Anyway, Judd's all "How many people did you kill in order to get this plane?" Taylor responds by essentially saying, "uh, they're enemies remember...why do you care?" As stated many times, and I'm not afraid to state again, Judd's belief in the sanctity of life is really puzzling given that by this point, he's seen who knows how many people, both RTC or otherwise, die and hasn't shed a single tear over them. I've listed several theories for Judd's sudden belief in non-violence in previous posts, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best one, I'm just going to assume that he's threatened by Taylor's overwhelming awesomeness.
Before I post Taylor's response to Judd's "You need TurboJesus" spiel, first I gotta warn you: it is nothing but awesomeness in its most pure, undistilled form. So awesome that you'd better have your lighter, imaginary or otherwise, raised in salute. This much awesome has killed lesser people so be careful, if you have heart problems or if you're an RTC who stumbled onto this blog by accident.
"I know you all want to tell people about Jesus and do good stuff so God will like you and all that. I've told you before, if that rings your bell, go ahead. But I've seen what the GC does to good people. They're destroying everything I know and love. They talk peace, but they're armed to the teeth. They talk freedom, but they send people to prison. Oh, sorry. They call them reeducation camps."
Did I not tell you that Taylor was awesome?
BTW, Taylor remains the only one to point out the gap between the GC's words and actions. All the other RTCs seem to naturally assume that being a pacifist and a worldwide dictator go hand in hand that every pacifist, while they may preach non-violence, secretly longs to rule with an iron fist. Why do you think after slaughtering the brave British Christians, Gandhi proceeded to install a brutal dictatorship, the effects of which still linger today in India? Thank God a Hindu extremist stopped him before the full effects of Gandhi's master plan could spread beyond the Indian border.
Judd is all, "You can't do this alone," and how I wish this book was told from Taylor's perspective as he and his group of guerrilla fighters struggle against the tyranny of both Zod and the GC. That would be epic. Instead, Taylor essentially says, "Yeah, but I can at least give them a good run for their money."
Taylor talks some more about what he's willing to do to stop the GC. He says he knows that there's the prospect that innocent lives could get caught in the crossfire, but he will try to do whatever he can to minimize civilian casualties. Judd's response is, "You could do more damage on our side." Taylor's response is essentially the same as mine, which is to laugh derisively. Yeah, because just look at the mighty blows dealt by the YTF. Nicky Simien quakes in his thigh-high stiletto boots whenever he hears that the YTF have published another edition of their paper. Why thigh-high stiletto boots? Because everyone knows that they are a must for any cartoonishly evil supervillain on the go.
Next, it's Lionel's turn to explain why sitting on your ass is the only strategy when it comes to dealing with the anti-christ.
"Our goal is to change people one at a time," Lionel said. "From reading the Bible, we know we can't overthrow the system, but having people on the inside I will help."
How will it help? Because I know for a fact that St. Rayford and Our Buck are both on the inside, yet they haven't done anything with their positions except take advantage of employee perm's. We don't hear anything about them using their positions to distribute aid to those suffering the most under Nicky's reign, or smuggle political prisoners to freedom, or see to it that important orders get "lost" in the tangled channels of bureaucracy. Why it's almost as though the TF love the cheap, vicarious thrill that comes with martyrdom and being a double agent without the risks that come with it. But that can't be the case.
Anyway to wrap up this overly long snark, let me just say that all that happens on Vicki's side is that they find a secret passage. I hope we can all agree that Taylor is pure awesomesauce (sorry to overuse the word awesome but it really fits Taylor) and that's it for this week. BTW, if you want to read children struggling against an evil government done right, read the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Word of warning though: the author is an Aussie and as such, uses quite a bit of Aussie slang. But other than that, it's good reading complete with a kickass main heroine.