The World According to Bush is a snotty French-turd of a documentary which caters to Anti-Americans abroad as it absolves the self-loathing American left of its discomforting nationality (much like an inquisitor “absolves” the heretic who recants). The movie, which is filling independent movie houses all over the US and has aired on Canada’s sacred CBC, is being billed as a less sanctimonious, more objective version of Fahrenheit 911; whereas Fahrenheit 911 appeals to the more populist, regular Joe vein of the left, “The World According to Bush” targets its pseudorigor demanding elite.
Whetting the discerning viewer’s sophisticated appetite, the film begins with a contrast between President Bush and Norman Mailer. The first clip is of Bush speaking to a graduating class, first congratulating students who have excelled and then reassuring C students by telling them “even you could be president”. The second clip is of Norman Mailer explaining that Bush is stupid in every way but one (Bush needs to be non-stupid at least in one way in order to qualify as evil and sinister…and guilty); Bush, Mailer continues, is incredibly shrewd when it comes to manipulating people, especially that large number of stupid American people who identify with him. The intention behind this contrast is to get the audience to snort at Bush’s stupid, un-serious joke (actually I found it refreshing and funny) while being awed by the conclusions of a Nobel laureate with a brilliant past. Swallowing that old pill whole allows viewers an in-the-know club membership. The tactic will probably work; after all most people who make the effort to see this film in the US are going there to be told what they want to hear, and most people, who see it outside the US, resent the US for all kinds of reasons which will be reinforced by the film.
Norman Mailer is a brilliant writer and a great shit -disturber; but that should not give him a pass when it comes to assertions which don’t make much sense. How neurologically likely is it that Bush can be incredibly stupid in every way but one? Is there some unknown kind of autism which could explain this? Mailer, you may remember, made quite a splash by suggesting that the invasions of
• The 2000 “selection”
The Documentary claims that Bush was “selected” by a republican controlled Supreme Court. The truth of the matter is that the court, which is split 4 to 4 with one unpredictable tiebreaker, had to make a decision. Gore asked for recounts in those municipalities where he thought he would get more votes; he got the recounts and miscalculated (he should have asked for the entire state), but to blame this miscalculation on the sinister workings of the Supreme Court is silly. Not that the Supreme Court does not deserve some scrutiny: If in 2000 Bush and Gore traded places, I suspect 8 of the 9 supreme court justices would have switched accordingly (they would have voted the opposite way)...showing a degree of partisanship that should be absent from the legislative branch. Now, that’s a bad sign, but it is something that could have just as easily gone the other way and more importantly it could have been avoided.
Many black felons who by law should have been allowed to vote in
Bush is a religious man who wears his religion on his sleeve; there is little doubt about that, but the reason for why he wears that religion on his sleeve is subject to debate. It is not, as the film implied directed at those with different faiths or of no faith. Rather, it is directed at his base. The difference between these two views is that under one, Bush threatens us, while under the other, he merely irritates us. Those who fear that he will roll back the social progress we have made should realize that most of his posture is politics.
An illustration of this is that his foreign policy, the now infamous Bush Doctrine, has little to do with the Christian Right; if anything, the kind of conservatism that influences Bush’s foreign policy is incompatible with religious conservatism. How is it possible for neocons most of whom are atheists with Jewish backgrounds to be part of the Christian right? If the film maker’s answer is that the Christian Right supports
The film continues to ponder the neoconservative conspiracy dropping in the occasional reference to the administration’s tying
Whether the Patriot act is a good bill or not is subject to debate; one good thing about it is that it is set to expire unless renewed by congress.
Operation TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) is one of those red-herrings that allows leftists to claim that we live in an orwellian society where citizens are encouraged to turn each other in. The truth of the matter is that TIPS was stillborn.
Similarly when the Soviet Union set it sights on
The Saudi Connection is one that deserves attention, but as it does with every other issue the documentary boils everything down to a simple conspiracy which is plagued with internal contradiction:
The military industrial complex has been blamed for every war the
The mainstream American media has been criticized for reporting or repeating faulty intelligence with respect to WMD; what critics should remember is that the intelligence agencies of
Finally the RNC does have a lot of money, but it may shock the documentary filmmakers to find out that this time the DNC has almost tied them.
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