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Here's a challenge: finish the following sentences.
"That's the bottom ----." "There's no place like ----."
These phrases, as author Daniel Flynn points out, are clichés. Predictable, uninspiring statements that people tend to gloss over because they've heard them a million times before. Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore is becoming a walking cliché, and in the process is becoming one of the most inconsequential Americans in the public eye.
There are commentators who grab our attention because they have a tendency to say the outlandish, or stake out positions that are unpredictable or at least approach different circumstances from a unique perspective that people weren't counting on or expecting.
Michael Moore is about as far from that reality as possible. You know what to expect from Moore. He hates America, he blames America, there's never reason to cheer America. It's tiresome, it's boring, and it's gotten really old to a lot of people.
The reflexive anti-Americanism that we have come to expect from Michael Moore neither derives from, nor provokes, thinking. Part of the reason why Moore's wet-blanket rant following bin Laden's assassination rings so trite is that we have heard it all before.
"What has the United States done to make itself this kind of target?" "This is a case of the chickens coming home to roost." "Take a look in the mirror, America, and ask why."
A decade after 9/11, Michael Moore still faults America. Then, he blamed the victim. Now, he blames the nation who saved the world from al Qaeda's founder. Notice a pattern?
I know that mainstream media types have settled on Moore as a spokesman for the perpetually disgruntled left (and because, truth be told, his ideology is eerily similar to theirs). But the truth is that the networks could all decide to do a blackout on Moore's opinions from here until eternity, and no one would feel slighted. We already know what he's going to say anyway.