Moore News from the RoadMichael Moore has posted a new Mike's Message. Let's take a look.
I'm back home after visiting 39 cities in 23 days on my book tour and I want to thank everyone who came by to see me. It was our biggest tour yet, with five to ten thousand people a night filling basketball arenas and county fair grounds across the country. In many cities there were thousands more of you who couldn't get in (4,000 people pounding on the door in Baltimore was quite a sight!). Next time we do the football stadiums!
Wow, 39 cities in 23 days? That sounds exhausting. Good thing you have the capitalist resources of one of the world's biggest corporations to keep you surrounded with luxury and make that trip all the more palatable.
The book went immediately to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. And it is still at #1 after three weeks! It is also #1 in the L.A. Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and most other lists in the country.
It took one year for "Stupid White Men" to sell a million copies in the United States. It took "Dude, Where's My Country?" just three weeks. That should give you some indication of the level of concern/frustration/anger in the country right now over what the Bush administration is up to.
Yeah, the fact that you've got a huge media conglomerate financing a global media blitz has nothing to do with the sales of the book, does it? You can keep trying to portray your success as part of some grassroots populist movement, Mikey, and the suckers in the cheap seats might buy that crap, but we both know better, don't we?
All over America, this is what I saw on the tour: Tens of thousands of average Americans who don't like their commander-in-chief lying to them in order to start a war. Not a night went by where I didn't have parents or siblings of soldiers in Iraq coming up to me, many of them in tears, pleading with me to "do something" to help bring their loved ones home from this war without end. It was heart-wrenching, and I never knew quite what to say except to tell them that they were not alone and that all of us are doing our best to get rid of George W.
It's a shame you didn't have a camera with you, Mike. You could have put your arm around them like you did that teacher in Michigan, then whored them out by putting the footage in your next movie.
But that's a year away. How many more of our children will be sent to their deaths for another no-bid multi-billion dollar Halliburton contract in the next 12 months?
You need to keep up with your news, Mikey. Things aren't so rosy for Halliburton these days, which is due entirely to the lies and distortions of you and your leftist ilk.
What was amazing to me on this tour was that some of the biggest and most enthusiastic crowds were in hard-core Republican areas like Stockton, California and Wooster, Ohio. I get it when 13,000 show up and try to squeeze in as they did at Berkeley's Greek Theatre. But when five or six thousand show up in places like Pullman, Washington (on the Idaho border) or Ypsilanti, Michigan, I'm convinced that there has been a shift, a real shift, in public opinion, and the only question now is what are WE going to do?
I'll tell you what YOU are going to do, Mike. You're going to make grandiose predictions of a huge electoral defeat for Bush and the GOP. You'll be so sure of your success that you'll come up with a catchy slogan like "Payback Tuesday." Then, when the voting public firmly rejects your candidates, when Bush is reelected, and the GOP retains most, if not all, of its power in Congress, you'll run like the gutless coward you are. You'll remove the evidence from your website and, like Stalin, hide any proof that you ever made the claim. How do I know this, Mikey? Because you've done it before.
This week the Senate gave Bush the $87 billion he was looking for to continue the debacle in Iraq. But the Republicans knew that voting for this might come back to haunt them, so they asked the Democrats if they could just have a "voice vote" so no one's name would have to be recorded as having voted in favor of sending the nation into permanent debt (a debt that may not be paid off in our lifetime).
$87 billion is going to put us in permanent debt? That's a pretty huge claim, Mikey, one which you know damn well isn't true. Here's what the fiscal situation was like in the 80s, accorfing to the American Prospect.
Under Ronald Reagan, the federal budget deficit grew from 2.7 percent of the gross domestic product in fiscal 1980 to 5 percent of the GDP in 1986. (The deficit actually peaked in 1983, at 6 percent of the GDP, before some of the Reagan policies began to be reversed.)
Right now the deficit is somewhere around 5% of GDP. So, if our economy could recover from that level of deficit under Reagan, why in the name of God couldn't it recover again? Could it be that your success depends largely on FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? And that you are counting on the fact that most people don't have any idea what GDP stands for, let alone what percentage of it the deficit represents?
The Democrats, afraid of appearing “unpatriotic," agreed to the deal. This was actually a compliment to all of YOU, as both parties know that the people are simmering and the only way they can get away with continuing this war is to do so in hiding (like the way they hide the body bags from public view as they return home).
The day we once again start showing the footage of the planes flying into the WTC is the day I agree to the broadcasting of body bags. The media determined that showing the WTC footage was tasteless and inflammatory, and this is exactly why you want to show body bags.
What they don't get is that we are not going to let them off the hook so easily, and we will force them to take a stand sooner or later. How many more deaths will it take?
You want to see deaths, Mikey? See how many people get killed if we pull out of Iraq. Take a look at Cambodia for some historical precedent. The left-wing anti-war activists got their way and the US pulled out of Vietnam, after which a third to a fifth of the population of Cambodia was summarily executed by the peace-loving leftist Khmer Rouge. But hey, I guess those people don't count, right Mikey? Better that they should live under the boot heel of oppression so that an American corporation might not make a dollar off a defense contract, right?
Not many, if what I saw this past month on the road across America is any indication. I have many stories to tell you about the people I encountered, the things I saw and heard, and the strange hope and optimism I now have that we can turn things around. I'm sorry I couldn't keep the diary I wanted to on my web site, but we were traveling to two cities on most days and I was lucky to find time for a few hours sleep. Fortunately, our webmaster has been able to put up lots of good stuff each day and I hope you have a chance to visit it from time to time.
You can hope all you want about turning things around, Mikey, but it's not looking good. Every election since 2000 the GOP has made gains, so if that trend continues you're pretty much screwed. No big deal, though, you'll just change history to fit the present.
I'm off to Europe tomorrow for the book's release in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. If you live there, come on by to one of the events. In the middle of all this I've been shooting my next movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," and I'm happy to report that it's looking good and is on schedule for release late next summer.
Just in time for the election, when new campaign finance laws dictate that the GOP can't release any advertising to refute it. No wonder you support those rules.
Thanks for granting me the privilege of, once again, having the #1 book in the country. I am grateful for the support and I am buoyed by how large -- and how deep into mainstream America -- our little "community" has grown.
Millions of dollars of global corporate publicity tends to do that for little communities.
Don't despair -- we will stop this war, we will create a better life for those who struggle every day . . .
Except for the Iraqis, who will be slaughtered by the millions.
. . . and we will reclaim our White House. Not a bad to-do list for the next 12 months!
Time will tell just how much of it you'll actually get done.
|Posted by: Lee on Nov 06, 03 | 10:57 pm (profile) | Permalink||Originally posted at Right-Thinking from the Left Coast|