Saturday, December 04, 2004

Moore for Breakfast

Jim Geraghty has laid out the case for the Democrats to turn their backs on Moore.
Moore's distance from mainstream American political thought became clear to me a few days ago, when, desperate for reading material in an airport, I picked up Moore's 2003 book, Dude, Where's My Country and came across a stunning chapter entitled, "Horatio Alger Must Die."

A key excerpt:

[Horatio] Alger was one of the most popular American writers of the late 1800s. Alger's stories featured characters from impoverished backgrounds who, through pluck and determination and hard work, were able to make huge successes of themselves in this land of boundless opportunity. The message was that anyone can make it in America, and make it big.

We're addicted to this happy rags-to-riches myth in this country. People elsewhere in other industrialized democracies are content to make a good enough living to pay their bills and raise their families. Few have a cutthroat desire to strike it rich. If they have a job that lets them go home after seven or eight hours of work and then gives them the standard four to eight weeks of paid vacation every year, they're relatively happy. And with their governments providing health care, good free schools, and a guaranteed pension to live well in old age, they're even happier...

They live in reality, where there are only going to be a few rich people, and you are not going to be one of them. So get used to it...

Listen, friends, you have to face the truth. You are never going to be rich. The chance of that happening is about one in a million. Not only are you never going to be rich, but you are going to have to live the rest of your life busting your butt just to pay the cable bill and the music and arts classes for your kid at the public school where they used to be free.

Rarely will one see the view of the Left explained so succinctly: It's the anti-self-help message. If your life stinks, it's not your fault, and cannot be explained by lack of hard work, or willingness to learn new skills, or lack of persistence in the face of setbacks. It's all these powerful forces holding you back!

Moore's argument is essentially, "You can never get ahead. Only the government can help you. Settle for the predicable, immutable, perpetual dependent existence that only government aid can provide!"

Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your hopes for a better tomorrow!(/snip)

His criticisms of President Bush are often laced with inaccuracies and distortions, and he has a blind spot for excusing America's enemies. His books and longer works just pile up, one after another, "Bush messed up" assertions, a litany of complaints that offers no real solutions or ideas on the war on terror, economics, or any other issue. And his life story contradicts his disturbing view that Americans should abandon their pursuit of wealth and success and settle for the dull mediocrity of a European welfare state.

And yet on the left, seldom is heard a discouraging word when the topic is Moore.

As Moore begins to campaign for a best-picture nomination, now would be the time for someone on the left who takes the war on terror and the American Dream seriously to shatter the Democratic party's lockstep behind. Will any Democrat -- besides Beinart and the usual centrists like Joe Lieberman -- have the guts to publicly echo John McCain, the media's favorite Republican, and call Moore a "disingenuous filmmaker"?

It is a good question. Are there any democrats around that will stand up and take their party back? Only time will tell, however, if Moore does win Best Picture at the Oscars, it will be a lasting memory for a lot of people. A memory that the majority will find offensive, and once again the Hollywood left will hurt their own party more than they can ever assist it.

Heh, heh, let's hope Moore does get that Oscar! I will be ROFLMAO!!!