Sunday, September 6, 2009

Michael Moore - Fat, Nuts and Evil

Some filmmakers are brilliant, others ordinary and some just plain crazy or deluded. However, the so-called documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is not crazy, but I do think he is nuts and evil in the extreme.

In the beginning I believe Mr. Moore really did intend to simply expose some of the rot that was festering within the roots of the American culture. His first big success was as a writer and director with "Roger and Me." This 1989 film honestly exposed some of the corruption that led to the General Motors plant closing in Flint, Michigan which cost the jobs of over 30,000 employees. The film showed Moore's journey in trying to interview then GM CEO Roger Smith. It was critically praised and was Moore's only true documentary. He had no personal agenda or any kind of political axe to grind (if so he didn't reveal it in this film), but simply sought out the truth behind the plant closing.

Following the success of "Roger and Me" came "Bowling for Columbine". And, while Moore did begin with a sincere look at some American citizen's dogmatic love of guns, it quickly slid into an undeserved view that all gun owners were crazed maniacs on the prowl to shoot anything that moves. The film did offer up a poignant and in-depth interview of both the anti and pro gun lobbies found in the United States. The film also successfully exposed some disturbing elements that can be found within American culture, tendencies of overt violence made more violent by the use of easily obtainable handguns, but then Moore, in his own angry way came off preachy, the last thing a true documentary should ever convey.

His last two films "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko" dropped all pretentiousness to being a documentary and were overt expressions of Moore's own paranoia, socialist agenda and quick slide into self-centered expose'.

Now comes his newest venture titled "Capitalism: A Love Story". This film claims that Moore is returning to his roots of documentary filmmaking and, like his ever expanding waistline, has bloated up to take on, not just General Motors, but the entire corporate mindset that is behind every aspect of the American way of life known by its more simplistic name of capitalism. Moore sets out to expose this corporate evil dogma of capitalism claiming it is at the heart of all that is wrong with the United States, how it is spreading and corrupting the rest of the planet. Moore uses the "evils" of capitalism as the blame for all the world's ills...its propensity for violence, abuse, its lies and betrayals and the basic cause of why we humans, particularly those evil Americans, act and do the things we do. If we could only remove capitalism from the equation, according to Moore, then all would be right with the world. This film leaves no room for doubt that Michael Moore is beyond nuts. He is a man with the capitalistic means to spread his evil agenda of destroying the foundations of what made this country a beacon of modern human civilization. A country that millions of people have run to for a chance to succeed in life, not run and hide from. A country that still opens its borders to those who wish to come here legally and if willing to work hard can have the same opportunity as all those who came before to make a better life for themselves, their families and their prosperity. Moore, with his hate of the very foundations of this democratic republic, is out to destroy that very ideal. Moore sums up his film by saying "Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil." What is unique here is that this is the only country on the planet in which Mr. Moore could ever succeed in expressing his evil views so publicly without fear of imprisonment or governmental interference with his ever-expanding personal lifestyle. That evil U.S. Constitution, the same one that allows gun ownership, also guarantees Mr. Moore that right of self-expression, as it does me to print this column.

And, he stands to make a pretty penny doing it as well. So much for the evils of capitalism and democracy.

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