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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Double Shot

Last night I drove down to Waterville for a Railroad Square movie date with my daughter. We had debated whether to see the Steve Martin movie Shopgirl or the George Clooney movie Good Night, and Good Luck, about Edward R. Murrow, the CBS commentator who took on Senator Joseph McCarthy's liberal bashing. We chose Clooney's movie.
Laced with political commentary that is as pertinent to today's liberal-bashing atmosphere as it was back in the early 50s, this black-and-white movie placed me right into the CBS studios and back rooms where journalists finally came to terms with McCarthyism and decided to face it head-on.
After the movie, I drifted on up the hill to the Colby College campus and went to a showing of the new movie Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices. As I sat waiting for the crowd to build before the movie began, one very young lady in the seat in front of me turned to her girlfriends and said, "So, where will we shop after this?" I have an idea that she just might never shop in WalMart again because this was an extremely persuasive movie!
I won't get into details, but I highly recommend this movie. To me, it perfectly exemplifies what I see as the reality behind the applied theory of "Reaganomics." WalMart succeeds by encompassing the full spectrum of Reagan conservative economics, complete with the high-priced CEO whitewashing over all of WalMart's shortcomings, while simultaneously exploiting its workers and even advising them to get onto state aid at taxpayer expense.
I feel like making a big sign for the back of my pickup saying "Boycott WalMart" and finding strategic places to park. If you want your eyes opened, find a place to see this movie.

13 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

You call me a Rush Limbaugh ditto head even though I only listen to Rush maybe once a month for maybe five minutes if I happen to be in my car and think to turn to him. Yet you watch this far left propoganda and consider it real news. How was Fahrenheit 911? I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure you have. You're such a hypocrite.

By the way, you probably didn't notice, but Bill Clinton released several CIA documents during his administration that prove McCarthy was correct about many people who were Russian spies in the government. I'm not surprised if you didn't hear about it. The media kept it hush hush otherwise we would have to rewrite the history books and take away the liberals' favorite campaign buzzword, "McCarthyism".

2:48 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

So you are now a McCarthy advocate, Mike?
Are you a neo-conservative as well?

5:27 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

Oh, yeah, Farenheit 911...
My favorite part was when Paul Wolfowitz spit on his hands and used it to slick down his hair as he readied himself for a public appearance. That made us squirm... and laugh.
Why haven't you watched this movie, Mike? Are you afraid of it?

5:36 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Mike said...

Why would I be afraid of a movie? That's just dumb. I've heard enough of Michael Moore speak in public to know I'm not forking over money to hear him. No thanks. Would you pay to go hear Rush Limbaugh speak?

McCarthy advocate? Not really. I was just pointing out he did identify several spies in the State Department and the United Nations that were later confirmed. Harry Truman and the Democrats fought to protect the people that were later identified with sympathizing with communist causes. You should do a little research on McCarthy other than going to a George "I'm moving to Canada if Bush gets elected" Clooney. I think the left wing smear machine has done a number on him over the years. Especially the rumors that were spread calling him a drunk and a homosexual. I imagine if it were discovered that John Bolton was working to help spread Islamic Facism, you and the democrats would start your own Spanish Inquisition to "see how deep it goes."

7:09 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

The thing with Limbaugh and all his ilk is that he is much farther to the right than Moore or Clooney are to the left. I heard some conservative talk show host yesterday calling centrist Republicans "Liberals." That's an absurd notion. Just how far to the right are these talk show guys?
I remember hearing that just as communists are to the extreme left, fascists are to the extreme right. So just how far to the right do you have to be to call responsible Republicans "Liberal?"
I just read in Joe Wilson's book that John Bolton is a neo-conservative. Some day America will investigate them. It won't be the McCarthy right-wing that will do it, though. The left already wants it, but the centrists of both parties aren't there yet. The day will come when we finally recognize that the neo-cons of today are as vile as the commies back then were - no, actually they are worse because the neo-cons actually have hijacked the country.
So, again Mike, you aren't a McCarthyist. Are you a neo-conservative?

7:54 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Mike said...

Bill, sometimes you make absolutely no sense. Do you even know what a neo-con is? I suspect you have some half-baked idea that a neo-con is a person who wants to start pre-emptive wars to fight a religious crusade.

Since you're too lazy to educate yourself, I will do the research for you. Here, do some reading on neo-conservatives.

I am hawkish on foreign policy. I think America, although not perfect, is the best country in the world. I think we should be out there twisting arms in order to spread democracy and free markets. However, I do believe in small limited government, unlike the neo-cons who embrace the social welfare programs of liberals. So that just makes me an old school conservative and not a neo-con.

Here is another interesting link about McCarthyism. Something a little more fair and balanced than a George Clooney movie.

8:58 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

A quote from Mike's "more fair and balanced" link on McCarthy. In the words of the 1987 article's author, James J. Drummey:
"What some people seemingly do not understand is that communists are evildoers and that those who give aid and comfort to communists - whether they are called dupes, fellow travelers, liberals, or progressives - are complicit in the evil and should be exposed and removed from positions of influence."
Fair and balanced indeed...

3:12 PM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Mike said...

Are you a communist? Are you saying you agree with the communist movement and do not consider it to be evil in its oppression of millions of people over the past century?

Regardless of what you think of the article, it mostly stated facts that cannot be argued. There were communist sympathizers in the State Department and the United Nations as well as several defense contractors that were later confirmed by independent investigations. Like it or not, McCarthy was right some of the time and he did not ruin the lives of everyone he looked at. I'm sure George Clooney didn't tell you that.

4:55 PM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

Mike, give up. It's rediculous to advocate for McCarthyism. To do so makes you just as much an idiot and an enemy of liberty as McCarthy himself. Give it up.
McCarthy, if anything, advanced the Communist cause by making Red-bashing look so stupid.

5:04 PM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Mike said...

So you are a communist? Or is that ridiculous (spelled with an 'i' you commy lover)

7:41 PM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

Mike enjoys being the serpent in Eden.

8:15 PM, November 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill is a very stupid person. A very stupid person who wants to feel intelligent.

"My favorite part was when Paul Wolfowitz spit on his hands and used it to slick down his hair as he readied himself for a public appearance. That made us squirm... and laugh."

So that makes you an your ignorant liberal friends feel intelligent, huh? Well, I guess it's easier than egtting a college education.

4:20 AM, November 20, 2005  
Blogger Bill said...

That comment speaks for itself.

7:51 AM, November 20, 2005  

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