LITTLE ROCK, Ark. ‚Äö√Ñ√Æ The producer of Michael Moore’s documentary on the nation’s health-care system, “Sicko,” suggests that Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s criticism of the filmmaker may be motivated more by his need for campaign funds than his concerns for Americans’ health. The former Arkansas governor told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he hasn’t seen and probably won’t see the Flint, Mich. native’s documentary “Sicko,” which calls for an overhaul of America’s health care system…. “Frankly, Michael Moore is an example of why the health care system costs so much in this country. He clearly is one of the reasons that we have a very expensive system. I know that from my own personal experience,” said Huckabee, who lost more than 110 pounds and became an avid runner after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
You know the Right’s in serious trouble when the best argument they can come up with to refute Michael Moore is the equivalent of “Yeah, well…he’s fat…so THERE!” Hmm…well, that settles that argument, eh? Michael Moore is fat, ergo any argument he makes is ipso facto rendered irrelevant. Come back when your weight is proportionate, ‘kay?
What a load of crap, but I’ve learned that this is about the best you can reasonably expect when Conservatives begin trying to refute Moore’s arguments. Yes, the man is a bit over-the-top when it comes to making his points, but you can’t fault him for not doing his homework. One of the things that happens when you’re trying to educate people is that you have to entertain them to get your point across. Few are better at that than Michael Moore. I think what really pisses off his detractors is that they can take him down because he’s sloppy or because he has his facts wrong. All they’re left with is his appearance- and no, no one will ever mistake him for Tom Brady. So what? If the best you can do is ridicule someone because of their physical appearance, you need to come to grips with the reality that you’re the fool. Playing the “yeah, but he’s fat” card will only end up making you appear to be an ignoramus. This seems to be a role that Mike Huckabee seems to have no problem in playing…and playing exceedingly well.
Moore’s detractors have long since discovered that they can’t credibly assail Moore on his research. They can’t derail his arguments on their logic and truthfulness. Apparently being left with no other weapon, Moore’s appearance is fair game…and completely irrelevant.
“I know how much more my health care cost when I didn’t take care of myself than when I do take care of myself, not only in terms of doctor visits but regular diseases, illnesses, chronic things that come up, monthly prescription bills,” Huckabee said. “All of those things have gone dramatically down since I’ve taken care of myself and worked to live a healthier lifestyle.”
No comment could be obtained from Moore, but Meghan O’Hara, producer of “Sicko,” questioned Huckabee’s motives in criticizing Moore.
“Looks like Mike Huckabee is auditioning for some insurance company dough, since he’s raised just about no money and sparked zero interest since jumping into the race,” O’Hara said in a response provided by Moore’s production office. “I wonder what the good governor would say to the French, who drink more, smoke more, eat more cheese and still live longer than us despite paying less for health care?”
Like most of Moore’s detractors, they would have you believe that he’s some sort of Liberal clown…yet no one has been able to dissemble and disprove Moore’s arguments. The “Yeah, but…but…HE’S FAT!!” argument is about as pointless as it is ridiculous, and yet far too many on the Right think that it’s a legitimate talking point. Rather than address the issues and the arguments Moore is discussing in a constructive manner, his detractors have chose to focus on his physical appearance.
And you wonder why political discourse in this country is in the abysmal state it’s in?