Mike In Germany
A German blogger named David Kaspar reports on the media attention Michael Moore is receiving in Germany.Michael Moore: Americans are Dumb, Germans Educated
ZEIT presented an open letter from Michael Moore to his German admirers ("Greetings to his local fans"). Moore's naive world view, his Bush hate, his playing down the threat posed by Saddam, his admiration of the pacifist appeasement policy of Germany and France - everything mixed together in an anti-American broth just as it is presented everyday in the German media.
"Not all of America is Crazy"
The coalition of the unwilling is forming. In the USA, public opinion is also turning against President Bush
By Michael Moore
Millions of us here in the USA are trying with all our might to prevent the Bush regime from doing even more damage around the globe. For us it is urgently critical that you Germans resist Bush and you should know that we desperately greet any such resistance. ...
I can assure you that not all of America has gone crazy. ... I am writing to you so that you know that I am in no way alone but instead am standing in the middle of a new American majority. Many millions of American citizens think as I do or I think as they do. You just don't hear anything about them, at least not through the press. But they are out there - and their anger is boiling just below the surface. ...
The lot that is currently governing us feels bound by no law. You just have to ask yourself what these crooks are capable of after they already stole the election. This much I can tell you: They have no scruple about destroying everything that stands in their way, especially when they are in the process of making even more money. ...
Should such an ignorant people lead the world? How did it come to this in the first place? 82 percent of us don't even have a passport! Just a handful can speak a language other than English (and we don't even speak that very well.) ...
We approach life relatively openly and generously and without complication. When you ask us for help we come to help you. And when you tell us that donkeys can fly we believe it (when you say it on television.). ...
Ok, come on, you Germans, you really know better! You are well-read. Your media also reports on things south of the Alps. You travel. You value education. And in the past year you took over the moral leadership in the question of war or peace. I urgently ask of you that you show the same moral ability to judge when it comes to maintaining the German social net for those weakest in your country. Don't go the American way when it comes to economics, jobs and services for the poor and immigrants. It is the wrong way."
Michael Moore is an American and it is above all the matter of the Americans themselves to judge his unpatriotic attacks on his own country. Despite that, even from a German point of view it is apparent that the man is driven by a virulent hate of everything that makes America strong. If America followed the ideas of Michael Moore - ideas that reflect in large part those of the German media -, its economic and political power would quickly be broken. The USA would then follow Germany into the desert of economic hopelessness and depression.
Laughable is Moore's statement on "a new American majority" which Michael Moore claims to be standing in the middle of. These Enlightened Americans are at the same time confirmed by Moore to be the world's biggest political backwoods hicks. You have to be called Michael Moore or be a member of the German media not to notice this contradiction...
His recommendation to all Germans to resist the necessary social reforms in their country should be viewed as a guide into the abyss. German employees paying more than half of their income for taxes and social deductions are surely grateful for this piece of unasked-for advice.
BTW: Here's a superb analysis of Moore's manipulations and distortions. And DIVIDEDWEFALL describes how Moore endangers the fight against terrorism.
More about Michael Moore in this blog.
Update: Required reading: "You (and Bush) are likely too dumb for this".
Translation by Raymond Drake.
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