28 October 2010

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Michael Moore: "A Boot to the Head"

NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Actor Josh Brolin, former soldier Russell Baer, filmmaker Michael Moore and producer John Battsek participate in a discussion following a special screening of The Weinstein Company's The Tillman Story at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on August 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)




Only a few days until Halloween and, I realised that I hadn't posted anything Halloween related at all this year.... Shame on me!

But then, checking up my email account inbox a few minutes ago, guess what I've found waiting for me?  Yep, one brand new, fresh from the virtual press, email from Michael Moore.


It had to be a sign...


I mean, Michael Moore is kind of regarded as (among many other things) the Boogeyman by some of his opponents/detractors, isn't he?


So, maybe, just maybe, by sharing his email with you guys, I might be doing something Halloween-ish at the same time, after all?


Hey, that works for me.


Enjoy...


Loup Dargent


PS: Happy Halloween!



NEW YORK - JULY 09: Filmmaker Michael Moore attends the premiere of 'Winnebago Man' at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on July 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)



A Boot to the Head
...from Michael Moore


Thursday, October 28th, 2010


Friends,


There she was, thrown to the pavement by a Republican in a checkered shirt. Another Republican thrusts his foot in between her legs and presses down with all his weight to pin her to the curb. Then a Republican leader comes over and viciously stomps on her head with his foot. You hear her glasses crunch under the pressure. Holding her head down with his foot, he applies more force so she can't move. Her skull and brain are now suffering a concussion.


The young woman's name is Lauren Valle, but she is really all of us. For come this Tuesday, the right wing -- and the wealthy who back them -- plan to take their collective boot and bring it down hard on not just the head of Barack Obama but on the heads of everyone they simply don't like.


  • Teachers union? The boot!
  • Muslim-looking people? The boot!
  • Thinking of retiring soon? The boot!
  • Living in a house you can no longer afford? The boot!
  • Doing a bit better with your minimum wage? The boot!
  • Stem cell research, the bullet train, reversing global warming? Ha! The boot for all of you!
  • What? You like your kids being covered by your health plan 'til they're 26? The boot for them and the boot for you!
  • In love with someone of your own gender? A double boot up the ass for every single one of you sick SOBs!
  • Hoping there's a few jobs left here in the U.S. when you graduate? How 'bout just a nice boot to your head instead?
  • And most importantly, the last boot is saved for the black man who probably wasn't born here, definitely isn't a Christian and possibly might be the Antichrist sent here to oversee the destruction of our very way of life. A boot to your head, Obama-devil!


Yes, one big boot is poised to stomp out whatever hopey-changey thing we might have had two years ago and secure this country in the hands of the oligarchs and the culture police.


And if they win on Tuesday, they plan to show no mercy. They will not speak of bipartisanship or olive branches or tolerate any filibuster threats. They will come in and do the job with a mandate they'll perceive the electorate will have given them. They will not fart around for two years like the Democrats did. They will not "search for compromise" or "find middle ground." They will not meet you halfway on the playing field.


They know that touchdowns aren't scored at the 50-yard line. Unlike our guys, they're not stupid or spineless.


Make no mistake about it, my friends. A perfect storm has gathered of racists, homophobes, corporatists and born agains and they are on fire. Two years of a black man who secretly holds socialist beliefs being the boss of them is more than they can stomach. They've been sick to death since the night of 11/04/08 and they are ready to purge. They won't need a rope and tree this time to effect the change they seek (why bother when a nice shoe on another's skull will do just fine, thank you).


They simply need to get their base to the polls (done), convince enough people Obama is responsible for the fact they don't have a job or a secure home (done), and then hope enough of us Obama-voters are so frustrated, disappointed and downright mad at the Dems (done) that we'll either stay home Tuesday or, if we vote, we won't be carpooling with 10 others to the polls.


Done? Or not?


These Republicans mean business. Their boots are all shined and ready. But they've got one huge problem:


The majority of Americans don't agree with them.


The majority want the troops home. The majority want true universal health coverage. The majority want the thievery on Wall Street to be stopped. The majority believe that global warming is happening, that social security shouldn't be privatized and that unions are a good thing.


Too bad the majority party has done precious little to bring about the change for which the majority voted. Yes, change takes time. But try telling that to someone who hasn't worked in two years. Or who hears the knock of the foreclosure sheriff at the door. The booted-up minority knows how to make hay in a situation like this. All they need is us, the disappointed, dismayed, disgusted us.


What say you? Stay home and punish the weak-kneed, sell-out Democrats? Or spend every free moment you have between now and Tuesday trying to protect what little progress has been made so we can live to fight another day (even if it is with "allies" like a Democratic Party that will more than likely still not get the message of what they need to do -- and has, in fact, spent much of the past two years giving progressives the boot)? Perhaps our job, post-election, is to provide a gentle but swift boot in the bee-hind of the party whose mascot is an ass.


Right now, we've got 112 hours. Seems like enough.
 
Yours,
Michael Moore
 
P.S. I'll be on The Rachel Maddow Show tonight!
Be sure to tune in to MSNBC at 9:00pm ET/PT.


NEW YORK - JULY 09: Filmmaker Michael Moore attends the premiere of 'Winnebago Man' at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on July 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)




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