Jewish World Review Dec. 21, 2004 / 9 Teves, 5765

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Michael Moore celebrates victimhood | In an amazing open letter, leftist filmmaker Michael Moore draws an elaborate analogy portraying Republicans as cruel, wife-beating abusers and Democrats as pathetic women who blame themselves for their own battering.

Quoting from a counselor at a shelter for abused women, Moore told his brutalized fellow Democrats: "First, you must admit that you are a victim."

How, precisely, does self-pity provide a sense of empowerment? Why would uncommitted citizens want to align themselves with a faction that proudly announces its own history of futility and suffering?

The difference between liberal whining and conservative confidence connects to the gap between materialists and believers.

Why is it better to suggest that human beings are a collection of worthless, random chemicals, rather than beings of Divine potential, created in G-d's own image?

Even if atheists were right — and they're not — their vision provides no spur for productive effort or creativity.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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