The election is one month from tomorrow and, yes, it looks hopeless. November 2nd -- the day the Dems are expected to crash and burn.
Sadly, it's a situation the Democrats have brought upon themselves -- even
though the majority of them didn't create the mess we're in. But they've had
over a year and a half to start getting the job done to fix it. Instead, they've
run scared ever since they took power. To many, the shellacking they're about to
receive is one they deserve.
But if you're of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer
insanity, then you probably agree we've got no choice but to save the Democrats
Memo To: President Obama and the Democratic Party Leadership
From: Michael Moore
Subject: 5 Things Dems Can Do to Turn It Around by November
1. Immediate Wall-to-Wall TV Ads, Internet Videos, and Appearances
Hammering Who the Hell Put Us in the Misery We're In.
have very short attention spans (Quick: Who Won the Oscar for Best Picture last
year? The World Series? Exactly.). People need to be reminded over and over that
it was the REPUBLICANS who concocted and led the unnecessary invasion of two
countries, putting us in our longest war ever, wars that will eventually cost us
over $3 trillion. Bush and Co. also caused the biggest collapse of our economy
since the Great Depression. I don't know a single person in Hollywood who
wouldn't shoot and produce those spots for you for FREE. Dems: Do not pull a
single punch on this. Quit being a bunch of wusses and let the bastards have it!
The public will be astonished that you've found your courage and your spine. We
expect you to be Muhammad Ali, not Ally McBeal.
2. Indict the Criminals.
Announce that the Justice
Department will seek indictments against both those who caused the economic
collapse and those who became war profiteers. Call it for what it is: organized
crime. Use the RICO statutes. Use the basic laws that make fraud of any kind a
crime. Get in the face of those who stole the billions, make them pay for it --
and the people will love you. We want Dirty Harry, not Dirty Dancing.
3. Announce a Moratorium on All Family Home
Last month (August) there were more home foreclosures
than in any month in U.S. history. Worse than any month in the worst year ever,
2009. The bleeding hasn't stopped -- it's only gotten worse. And now, this week,
two of the largest crime organizations who are throwing hundreds of thousands of
people out of their homes (GMAC
Chase) have been forced to momentarily stop doing this. It turns out, they
don't really have the paperwork to prove they actually own these houses! It's
madness. So if you do one thing for the middle class this week, do this. It will
take an hour of your time to draw up the decree and issue it. We'd rather watch
"It's a Wonderful Life" than "Poltergeist."
4. Announce a New 21st Century WPA.
"Who's hiring? THE
GOVERNMENT IS HIRING!" Put together a simple plan to hire enough people to
repair our roads, fix up our aging schools, and rebuild our infrastructure. Fund
this by taxing the richest 1% who have more financial wealth than 95% of
Americans combined! Unemployment will drop to 5%. Can you pass it? Well, you
sure can't unless you try! And as you're trying, announce that you will force
the Republican senators (who until now simply have had to say they "intended" to
filibuster in order to kill a bill) to have to actually filibuster! Make them
stand on the floor of the Senate and read from the phone book 24/7. They won't
last a day. And America will see them for who they really are.
5. Declare That No Democrat Will Accept ANY Wall Street Money in the
Next Election Cycle.
Pick a day in the coming week. Have all your
fellow Democrats in Congress stand in front of the Capitol (with President
Obama) and pledge that if America allows you to retain control of Congress, none
of you will take a penny from Wall Street for the 2012 election. Instead,
promise to accept donations of only $2, $5 and $10. You will also pledge not to
take a job as a lobbyist or lawyer for ANY corporation for ten years after you
leave Congress. The message will be a powerful one to the average American fed
up with corrupt political hacks. Act like Honest Abe, not Fast Freddie -- and
see what happens.
And here are two bonus suggestions: Use what sense of humor you have and go
after these candidates and their agenda with all the hilarious ridicule they
deserve. And quit complaining about "the base" not doing enough to help you. You
want help? Do something this week to earn it. I've offered five suggestions. I'm
sure the rest of "the base" has a few more.
As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.