I have a lot of mixed feelings about Moore. I think that he's done as much harm, if not more, than he's done good for the democratic party and the democratic process. I don't believe that "corporations are the enemy" anymore than I believe that government is inherently ineffective or ineffecient (it can be, but it doesn't have to be). I don't neccesarily believe in the zero-sum quotient of federal/governmental power vs personal freedom. I believe that jobs require companies, yes even corporations - that the infrastructure to allow those companies to florish as well as the oversight to protect consumers and workers requires a vigilant and responsible government and an agressively independant, free, but fair, press. I believe in fair-trade, and that sometimes such trade may cause jobs to migrate overseas in the short-term, but in the long term such migration is really just competition and that competition can spawn innovation, progress and a better standard of living for people all over the globe even if it does mean Flint Michagan becomes a ghost town in the meantime.
I doubt Moore believes any of this.
He's not even a democrat, he's actually is what Bill O'Reilly claims to be - an independant. I don't neccesarily like or agree with the imagery he provides here - of democrats as abuse victims -- but I do agree that they need to stop trying to change their behavior and try to appease Republicans, because the Right has taken over the Republican Party and the do rule it with an iron-clad - and extremely abusive - fist. Trying to talk them down isn't going to work, they are too far gone. I myself don't to any of my so-called "friends" of the Republican stripe anymore. There's no point. No amount of truth or logic will change them. We have to focus on the people who haven't been drinking the cool-aid and rally them together.
It's the only way.
It doesn't matter if they're in the majority or minority - they simply need to continue to hold their head up and make themselves heard. They need to do more than simply say - "Right Wing Neo-Con Republican Bad: We Good" - they need to prove it.
After the election I talked about "Revenge". But I wasn't talking about any type of physical retaliation. No. I meant that we need to harness the fire of outrage and indignation that burns bright within any American, or world citizen, who still believes in the true foundations of justice and freedom that this country was founded upon, not the bone-headed jingoism of the right and direct it into positive action and opposition.
Stop being ashamed of being a "Liberal" - and make people realize, make yourself realize, that the core of being "Liberal" is being a person who is willing to defend and promote Liberty!
I also fully believe that the rise of the neo-cons is ultimately a good thing. I believe that they are going to so completely FUCK THINGS UP, that the total bankrupcy of thier ideology will become plain for all to see and will drive them from legitimate power for decades once all the dust is settled.
That will be our ultimate revenge.
It may take years. It may take decades, as this right-wing/neo-con/fundamentalist monster wasn't built in a day.
But that day will come.
And it will be sweet.
A Message from Michael Moore: