Let me begin this blog post with a disclaimer: I am no fan of Michael Moore's. I've seen some of his movies, and read some of his articles, and witnessed a few shenanigans, but I don't like him. He's just annoying. He's a loud, fat, annoying attention-getter, while I prefer my attention-getters to be thin, quiet, and good-looking. That being said, I still agree with him on many issues, and Hilary Clinton is one of them. Here were the highlights I agreed with in his open letter to the public, which was posted today:
I haven't spoken publicly ’til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares? and 2) I don't give a rat's ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there's a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word "Democratic" next to the candidate's name.
Seriously, I know so many people who don't care if the name under the Big "D" is Dancer, Prancer, Clinton or Blitzen. It can be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Barry Obama or the Dalai Lama.
Well, that sounded good last year, but over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I've watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name "Farrakhan" out of nowhere, well that's when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the "F" word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama's pastor does.
This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!
Yes, Senator Clinton, that's how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity. How sad that I would ever have to write those words about you. You have devoted your life to good causes and good deeds. And now to throw it all away for an office you can't win unless you smear the black man so much that the superdelegates cry "Uncle (Tom)" and give it all to you.
But that can't happen. You cast your die when you voted to start this bloody war.
There are those who say Obama isn't ready, or he's voted wrong on this or that. But that's looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the Candidate.
It's foolish to see the Democrats as anything but a nicer version of a party that exists to do the bidding of the corporate elite in this country. Any endorsement of a Democrat must be done with this acknowledgment and a hope that one day we will have a party that'll represent the people first, and laws that allow that party an equal voice.
Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Reverend Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this, I shout at the TV, "Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for 'spiritual counseling?' THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!"
Pennsylvania, the state that gave birth to this great country, has a chance to set things right. It has not had a moment to shine like this since 1787, when our Constitution was written there. In that Constitution, they wrote that a black man or a woman was only "three-fifths" human. On Tuesday, the good people of Pennsylvania have a chance for redemption.******
I will never forget this day, the day Michael Moore and I saw eye to eye. But I agree; the election game is becoming more focused, with Hilary getting whiter and Obama getting blacker and McCain getting softer--it's like watching the political version of Mean Girls, or Heathers. And I am all about the Obama Movement, which includes Obama the Candidate. I don't care that Hilary already has her connections in the White House, I don't care that she's been a senator for longer, I don't care that she has a vagina (a statement which I would challenge on her behalf) and that I'm supposed to vote for her.
I consider all of my Hilary-supporting friends to be intelligent, well-read, engaging, and liberal; but I can't get on the old-school, war-supporting, screechy mud-slinging bandwagon. Her actions are speaking as equally loud as her fear-inspiring words. President Bush won the last election because of fear, fear of the unknown, fear of threats unseen, fear of "the enemy". Turned out the enemy was in our backyard all along, and Clinton supported it. But who am I kidding? I'm going to mark the 'D' on my ballot, no matter who it is. I just think that Hilary as President would be a solid step for "man", but Obama could be a giant leap for mankind. "Could" is never a good word to use, but that's what it means to take a risk. The rewards could be awesome and neverending, or they could be totally worthless. At least we can take that risk for ourselves, and reach for possibilities that are still unknown, but not yet impossible. I still think of Barack Obama as The Great White Hope; ironic, but true.