Mr. Moore... please shut up.
by Jon on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 file under: Commentary

Michael Moore has opened his mouth again, and as always, little constructive has come out. I'm not going to post a link to his site, because I don't care to give him the extra hits, but he posted a letter on his site about 4 days ago with 17 reasons ultra-liberals shouldn't kill themselves.

Even in my limited knowledge of the political system, I can refute several of them. If you are not in the demographic of people Michael Moore outright and unfoundedly bashes, pigeonholes, or generalizes, remember that sooner or later he'll include you as the "bad guy" in one of his "nation-wide statistics". Funny, I (or anyone I know for that matter) never get asked how the country is doing.

Read more for my take on some of his points.

I've styled Michael Moore's comments in bold italics. Mine are unstyled.

2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

But a much bigger win for the republicans then the last election.

3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.

Did you really say this? is this the liberal sentiment? If so, then this country is going to end up in the toilet. Michael Moore's parents, if you are still alive, you might be kind enough to write Mr. Moore out of your will, it seems he has little respect for you or how you raised him. It's good to know many young people will change their voting habits as their family values change. it's easy enough to not vote values when you don't have a family to support.

4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), think the war wasn't worth fighting (51%), and don't approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)

51% of votes think GW has a better chance of turning that around then the other guy. And, it's not 56% of Americans, its 56% of those polled. My opinion was never asked.

5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.

It's good to know even the dems don't think the dems are going to do their job.

6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!

Since when has the northeast not voted dem? And when's the last time a democratic candidate from the northwest won?

7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.

I'm sure the people of Ohio appreciate your sentiment.

10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.

So someone's race makes someone better or worse at performing a specific function?

14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.

Talk about gracious losing! So you'd rather watch your president flounder for four years then see him succeed? That's what's best for america? Your candidate doesn't win, so you hope that the other candidate screws up?

Feeling better? I hope so.

I'd feel better if the name calling and pessimism could stop and as the people of the US we could work together to keep this the greatest country in the world. There's no reason the president should dictate what you do to help people in this country lead the best possible lives they can. If you think the pres does dictate that, and you won't pitch in until your candidate is in office, then this country will falter. If you think this country is divided, look at yourself. You're the only one who can do something about it.

I don't care if you are a liberal, conservative, or don't like being affiliated with either party (I don't always blame you), but comments like Mr. Moore's are not helpful to our country. It would be nice if he took his wealth and stopped using it to keep him on his soap box and started using it to feed and clothe the homeless, educate the bed-ridden, or enable someone to get a job.

Permanent link to Mr. Moore... please shut up.

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