Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card Gets Even Crazier, More Hateful

Orson Scott Card is the homo-hatin’ author of Ender’s Game who is also a producer of and presumably profit-taker from the eponymous film due out in November from Lions Gate.  He has proven himself to be an equal opportunist disliker of non-white people and a loony-toon nutter in this May 9, 2013 essay, originally published in something called The Rhinoceros Times. Card spins a paranoid (admitted) fantasy about Obama becoming a dictator, and at one point gets all sandy-pantied about

young out-of-work urban men

who he speculates will be recruited as Obama’s jackbooted personal militia:

Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.

Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people “trying to escape” — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.

Card cloaks his racism and paranoia in speculation

 as a science fiction writer and a student of history

(because since he, like, studied history, he knows stuff) as he proceeds to spin what he calls a

a little thought experiment

involving Obama running Michelle Obama for President (one of his earlier columns in The Rhinoceros Times claimed that the First Lady’s appearance on the Oscars was a warm up for her 2016 run, so this is a recurring fear/theme for Card) so Barack Obama can stay in power forever as a Hitler-esque dictator who will put his young urban male troops in armored vehicles as they ride the streets enforcing Obama-laws against Obama-enemies.  Part of Obama’s power plan, according to Card:

Barack Obama needs to have a source of military power that is under his direct control. Like Hitler, he needs a powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise.

Obama called for a “national police force” in 2008, though he never gave a clue about why such a thing would be necessary. We have the National Guard. We have the armed forces. The FBI. The Secret Service. And all the local and state police forces.

Actually Obama called for a

civilian national security force that is just as strong and well funded…

and Salon points out the excerpt Card quotes was used by Obama

to describe how he’d “expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots,” “double the size of the Peace Corps,” and “grow our foreign service.” That was five years ago, and he actually failed to do it.

Orson Scott Card is a card-carrying, tin-foil-wearing wacko whose “speculation,” while unpleasantly crazy, is his to spew as he wishes. And his loathing of gays, anger over marriage equality, funding of NOM, and urgings to overthrow the United States government over marriage equality and liberal thought will be underwritten by any profits made from the film Ender’s Game, its merchandizing, and sequels. Card has written this following not as speculation:

Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.

Skip Ender’s Game.

H/T Back2Stonewall

11 Responses to "Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card Gets Even Crazier, More Hateful"
Shutterbuggery | Thursday August 15, 2013 12:06 pm 1

Card is another one of the tourettes-style authors, a guy who will never let a short succinct phrase take the place of a couple of bloated chapters. Not surprised he’s a brownshirt.


sloopydrew | Thursday August 15, 2013 12:28 pm 2

Why did Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley — both fairly well known for being left of center and both having publicly stated their support for gay rights — agree to be in this movie (neither one is hurting for cash)? Not even knowing it was based on a book written by a bigot, I saw an ad for this film before Elysium and said to my girlfriend, “It looks like they got Harrison Ford to star in a made-for-TV movie. We’ll skip this one.” The FX looked terrible, the plot looked generic, the whole thing came off as hokey — turns out it was hokey based on the work of the homophobic.

On the other hand, I’d recommend Elysium. Best big budget event film of the summer.


fritter | Thursday August 15, 2013 12:32 pm 3

I don’t see anything racist in any of your quotes. Not familiar with Card but perhaps you are reading more into it than is necessary. Like someone who was just sure Zimmerman was a racist murder without trying to rationally judge the evidence. I’m sure Card is a full bag of crazy, but its prolly not time yet to blame him for made up stuff, better wait for the next elections.

Sadly Obama as a dictator isn’t beyond belief. Not too many Presidents can say they unilaterally executed Americans during their time in office. Just one that I know of…


BeerNotWar | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:23 pm 4

Well he repeats the line that Obama basically rose to prominence on Affirmative Action — literally or just in the sense of being a black man of intelligence who had every advantage.

What’s comical is the projection. Everything he accuses Obama of, Bush actually was. Dictatorial, unwilling to compromise, foolish in foreign policy, succeeding due to unearned status. He completely misses the actual abuses of the Obama administration, its actual disregard for constitutionality because he can’t see past his fantastic misrepresentations of who Obama is.


valatius | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:30 pm 5

Among Orson Scott Cards other credits is that he authored a new script for the annual Hill Cumorah pageant which celebrates the visions of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. As a Mormon, science fiction and fantasy comes naturally to Orson.

Early Mormons, by the way, were not such homophobes as their latter day descendants and did have a ceremony celebrating male couples.


jgordon | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:32 pm 6

The problem with Obama is that he lies so often and so obviously (we do not have domestic surveillance program, etc) that there is sadly no way for him or anyone else in the Obama regime/government with enough credibility left to refute anything that Card is saying.

And with all the conspiracy “theories” becoming conspiracy facts these days, it’s really hard to tell who we should believe on this one. In other words, dismissing these rantings simply because they sound “crazy” to you is some really outdated and fallacious thinking.


marcel | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:54 pm 7

That doesn’t sound any too different from what I read here on FDL about Obama every day. I’m surprised that FDL bloggers aren’t cheering him on, actually.


tammanytiger | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:55 pm 8

If Card had been paying attention for the past four and a half years, he’d realize that Obama has directed most of his attacks at people to the left of him, the Occupy movement in particular.


jimbo | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:56 pm 9
In response to jgordon @ 6

you think you don’t like President Obama wait until the liberal president who will follow him. You’re really gonna be nuts then.


jimbo | Thursday August 15, 2013 01:58 pm 10

I read a couple of card’s books, including ender’s game. I don’t remember the last one I read, shortly after Ender’s game, but I said at the time he’s too crazy for me, haven’t read him since, and won’t.


jgordon | Friday August 16, 2013 08:05 am 11

You are so far short of understanding anything I’m trying to say that it’s breathtaking.

Though at least you are implicitly admitting that Obama is not a liberal from your phrasing of the response, which is some progress at least.


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