Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List

ELECTION 2016

Roll up your sleeves, people—there are fascists to defeat.

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1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.

2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must “heal the divide” and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.

4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!”

Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.

5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane, 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want.

You live in a country where a majority of citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above).

Let’s try to get this all done by noon today.

17 thoughts on “Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List

  1. Hillary may win popular vote 48-47 %. Is our glaTo ss half empty or half full? I find very disturbing that 1/2 of Americans voted for a man like Trump. Yes, Roger Moore is right, the media and pollsters were asleep at the wheel and let Trump and the GOP demagogue issues. The media allowed a reality show. It was more entertaining than in depth analysis and reporting of the issues. But 1/2 of Americans voted for this demagogue! Do we deserve him then? This was in large part a whitewash, Make America White again. Did Germans deserve Hitler? Did Italians deserve Mussolini? This issue of the hidden race based voting is revealing of how far we have not come. We are a deeply polarized nation on basic values and the role of government. We are not going to kiss and make up. Republican behavior the next 4-8 years will likely further the divide. We need our democratic senators and representatives to stand fast, even be Obstructionist in defense of the environment, wildlife, minorities, basic human rights, equal share at the table.

  2. It is very scary, no doubt – the crowd calling ‘lock her up’ gave me much pause. But obviously a lot more than the angry white man caused this rout. I wish the media had made it more about issues than throwing rotten tomatoes. And the Democrats ran a very poor campaign based on that as well.

    • The media and the campaign made it more about sex scandals than issues. American’s puritanical slip is showing, or they thought it was and would dominate a lack of response on the real issues, and I think most people were offended by that. Nobody wants their intelligence insulted.

      I’m more concerned with issues than what Trump did 16 years ago, and it sounded like he was talking about consensual encounters, but the media turned into sexual assault! I have never heard so many sexual assaults associated with a campaign in all my life. Assange, Trump, Ailes, dredging up Bill’s exploits. When all else fails, levy a lurid sex scandal accusation. Not to say that it doesn’t happen, but that’s all the media dwelt on. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I guess Rolling Stone learned when they ran with a false story.

      • And Anthony Weiner, but the media interestingly didn’t spend as much time feigning shock over his behavior, and Bill’s either – and tried to downplay them. Not to say that disrespect of women is not important and does happen more than we care to admit, even today, but obviously the media was not really concerned with that and using these important issues to influence an election to make Trump lose.

  3. The media shares a lot of the responsibility for the 2016 election surprise. They fell right into the Trump reality show and focused on personality, his outrageousness, entertainment value interests instead of issues. There really are facts, logic, science out there. There is very seldom justification for equivalency reporting on the issues. The media should focus on issues differences and the facts, science, logic of the differing opinions. Do trade deals hurt the American worker, and if so which ones? What workers and businesses do trade deals benefit? Do immigrant workers regally hurt American workers? If so which ones? How do immigrant workers benefit American economy? How many illegal immigrants are there? Who employs them? Is ISIS really a threat to America? Does America need to be so fearful of terrorists attacks? Do we really need a wall? Are the police overly militarized? Do they over police some populations? Do we imprison too many citizens? Do we really need more “law and order”?Do we have anthropogenic climate change? Do we need something other than insurance based, profit motivated healthcare accessibility and care? These are just some of the issues the media should be focusing on over and over and informing and educating the public. Trump got away with demagoguing on these and other issues because the media was focused on entertaining.

  4. Democratic Party is broken! They thought if they spent billions to push an unworthy candidate that they will convince, no, brain wash, people to vote for her. I am glad demcrats lost. Their arrogance had no limits! For eight years the juvenile delinquent in the White House behaved like a little boy having a lot of toys for the first time and broke them from excitement. The democrats shit on the middle class in this country and now they got what they deserved.

  5. The “divide” in this country did not begin with Obama. It never went away after the Civil War, with the likes of Steve Bannon and his White Supremacy followers. These are the largely uneducated & under educated, rural rednecks/evangelicals, who preach their “religion” of gay-woman- minority bashing, who refute the reality of Climate Change, who are against separation of Church and State. They understand the Bully and the Gun, & are longing for the ‘Good Ol’ Days of the repressive 1950’s when “America was Great” according to their mentor, Trump.

    damovand: You will be right at home in this repressive & wonderfully “Law and Order” White Only state. Sorry, but you are delusional if you think Trump cares anything about you. He promises everything, but in reality, he cares nothing about anything but himself, and of course, the destructive power he may now wield across the planet.

    I also think you are very confused. You call Obama the little boy? I think you had better review the numerous tapes of Donald Trump behaving like a stupid, spoiled child, using racist and sexist language—so get your facts straight for once.

    • First of all I never said I cared about trump or voted for him. That is the assumption people like you always make. You think anyone who does not approve of excesses of 0bama is a right wing shit head. I am angry as hell that now we have to deal with a republican congress, senate and white house. And I personally blame all of this on 0bama. That idiot thought that no other president knew how to use executive orders, he thought he was the smart one to figure it out. What he didn’t have the intelligence to understand is that his actions, which amounted to cutting off fifty percent of citizens out of his concerns, would have reactions. The other issue that really angers me is this notion of making America white again. Exactly what do you people suggest should be done that hasn’t been done?

