A reader writes:
Not sure if you can swing some sort of a journalist's early pass or something else similar that would allow you to see an early screening of Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko," but - and please know how deeply it pains me to admit this - it was absolutely briliant. Twice, I was moved to tears.
I absolutely hated him after "Farenheit 9/11," and honestly, never really even regarded him previously - neither negatively nor positively. I simply never even thought of him. I believe that he has found his voice, somehow, where as before he was just so caught up in - what's the word? - a sort of rabid, insane fixation on conspiracy theories (see his latest announcement about the gov't. still not releasing all it knows about 9/11.
All of that aside - he has managed something that speaks to all Americans, regardless of political bent. I won't ruin it for you and reveal too much about it - but lets say that of the four countries to which he travels and then compares to the US, I could have done without the fourth one - simply because of the propaganda aspects of it. But the punch in the gut it delivers makes it almost worth it.
I'm blown away that last month, FOX news allowed their folks to speak positively of it. So, I'm encouraged that in their so doing, it might just nudge people who have sworn never to give Moore a cent of their money after "Farenheit..." to take a look-see at his latest offering. Again - I can not believe I am endorsing this. Maybe it's because of the major-league smack-down he delivers to Hillary about 1/3 of the way into the movie. And watching it Saturday night at an advance screening here in the very left-leaning Santa Monica, CA audience - it made my month to hear this audience initially cheer her when the segment on her began and then sit in abject, silent horror letting only the occasional, hushed, "OH NO" release. Priceless. And so satisfying.
Any expose of Clinton is fine by me. But I grew up with socialized medicine, and I know what a disaster it is. It's coming, of course. You can feel it. Bush paved the way. The golden era of American medicine and research will soon cede to more and more state control. It will exchange a great deal of its excellence for more access for more people. That's the bargain most democracies make.
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