Mike and Lewis
Back in the eighties, I watched a documentary about a city in my state and how it had fallen on hard times do to the major employer in town shutting down a massive manufacturing facility. It was a funny movie, and sad and maddening at times.
Later the director of this film was given a tv show on a major network, called TV Nation. In it, he showed the silliness and criminality of corporate America, as well as ridiculing legislation such as NAFTA. Of course this show, which was witty and informative, was doomed. This person then went on to write more books and make moore movies and became a celebrity in the process, something I'm not sure he had originally intended. I like his stuff because while it may have a liberal slant to it, for the most part it is honest And while I don't agree with him 100% on all he says, there is a lot of thruth in what he says.Like NAFTA not being good for this country.
One reason that I have respect for the man, is that although he voices his opinion frequently as a liberal, he never felt the compulsion to run for public office.
Conservatives hate this man. They hate all liberal celebrities who speak on the liberal agenda. Why? Do they fear that fans of these people are to stupid to think for themselves that they'll do and believe everything they say?
Conservative celebrites, on the other hand, have a tendency to go beyond just speaking their mind. They actually run for office. Ronald Reagan, Fred Grandy, Sonny Bono are but a few of the conservative celebrities who have held a national office. Then there's Arnold.
Now, I like some of Arnold's movies. While I feel he is limited as an actor, the roles he picks don't require a stretch on his part at all.
Except for his current role as Governor of California. Apparantly, he is so inept he may have broke the law. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050721/pl_nm/politics_scharzenegger-dc) Why is it that the conservative law and order types (George W Bush, Arnold, Karl Rove) are always breaking the law? Then, when caught, instead of taking the personal responsibility for their actions, they lie about it. They use their office for personal monetary gain (Dick Cheney, Arnold, Alphonse D'Amato) as they slash spending to help out the "people who are too lazy to work" as my conservative friend the Coach is fond of saying.
Mr. Moore is not a liberal celebrity who gives his opinion, he is a liberal who became a celebrity because of his opinion. He may be flawed but he is the first to admit that. I think the conservatives call that "personal responsibility". Now I understand why they hate him.