Saturday, June 26, 2004
re-cap: fahrenheit 9/11
On Friday night I saw fahrenheit 9/11...the highlight: excellent soundtrack and typically-mooresque drama. Moore has certainly established himself as the "rush limbaugh" of the left. The movie was persuasive. It definitely supported my belief that we desperately need a new president. But will it accomplish anything? No. The movie preaches to the converted. I don't think there was anyone in the sold-out audience who wasn't already of the "dump bush" camp. I do wish that Moore had kept his focus on the one key point of the movie (that got lost in all the rabble-rousing): there was no link between 9/11 and Iraq.
On the other side, Bush has developed a new web-only commercial to reposition the discussion around his actions in the war as inappropriate given this that this is war time and he's a war president. He positions the left as "wild-eyed" with video frames of Dean, Gore, Gephardt and Kerry, juxtaposed with images of Hitler (similar to the MoveOn.org video)...and then he fades to black with the statement: "This is not a time for pessimism and rage...its a time for optimism, steady leadership and progress." What? Steady leadership? Isn't now exactly when we need to question our leaders? and push them to make the best and morally right decisions -- even if it means changing direction? I agree with Nelson: "Frankly, this is the time for pessimism and rage."
Watch the Bush propaganda here.
And what is Bush doing now? "President Bush shrugged off criticism in Europe over the Iraq war, saying Saturday he was more concerned about his standing among the American electorate." 
Dammit, this man is going to make it impossible for me to travel the world as an American.