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July 16, 2004

Everybody Plays a Fool Sometime

Derek Shackelford

I have waited to participate in the debate of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11. I felt it would be only appropriate to view the film before offering an intellectual opinion.

The film has received much praise as well as criticism since its release several weeks ago. There are varying opinions on both sides: weighing from the current administration's handling of domestic and foreign policy being short sighted to great leadership being shown in the White House.

I would submit that Michael Moore is neither liberal nor conservative, but his views may align with a more progressive stance. I would agree that the film is slanted to a discouraging view of President Bush.

I would also agree that the film is biased and does not cast the current administration in a positive light. Even Mr. Moore has said that he does not want the President to serve a second term.

Yes, by all accounts anyone who views the film cannot dispute the negative portrayal of President Bush.

The part where we will disagree is that I didn't need a movie to confirm my opinion of the President and his administration. I can look at certain situations and ask questions. I distrust of the current administration.

Backtrack to the year 2000, the Florida voting debacle. Hundreds, and possibly even thousands of voters, were disenfranchised. No leadership from President Bush to express voter reform or voting changes has been forthcoming.

The issue finally had to be resolved by the Supreme Court. Not to mention that the same state where the election laws occurred, Jeb Bush, the President's brother, is the governor.

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda attacked this country on September 11, 2001. The United States should have the right to defend itself from terrorist acts.

Later America attacked Iraq, a country which did not attack the United States. The premise was based on weapons of mass destruction. To date no weapons of mass destruction have been found.

The discussion today centers around flawed intelligence. The intelligence, which led us to invade Iraq, was faulty. The current administration knew that from the beginning. Sen. John Kerry, likely the Democratic Party's nominee to unseat the President, even voted for the resolution based on this defective intelligence.

This doesn't make it right or get him off the hook either. Iraq is rich in a specific natural resource, not terrorism.

The current President is an oil tycoon and Iraq is rich in what natural resource? Vice President Richard Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. Halliburton received a no bid contract even before the war started.

No mention of capturing Osama bin Laden, but still the obsession with Iraq.

If anyone disagrees with the current administration, they are labeled unpatriotic or out of touch. You can't have a New World Order leaving out the rest of the world. I have stated from the beginning that I thought the war was wrong even if President Bush or Senator Kerry said it was right.

Even on the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, President Bush spoke out against affirmative action. Imagine that, President Bush got into Harvard on preferences and the Supreme Court set aside an election in 2000.

There are too many coincidences with this administration and I don't need a movie or a documentary to see that. The singing group the Spinners recorded a song called "Everybody plays a fool sometime." All I would ask of this President is that he stop trying to play everybody for a fool.



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