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July 4th, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Now, I want to preface this by saying it’s a free country (well, mostly) and people can do what they want (except download music off the Internet for free, protest near large conventions and summits, expect higher gas mileage for cars, expect cleaner air and water free of factory emissions, not provide their name to police when asked, require a warrant for a phone tap, assume that their ISPs won’t read their email, receive a trial after being labeled an “enemy combatant,” or expect the government to be honest about anything.) But it’s my opinion that people who choose to ban Fahrenheit 9/11 for… political… reasons are lacking a little something upstairs.

Take for instance the head of a theater chain in Iowa and Nebraska, who has decided to ban the picture. His reasoning is simple: the documentary incites terrorism. He believes that the film will divide the country even more, proving that The Terrorists Have Won?. While he claims his chain of theaters won’t show propaganda from either side of the political fence, this quote kind of sums it up:

“Our country is in a war against an enemy who would destroy our way of life, our culture and kill our people.”

(sigh) Send it to 2002, pal.

The thing that saddens me is that this is a film that people on both sides of the argument should see. Will it divide people more? It’s hard to say; chances are good that people will have their feelings validated. I have yet to read a viewpoint from a Bush supporter that was dismissive on solid grounds. Most reviews that are critical of the film say that it’s biased (duh,) or that Michael Moore is un-American, which is about the lamest argument I’ve heard since, “If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists.”

I can think of no better way to spend Independence Day than by seeing this movie.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday July 4, 2004 -- 11:07:27 am
Bush supporters should want to see F 9/11 to know what their man is up against, and what "charges" they might want to answer to.



FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday July 4, 2004 -- 11:08:58 am
I have yet to read a viewpoint from a Bush supporter that wasn't dismissive on solid grounds.

Did you mean was where you typed wasn't?

In any case, YES! Though I had my nitpicks about the film, it is still the act of a patriot, and seeing it today would be a great thing to do.

Which makes me think of a whole other tangent...I've never been much into the fireworks and picnics and stuff. Wouldn't it be cool to spend the 4th doing something good for the country? Maybe political, maybe not. Maybe something as simple as picking up the trash on your block.

Happy 4th.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday July 4, 2004 -- 11:17:48 am
Did you mean was where you typed wasn't?

Woops! :)



FROM: Evelyn
DATE: Sunday July 11, 2004 -- 12:53:36 pm
I'm about to see the movie today. I he's opened up a lot of eyes and made them realized that this country is screwing itself. Well, I have to go watch my movie so I'll be driving my SUV while eating my corn dog and talking on my cell phone. Just kidding.



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