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November 19, 2012 2:38 PM
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Michael Moore's 10 Suggestions to Obama: "You say you were a community organizer. Please – start acting like one."

Michael Moore
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.

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3 Comments

  • jared | November 20, 2012 7:11 AMReply

    I always wondered if this guy gets off on seeing school children gunned down. You know, lock himself in a room with a copy of it and rubs butter all over himself while watching it. What a sick piece of garbage. The difference between him and corporate millionaires is, corporate millionaires employ poeple and do something for this country. He just exploits their deaths and suffering.

  • WTF | November 20, 2012 1:30 PM

    HE'S a sick piece of garbage? You just suggested that Bowling for Columbine, a movie about gun control, fear and consumption messages in the media and politics, and corporate ties to government, was made to be masturbation material. I won't deny that there are plenty of emotionally manipulative moments in that film, but I certainly wouldn't call it exploitative.

    The idea that corporate millionaires have anyone's best interests in mind but their own is a conservative fantasy. Business owners only employ people when they have to--not out of the goodness of their hearts. And when they can, they ship those jobs overseas because it's cheaper for them. Not to mention that many of the jobs created here at home are low wage, no benefit jobs that squeeze the labor from the working poor for all they're worth.

    "Do something for this country" my ass. If anyone is exploiting suffering, take a look at American businesses. Most of the world's electronics are made in places like China under grueling conditions. But people like you are more concerned that a man made a few popular, liberal-stanced documentaries that criticize big business. Way to point your finger in the right place, champ.

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