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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Fahrenheit 911

I finally saw the movie tonight! Excellent work by Michael Moore. I occasionally wonder what I could best say to someone to convince them of the crimes of Bush, and now I think I know: "Go see Fahrenheit 911!" I was sitting with some fairly knowledgeable people, but many of them seemed surprised by many of the disclosures in the film. I think the one thing I hadn't heard before, except maybe in some of the reviews of the movie, was the part about the joint session of Congress to contest the 2000 election. One after another the black members of the House came to ask for an investigation, and Al Gore, who was presiding in the session, would ask them if they had a member of the Senate supporting the call. Not one of the 100 senators--not Ted Kennedy, not Paul Wellstone, certainly not John Kerry--would stand up for the voting rights of African-Americans in Florida.

I saw the film at a special showing at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace. Lila Lipscomb, the woman from Flint whose son was killed in Iraq and was featured in the movie, was the special guest. She answered questions for about half an hour after the film ended. Since she is a faithful Christian, one of the questions, my favorite, was:
Q: How can we convince conservative Christians not to vote for Bush?

Lila: Tell them to read their bible.
It's something I've wondered about for a while.

In any case, get everyone you know to see the movie. As long as Michael Moore waits until after the election to do his Kerry movie, Bush shouldn't have a chance!