William Shatner's 'Armageddon' warning to prez candidates
October 5th, 2011
10:33 AM ET
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William Shatner's 'Armageddon' warning to prez candidates

(CNN) - Don't compare President Barack Obama to Captain James T. Kirk.

That's what William Shatner told CNN's Ali Velshi when asked to respond to suggestions that Obama should act less like "Spock" and more like "Captain Kirk".

Shatner said the comparisons are "unfair" because "Mr. Obama has the onerous burden of obeying the constitution [and] Captain Kirk was captain of everybody's fate. He was a dictator".

The 80 year-old cultural icon, who famously played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek television series and feature films, is out with a new book, "Shatner Rules," in which he talks about his acting career that has spanned more than four decades.

So what are the "Shatner Rules" for any presidential candidate hoping to stay in the race until the very end?

"Spend less money on the campaign and more for the people. Give some of the money to the people who need it," Shatner said in the interview set to air Friday on CNN's "American Morning."

Although he cannot vote in the 2012 election because he is Canadian, Shatner sent a warning to any candidate intent on winning the race for the White House.

"This country is being torn apart by people with great passion who believe in their point of view and to disparage that point of view is to lose the argument," he said. "We are approaching a crisis where people see not just the necessity, but the Armageddon of not cooperating. Hopefully the people we elect will see it as well."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Mitt Who ?

    I though Obama was a little more like Pinocchio. I'd be happy if he acted like Spock. At least there would be logic behind his actions instead of lies and deceit..

    October 5, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    He makes a good point. Too bad the right wing will personify his warning by eviscerating the man's reputation. After all, that is on of their prime directives. Demonize any who disagree with you as enemies of the state.

    October 5, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We are approaching a crisis where people see not just the necessity, but the Armageddon of not cooperating
    -------------------------------------------------–I wish I could say Rethugs take heed, but that's be a waste of spit and keystrokes.

    Obama 2012

    October 5, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. walter

    Whatever he said is the same I believe.

    October 5, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon the mistakes. At work.

    October 5, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    So........Shatner thinks Obama is NOT a dictator?

    Obama has sure been acting like a dictator.

    Let's face the truth. The only difference between the Democrats, and Communism, is that the Democrats favor a modified dictatorship, rather than a totalitarian dictatorship. That's it. Wealth and power, control and run everything, and the rest of the population get hand outs from the government. That's what the Democrats really stand for.

    The founding fathers of this country, were Republicans. We have lost sight of that truth. While they were wealthy and powerful, they believed every man should have opportunity, and should reap the rewards of his own efforts. They didn't believe that the government should dole out welfare.

    October 5, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Romulan Ambassador

    More lies from the Federation. They have invaded the neutral zone and they all must die!

    October 5, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. ingrid

    "This country is being torn apart by people with great passion who believe in their point of view and to disparage that point of view is to lose the argument," he said. "We are approaching a crisis where people see not just the necessity, but the Armageddon of not cooperating. Hopefully the people we elect will see it as well."

    Shatner is correct that politicians are ruled lately more by ideology than from a real desire to work for the country and state. And when I say "politicians" I am being polite as I am really saying the republicans who have lost the ability to compromise and work across the aisle.

    October 5, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. thomas

    He's right John Boehner and Eric Cantor are Cleons !

    Set Phasers To Stun Spock !

    October 5, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ya' know. I just realized that the Tea Party reminds me of the Romulans. Set in their beliefs. Wish to impose their vision of life on the entire universe. They like guns. They cannot be trusted to do the right the right thing, but can be trusted to commit the selfish act. Finally, the Romulans answered to, and pledged allegiance to a Supreme Emperor. Anyone who did not make the oath, or broke their oath, was subject to destruction.

    October 5, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. John, PA

    Like the original Star Trek that lasted 3 years (debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons), Obama lasted 3 years and will be cancelled in 2012.

    October 5, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. John, PA

    It's a shame the American people weren’t as smart rejecting Obama in 2008, as NBC was with the Star Trek pilot, NBC rejected an initial pilot.

