Wow. Doesn't exactly appear to be a chick flick, does it? Even the one presumably female "mooreon" in the front is surrounded by empty seats on all sides but one, yet her "date" seems more interested in playing patty-cake with his male buddy. (seriously, what are they doing? Comparing movie stubs?). There may be a few more females in this audience, but when you get a group of liberals together, how can you really tell?
I'm confused. By all accounts from every independant source, Michael Moore's latest little narcissistic anti-Capitalist drivel bombed at the weekend box office big time. However, straight from the horse's mouth, it was the "2nd Biggest Weekend Ever".
That kind of reminds me of a press briefing from "Baghdad Bob", The old Iraqi Minister of DisInformation: "There are positively no American troops in Baghdad. Ignore those American tanks in the background. They are holograms projected to confuse our enemies, those capitalist satans! Oh, and Michael Moore is a movie-making genius. Believe that!
In Mikey's memo, he tries to appeal to his fellow "Catholics" and make a case that Jesus was an anti-capitalist Marxist.
Amidst all the Wall Street bad guys and corrupt members of Congress exposed in "Capitalism: A Love Story," I pose a simple question in the movie: "Is capitalism a sin?" I go on to ask, "Would Jesus be a capitalist?" Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short? Would he approve of a system that has allowed the richest 1% to have more financial wealth than the 95% under them combined?Way to twist "JC's" message Mikey. The day I start taking religious guidance from the likes of you, it will be a cold day in Obamaland. I'm sure Jesus would be a dope-smoking liberal who would be in favor of the left's systematic murder of babies through abortion, right? What's 50 million souls butchered in the name of liberalism, so that woman will not be "punished" by His creation.
I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus (and Moses and Mohammed and Buddha) taught. All the great religions are clear about one thing: It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what's left for everyone to fight over. Jesus said that the rich man would have a very hard time getting into heaven. He told us that we had to be our brother's and sister's keepers and that the riches that did exist were to be divided fairly. He said that if you failed to house the homeless and feed the hungry, you'd have a hard time finding the pin code to the pearly gates.
So you like to quote Jesus, eh? Jesus also said that we would always have the poor, but that we wouldn't always have him. Based on the overall success of the so-called war on poverty, you would have to agree that Jesus was right.
He also said to give to Caesar what is Caesar's, but give to God what is God's. Jesus was not making a case here for a governmental confiscatory tax system that punished achievers and spread the wealth around. In fact, this is exactly contrary to His teachings.
The Two Great Commandments that contain the whole law of God are:
You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
It is your personal responsibility to love your neighbor, not to cede this responsibility to Caesar.
So Mikey, you ask "Is capitalism a sin?". I'll let one of my favorite brains, Walter Williams, answer that (from 2003):
Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man. Capitalists seek to find what people want and produce and market it as efficiently as possible. Here's a question for us: are people who by their actions create unprecedented convenience, longer life expectancy and more fun available to the ordinary person, and become wealthy in the process, deserving of all the scorn and ridicule heaped upon them by intellectuals and politicians? Are the wealthy obliged to "give something back?" For example, what more do the wealthy discoverers and producers of life-saving antibiotics owe us? They've already saved lives and made us healthier.
Capitalism has done more good for more people than any other system in the history of the world, and it has even allowed a fairly good living for a slovenly hack like yourself Mikey.