On Saturday night, my 14-year-old daughter took me to the opening night of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the Hunger Games series. We’ve been waiting with anticipation for the new release.  Apparently, so had most of the other people in my town, as the theatre was packed over an hour before the beginning of the previews.

As the lights went down, and the screen lit up, the movie began right where the last one left off.  If you haven’t seen the first one, I highly recommend you do so before buying your ticket for Catching Fire.   And while most in the audience were no doubt there for the escape from reality, I have a different perspective on the Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games are an eerily close, albeit exaggerated, reflection of our current political reality.

Read my take on how the movie echoes what’s going on in the world here.


About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.