Michael Moore has done it again. With a new film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," he has instilled new thoughts into the minds of Americans, forming lines a hundred people deep (at least) outside of 1500 theaters across the country. We have all heard of it. Some refuse to go because they are afraid of supporting something that has the potential to corrupt their thinking, turning them against George W. Bush. Others will tell the whole world about the must-see content, encouraging liberal thinking.
Here is my take.
The best part about the movie is that Michael Moore had the opportunity to make it, because America is the land of the free. In this country our leaders maintain freedom so that men like Moore can project onto movie screens any information, no matter who it angers.
And it is these details within the film that make it so fantastically eye-opening. Moore takes viewers through the motives behind the war America is holding with Iraq. He follows Bush, after having collected information as to his whereabouts, during the first months in office prior to 9/11. He mocks the President as he shows footage of the supposed cowboy fishing, playing golf or taking many vacations from his leading role at the White House, seemingly avoiding warnings of attack.
Moore shows footage of Bush as he sits in a third-grade classroom in Florida for almost 10 minutes between hearing about the attacks on our country and finally leaving to handle the situation.
He presents a case that is emotionally difficult to swallow. The American people want to be able to support and love their leader. It is hard.
Many people call "Fahrenheit 9/11" a direct attack on our president and a one-sided argument.
I can't help but think that Moore has retorted the one sided argument that we as Americans have been faced with by the media and the government for the last three years. His effort is to reconsider why we are fighting in Iraq.
Turn on the television if you don't agree and see what comes across the screen. Warning after warning about how afraid we should be of attack, how the US is fighting to protect the innocent people of America from any further violation which might mirror September 11.
We have been duped into believing that killing other innocent people in Iraq (civilians) is a just cause, because we have had fear embedded in our brains.
Moore presents all of these ideas in "Fahrenheit."
Moore introduces us to Lila Lipscomb, a woman who at the beginning of the film had encouraged her son to enlist in the army. With high levels of unemployment, and in tough financial times, she thought it was the best way for her son to see the world while earning money to pay for his education. She shuddered at the people protesting war, taking offense to the lack of appreciation for the soldiers sent to fight.
Then she realized that the people of America were protesting the cause behind the war.
Mrs. Lipscomb reads out loud the last letter she received from her son before he was killed in Iraq, the most emotional scene in the documentary.
Michael Moore corners congressmen in Washington to see how they would feel about their children going to war to support such a cause. Only one man in congress has a child overseas. All of the rest looked at Moore like he was crazy for even asking.
The questions that Moore raises for the audience is to think objectively. He asks Britney Spears how she felt about President Bush and the war. She replied that she thought Americans should stand behind our leader, no matter what.
I understand nationalism and supporting the decisions that the country makes. Don't forget to remember the nice transition that took place between wanting to get revenge on those behind the terrorist attacks and the move into Iraq. Well, the weapons of mass destruction are MIA and the leader of Iraq just started his trial, while U.S.-appointed men conveniently run the country.
But what happened to al-Qaeda? I was in Spain when they attacked Madrid, exactly 911 days after our own tragedy. I know that my best friend is from Iraq and her aunt's kitchen was destroyed by US bombs and her friends killed, including young women, children and civilians. So, what problem has been solved?
Moore takes political activism to an astounding level by trying to make people aware. Support the troops that are there and pray and love them. However, do not be afraid to consider why the fighting is taking place and who is behind the decision. My mother asked me if I thought "Fahrenheit 9/11" would change the election. No, I don't. I do think that it will make more people vote.
Support those who are fighting for the United States. Be fearful of their lives and thankful for their bravery. But by the same token, we can help them out too, by taking a stance here in the States, and maybe get them out of there.
-Ashley Devick is the entertainment editor at the Daily Beacon and not a member of any political party. E-mail Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
'Fahrenheit' heats up political activism
Published: Fri Jul 02, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:11 p.m.