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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Another Right-Wing Fascist Tries to Silence Moore

Another group of right-wing fascists is attempting to silence Michael Moore, this time with a petition to charge Moore with -- get ready for it -- treason.

Do right-wingers actually know what the word means? They use it so often you'd think they did, but they do not. Here is how the federal government defines treason, from USC Title 18, Chapter 115, section 2381:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Jon Alvarez is founder of the group Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood, and he has a petition up to charge Moore with treason.

The petition reads:

"To U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft:
(with copies to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert as well as my Congressmen)

The definition of treason includes betrayal of the United States of America by consciously and purposely acting to aid our nation's enemies during war. As a signer of this petition, I demand a formal charge of treason be brought forward against movie director Michael Moore.

We are a nation at war with a barbaric enemy, an enemy who purposely targets the women and children as well as the innocent. We can no longer allow treasonous speech and action to be confused with free speech, which is only protected so far as it does not place the lives of others in danger.

Michael Moore's recently released film, "Fahrenheit 9/11", seeks to undermine our nation's morale during this current struggle and thus places all of us, as well as our brave soldiers, in harm's way. Michael Moore provides aid and comfort to our enemy by falsely portraying our government in a negative light, as liars and manipulators, as well as our troops as baby killers and torturers.

Director Michael Moore's film can only be seen as irresponsible, dangerous and thus a threat to our national security. How many more American captives will be executed as a result of Michael Moore's actions?

Michael Moore's anti-American propaganda, with its creative editing and blatant disregard for the truth, places the lives of our soldiers in harm's way by giving the false expectation to our enemy that America will no longer support the war on terror. Nothing could be further from the truth. American resolve in this war is steadfast.

Any weakness displayed by our country will only lead to a renewed vigor in the spirit of this barbaric enemy we seek to defeat. The American public will not allow Michael Moore and our domestic enemies to weaken the war effort. Nor will we allow these traitorous foes to bring our troops home under the dark cloud of shame and dishonor, as we allowed them to do during the Vietnam War.

Please, bring formal charges against Michael Moore. He has clearly stated it is his objective to bring down the Bush Presidency. His conspiracy theories, while debunked by his critics here at home, will be seen as factual and correct by our enemies abroad. We ask you do the right thing. All of our necks are on the line."

How ridiculous can right-wingers get? Why are they so desperate to stifle a voice of opposition? Do they really think terrorists will be lining up around the block to see this movie? And if they do, wouldn't that be an easy way to capture them? Imagine, a movie theater filled with terrorists. Just bomb the theater! End of terrorist threat. It seems that Moore's film might actually do some good.

Perhaps the most ridiculous claim of this petition is the following (unsubstantiated, of course):

"More of our soldiers are dying as a result of Moore and his movie, and America is increasingly being threatened because of Moore's turncoat treachery. By falsely portraying our government in a negative light, as liars and manipulators, as well as our troops as baby killers and torturers, he incites blood-thirsty terrorists to strike at our homeland, our citizens and military personnel in an effort to weaken America's resolve to fight on to victory."

Could it be that our soldiers are dying because they are being shot at in a war zone? People were dying long before this movie came out -- you know, when Bush told the world that we had to stop Saddam Hussein because of all of his weapons of mass destruction.

And conservatives wonder why liberals call them Nazis. Because they are.

I'm not going to provide a link to the petition. I don't support fascism.

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