Bush Will See This Movie, Right After He Sees "An Inconvenient Truth"
What does it say about the state of our national reputation when British television is set to run a fictional account of the assassination of President Bush? I was a bit shocked that anyone would make this film, it just feels wrong for some reason although I can’t seem to put my finger on why exactly. Perhaps it’s just knee-jerk nationalism. As much as I dislike President Bush, I still believe in this country and I want us to achieve what our founding fathers dreamed we could when they wrote our Constitution.
While I’m curious to see the film, I’m also a bit concerned about what my reaction might be. Watching the bad guy die in a film is cathartic in a way, I imagine the same would be true while watching the fictional murder of George Bush, and in this paranoid country where illegal surveillance and intimidation are standard practice and self-censorship is encouraged, that’s dangerous territory. So is writing about it, in fact I’m more than a bit worried about who this post will attract, simply by the words I’ve used so far. Even discussing the fictional assassination of the President can bring unwanted scrutiny.
Personally, I’d prefer a real televised legal drama on C-Span in the form of an impeachment trial. Watching the truth prevail and justice served would elevate the level of discourse in this country and renew our faith in the system of government that has been sullied by the Republican party and degraded by this administration. Now that’s what I’d call great television.