Fahrenheit 9/11

Saw it over the weekend. Enough has been written about it. Here are some good reviews:




My personal reactions:

1) Sadness. Remembering how it felt on 9/11 with that feeling of helplessness, like the world was ending. Moore shows a blank screen for about three or four minutes and simply lets the soundtrack represent the attacks. Very effective.

2) Disgust. Remembering how it was when the whole country was in limbo while bean counters and assholes in robes decided who was going to be the next President of the United States. What made it all the more surreal was watching as Al Gore presided over the Senate as African-American members of the House paraded by without a single Senator’s signature on their objections to the election results. See this link for more on that.

3) Bemusement and a perverse amusement. Watching George W. Bush in his worst moments. Does this guy have any good moments? He’d be completely hilarious if such serious consequences had not resulted from his ineptitude.

4) Horror. The death, destruction, lost lives, and the complete vacuity of many of the American soldiers’ comments. They’d been duped along with the rest of us, but so many didn’t see it. They were too busy jamming to their hard rock music while killing civilians. Of course, any of those civilians could’ve actually been a terrorist, so it’s OK.

5) Hilarity. As Michael Moore reads the Patriot Act outside the Capitol to oblivious Congressman who signed it into law without reading it. As Tappahannock Virginia authorities wonder why terrorists would want to strike there. As local Sheriff’s ‘infiltrate’ a small peace movement in a small town.

6) More Disgust mixed with perverse amusement. At a system in which laws are passed without our representatives even reading the text of the bills. “Sit down, my son. We don’t read most of the bills. Do you really know what would entail if we were to read every bill that we pass?” says Congressman John Conyers, (D-MI). Obviously.

7) Applause. ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ by Neil Young plays as the credits roll.


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