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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:42 PM

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

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An Open Letter to President Obama …from Michael Moore

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Dear President Obama:

Good luck on your journeys overseas this week, and congratulations on decisively winning your second term as our president! The first time you won four years ago, most of us couldn't contain our joy and found ourselves literally in tears over your victory.

This time, it was more like breathing a huge sigh of relief. But, like the smooth guy you are, you scored the highest percentage of the vote of any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson, and you racked up the most votes for a Democratic president in the history of the United States (the only one to receive more votes than you was ... you, in '08!). You are the first Democrat to get more than 50% of the vote twice in a row since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This was truly another historic election and I would like to take a few minutes of your time to respectfully ask that your second term not resemble your first term.

It's not that you didn't get anything done. You got A LOT done. But there are some very huge issues that have been left unresolved and, dammit, we need you to get some fight in you. Wall Street and the uber-rich have been conducting a bloody class war for over 30 years and it's about time they were stopped.

I know it is not in your nature to be aggressive or confrontational. But, please, Barack – DO NOT listen to the pundits who are telling you to make the "grand compromise" or move to the "center" (FYI – you're already there). Your fellow citizens have spoken and we have rejected the crazed ideology of this Republican Party and we insist that you forcefully proceed in bringing about profound change that will improve the lives of the 99%. We're done hoping. We want real change. And, if we can't get it in the second term of a great and good man like you, then really – what's the use? Why are we even bothering? Yes, we're that discouraged and disenchanted.

At your first post-election press conference last Wednesday you were on fire. The way you went all "Taxi Driver" on McCain and company ("You talkin' to me?") was so brilliant and breathtaking I had to play it back a dozen times just to maintain the contact high. Jesus, that look – for a second I thought laser beams would be shooting out of your eyes! MORE OF THAT!! PLEASE!!

In the weeks after your first election you celebrated by hiring the Goldman Sachs boys and Wall Street darlings to run our economy. Talk about a buzzkill that I never fully recovered from. Please – not this time. This time take a stand for all the rest of us – and if you do, tens of millions of us will not only have your back, we will swoop down on Congress in a force so large they won't know what hit them (that's right, McConnell – you're on the retirement list we've put together for 2014).

BUT – first you have to do the job we elected you to do. You have to take your massive 126-electoral vote margin and just go for it.

Here are my suggestions:

1. DRIVE THE RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF. The "fiscal cliff" is a ruse, an invention by the Right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. On December 31, let ALL the tax cuts expire. Then, on January 1, put forth a bill that restores the tax cuts for 98% of the public. I dare the Republicans to vote against that! They can't and they won't. As for the spending cuts, the 2011 agreement states that, for every domestic program dollar the Republicans want to cut, a Pentagon dollar must also be cut. See, you are a genius! No way will the Right vote against the masters of war. And if by some chance they do, you can immediately put forth legislation to restore all the programs we, the majority, approve of. And for God's sake, man – declare Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid untouchable. They're not bankrupt or anywhere near it. If the rich paid the same percentage of Social Security tax on their entire income – the same exact rate everyone else pays – then there will suddenly be enough money in Social Security to last til at least the year 2080!

2. END ALL THE WARS NOW. Do not continue the war in Afghanistan (a thoroughly losing proposition if ever there was one) for two full more years! Why should one single more person have to die FOR NO REASON? Stop it. You know it's wrong. Bin Laden's dead, al Qaeda is decimated and the Afghans have to work out their own problems. Also, end the drone strikes and other covert military activities you are conducting in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Colombia and God knows where else. You think history is going to remember the United States as a great democracy? No, they're going to think of us as a nation that became addicted to war. They'll call us warlords. They'll say that in the 21st century America was so in need of oil that we'd kill anyone to get it. You know that's where this is going. This has to stop. Now.

3. END THE DRUG WAR. It is not only an abysmal failure, it has returned us to the days of slavery. We have locked up millions of African-Americans and Latinos and now fund a private prison-industrial complex that makes billions for a few lucky rich people. There are other ways to deal with the drugs that do cause harm – ways built around a sense of decency and compassion. We look like a bunch of sadistic racists. Stop it.

4. DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON HOME FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS. Millions of people are facing homelessness because of a crooked system enacted by the major banks and Wall Street firms. Put a pause on this and take 12 months to work out a different way (like, restructuring families' mortgages to reflect the true worth of their homes).

5. GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. You already know this one. The public is sick of it. Now's the time to act.

6. EXPAND OBAMACARE. Your health care law doesn't cover everyone. It is a cash cow for the insurance industry. Push for a single-payer system – Medicare for All – and include dentistry and mental health. This is the single biggest thing you could do to reduce the country's deficit.

