Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sad, but Mad: September 11, 2005

What do you say on an anniversary such as this? If you're me, you say little and you hand the mike over to someone who says it so well. Here's what Michael Moore has to say to all of you people who voted for G.W. Bush. I'm always looking for the right words and it's good to know that today I didn't have to find them. Someone else said them for me.

To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:

On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?

How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows?

That's right. Horse shows.

I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.

I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.

Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?

When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure?

When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there?

Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?

Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?

With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?

Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake.

That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water.

It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the widow at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!"

My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world?

And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain?

Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.

Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?

I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose?

I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.

Michael Moore


Blogger Mark Gamon said...

I like the picture of George playing the guitar. I hope he actually strummed that chord out loud, because he's got his fingers all in the wrong place.

Fhcur. A new puppy, not yet house-trained.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

We need more "Michael Moores" in this country, people who will push the envelope and ask the questions that others would just like to sweep under the carpet. Imagine how cheated all those people who signed up for the military after 9/11 to fight terrorism, only to find themselves in Iraq, must feel? Iraq & Al Queda have been mushed together by the Bush Admin., those 2 issues are not correlated at all and we have yet to make any real progress in combating terrorism. This country is a sitting duck!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Nice one Lin,

Very nice.

Michael Moore seems to be the only one brave enough, or perhaps sickened enough, to say anything about this crap.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

Thanks Lin.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous CarolineM said...

I've been a Moore fan for some time (looking at Stupid White Men as I type), he seems to outrage a lot of people in cyberspace - and WHY would that be? hmmmm?
One normally resonable person recent called him 'that show-off'. How so?

This is the second time you have quoted him Lin and I'm all for it. And yes, September 11th was a sad day.

2:17 PM  
Blogger jlb said...

How right Michael Moore is! He always seems to get to exactly what I was thinking, or wanting to express and not knowing how.

I've been very disappointed in the entire Bush-run of things from the get go. I still don't know how so many American's voted for such incompetance.

Great post.

5:47 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I hadn't read that yet - thanks for posting it.

6:49 AM  
Blogger JB said...

My husband often forwards Moore’s letters to me and I’m always impressed by their honesty and passion, although sometimes I think Moore resorts to logical fallacies like many of his fellow political commentators. I wish he didn’t do this because I think it hurts his very legitimate case against this administration, especially in films like Fahrenheit 9/11.

However, I agree with Moore that, clearly, the head of FEMA should be someone who is actually qualified for the position. It’s just too bad that we had to realize this in hindsight.

On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart they have a regular segment called “Meet the F**kers,” in which they deride those officials who dropped the ball and mismanaged the hurricane crisis, and the former head of FEMA is their #1 target.

It is funny and sad to watch this segment. Actually, it’s just kind of sad.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous CarolineM said...

Also, talking of Mad:

Have you noticed that George Bush looks very like Alfred E Newman?

7:30 PM  
Blogger AM said...

Thanks for posting this, Lin. I admire Moore, or anyone for that matter, who has the courage to speak what is on their mind. It just makes sense, and if anyone doesn't think so, they're just in denial.

1:00 PM  

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