Your side, the other guy's side, and the truth. It's funny to me, how when two sides (liberal and conservative) battle each other so intensely, the weaker side will find a way to win the argument. It seems any opinion can be "proved" right; one just has to log on to the internet, or thumb through some independent, slanted magazine, to find SOME story that will vindicate their claims. I miss the days when there were absolutes, the truth and lies. Now every "fact" claimed is FALSE and TRUE, depending on who you ask.
And I guess in a political climate like this, men like Michael Moore, who hold such sway over an already fickle and ignorant electorate, can flourish. And so can their films.
FARENHEIT 9/11 is basically two hours of conspiracy theory, chock FULL of "facts" that, again, are both TRUE and FALSE, depending on what website you happen to read. Moore asserts, that according to many newspapers and independent investigations, and post election private recounts, Al Gore was SUPPOSED to win Florida. HMMMM. I remember reading, at the time, that several independent recounts were launched, some by liberal newspapers, and all found that BUSH did indeed win the Florida election (narrow margin irrelevant -- a win is a win, fair and square). I guess I read different newspapers at the time. Also, Moore again jumps on Bush for the infamous escape of the Bin Laden clan from America (which he also had a whole chapter on in his last book). While I agree that it was a massive security oversight, I seem to remember a blurb from Richard Clark's 9/11 testimony that HE was the one that allowed that to happen, as he was still in power at the time. Also, everyone seems to forget that the Bin Ladens left on private jets, three days later when airports had re-opened.
Like I said, there are three sides to every story. Hell, maybe ten. In any case, Moore goes on with his massive conspiracy theory, manipulating the audiences with the heartbreaking story of a patriotic woman who loses her son to the war effort in Iraq. While her loss is devastating, and heartbreaking, I'm sure lemming-like audiences will forget that she is one of MANY who has lost a son, daughter, brother or husband to this war effort, and to the countless wars before it. Death is always a risk when one joins the military; that's why it's always considered such a massive tragedy when civilians are killed in a war. That is part of a soldier's duty: putting his or her life on the line. Sorry folks, but despite what shady recruiters tell you, joining the military aint just about getting the government to pay for your college tuition, it's about sacrifice. I guess it's our own fault we have lost sight of what it is to give part of one self, or sometimes, all of one self to the greater good. I'm sure if you tracked down someone from the depression area, they would tell you we've had it too good for too long. This is not the rainbow-colored paradise sheltered college students seem to think it is...this is an angry planet that is constantly trying to kill you from the moment you are born. While my words sound cold, that is war. People die, and it is sad. War is sad. But it is also infinitely more upsetting when someone uses those deaths to his advantage to sway opinion and make money. That is a dishonor.
To make a long review shorter, I can live with these wild conspiracy theories. Nevermind the ridiculous fact that people have drawn up this Machiavellian drama which implicates the Bush family as a sinister bunch maneuvering about a global chess board in the quest for ultimate power (what is this? Star Wars?), afterall, it's popular to hate a Republican president. I can forgive Moore and all his fans for that. But what really upset me was Moore basic thesis statement: "Bush is evil, and his misled us all, and the military is made up of nothing but poor people from poor neighborhoods who are doing all the dying for us, and we should be grateful to them."
This is UNACCEPTABLE. I'm sorry, but that makes just about as much sense as the old claim that "It was mostly black people who died in Vietnam." Neither are true. While not to downplay the contributions of the poor, and for that matter, EVERY class in American society to the United States Armed Services, it currently is, and always has been, the MIDDLE CLASS that has made up the military, and its casualties. A warning to you easily-swayed folk: THIS is how communism rises, and freedom is lost. Someone comes along, and turns people against the "evil" rich, by saying that they are out, 24/7, to screw you over. This is dangerous stuff, and if these people get their way, we will all be in a big mess...just ask Russia, Cuba and China. It's FUN to be a communist, isn't? In the end, everyone envies our American freedom. Let's not lose it.
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