Sunday, November 4, 2012

Letter to a Non-Voter (By Michael Moore)

To my friend who is not voting on Tuesday:

I get it – and I don't blame you. You're fed up and you could care less whether Tweedledee or Tweedledumber wins on Tuesday – because on Wednesday, your life will be the same, unchanged, regardless who is president. Your mortgage will still be underwater. You will still owe $50,000 on your student loan. Your son will still be in Afghanistan. Your daughter will still be working two jobs to make ends meet. And gas will still be at $4.

Four years ago you gave in and voted – and you voted for Obama. You wanted to believe he would go after the Wall Street crooks who crashed the economy – but instead the banks that were "too big to fail" four years ago are now even bigger and more dangerous. You thought there'd be universal health care – but the new law only went so far (with most of it not taking effect until 2014). You were tired of war and homeland security measures that violated our civil liberties – but we're still in Afghanistan, we're sending in drones to Pakistan and basic constitutional rights to privacy and fair trial have been ignored. And you thought you'd have a middle-class, good-paying job like your dad had – but you didn't know that Goldman Sachs was Obama's #1 private campaign donor in 2008, and well, he was beholden to corporate America in more ways we cared to think about.


So, I get it why you've had it with all these politicians and elections. In the end, it doesn't really seem to be our country any more. It's run by those who can buy the most politicians to do their bidding. Our schools are made a low priority and women are still having to fight for just the basic human rights we thought they already had.

So, it's hard for me to ask you for this very personal favor. It's ok if you say "no," but I'm hoping you don't.

I cannot believe it is possible that, after a group of rich plutocrats wrecked the economy, threw people out of work and stole our future, we may actually hand the keys to our country over to...a rich Republican plutocrat who made millions by throwing people out of work! This is insane, and despite all the legitimate criticisms of Obama, he is nothing like the tsunami of hate and corporate thievery that will take place if Mitt Romney is president. As bad as it feels now, it will only get worse. I need your help to stop this.

I can't promise you that your life will get better, easier under Barack Obama. I do think he cares and I know for sure that if the other guy is sitting in the Oval Office, I can guarantee you that not only will your life not get better, it will get much, much worse. Don't take my word for it. Just ask your parents what life was like before a 30-year pillage by the Republicans of the middle class. Your parents bought a house and eventually owned it outright. They weren't in debt. College was free. They bought a new car every 3 or 4 years. They took vacations and were home for dinner by 5 or 6 PM. They had a savings account in the bank. They didn't live in fear of not knowing if they'd even have a job next year.

That's all gone. I don't know if we can get it back, but I do know that Mr. Romney would love the chance to complete the final elimination of the middle class and the American Dream.

He must be stopped. Take 20 minutes on Tuesday and go vote. If you don't want to do it for your country, then do it for me! It's the only favor I'll ever ask of you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I know that you care, and care deeply, about your future and your kids' future. You have every right to be cynical about all this. And you hold the power to stop the bastards who plan on squeezing every last dime out of you that they can. Take a stand. And make a statement to those who are hoping against hope that you'll stay home on Tuesday. Your presence at the polls is what they fear most.

Go scare the s**t out of them! For me.




JoannaE
Posted November 5th, 2012 1:12 AM
Michael Moore - Unfortunately, millions of Americans watched the first debate. Obama looked inept, unable to defend his failed record and bombed. Obama is the emperor with no clothes.

Obama promised transparency and we got Fast & Furious and Benghazi-Gate. Obama lied to America and the world (U.N.) when he perpetuated a lie for almost two weeks stating the our Ambassador to Libya and three Americans were killed due to a protest over a YouTube video. We expected more from Obama and we still don't have answers.

Obama promised Hope & Change and to bring our Nation together. Instead, we are more divided than ever. Obama has create class warfare. He happily takes money from the rich and then turns around and demonizes them for being evil and greedy.

The majority of all Americans are opposed to ObamaCare. The majority of all Americans don't believe that BIG government is the answer to all our problems. The majority of all Americans don't believe in spreading the wealth around. We believe in working hard to achieve the Americans dream that has turned into a nightmare under Obama.

Earlier in this election, you were interviewed by HuffPo and admitted that Obama that we should all practice saying the words President Romney. I listened to you and I will be voting for President Romney.

nickareeno
Posted November 5th, 2012 2:00 AM
JoannaE,

The nightmare you speak of has been held at bay by Obama. The PR surrounding Benghazi is nothing compared to the PR that created and perpetuated the Iraq War, which Obama, not the last President, ended. We are more divided because the Republican Congress has been focused since Day One of Obama's tenure in ousting him above all else. Obama reached across the aisle again and again, to no avail. His failing was due as much to his willingness to compromise as much as anything else. If you think Governor Etch-a-Sketch is going to unite anything except the rich with their wealth, you are living in a world of illusion.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it improves health care prospects for millions. The majority of Americans did not vote on it; this is a representative democracy and everybody doesn't get to vote on everything. You're speaking of polls and if you give credence to polls over actual politics, you are living in a world of illusion.

