As you gather with your families today, for one last cookout, enjoying your easily-purchased beer, cold-transported from the brewer, your propane grill -probably invented by someone who’d forgotten to buy the charcoal lighter fluid, some time in the past- texting on your phones and so forth, remember to be thankful; say a prayer for those who have less, particularly those people who dream of living the life you have while facing oppression in third-world countries, where their “president” is shutting down radio stations and romancing the despots and the despot-lovers.
And then feel badly for all the hard work you’ve put into your life, because now you realize you are either an evil bastard yourself -or you’re some stupid, exploited schmoe who has given your energy to some other evil bastard- because Michael Moore, the moral arbiter of the world, the exceedingly wealthy fellow who plays in the same stock market wherein you keep all of your 401K hopes (and who owned stock in Halliburton! Gasp!); the exceedingly wealthy fellow who lives on the Upper West Side in the most exclusive of neighborhoods while costuming himself as an eternally adolescent, baseball-cap-wearing, “man of the people;” the exceedingly wealthy fellow who knows as much about marketing as does Madison Avenue and as much about manipulation as Wall Street; the exceedingly wealthy man who flies private jets in order to hobnob with the “first world” monied swells who look down on you and me…well, he says Capitalism is evil. And must be wiped out.
“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil,” the two-hour movie concludes. “You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy.”
Pay no attention to the fact that when George W. Bush committed to helping the Iraqi people to become liberated from tyranny and eased into democracy, this same man, this very wealthy fellow, Mr. Moore, demonized him. Pay no attention to the fact that Mr. Moore has in the past praised the communist island from which people routinely risk their lives to flee toward America, freedom and democracy. Just go to your nearest movie theater and plunk down ten dollars or so, in order to be fed Moore’s manipulations while you feed his coffers.
And if all that makes you feel like throwing up, just remember to thank a capitalist for the toilet as you flush.
Everything really is an illusion, after all. We need to remember that.
Moore aside, try to relax and enjoy yourself. But really…say your prayers, too. Happy Labor Day.
Related: Ed Morrissey has a Labor Day tribute to the troops