Remember when Rush Limbaugh used the term "Gorbasm" to describe how the left in America used to react Mikhail Gorbachev? I ask because in today's Huffington Post, Dan Siegel had what can only be called the first ever public, multiple Moore-gasm describing the newest hypocritical piece of trash from Michael Moore, the successful, capitalist filmmaker who hates capitalism.
In the piece, titled (seriously) Michael Moore's Grapes of Wrath, Siegel sets a new standard for leftist hero worship.
Michael Moore has made the most important and urgent political film of our time. In fact, he might have made the most American of films since the populist cinema of Frank Capra.
He's serious. Really.
This film is a logical capstone to a twenty year documentary journey surveying the carcasses left behind by bootstrap capitalist ideology and cold-hearted greed, all greased by Washington's collusion.
No, it's the logical capstone to a career ending in a lunatic ward. And Siegel seems like a prime candidate as his roommate.
This film takes wholesale aim at the house of capitalism by displaying the most venal and outrageous practices of the ill-begotten bottom line.
Really? You mean Moore takes on people who write deceitful, dishonest, anti-American, anti-logic and anti-commonsense documentaries, all-the-while duping idiots like yourself? Oh, that's not what you meant?
Moore's cameras capture both the tragedy of stolen dignity and the possibility of hope in small victories enabled by, yes, good old fashioned community and labor organizing.
Yes, the hero is ACORN. And the unions that killed our auto industry. Awesome.
But which populism shall we choose? The pitchfork crowd of teabaggers and birthers manipulated and misdirected by the Right and corporate lobbyists, and embodied by Joe the Plumber and Glenn Beck? Or shall we respond to Moore's progressive populist call for deep-seated democratic reform to take back our economy and politics?
Those choosing the latter are well-guided by the film's rare footage of Franklin Roosevelt calling for a Second Bill of Rights in 1944. Sixty-five years later we are waiting for this unfinished New Deal, and today witness the heavily-financed resistance to achieve even one of those basic rights, universal healthcare.
With the glimmering hope of the Obama campaign behind us, Moore's film is a wake-up call to renew and expand America's democratic promise. Will we create the America of the next Roosevelt, or revert to the country of Reagan.
He's actually using the America of Reagan, the longest sustained and most prosperous time in American history as the bad choice. The time of Roosevelt... you know, bank runs, the longest economic downturn in our nation's history, soup kitchens and bread lines and brother can you spare a dime... that's the good choice. There's a lot more at the link, but I can't stand to read the rest of this tripe. Feel free to go there yourself.
Liberals can be scary. But there my be nothing as scary, or more dangerous, than a liberal undergoing a Moore-gasm.