One of the main reasons I am firmly apolitical is because I believe that Democrats and Republicans put promoting their respective platforms far above logic and doing their job. In all aspects of life I discount completely the opinion of anyone who cannot or will not see the other side of an argument. Because if they can’t it’s because they are regurgitating what someone has spoon fed them, not because they reached a conclusion on their own.
I have the same problem with a lot of the media, including Michael Moore. While I think he is a smart guy, he loses me by completely discounting the opposing view. I have the same problem with Rush Limbaugh and that crowd.
Having said all of this, I have enjoyed every one of Michael Moore’s movies. Not because he is going to change my mind or make me vote for that idiot Bob Kerry, but because they make me think. My current irritation with the media’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath is directly a result of something I concluded after watching Fahrenheit 9/11- American media is creating a culture of fear in the way it presents the news. Be scared; don’t trust; be afraid; they’re coming to get you, etc.
The downward spiral of my opinion of George W. Bush has been accelerated by his weak and very non-presidential actions since the hurricane. While I think it is ridiculous to blame the federal government for not stopping this damage that could not have been stopped, I do find fault with the almost lackadaisical response to the devastation.
So today, Michael Moore writes an open letter to Mr. Bush. Yes, it’s a little over the top, but I agree with a lot of it. Especially this passage:
“On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn’t stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.”
I would vote for Daffy Duck before I would vote for Kerry, and the fact that Kerry was front and center then and Hillary Clinton will be front and center soon shows how shallow the Democrats’ pool of options has become. But at this point, I’d vote for Daffy over the whole crew.
I am now consistently irritated by George W. Bush. At this point, almost every word that comes out of his mouth pisses me off. I don’t think I’m alone. The approval polls over the next few weeks should be interesting.