July 6th, 2004

Flute

Fahrenheit 9/11 -- Reprise

I'm no Michael Moore worshiper. I'm a Libertarian, which means I have agreements and disagreements with both the left and the right. But I do lean a little to the left. I figure that if the government is going to steal money from all of us, I'd rather see them spend it on health care and education than on sending the military to die in sovereign countries, killing thousands of innocents along the way, so that certain U.S. corporations can profit.

So when I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 when it first opened, I went in with some positive biases. I had read a couple of reviews prior to seeing the film, but I was not prepared for the documentation of the depth of depravity of frat-boy Bush and his cronies. I left the theatre very angry.

In the days after I saw the film, I read every review of the movie I could find, both praising and critical. I paid special attention to the column in last Sunday's paper by Leonard Pitts, Jr., whom I respect a lot. He wrote about how the film can seduce us into feeling angry, and whether we want to sink to the level of the extreme right with their venom spewing. I see anger as one step from violence, which I abhor, so I told myself maybe I better calm down.

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