When Michael “The Human Cow” Moore comes out to Moo about American Sniper you know something is up.
On the one hand it’s tempting to go toe to rhetorical toe with the big boy from Flint, Michigan and talk about how the left never did and never will understand Iraq and the nature of modern warfare. Or to check his qualifications for determining who is and isn’t a coward – really, what’s the bravest thing Moore’s ever done other than missing a meal.
On the other hand it’s necessary to look at the “why” behind the left’s problem with American Sniper.
Truth be told, the left doesn’t have a problem using sheer military violence. Remember, when Osama bin Laden was taken out, the left was overjoyed in claiming “Obama got Osama!”. A SEAL, maybe someone Chris Kyle knew, saw bin Laden peep out from a door frame and blew his brains out. Not to mention that deafening silence that comes from the left whenever the topic of Obama’s drone strikes comes up. So it’s not about violence or the employment of military force.
What then? Hint, it’s the same reason the left hates “big oil”, Wal-Mart, and lusts for a shot at regulating the internet.
Chris Kyle was like a lot of Americans. He did his job selflessly, thanklessly. He had a family that were dear to him. He was good with a gun. Texas was the state he called home. In Kyle’s case he just so happened to serve with one of the most elite military units on the planet. But that didn’t detract from who he was. Chris Kyle was a good man, the kind of person you can count on in life.
He wasn’t the kind of guy that would put on a onesie pajama a’la Ethan Krupp (the original “Pajama Boy”), sip hot cocoa, and preach the virtues of Obamacare. Nor was he the kind of man that would take a week of leave to go home to Texas and spend his days berating mom and dad for their antiquated world views and suggesting that they give Obama’s agenda a chance.
In other words, American Sniper represents things the left doesn’t control. Working folks and families. Guns. Texas. Honesty, integrity, and virtue. All things the left has no control over and little regard for.
That’s why they hate American Sniper and Chris Kyle.
Had Chris Kyle come home from war and thrown his medals at a federal building like Secretary of Personality John Kerry did, they’d love him. If he adopted their narratives, joined their victimhood, and participated in their never ending bashing of the American military, they’d love him. Had Eastwood made a movie that twisted reality itself and portrayed Kyle as a villian, they’d love the movie.
Consider the collection of victims the left adores: Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. Bradley Manning. Bowe Bergdahl.
Consider the Iraq war movies the left loved: Stop-Loss. In the Valley of Elah.
Left-wingers can’t stand things they don’t own, operate, and control. That’s why they hate American Sniper and Chris Kyle. They can’t stand the fact that someone like him, and a movie exploring his life, actually exists because they can’t get their agenda-stained hands all over it to control the message it conveys.
Moo for us some more Michael Moore, Moo!