July 30, 2004
In last night's speech, John Kerry failed to take my advice that he distance himself from Michael Moore. Perhaps he thinks that Dale Earnhardt's support of Moore means that Moore's message plays well in middle America. In any event Kerry seems to be following Moore's advice.
Here's an excerpt from Moore's July 26 speech in Cambridge:
The Democratic Party of 2004 is not the Democratic Party of 2000. The threat that you posed in 2000, they got the message. And it was carried on by Howard dean and Dennis Kucinich and others in this year. And they helped push the Democrats toward where the majority of Americans that liberal progressive majority, is at.Now for some comparisons.
THE INVASION OF IRAQ
One thing I do know about Kerry, he will not invade a country like George W. Bush did.
I will bring back this nation's time-honored tradition: the United States of America never goes to war because we want to, we only go to war because we have to.
ON THE (CAPTURED) FLAG
Here's Kerry on the American flag:
That flag doesn't belong to any president. It doesn't belong to any ideology and it doesn't belong to any political party. It belongs to all the American people.
Well, who said it belonged to any president, political party or ideology? Michael Moore, that's who!
I don't know what it is with right-wingers and Republicans. They seem to have hijacked over the years the word "patriotism", the American flag, these things.Similar statements were voiced earlier by Moore:
For too long now we have abandoned our flag to those who see it as a symbol of war and dominance, as a way to crush dissent at home. Flags are flying from the back of SUVs, rising high above car dealerships, plastering the windows of businesses and adorning paper bags from fast-food restaurants. But these flags are intended to send a message: "You're either with us or you're against us," "Bring it on!" or "Watch what you say, watch what you do."
I honestly can't recall Republicans or war supporters ever saying that the flag belonged only to their president, their party, or war supporters. Flying the flag became very popular after September 11, and while flag waving did wane, neither Kerry nor Moore (who's really the champion of this idea) have shown that this happened because Republicans "hijacked" it. Surely they're not suggesting that Republicans made network correspondents stop wearing flag lapel pins, are they?
THE SAUDIS AND OSAMA BUSH
Then there's the Kerry-Moore Saudi theme.
I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation, not the Saudi royal family.
I too want a self reliant America, but does the country really rely on the Saudi royal family? Michael Moore thinks the Saudis control the Bush administration, somehow via bin Laden (even though he's waging war against the Saudi royal family).
The fact is, Saudi oil accounts for only nine percent of American oil consumption. Hardly control.
What gives here? Another thinly disguised jab at Osama Bush?
Might Kerry have been listening to Moore's pronouncements about Saudi and Disney? Again, Moore:
You know the old saying that the rich man will sell you the rope to hang yourself with if he can make a dollar off it? That will eventually be their undoing. But this time it didn't happen. This time a film made for a very small amount of money that will now make, you know, at least a quarter billion dollars around the world by the time it's done, the greed didn't motivate them to release this film. I couldn't figure it out for the longest time and it took a Canadian journalist to finally do the story and thank god for the Canadians, you know?... The Canadians really do like us. They just wish we would read a little more and – but it took a Canadian journalist to write that perhaps one of the problems that Mr. Moore had with Disney is the fact that the Saudi world family owns almost 17% of Euro-Disney. And that in 1994, Prince Walid, one of the richest men in the world, and a member of the Saudi Royal Family, wrote Michael Eisner and Disney a check for over $300 million to bail out Euro-Disney. And the people that helped put the thing together to bring the two together was a company called the Carlyle group.
I know this craziness goes in circles, but why would the "Saudi-controlled" Miramax underwrite the film in the first place?
There are so many contradictions inherent in Moore's Saudi conspiracy claims that TomPaine.com (hardly a bastion of Bush support) posed a few good questions:
The stated implication is that Bush is more loyal to the Saudis than he is to America.I won't hold my breath for answers from Moore. He's one of those guys who sees his beliefs confirmed by anything that happens.
FAMILY BOAT VALUES
John Kerry loves to invoke the boat as a grand metaphor:
I learned a lot about these values on that gunboat patrolling the Mekong Delta with young Americans who came from places as different as Iowa and Oregon, Arkansas, Florida and California. No one cared where we went to school. No one cared about our race or our backgrounds. We were literally all in the same boat. We looked out, one for the other and we still do.Compare with Moore's closing remark about Kerry:
if you have family members whose have been to war, if you have parents who were in World war II, my dad always says to me, he was in the Marines in the south pacific and he said, you know, if you have been there, you never want to see anybody else go there. And you want it to be the last resort. And so in my heart, I trust that when he says that. In closing, I just want to thank you for everything that everyone here has done. We are all in the same boat togetherAre Kerry and Moore in the same boat? I have a sinking feeling that they are.
Now, it is time for all of us to stop Clinton and his disgusting, hypocritical fellow democrats who support him in this war. It is amazing to watch all these "liberal" congress members line up behind the President. In a way, I'm glad it's happening, if only to show the American people there is little difference between the Democrats and the usually war-loving Republicans.Things are different now. The party (and Kerry) have moved to Moore's way of thinking. I don't think Kerry has to formally hire Moore as a foreign policy consultant to prove it, either.
MORE: Moore-Kerry linkage in this video.
EVEN MORE: If it seems unbelievable that Senator Kerry might take foreign policy advice from his daughter via Michael Moore, consider this Newsmax report:
Alexandra Thorne Kerry was just 16 years old when she persuaded her father to vote against the first Gulf War.Newsmax lists as their source a 1996 interview by the Boston Globe of Alexandra's mother, Peggy Kerry.
If it's true, Alexandra would seem to have a real influence on her dad's foreign policy.
Which means Michael Moore might very well be right about Kerry getting the message.
posted by Eric on 07.30.04 at 04:12 PM
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