7. RESTORE GLASS-STEAGALL. You must put back all the rigid controls on Wall Street that Reagan, Clinton and the Bushes removed – or else we face the possibility of another, much worse, crash. If they break the law, prosecute them the way you currently go after whistleblowers and medical marijuana dispensaries.

8. REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT. No 22-year-old should have to enter the real world already in a virtual debtors' prison. This is cruel and no other democracy does this like we do. You were right to eliminate the banks as the profit-gouging lenders, but now you have to bring us back to the days when you and I were of college age and a good education cost us little or next to nothing. A few less wars would go a long to way to being able to afford this.

9. FREE BRADLEY MANNING. End the persecution and prosecution of an American hero. Bush and Cheney lied to a nation to convince us to go to war. Manning allegedly hacked the war criminals' files and then shared them with the American public (and the world) so that we could learn the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan. Our history is full of such people who "break the law" for the greater good of humanity. Army Specialist Bradley Manning deserves a medal, not prison.

10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING. One thing is clear: none of the above is going to happen if you don't immediately mobilize the 63,500,000 who voted for you (and the other 40 million who are for you but didn't vote). You can't go this alone. You need an army of everyday Americans who will fight alongside you to make this a more just and peaceful nation. In your 2008 campaign, you were a pioneer in using social media to win the election. Over 15 million of us gave you our cell numbers or email addresses so you could send us texts and emails telling us what needed to be done to win the election. Then, as soon as you won, it was as if you hit the delete button. We never heard from you again. (Until this past year when you kept texting us to send you $25. Inspiring.) Whoever your internet and social media people were should have been given their own office in the West Wing – and we should have heard from you. Constantly. Need a bill passed? Text us and we will mobilize! The Republicans are filibustering? We can stop them! They won't approve your choice for Secretary of State? We'll see about that! You say you were a community organizer. Please – start acting like one.

The next four years can be one of those presidential terms that changed the course of America. I'm sure you will want to be judged on how you stood up for us, restored the middle class, ended the s***ting on the poor and made us a friend to the rest of the world instead of a threat. You can do this. We can do it with you. All that stands in the way is your understandable desire to sing "Kumbaya" with the Republicans. Don't waste your breath. Their professed love of America is negated by their profound hatred of you. Don't waste a minute on them. Fix the sad mess we're in. Go back and read this month's election results. We're with you.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. President Obama – my cell number to text me at is 810-522-8398 and my email is MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com. I await my first assignment!

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Reply An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore (Original post)
Generic Other Nov 2012 OP
lalalu Nov 2012 #1
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #2
Lightbulb_on Nov 2012 #5
Rockyj Nov 2012 #16
Wait Wut Nov 2012 #6
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #8
Bandit Nov 2012 #11
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #12
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #17
Generic Other Nov 2012 #19
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #37
LanternWaste Nov 2012 #15
russspeakeasy Nov 2012 #3
Generic Other Nov 2012 #20
One of the 99 Nov 2012 #4
Generic Other Nov 2012 #21
One of the 99 Nov 2012 #22
Generic Other Nov 2012 #23
One of the 99 Nov 2012 #27
Doctor_J Nov 2012 #31
One of the 99 Nov 2012 #33
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #7
Xyzse Nov 2012 #9
Scuba Nov 2012 #10
progressoid Nov 2012 #13
WiffenPoof Nov 2012 #14
spanone Nov 2012 #18
EmeraldCityGrl Nov 2012 #24
Matariki Nov 2012 #25
Generic Other Nov 2012 #28
Berserker Nov 2012 #26
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #29
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #30
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #32
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #34
Casandia Nov 2012 #35
Turborama Nov 2012 #36

Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. Nice letter.

 

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. Oh Michael, you're so goddam important, I'm sure POTUS will get right on that...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:54 PM

5. Especially #9...

 

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Response to Lightbulb_on (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:19 PM

16. Same here!

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:54 PM

6. Well...they're apparently on a first name basis.

I know I wouldn't address the President as 'Barack', so it must mean that Mike is on the WH Xmas guest list. Kinda puzzling that he has to write a public letter to someone he's so close to. You'd think he'd have the 'Prez' on speed dial.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:04 PM

8. His (Mike's) ego makes it so....LOL...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:47 PM

11. A citizen having the gall to write the President of the USA

Doesn't he know he lives in America where ONLY the Important People can have an opinion and the temerity to express that opinion..

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Response to Bandit (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:30 PM

12. Michael definitely considers himself Important People...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:21 PM

17. I know republicans don't like him

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:31 PM

19. Only time I ever see people make multiple negative posts on one of my threads

It's always because of Michael Moore. Whatever the hell he's doing to irritate them, he needs to keep right on!! Like you said.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:16 AM

37. One need not be republican...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:00 PM

15. No more and no less than anyone else who posts opinions on the internet...

"Oh Michael, you're so goddam important.."

