I have thought a great deal of my recent underlying issues with President Roslin. The last few episodes I tend to look at her in a different light than I used to. I find everything she sayssuspect and I always find myself looking for a hidden meaning to her actions. Also being a bit mystified by the recent BSG presidential polls I am moved to type.
I think my feeling on this issue stems from a very interesting character duality. The short of it is that I like Laura Roslin but distrust President Roslin intensely. What I mean to say is that Laura, as a person, is probably a delight to all around her while “the president” wouldturn on anyone within her reach (except for Bill) with no warning or as the mood suits her.
I care about Laura and I think she tries to and believes she is doing the right thing while serving her term. We want to overlook the crimes she commits and the actions she takes because of our affection for her as a person. What we often rush to her defense with (and I am just as guilty of this as others here) are arguments that ring with phases such as “she’s only human” or “well had she not done it things might be worse now.”
These defenses might be true; they mayeven dismiss one or two little issues here and there. However the sheer volume of crimes and questionable actions that the President has been racking up lately is getting quite extensive. Things such as:
She ordered and participated in the torture of a prisoner of the colonial fleet. – Baltar
She kidnapped and held in “secret protective custody” a child born to a colonial citizen. – Baby Hera
She attempted to censor free speech. – Baltar’s book
She arrested and held men without charge. – In “Dirty Hands”
She falsified official documents. – Hera’s death certificate
She abolished a woman’s rights to choose. – Abortion
She participated in a conspiracy to have the leader of the military assassinated. – Adm. Cain (even though Bill called it off, it still counts)
She participated in and helped plan election fraudthen influenced the military to bring pressure to bear to absolve her of accountability. – The election between her and Baltar
She ordered what she believed was an attack whose intent was genocide.
Last but not least (and my personal favorite) she returned to the big chair on Colonial One by taking part in a military coup that let her assume power as an elected official without being elected or having anything remotely resembling a legal claim to office.
She continues to amaze us with her easy smile and ruthless, if a bit schizophrenic, nature. The completely inappropriate relationship between her and Bill propels the pair of them to exert an absolute stranglehold on life in the fleet, each supporting the other’s power with a swift and increasingly corrupted heavy hand. You’d think an educator (of history of all things) would see the signposts of danger, but she blows by them with such regularity that she has become quite numb to their passing.
Some (I am guilty here as well) might again rush to her defense with arguments such as: “Well, Baltar surrendered the human race to the Cylons” or “The last president they had issued executive orders legalizing death squads.” These things are quite true; they don’t, however, make what she is doing right. Being the lesser of evils doesn’t make you the best choice -it just means there are people worse than you. “At least I’m not that guy” is not the rallying cry of a great leader.
She might be a good person at heart and may even be trying to help; however it doesn’tnegate her actionsor the fact she is corrupt and impersonating an elected official.