Friday, July 21, 2006

President Not Willing to Face Inconvenient Truths?

An Inconvenient Truth finally came to my little town’s movie theater, and I saw it. I highly recommend it. It’s gripping. It’s alarming. It’s hopeful.

I think everyone should see it. Even President Bush.

I was surprised when I heard the rumors that an AP news story reported him saying that he doubted he’d see it. How can the President of such a powerful nation refuse to see such an important film?!

He must be afraid.

I’m praying for him to have the courage and strong moral character to see it anyway.

4 comments:

  1. Well, the president disappoints me on an hourly basis sometimes, but I can't say I'm shocked.

    What's more, I saw this film, and found it moving and horrifying and motivating and depressing,

    I also found it to be a pretty serious campaign vehicle.

    Not to mention how depressing and confusing it is to see images of Al Gore riding around in cars and airplanes interspersed with discussion of how dire the global warming situation is.

    Now, I don't care all that much about Al Gore either way. And I'd probably vote for him if he ran again (I learned my lesson, even if it was fraud and not Nader who kept him out) but I do think it would have been a much more effective movie if he had left the campaign stuff out.

    Unfortunately, now anyone who so desires can easily dismiss the entire movie as somewhere between political posturing and propaganda.

    sigh

    Pam

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  2. Pam,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Hmm, I honestly wasn't thinking that this was a set-up for Gore's running again, probably because going into the movie I had the vague sense that he had said he wasn't interested in running again. But I don't know where I got that idea. Now that you mention it, I see how the film can be interpreted as a campaign vehicle.

    But even so, I wouldn't fault Gore for wanting to run again if his reason for wanting to be President is to address these kinds of problems more effectively. If one is serious about wanting to solve problems, one must plan carefully, and part of that planning must involve getting into some kind of position of power. Power simply means the ability to make things happen. Without power, good ideas cannot actually take effect.

    While some may seek power for the sake of having power, I still believe that there are those out there who seek power because they care about the problems of the world and really want to try to solve them.

    It's hard to know for certain what any person's real motivations are.

    I was just glad to see someone taking global warming seriously enough to try, through giving lectures and making a film, to wake people up enough to stir up their desire to do something about it.

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  3. I'm sorry, reading my comment again I certainly come across and quite a cynic.

    And, well, I am.....

    I actually leafed through the book before seeing the movie (at my sweetie's store) and was a little befuddled by all the photos of Al Gore as a child, so I'd already had the conversation with some folks "what does that have to do with global warming? oh! of course, another run for president!")

    I did find the movie very moving - but then I'm the choir, being preached to here.

    As I said, I would vote for Al Gore if he ran again. I do have a certain amount of faith in him (especially as compared to other politicians) but I also know that many were disappointed that he did choose to make comprimises and "play the game" at the expsense of the environment as vice president.

    Then again, I was at a birthday party last night, and there was a woman there who was talking about agitating within the democratic party (in this case, the peace agenda, recently) but spoke a little rapturously about how much folks had been able to shake up the deomocratic conventions in '68 and '72 Now, I was born in '68, so I wasn't involved, but I do know that what we got in those years was Nixon, which didn't aid the overall agenda of those "agitators" at all.

    Maybe I'm getting practical (along with cynical) in my old age. I didn't vote for Al Gore in 2000 because I really did think Nader represented my values a lot better, but I think I'm ready to come back to the table.

    sigh
    Pam

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  4. Thank you Pam for sharing more of your thoughts. Yes, I see what you mean.

    Lately, I find myself thinking that many American people have been hypnotized, but are starting to wake up again. If enough people wake up, can we make a difference? Can we change the way that power works? Can we shift power into the hands of those who really do care about the well-being of all people and the well-being of the planet, and are willing to make real changes?

    Can we do this in time?

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