Bye-bye, Bushie: 1,000 points of blight

By Maralyn Lois Polak

“Fahrenheit 9-11” is still the film the Bush-WAH administration doesn’t want you to see. With good reason. It’s like watching the rise of the Fourth Reich …

Scandalous, catastrophic, corrupt and very creepy.

While it doesn’t go nearly far enough in its indictment of the Bushes – a three-generation Skull and Bones dynasty as the moral equivalent of a major American crime family – Michael Moore’s latest documentary is powerful, politically persuasive and emotionally affecting, a clarion call to action now: Dump this dim dude before he and his cadre of greedy, power-mad necon nitwits destroy what’s left of the world.

If your main source of news is the corporate mainstream media, you may be shocked, dazed, and confused to discover the Bushes are intimately “connected” to a Saudi syndicate controlling international oil cartels.

Despite Disney pulling out at the 11th hour, the film’s unwarranted “R” rating, and some chickenhearted theatres declining to carry “Fahrenheit 9-11,” the film has become the top-grossing documentary of all time.

You could say radical gadfly Michael Moore is flak-catcher for a phalanx of fellow truth-tellers.

What must be remembered, before we inevitably get entangled in all the ad hominem, anti-Moore rhetoric – which has surely begun to pile up like cow-pies – is this: The filmmaker didn’t invent these outrages, he merely catalogues them.

No need to attack the messenger bearing bad news.

Nevertheless, no surprise Bushies seek to smear Michael Moore in any way they can, attempting to discredit his film, discount its message and disparage his techniques. An especially futile tactic because these other questioning voices are becoming legion.

A full six months before the release of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9-11,” Online Journal’s Michael Hasty pointed out in his stunning piece, “Paranoid Shift,” that “[D]isturbing … are the many eerie parallels between Adolph Hitler and George W. Bush”:

  • A conservative, authoritarian style, with public appearances in military uniform (which no previous American president has ever done while in office).

  • Government by secrecy, propaganda and deception.

  • Open assaults on labor unions and workers’ rights.

  • Preemptive war and militant nationalism.

  • Contempt for international law and treaties.

  • Suspiciously convenient “terrorist” attacks, to justify a police state and the suspension of liberties.

  • A carefully manufactured image of “The Leader,” who’s still just a “regular guy” and a “moderate.”

  • “Freedom” as the rationale for every action. Fantasy economic growth, based on unprecedented budget deficits and massive military spending.

  • And a cold, pragmatic ideology of fascism – including the violent suppression of dissent and other human rights; the use of torture, assassination and concentration camps; and most important, Benito Mussolini’s preferred definition of “fascism” as “corporatism, because it binds together the interests of corporations and the state.”

We are so there, Bunky!

Locally, in Philadelphia, where I still live, “Fahrenheit 9-11’s” debut was a major media event, with TV crews interviewing the audience before doors opened. The line from the box office wound around almost an entire city block. Show after show rapidly sold out days in advance. More people seemed to be attending “Fahrenheit 9-11” than any other film in recent memory.

Soon enough, the partisan audiences would clap, cry, and cheer Moore on.

Waiting behind me was a lady from the activist Pennsylvania suburb of Swarthmore with her teenage son. “We’re part of the show,” she cheerfully observed. A pony-tailed photographer took pictures of those waiting outside, but his actions reeked of surveillance. That was after standing in line under the hot sun for hours waiting to get in amidst the media feeding frenzy of a trio of local TV stations desperately tripping over each other to find “someone, anyone, who plans to vote for Bush in the upcoming election.”

They had no takers. Not one.

But as an ever-philosophical Virato – an Asheville, N.C., publisher – observes via e-mail: “It’s not about Michael Moore who is simply the buffoon or court jester delivering the message! It’s not about the man, it’s about his tenacity to bring up stuff that people need to be aware of … A paradigm shift in awareness is needed. [Because] it’s also not about Bush, Republicans and Democrats. It’s about unconsciousness and fear. Bush is but an icon, and we are sending a message to all such ‘icons’ of the old [outmoded] paradigm, ‘Enough is enough!'”