronicles the career of Ford in a thoughtful and comedic package.
Check out The Fordcast Podcast and follow them on Twitter @TheFordcastPC @RachelLeishman and @LaurenMilberger

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