Half infuriating and half welcome this talking head documentary humors a lot of the perpetrators as they seek to atone for their sins. While it features people like Kucinich, Al Sharpton and Ralph Nader talking about the rigged two-party crime syndicate, it also includes far too much weaseling and apologetics from people like Dan Rather, Jack Abramhoff and even lower rung specimens.
Dan Rather’s crocodile tears for the dead republic seem at odds with his actions, when it actually mattered:
“George Bush is the President, he makes the decisions and you know, as just one American wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where.” 9-17-2001
After a decades long career of pushing American exceptionalism and empire, we hear nothing about the personal damage these creatures have inflicted on the world. Like their politico buddies, it’s always the system, never the individuals. Other insiders tell us how Obama and Romney are “good” people. Of course they are. How could they not be? No other narrative is permitted. If we could only talk civilly then the rape and plunder of the world would magically disappear. The real problem is negativity or polarization. Yeah sure. Would someone cut these idiots?
Nader and Kucinich get in some good points on the blatant corruption. Neither calls for arrests. No criminal cases are made. No finger pointing accuses the monsters directly.
Would that the film would have focused on those who weren’t a part of the problem, and were part of the solution instead, but we have a very mixed bag here. At least there’s a possibility that third parties can benefit from this exposure, although the systemic, criminal rigging of the system against them seems insurmountable. Of course polite political commentators never accuse anyone of a crime. That’s simply not done. It’s a criminal system, but there are no criminals. There’s no one to arrest; it’s all lost in abstractions. Nothing new there.
From Hollywood Reporter we learn that the filmmakers are Republicans, and this accounts for the prominent inclusion of such people as the former head of the RNC. All in all a nauseating time for all.