I can only assume that you watch Fox News, listen to Rush and that your pastor has told you you're going to hell if you don't vote for Romney. If so, no wonder you're living in a world of illusion.


Best wishes.

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 5th, 2012 1:11 AM
BEFORE TUESDAY WATCH THIS (10 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjLSlJ5QOdk&feature=youtu.be

FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES 11/5/12: http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

DanaSilvernale
Posted November 5th, 2012 1:09 AM
Mitt Romney is a blowhard who parrots whatever he's told to say. If elected, he will do exactly as he's told by his corporate puppeteers, the same corporations who control Obama, who put Monsanto in the Department of Agriculture and Goldman Sachs and Citibank in charge of our Treasury. The only difference is that the people will stand up to Romney instead of sitting back with Obama and "hoping" he will do better this term.
The only way to achieve change is to demand it, and to demand it in very specific terms. Obama has promised us more cuts to social services, more minimum wage jobs, more austerity, more green house gases, radioactive waste, the XL pipeline, and global warming. Do you really think Romney can beat Obama's record?
Jill Stein has a well thought-out plan, based on the work of Nobel prize winning economists and the success of the New Deal that brought us out of the Great Depression. She promises 25 million living wage jobs, clean renewable energy, single-payer health care, free college education, and a moratorium on home foreclosures. The Green New Deal would bring peace and prosperity to our country.
Why on Earth are you asking people to vote for Obama?! Do you not have the courage to stand for the values you have promoted for your entire career?
Stand behind your beliefs, Michael! Demand social and environmental justice, and back it up with your vote and your voice.
Dana Silvernale

BosqueNorse
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:59 AM
Michael, thanks for writing such a wonderful letter. I pray it would have much influence and return the results which we all want and need.. Peace. .

deedeezplace
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:55 AM
GREAT idea, great letter, as usual you speak the truth! I am using FB to ask people to VOTE! Love seeing you on Piers CNN show...just wish you could get more words in with Piers!! Just subscribed to your website / blog / news / opinions sites....I am originally from Toledo, OH, and see when I visit each year how "corporate, rich, big business individuals and their groups" have nothing in downtown Toledo anymore. There is so much good their money could do, if only it was honest, hard-earned, fairly acquired money! Keep up the good work "MM@Flint"...let's help Obama after the election!! Make sure Congress (Republican McConnell and Boehner) know they lost at "making sure Obama is a one term President!" If that isn't prejudice, I guess I don't now what is! Love an blessings my friend..

technosys
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:36 AM
Hi Michael I took the liberty to translate your "Letter to a non-voter" In Spanish (Latinamerican). And I distributed it among my spanish speaker friends
If you want a copy contact me

@SalomitoG
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:22 AM
I've translated Michael's letter into Spanish, for the Latino community. Unfortunately I can't post it here because of the word limit, please let me know if there's a way I can send it to him.

LACC
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:48 AM
@SalomitoG - Send him a tweet @MMFlint.

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:08 AM

KayVee
Posted November 4th, 2012 11:45 PM
Just to let you know, the phrase is: "couldn't care less," not "could care less," because that means that you do care. Anyhow, thank you for this message! I'm from Nevada and I took the time this week to vote early for Obama because, frankly, Romney scares me. I agree that we can count on our lives getting worse if Romney wins. I'll take another chance on Obama.

mandyinseattle
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:48 AM
KayVee, that's my pet peeve too, although I didn't notice it here, the couldn't care less :)

voteobama2012
Posted November 4th, 2012 11:14 PM
@ wickerhb you have NOOO idea how much your vote counts!!!! michigan is one of the most important states right now in this election!!!! PLEASE I beg you reconsider and vote!!!!

mandyinseattle
Posted November 4th, 2012 11:05 PM
Thank you, Michael, for coming around. It's been a loooong year for us Obama supporters. He ain't perfect but I think we will look back and realize just how good a president he was/is. Unlike Ralph Nader, you need to hang in there and work WITH him, push him in the direction he should go. Be his political cover so he can do the right things. Because remember, this is America so we don't always vote in our own interests. And sometimes we let our disappointment get the better of us instead of having a longer view. Peace. ~mandy

