Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Right America: Feeling Wronged

I just watched Alexandra Pelosi's documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged last night in which she follows the McCain/Palin campaign to a series of events in mostly Southern states during the last presidential election. Wow. These people are really pissed off. Pissed off at the government, the news media, Hollywood, Democrats, homosexuals, liberals, Muslims, minorities and especially Barack Hussein Obama. And yes, the number "666" even came up a number of times (ah, memories...). I've posted video of McCain supporters saying some incredibly nasty/stupid things about then candidate Obama in the past but the degree to which many of the people in this film had drunk the proverbial Kool-Aid was fairly disturbing.

I hesitate to recommend this flick for the simple reason that I didn't really learn anything new from watching it. It didn't really offer anything fresh or interesting and I certainly already saw enough despicable behavior from the right during the campaign. Pelosi's previous documentary Journeys with George about Bush's 2000 presidential run was a lot more charming and fun to watch but of course that was all before the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war debacle cast a pall over this country and it's politics. Pelosi is likable enough as an interviewer and she seems to have some talent as a filmmaker so perhaps it's just the subject matter in this film but I'm not encouraging any of you to put this one at the top of your Netflix queue anytime soon.

[Update: Just watched this clip from the Daily Show last night and had to add it here:

(hat tip: Reza)]


Philippe Öhlund said...

Funny picture, JBW! :-)

And, I agree with you that Southern food is delicious.

Well, this is the world we live in.

JBW said...

Thanks, Philippe. I've always loved that commercial in a perverse way. I dare say that I would try to make things work with her despite her obvious shortcomings. I've put up with worse from lesser hotties before.

Anonymous said...

I'm going with Obama as the next Bonaparte or maybe Genghis Khan or the Star Trek Khan or Saladin. Not sure yet. But, Hitler and the anti-Christ are getting really overplayed.

JBW said...

Hitler wishes that he were as cool as Obama (or the Anti-Christ, for that matter). Khan Noonien Singh would be a good gig but I don't know if he's genetically superior enough to pull it off.

Philippe Öhlund said...

You're welcome, JBW.

Have a nice day! :-)

repsac3 said...

I hear tell that Hitler was the anti-Christ's second cousin, so that would make Obama the third coming of Napoleon XIV's smarter brother once removed, I think.

Somethin' like that...

These family reunions are always so hard, regardless... You just know Saddam Hussein's going to end up all strung out, or down face first in the punch bowl.

Who needs any of it?

JBW said...

Family reunions are indeed hard Reppy, especially when you factor in all of the demons and dictators you only see once a year.

Van Zan said...

Saladin had his good points. He was a far more merciful ruler than King Richard I. And unlike Bonaparte or Hitler he was successful long term.
On the other hand the Crusades allowed Western civilization to import much from the Muslim world, which was far more advanced than the European one at the time.
Perhaps these fine young rednecks would be amenable to a polite intellectual discourse about how much our civilization owes the Muslim one? What do think? A bit optimistic?

If you give them beer does it make them friendly?

JBW said...

Having grown up in Texas I can personally attest to the effect of beer on rednecks, VZ: 5 beers makes them friendly, 10 will get you killed, 15 will get you sodomized (not always in that order).

Van Zan said...

The like sodomy but not homosexuals...?

JBW said...

Said with a bit of tongue in cheek VZ, as an homage to Deliverance.