Jewish World Review March 25, 2003 / 21 Adar II, 5763
The Dems' Michael Moore Problem
Don't get suckered into believing that Moore's anti-Bush, anti-war rant is an isolated viewpoint on the far-left of the Democrat party. The dirty little secret is that most Dem-elite intellectuals agree with stupid white man Moore but are afraid to say so publicly.
The truth is that leading Democrat "thinkers" have at one time or another explicitly or implicitly conveyed the same sentiments. Take the "fictitious election" comment. Bill Clinton, still the titular head of the Democrat Party, has made similar cracks. Ditto for recovering politician Al Gore. At a speech in the Dominican Republic in December, Gore asked the crowd, "In your presidential election here, does the candidate who gets the most votes win the election?"
As for Moore's "fictitious reasons" for war comment, Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd have made comparable charges in recent weeks. When Moore refers to Bush as a "fictitious" president, what he really means is that he is a stupid president. When Tom Daschle last week blamed the President's "miserable failure" in diplomacy for forcing war, he too was really saying that Bush is dunce. Tom the Towering Intellect believes President Bush is woefully incapable of maneuvering in our complex, interconnected world. He's no Jacques Chirac.
The Dem-elites in Hollywood and Washington, utterly convinced of their intellectual and moral superiority, are hopelessly out of touch with the public whose welfare they claim to care so much about. Take the Oscars. On a day when we learned that American POWs were being humiliated before Iraqi television cameras, ABC decided the Academy ad revenues were too big to pass up. For the Academy, toning down the red carpet was an adequate sacrifice. Chef mogul Wolfgang Puck, who was catering the big after-party bash for the Academy, wailed that if the awards were cancelled, hundreds of pounds of imported sea bass would go to waste.
Well, Americans spoke last night. Ratings for the broadcast were down 23 percent from last year. Some proudly boycotted the Oscars, others opted to focus on what was happening in the real world. Turns out that the 70+ percent of those stupid Americans who support the President and the war in Iraq were smart enough to tune out Hollywood's ill-timed narcissistic exercise. Actor Tom Hanks was classy enough to bow out, undoubtedly uncomfortable with the spectacle. On this channel, see our brave military men and women in harms way, donning chemical suits. Flip to ABC and see Oscar nominees and presenters air-kissing one another for their artistic sacrifices, clutching their $25,000 "goodie bags," decked out in couture. Their idea of an MRE is a take-out order of capellini with white truffles from the Ivy.
Democrats' confused, muddled foreign policy message isn't playing any better with the American public than the Oscar ceremony played with American television viewers. The reason is that, except maybe for Joe Lieberman and Dick Gephardt, Democrats have made it clear that they believe that France should have veto authority over US national security decisions. Listen to Rep. Nancy Pelosi before for war, and it's clear that if France had agreed to the war, then she would be for it, too.
To heck with the fact that the American president, the intelligence community, the entire Cabinet, believe the war is necessary for our security! To heck with the American people who support President Bush's decision! Guinea and Cameroon aren't on board!
That so many liberals see this as an "illegitimate" or even "illegal" war is why liberalism is on life-support. The Michael Moore sympathizers in the Democrat party actually believe that the French (who helped Iraq build a nuclear plant) and the Russians (who sell unauthorized radar jamming equipment to Iraq) are acting in "good faith," but the President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are not.
The Dem-elites trust the judgment of the "international community" on foreign policy. Americans trust the judgment of their president. The Dem-elites are enamored with the UN. Americans see the UN as a forum for America-bashing. The Dem-elites believe America has become too "arrogant." Americans think France is too arrogant. The Dem-elites don't like the idea of America as a "super-power." Americans are proud to be the strongest, freest country in the world. The Dem-elites think this war is our fault. Americans think that it's Saddam's fault.
It would be refreshing if more in the entertainment industry confronted the idiocy of Michael Moore. Dennis Miller can't do it all.
As for the Democrats, their ability to win national elections in the near future will depend on their own willingness to confront
their own versions of Michael Moore. Don't hold your breath.
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