    • I voted for Jill Stein, but my cousin who is a single woman supporting herself through her small business voted for Trump. Why, simple, she told me she felt that for the past few years no one cared about people like her. She felt that a bunch of elite liberals and Hollywood millionaires decided what she should pay for others. Then Trump came along and told people like her that he would be their voices.
      Now if you were a single woman and your medical insurance cost suddenly tripled, and you ended up with a plan with fewer options, how would you feel?

  6. I was teary-eyed because in the end, I would have loved to have our first woman President, and I felt honored to cast my vote, tried to be hopeful. In the end, I didn’t feel that Trump represented my values and HRC did. I’m not good at closing my eyes, crossing my fingers and jumping off a cliff, so I took my time coming to the decision. Many men I have spoken with don’t care about gender, would be happy to have a woman as President nowadays. Even people I chatted with ay-to-day, such as a woman cashier, were leery about HRC. My rural town, which has become very conservative over the years, had huge banners waving for Trump that rivaled the American Flag, and lots of lawn signs such as “Home of a Deplorable”, Hillary’s Lies Matter, etc. Very little for Hillary. It’s very sad, really – I feel bad about the entire, ugly campaign. But, let’s try to work with it – NH sent a Democratic senator to Washington, our Democrats, Independents and moderate Republicans will do their jobs. It’s rare for a President to serve three terms.

    Here are the exit polls, a report from the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37922587

  7. Michael Moore is absolutely spot on. Any attempt by the repub cruds in Congress and the new freak president to be to weaken environmental laws, build walls, break the Paris climate change treaty,etc. should be met with total obstruction by the Democrats and any sane republicans that might be left. There may be hope.

  8. With a Trump victory, Trumpism is here to stay, for a few years anyway with lasting effects for decades. The Tea Party, the far right, Trumpism is a movement created by and reflective of a social conservative, nativistic, fascistic, xenophobic, racist, nationalistic-jingoistic, paranoid conspiracy theory prone, blue collar and white collar social conservative, who are largely, largely anti fact, anti science, anti logic, anti establishment, “Make America White Again” movement. The new GOP has embraced it. We should all be terrified.
    (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/andrew-sullivan-trump-america-and-the-abyss.html).

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/election-2016-a-portrait-of-america-under-siege/

    Where Does Trumpism Go After Nov. 8?
    BuzzFeed News
    There really is a Trump movement. But does it still exist if he loses? Read the full story https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/where-does-trumpism-go-after-nov-8

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/opinion/campaign-stops/trumpism-after-trump.html

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/republican-party-needs-to-revert-to-nominating-republicans/article

    With or Without Comey, This Presidential Election Was Always Going to Be Close
    New York Magazine 11/03/2016

  9. Trumpism (demagoguery, racism, xenophobia, nativism, jingoism, misogyny, capitalism unfettered, trickle down economics, scapegoating, ignorance exalted) endorsed by half of Americans by his election, means horrifying regression for progressives, means nativistic emphasis, social conservatism, “Make America White Again” (nostalgic white rule, a country polarized. It was in large part a “whitelash”.

    Watching Trump form his cabinet, Trumpism means Wall Street and as Hillary said, “trickle down on steroids” and unfettered capitalism, financial deregulation. Environmental issues will take a seat behind capitalistic interests. Entitlement programs will urged be privatized capitalistic investments schemes. Healthcare and pharmacy will be back to greed system based, vulture capitalism.

    The emphasis will be you are on your own instead of we are all in this together. That means social safety net weakening instead of strengthening and expanding. It means no federal minimum wage. It means no higher education assistance. It means efforts at privatization of Medicare and Social Security. The Supreme Court will be seeded with Social and economic ultra conservatives, having impact for decades.

    With Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell at the helm, capitalism rules all decisions. EPA and ESA, wilderness and wildlife and public land are in trouble.

    International relations will be strained by American jingoistic nativism and neoconservatism and bullying.

    The working class and white collar social conservatives have been duped again I think. We needed a political revolution but along Bernie Sanders socialist democracy lines, not “trickle down on steroids”. America just took a hard right turn when we should have gone left. We just turned to the dark side. It will likely lead to more polarization.

    Protesters are right, he is “not my President”. He is a threat to the environment, social justice and human rights, the economy, the planet. After the shock, anger, denial, reality will set in that we have to hunker down for a long fight to protect, salvage progressive values and policy. We should be terrified. The media, congress, pundits will try to normalize Trump, see genius in his stupidity and machinations, elevate someone who should not be President to presidential status.

    Those who voted for Trump wanted to blow the system up, put a businessman in charge, a man who sounds like them, resonates with their angst, and will “Make America White Again”. We deserve what we get, they do anyway.

    References:
    A question on Americans’ minds: What does Trump’s win say about us as a nation?
    The Washington Post 11/09/2016
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-question-on-americans-minds-what-does-trumps-win-say-about-us-as-a-nation/2016/11/09/f1ca3a6c-a6b8-11e6-8fc0-7be8f848c492_story.html

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