wickerhb
Posted November 4th, 2012 10:53 PM
I am a registered voter in the state of Michigan- a state where I feel my voice does not matter thanks to our electoral college system of democracy. We invade other countries to force them into democratic beliefs, and yet we are the only country in the world that uses the flawed electoral system, rather than a true democracy system of which majority vote wins. As a result of this flaw, I feel my voice does not matter and that I don't need to vote. If I lived in a battle ground swing state-say Ohio for instances- perhaps I would feel more compelled to cast my vote. In addition, I am upset with campaign rules and laws. For instance, I feel we need to limit campaign funding and put a cap on how much each party can spend. Wouldn't this help in decreasing the amount of political favors big corporations receive for political financing, as well as even the playing field so our selections are not based upon he who has the most money but perhaps he who is most qualified? In addition, I feel campaigns as well as nonprofits need to disclose where they receive money from so we are more educated as to who is really behind a particular candidate. I don't plan on voting because I think it would make a better statement if this became a record breaking year for the least amount of voter turn out. Perhaps by sending such a message, our voice might be better heard rather than to continue participating in such a flawed system. Please join me in not voting (unless you live in a swing state).

blogusername
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:19 AM
EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

Why do you think the Republicans are trying to stop people from voting? Because it matters. Because they are outnumbered by Democrats and people who will otherwise not vote for Romney.

Do NOT be fooled into believing that you cannot make a difference; that's what the Republican Party WANTS you to believe. If there is a discrepancy in the electoral tally, the lawyers on either side will make arguments based on the popular vote.

Do NOT surrender your vote. You MUST exercise your right. If not for yourself, or for your fellow citizens, then think of ONE PERSON you care about in this country. Vote with that person in mind; don't subject them to a Romney presidency.

As bad as you may think things are here now, I promise you, this country will be UNLIVABLE under Romney.

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:10 AM

bsw
Posted November 5th, 2012 12:02 AM
@wickerhb - I hear what you are saying and I get it. Still, please vote! Yes your vote does count. Look at what happened in 2000 to Al Gore. You live in a state that might make all the difference in this election. I really hope you will reconsider - it's not too late. I don't think we can afford to make this year a year for low voter turn-out. To me, a middle class parent, I feel the stakes are way too high. Will you please reconsider?

wickerhb
Posted November 4th, 2012 10:52 PM
I am a registered voter in the state of Michigan- a state where I feel my voice does not matter thanks to our electoral college system of democracy. We invade other countries to force them into democratic beliefs, and yet we are the only country in the world that uses the flawed electoral system, rather than a true democracy system of which majority vote wins. As a result of this flaw, I feel my voice does not matter and that I don't need to vote. If I lived in a battle ground swing state-say Ohio for instances- perhaps I would feel more compelled to cast my vote. In addition, I am upset with campaign rules and laws. For instance, I feel we need to limit campaign funding and put a cap on how much each party can spend. Wouldn't this help in decreasing the amount of political favors big corporations receive for political financing, as well as even the playing field so our selections are not based upon he who has the most money but perhaps he who is most qualified? In addition, I feel campaigns as well as nonprofits need to disclose where they receive money from so we are more educated as to who is really behind a particular candidate. I don't plan on voting because I think it would make a better statement if this became a record breaking year for the least amount of voter turn out. Perhaps by sending such a message, our voice might be better heard rather than to continue participating in such a flawed system. Please join me in not voting (unless you live in a swing state).

dcampbell
Posted November 4th, 2012 11:59 PM
@wickerhb, you are missing the point of this plea. Please try to put your personal beefs aside about the lack of democracy and the flawed system and do your part. What would it be like if everyone was apathetic like you? hmm...
You're right - the system is terribly flawed, but your lack of vote will not change it - they are actually unrelated, and you're not making any sort of statement. It's the only power you have so take it and use it!!! For Michael, for your family, friends, neighbours and all other living beings!!
I spent hundreds of dollars and hours proving my citizenship (I'm a dual) just to vote. Please reconsider

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 4th, 2012 10:50 PM
“WE’RE QUITE AN EASY PEOPLE TO MISLEAD” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=7Zfe20Z45D0

March 2010 -- Will democrats be defeated in November?


Michael Moore talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about President Obama and the one Republican nominee he actually likes.

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 4th, 2012 9:40 PM

11/2/12 Breaking The Set -- Abby Martin talks to author and former US Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, about the US electoral system and breaking out of the "lesser of two evils" mentality. (Voting for drone strikes killing innocent children to save Roe vs Wade --- that’s no choice)

Joseph A. Mungai
Posted November 4th, 2012 9:46 PM

11/2/12 The Big Picture -- “Neither Barack Obama or Mitt Romney are talking about the issues that matter most to us.” Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate joins Thom Hartmann. Ralph Nader, a consumer advocate & five-time Presidential candidate whose latest book is - The Seventeen Solutions: New Ideas for Our American Future - joins Thom Hartmann.

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