In the wake of Barack Obama's re-election to the White House, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has written the President an open letter, asking him to follow through with his promises from 2008 and push through a politics of populism — policies that support more than just the upper crust of American society.
After taking the President to task for being extra chummy with the leaders of Wall Street in his first term, Moore outlines a ten-point plan for using the work Obama and his team have done to raise grassroots support amongst the American people to reduce corporate influence on US politics. Screw bipartisan politics, Moore says; the other side doesn't actually care about the majority of US citizens.
His ten well-reasoned, hard-to-contest suggestions:
1. DRIVE THE RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF.
2. END ALL THE WARS NOW.
3. END THE DRUG WAR.
4. DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON HOME FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS.
5. GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS.
6. EXPAND OBAMACARE.
7. RESTORE GLASS-STEAGALL.
8. REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT.
9. FREE BRADLEY MANNING.
10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING.
In offering up his tenth bit of advice, Moore says, "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."
Read the entire letter here.
At the end of his open letter, Moore includes, as usual, his email, but also includes a cell phone number for the President to text him.
While Obama is unlikely to directly acknowledge Moore's demands (or send him a text…could you imagine: "hey! sup?"), the filmmaker, whose films like "Sicko," "Capitalism: A Love Story," "Roger & Me" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" have developed their own audience eager to be mobilized, may be able to ignite those on his own email list.