    October 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Bastille Day

    Live Long and Prosper

    October 5, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. S.positive

    Obama will win in 2012 because the alternative is very weak. Clue, see how the republicans are begging for more candidates. If you have not figure this out by now, well you are probably a typical American? Go figure

    October 5, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. gt

    it must be nice to say things when your that old and people just laugh at you ...

    October 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. jay1975

    So many partisan hacks. The left is just as against compromise as the right is. Both parties have become a cancer on this nation. Our elected "leaders" are millionaires and lawyers, yet some are foolish enough to believe that they will actually work for the country instead of their own interests. The fact is that the left and right work together all of time; too bad it is just to screw us over.

    October 5, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    John, PA wrote:
    Like the original Star Trek that lasted 3 years (debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons), Obama lasted 3 years and will be cancelled in 2012.
    ------------–
    NBC made a mistake when they cancelled the show because they underestimated the amount of popularity and support the show had with the American people. NBC had put too much faith in polls that counted television sets instead of viewers in front of those television sets.

    October 5, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Sonnie2

    Shatner's Armageddon Warning to Elected Officials to Serve and Not Be Served is dead on target. It is time to aim at the target of responsibility and quit shooting ourselves in the foot. It is starting to hurt big time.

    October 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. streetsmart

    it could be worse, he could act like Dubya instead of Obama

    October 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    Let's face the truth. The only difference between the Democrats, and Communism, is that the Democrats favor a modified dictatorship, rather than a totalitarian dictatorship. That's it. Wealth and power, control and run everything, and the rest of the population get hand outs from the government. That's what the Democrats really stand for.
    -------------
    Let's face the truth. The only difference between the Republicans and Communism is that the Republicanss favor a modified plutocracy, rather than a totalitarian plutocracy. That's it. Wealth and power, control and run everything, and the rest of the population get hand outs from the corporations. That's what the Republicans really stand for.

    October 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. M

    How can someone make a post about what the forefathers intended when they clearly do NOT understand what they were all about. They ended up falling into two camps, the first two political parties. And one of those parties, the democratic-republicans, believed that the 'people' should hold the power along with the states. The other party, the federalists, believed that the 'common' man was not intelligent enough to even vote much less have any 'power'...and this party included many of our forefathers. Get your facts straight.

    October 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Please repeat the transmission Capt. Kirk. Sub-space distortion interfered with your transmission.

    Are you referring to the armageddon occurring right now over in Greece (and spreading elsewhere when they ultimately default) thanks to leftist socialist policies that promise people the world and then don't deliver anything but bankruptcy? Or are you referring to the same Obama and Democrat approach in the USA?

    Please clarify Capt. Kirk.

    October 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Let's face the truth. The only difference between the Republicans and Communism is that the Republicanss favor a modified plutocracy, rather than a totalitarian plutocracy. That's it. Wealth and power, control and run everything, and the rest of the population get hand outs from the corporations. That's what the Republicans really stand for.
    =================================================================================================
    At least in the Republican model there IS WEALTH and opportunity for all to achieve it. In the Democrat model, there is only destruction of wealth by TAKING through taxation from those who work, to "share" with those who won't work. Government welfare does not lift anybody up, it creates government dependents that demand more and more. Look to Greece for proof, and here as well.

    October 5, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. vet in texas

    @YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power
    ==================================
    At least in the Republican model there IS WEALTH and opportunity for all to achieve it. In the Democrat model, there is only destruction of wealth by TAKING through taxation from those who work, to "share" with those who won't work. Government welfare does not lift anybody up, it creates government dependents that demand more and more. Look to Greece for proof, and here as well.
    =========================================
    Greece is going broke because the rich paid NO taxes, not just loopholes and credits.......NONE whatsoever!.
    Now regarding government welfare.......your completely right, yet YOUR party voted against giving it to Oil companies with record breaking profits, I wonder how much welfare the Koch's get?

    October 5, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. BobFromPA

    Well said by our friend the Canadian.

    October 5, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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