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I am the Guy next to “Ford Lincoln Mercury”

Kevin Costner as Postman and his Protégé, Ford Lincoln Mercury

Kevin Costner as Postman and his Protégé, Ford Lincoln Mercury

The Laws of Eight

  1. You will obey orders without question.
  2. Punishment shall be swift.
  3. Mercy is for the week.
  4. Terror will defeat reason.
  5. Your allegiance is to the clan.
  6. Justice can be dictated.
  7. Any clansman may challenge for the leadership of the clan.
  8. There is only one penalty. Death.

General Bethlehem

In the movie, The Postman, Kevin Costner plays a wandering loner who kicks about in a post-apocalyptic United States of America. Due to the ravages of war, plagues, and other bad stuff, America has been reduced to a handful of survivors banding together to live off the land without the benefit of fuel and machinery, government, running water, medical care, and most importantly without a postal service. Costner’s character, The Postman, who after escaping forced service in the army of a local warlord, General Bethlehem, (played by Will Patton), accidentally gets himself into a tight spot of bad weather.

General Bethlehem, Local Warlord

General Bethlehem, Local Warlord

While waiting out stormy weather in an abandoned car, he ends up borrowing a set of clothes off of the skeletal remains of a dead postman. The postal worker had died in his car without delivering his letters. Reading the letters, while he waits for the weather to break, Costner eventually comes up with a nice con to get a free meal. At the next settlement he announces he is a postman from the reconstituted government of the United States of America and he is there to deliver the mail. His con is not going over so well, when wouldn’t you know it, he reads a letter in his bag and the recipient of that letter happens to be alive and present. The town is hooked. The con grows in scope as this new postal service starts to deliver letters across the region.

Ah but that doesn’t go over with the local warlord, General Bethlehem, who fancies himself a military genius, (actually he was a copy salesmen in the old days). This false talk of a reconstituted government led by the Postman must be stopped! In the parlance of the screenwriter, the setup is complete, on to the conflict and then the resolution. During the action, one of the Postman’s workers, his most ambitious protégé, who, is given the name, Ford Lincoln Mercury by the Postman, is about to be executed by General Bethlehem with one other postal worker.

Ford Lincoln Mercury About to Be Executed by General Bethlehem

Ford Lincoln Mercury About to Be Executed by General Bethlehem

The guns are raised, aimed, and right before the order to fire, the anonymous postal worker salutes Ford Lincoln Mercury. General Bethlehem approaches the condemned men and asks, “You don’t know each other?” The other worker tells the General he is from another state. The general grimaces as he realizes that he is fighting a ghost. A movement is spreading based on what people have come to believe. This movement of a new US government, represented by a functioning post office, has spread like a virus! This will never end the general explains.

The elites should be aware the revolution is on. It is spreading and mutating. Your vaccine that works one week, won’t work the next. Our eyes are opening. Ideas and hope can spread like a virus. If we the people begin to believe that something new and different and better can be accomplished, then it can. This sense of despair and hopelessness that characterizes so much of our thinking can be overcome. In fact, voices of change can be seen all around us in a myriad of voices. No voice may be singing all the verses of this most beautiful song, but they are there with truths that need to be heard: the tea party and occupy wall-street; Ron Paul; Alex Jones; groups questioning student loan debt, and other members of alternative media; and even some of the politicians. That song can be sung even by a rancher living on a dirt road in rural Oklahoma, deep within flyover country. I may be late to the party, but I have finally arrived. I AM NOT Ford Lincoln Mercury. I am the guy standing next to him! You can be the guy standing next to me.

Final Climatic Scene in Movie as Postman's Army Arrives

Final Climatic Scene in Movie as Postman’s Army Arrives

Postscript: The guy standing next to Ford Lincoln Mercury actually gets shot in the head by General Bethlehem. I would like to officially end the analogy before that event.

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