I see Michael Moore is coming out with a new movie, ‘Sicko’, for which he took some workers injured during the cleanup at Ground Zero in New York City and flew them down to Cuba for medical treatment. This is apparently to contrast Cuba’s health-care system with ours.
Yes, this is the same Cuba that proclaims the “improving” health of leader Fidel Castro despite his likely being dead since last summer.
Now, I’m going to try to spell out my feelings about Moore without using the word “fat,” or make any cracks about using the difference between “celluloid” and “cellulite” to spell the word “idiot.” Although, I unfortunately won’t be able to use the word “un-American.” If his effort in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ is any indication, I’m guessing he didn’t undertake this endeavor to showcase how smoothly and seamlessly the capitalistic American health-care system operates.
Instead, I’ll sum up my feelings about Moore much in the same way I can summarize my thoughts about President Bill Clinton; opportunity lost.
You see, there is no question in my mind that Moore is a talented filmmaker. Even in F9/11, he accessed documents that fell outside the realm of public record. He needed connections for some of that shit. Yet what did he do with it all? According to ‘FahrenHYPE 9/11’ (which never was widely challenged), he doctored headlines to make it look as if Al Gore actually did win Florida in the 2000 presidential election. And that’s just the start.
“So what? That doesn’t mean what he’s telling us isn’t true!” No, but it might. How can you trust someone who is so brazenly guilty of such a misrepresentation of facts? Liberals certainly don’t want to give George W. Bush the benefit of a doubt about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, yet they’re willing to put all of their eggs into the basket of a guy who owns stock in Halliburton, a company he has publicly pilloried for years as being a tool of Bush’s evil plans.
My point is, Moore has an opportunity to put forth some really powerful images and ideas of what America is capable of. Stories of, in this case, the medical miracles American doctors, surgeons and researchers have accomplished. But instead, he’ll undoubtedly inject, one more time, his skewed liberal worldview into his work of semi-fiction.