House of Cards: Real or Fake?

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House of Cards: Real or Fake?

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Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left.”

— Frank Underwood

In February of 2013, Netflix released the first season of its original show “House of Cards”. This show, starring Kevin Spacey, tells the story of Frank Underwood, the majority Whip for Congress. Throughout the course of the show, Frank lies, cheats, and steals to get what he wants. This usually includes a step up in government, funding for a campaign, or even to cover up evidence of his wrongdoing.

What has become clear to me after watching all four seasons that have been currently released is how similar the political climate portrayed in the show to the one that the 2016 election has brought.

For one, Frank’s main mission is to secure the presidency. To get there, he gets the current vice president to step down and convinces the president to replace him. After being essentially estranged by President Walker, Frank gets him impeached and takes his place with not one vote cast in his name. In the process, he murders two people-a congressmen and a journalist. He frames the journalist’s death on someone investigating him and sends him to a life sentence in prison. This is very similar to the rumors that surround 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation that talk of blood being on the Clinton’s hands.

Frank’s training as a congressional Whip makes him not afraid to threaten to get what he wants. He threatens journalists, congressmen, the Secretary of State, White House employees and even his own wife. Donald Trump has also been known for this entire election to make vulgar threats at his own rallies and campaign events.

House of Cards, at least in the beginning, seemed very make-believe. But the more I watched it, it made me ponder about the current election. Is it all make-believe? Or could there be a certain degree of truth to it? I sure hope not. As charismatic as Frank Underwood, I would never want him as my president based on what the show portrays him as: a power-hungry maniac. And hey, that may be what we are stuck with in a couple days.

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