Monday, September 15, 2008

Body of War

This is from Kellybelle,she don't mind if I repost this:

Went to see Body of War. This movie should be shown on CNN or HBO or something. Because there would be 77 senators out of a job. That's how many voted to give Bush the power to wild out in Iraq.

The movie follows the post-Iraq life of Tomas Young, who was paralyzed from the chest down after just 5 days in Iraq. It jumps back and forth between Tomas' day-to-day struggles and Bush and the 77 senators (including McCain) swearing up and down that Sadaam had WMD and America was in danger. You can see how Republican talking points work: Bush says something and they al repeat it over and over again until the ig'nant masses believe it. And it shows Sen. Byrd's valiant attempt to prevent the resolution from being rammed through the Senate.

Tomas, who is really cute, funny, witty, sarcastic, and (rightfully) pissed, travels around speaking for Iraq Veterans Against the War. Being paralyzed doesn't mean just whipping around in a hi-tech wheelchair; Tomas takes a mind-blowing amount of medications, can't cough or control his body temperature, endures drastic blood pressure fluctuations, and, as a young newlywed, struggles with erectile dysfunction. I would love to see how gung-ho for war Sean Hannity is after watching a mother stick a catheter down the head of her son's penis (yes, they showed it).

I normally don't like to look at other people's misfortunes to be grateful, but I left that movie feeling blessed. And determined to get Barack in the White House so we can bring these men and women home. There was one heart-breaking scene at an anti-war rally, where Gold-Star mothers surrounded Tomas, just touching him, stroking his face, kissing him, and telling him about their dead children. (And a funny scene where Tomas tells a bunch of pro-war protesters, "If I could walk, I'd kick your ass!").

Damn, all Hillary Clinton had to do was stand with 23 other senators and say no. And the heffa couldn't do it. She had the Founding Fathers on her side; James Madison said it himself:

"In no part of the Constitution is more wisdom to be found, than in the clause which confides the question of war and peace to the legislature, not to the executive department. ... [T]he trust and temptation would be too great for any one man. ..."

(Note he didn't say a damn thing about the pledge of allegiance, as it had yet to be written.)

Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas were there, too.

Damn. Check this movie out.


Kellybelle said...

Don't mind at all! I had an extra ticket, too. I was hoping you or enigma 4 ever wd drop by CIA, and I'da given it to ya.

kid said...

I was gonna come(I can hear you now ,yea right.) I WAS WORKING ON THE CAR!Seriously.Hey I like Phil and I hate the Rethugs,but seriously, I was working on my car.I know where the place is.I wanted to meet you.

kid said...

I still can't post at your blog yet.I have malware on mine that won't let me post.BTW, happy anniversary, yes I still read your post.Later Sis.