Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Yes, I work for a major motion picture studio.
Yes, I am a lawyer.
Yes, I was a political science major.
Yes, I was a member of student government.
Yes, I am politically active.
Yes, I despise the current administration.
Yes, I am socially liberal.
Yes, I am a member of the ACLU.

Yes, I finally saw "Fahrenheit 9/11" this evening.

It contained no great revelations. And, as always, Michael Moore takes easy potshots whenever convenient. Despite its faults, it clearly is the most important motion picture of the year. It highlights, clarifies and humanizes a situation and culture that permitted, and arguably encouraged, our unilateral invasion of a sovereign state that posed no immediate threat to the United States, nor even a clear and present danger, while simultaneously undermining our moral credibility (not to mention the "war on terrorism") throughout the world.

In terms of his presidency,

--The best thing to happen to George W. Bush was to be born the son of a successful, wealthy, intelligent and accomplished man.

--The next best thing was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's decision to use four passenger aircraft as terrorist missiles on September 11, 2001.

Appropriated moral authority and a culture of fear do not allow wisdom to flourish where none was ever present. The incendiary mix of arrogance and incompetence flowing throughout the executive branch is not endemic to republicans. Nor are democrats necessarily immune. Partisan labels, while helpful, are not determinative. However, the 2004 election is an unequivocal no-brainer. On November 2nd, our great republic must undertake a representative democracy's version of a coup.

Please encourage friends, family, acquaintances and complete strangers throughout Ohio to make sure their state is blue on election eve.

Kerry-Edwards 2004

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