[Marxism] Mr. Cranky reviews Fahrenheit 9/11
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 2 06:47:59 MDT 2004
From my favorite film critic on the Internet, next to myself.
I ask in all seriousness: where the fuck are their balls?
Given the amount of controversy this film has generated, it seems wrong
to attack it with the usual Mr. Cranky disdain, rather than addressing
some of the issues it raises and leting the members of our little online
community debate them.
Ironically, I attended a lecture given by Paul Roberts recently. He
wrote a book called "The End of Oil". Though I haven't read the book,
one of the points he made was that Saudi Arabia provides the United
States with more oil than any other country. According to Yahoo, that's
about 17.8%. Roberts explained that if the Saudi regime were replaced by
a one hostile to the U.S., or if terrorists attacked Saudi Arabian oil
facilities, either resulting in the elimination of Saudi Arabian oil
from the U.S. economy, there would be an energy crisis in this country
like we have never seen. So, whether we like it or not, it's in our
country's best interest right now to be friendly to Saudi Arabia.
One of the arguments of Michael Moore's film is that George Bush and
most of his administration has compromised the security of the United
States because they are so beholden to Saudi Arabian interests. The Bush
family's own wealth is directly tied to the Saudis. Furthermore, the
Bush family has also bedded down with the Bin Ladens, being that they
too are Saudis and their wealth is generated from oil. When Osama Bin
Laden attacked the United States on September 11th and George Bush
responded by jacking up military spending, he increased the wealth of
Osama Bin Laden because Bin Laden (and Saudi Arabia) are investors in
the major United States defense contractors.
While this is obviously a salient point, what exactly is the alternative
to being friendly with Saudi Arabia? Based on the fact that 15 of the 19
terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, ignorant members of the Left suggest
that the object of our hatred and military might should have been Saudi
Arabia and not Iraq. To say this suggestion is foolish is a mild
understatement. While I firmly believe that George Bush is a colossal
dickhead, suggesting that his family could have possibly known that
their relationship with the Saudis would have turned into the fiasco we
face now is to ask them to predict the future. George W. Bush can barely
form a coherent sentence. I don't think he'd be able to predict the
future. If anybody were paying attention, the goal of the Bush
administration in Iraq is completely clear: they are trying to create a
country based on the Saudi model. They want a friendly leadership so
that they get at Iraq's oil. Given our tenuous foothold in the Arab
world, the Saudi regime's relationship with its own people, and our
country's ability to suck oil from the world like a kid sticking a straw
in a Slurpee, this isn't the worst idea.
There's also another particularly interesting point made in Moore's film
about the Democrats. Regardless of the outcome, the situation in Florida
during our last presidential election was a mockery of our constitution.
It's simply a fact that the state was won by Bush due to Republican
efforts that prevented voters unlikely to cast votes in his direction
from voting. Most of those voters were black. Moore shows us the scene,
Al Gore presiding over a joint session of Congress, as black
Congressperson after black Congressperson try to oppose the validation
of the election. Each gives a speech, but failing to have their
objection signed by only 1 Senator, they are forced to leave the podium.
Sorry, but the thought that went through my mind was this: Where was
John Kerry? Frankly, where was any Democrat during this whole thing?
Our Democratic leadership in this country is a loose conglomeration of
ball-less fucks. It's easy for the Left to be outraged by George W. Bush
and the Republicans, but in many ways, the target of much of their
hatred ought to be directed at the Democrats and their weak leadership.
With these gutless weasels forming the agenda for the so-called "Left"
in this country, it really is no surprise that so many people are voting
Republican. Democrats simply don't believe in anything, don't stand up
for anything, and there's really nothing Americans despise more than
somebody who won't take a stand. That's why George W. Bush, despite his
lack of intelligence, is so well liked. Despite all his failings (and
there are many), at least he stands for something. At least he went
after somebody (even if it was the wrong person). At least he tried.
Meanwhile, there's John Kerry who voted for the Iraq invasion and then
pulled his support and now can't seem to utter a complete sentence
without changing his position on something. You know, take gay marriage
for instance. Everybody knows that Kerry, if he truly is a liberal,
supports gay marriage, but he can't say that he does because he thinks
it'll kill his campaign (which it very well might). Yet that's precisely
the thing that's killing the Democrats right now -- they won't stand up
and say they believe in anything. They don't seem to have a message. I
ask in all seriousness: where the fuck are their balls (with apologies
to the female Dems)?
Having said all this, it's absolutely disgusting that George W. Bush
supporters won't address the points made in Michael Moore's film because
they aren't simply fairy tales. They just do what Dick Cheney did in the
Senate the other day and scream "go fuck yourself" a lot. Frankly, the
Democrats do pretty much the same thing. There's no longer political
debate in this country, there's just name-calling. There's no longer
investigative journalism in this country, just sound-bites,
sensationalism, and headlines.
Now, whose fault is this? I'll tell you: it's ours. You and me and
everyone. We have got to be among the most ignorant and selfish people
on the face of the planet and we have got in our political system and
our President exactly what we deserve. As a country, we have utter
disdain for everything and everyone. It's me first and fuck everyone
else and that attitude is perfectly represented in our political system.
We are the greediest, most conceited people on the face of the Earth and
we spread our attitudes like a cancer.
Our politicians perfectly mirror this fact. They are the richest of the
rich. George Bush is a rich scumbag whose only interest in the world is
creating more wealth for himself and his friends. I'd like not to say
the same thing about John Kerry, but um, he's rich too, super-rich.
Anyone with that much money has some serious skeletons in their closet
and no matter whether they're on the right or the left, their political
opponents are always going to be able to dig up dirt.
Until a viable middle class candidate rises up and challenges our
current system corporate favoritism, there will always be a plentiful
supply of Michael Moores and Ann Coulters to spew bile back and forth
across the political fence.
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