No more and no less than anyone else who posts opinions on the internet... much like the opinion you just posted...

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:52 PM

3. Wow. What a well thoughtout letter. I hope PBO reads and heeds it.

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Response to russspeakeasy (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:34 PM

20. I agree

He has covered the points I think we need to push for. If we can accomplish half of these goals, the president is going to leave behind a remarkable legacy. He will have saved the nation.

I like how Moore urges the WH to keep the voters in the loop, to enlist our aid getting bills passed this time. Tweet us and tell us to phone, write, scream. We will. Just don't abandon us.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:52 PM

4. We forgot walk on water

and free candy for everyone!

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Response to One of the 99 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:35 PM

21. You are thinking of the magic underwear guy

Even Newt Gingrich says this argument has gotten old.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #21)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:17 PM

22. No I'm thinking of the constitution

The President is not a dictator.

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Response to One of the 99 (Reply #22)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:23 PM

23. You think Moore was asking him to be a dictator?

I hear him saying be a fighter and enlist the aid of the rest of us to fight with him. We need to push this nation to the left. No one said anything about overturning the Constitution.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #23)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:51 PM

27. Yes it does.

And that he has some pie in the sky thinking about what is realistic.

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Response to One of the 99 (Reply #27)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:45 AM

31. Which of the requests would require dictatorial powers?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #31)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:59 AM

33. Pretty much all of them.

None of them the President can do on his own. Bills have to be passed through Congress and the GOP still controls the House. Moore is doing what many on the left did 4 years ago, setting an unrealistically high bar, based on his own personal agenda not on what the President actually ran on.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:59 PM

7. I'm glad that he didn't call for excusing student loan debt...

 

I've heard that idea tossed around and endorsed by people- probably people with a lot of student loan debt.
But just excusing it wouldn't be fair to those people who made sacrifices(cheaper schools, multiple jobs, taking longer to get the degree, etc.) in order to get by with minimal support from student loans.

i could see working out lower interest rates- but the principal amount of the loans shouldn't be adjusted.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:11 PM

9. I can agree with this.

As for Moore's letter, there is much I can agree with in that.

Particularly #1. Let the Tax Cuts expire, and provide a new bill to replace it.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:34 PM

10. Not exactly my list, but pretty damn close.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:28 PM

13. ...






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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:57 PM

14. Excellent Letter!

So what if he is his own favorite fan. I think his letter is on the mark. I hope BO actually reads it.

Paige

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:22 PM

18. k&r...

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:34 PM

24. Couldn't agree with him more

especially about mobilizing the people that put him in office. I expect an extraordinary second
term from President Obama. Based on the post election voting data so does most of America.

How Obama sticks to his pre and post election promise that he will not extend tax cuts to the rich
will tell the tale.

And I really wish we could refer to this as the fiscal curb. We go over it, it can be changed and made
retroactive as of 1/1/2013.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:38 PM

25. Wow. A bunch of low count posters dissing on Michael Moore.

Imagine that.

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Response to Matariki (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:01 AM

28. Moore is a rightwing troll magnet

that's for sure.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:49 PM

26. Great letter

 

Mr. Moore I don't agree with your position on guns but you ROCK!

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:06 AM

29. All of those demands, plus:

 

-End the NDAA immediately. How could you sign that and then send lawyers to reinstate it after it was struck down as unConstitutional!
-End the "patriot act" immediately.
-End HR347 immediately.
-End the NDRP immediately.
-End their associated agencies the DHS and TSA.
-Demand and end to all police violence against the Occupy movement. Punish those who do not stop.
-Free the No NATO 5 in Chicago.
-Free the east coast grand jury resistors.
-Free Jeremy Hammond.
-End the record deportations.
-Investigate and punish wall street and the banksters in proportion to their crimes.

ELIMINATE ALL DRONES.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:14 AM

30. Well said Michael. Thanks for posting this and bringing out the 5th column writers, Generic Other.

 

& R

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:52 AM

32. K & R

Even if one doesn't agree with all 10 points or would like to add others (I do and I would), the sentiment is dead on. Quit cowering down to right-wing threats. Bullies only respect one thing and that's if you stand your ground. Ultimately they'll back down and show themselves as the cowards they truly are.

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:07 AM

34. ..

 

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:10 AM

35. Pardon Don Siegelman

Please

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Response to Generic Other (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:52 AM

36. I did a word search for Climate Change and the result came back 'not found', in the OP or replies.

How disappointing.

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