Michael Moore: Election was “total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes”

Michael Moore on the election:

This country has truly changed, and I believe there will be no going back. Hate lost yesterday. That is amazing in and of itself. And all the women who were elected last night! A total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes.Now the real work begins. Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do. Mr. President, do not listen to the pundits who today call for you to “compromise.” No. You already tried that. It didn’t work. You can compromise later if you need to, but please, no more beginning by compromising. And if the Republican House doesn’t want to play ball, do a massive end run around them with one executive order after another – just like they have done and will do if given the chance again.

Michael MooreWe have to have Obama’s back. As he is blocked and attacked by the Right, we need to be there with him. We are the majority. Let’s act like it.

And please Mr. President, make the banks and Wall Street pay. You’re the boss, not them. Lead the fight to get money out of politics – the spending on this election is shameful and dangerous. Don’t wait til 2014 to bring the troops home – bring ’em home now. Stop the drone strikes on civilians. End the senseless war on drugs. Act like a pit bull when it comes to climate change – ignore the nuts, and fix this now. Take the profit motive out of things that any civilized country would say, “this is for the common good.” Make higher educational affordable for everyone and don’t send 22-year-olds out into the world already in massive debt. Order a moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions. Enact economic policy that will create good-paying jobs and spend the money that’s needed to do that. Make your second term one for the history books.

Finally, thanks must be given to the Occupy movement who, a year ago, set the tone of this election year by getting everyone to talk about the 1% vs. 99%. It inspired Obama and his campaign to realize that there was a huge popular sentiment against what the wealthy have done to the country and there was something wrong if just 400 rich guys owned more than 160 million Americans combined (all those moochers and bums). This led to Romney’s “47%” remarks and THAT was the beginning of the end of his campaign. Thank you Mother Jones for releasing that secret tape, and thank you to the minimum wage worker who placed a camera on the serving buffet next to the candle. This morning’s headline in the Washington Post says it all: “At Romney headquarters, the defeat of the 1 percent.” Thank you Sandra Fluke for enduring the insults hurled at you and then becoming an important grassroots leader against the war on women. Thank you Todd Akin for…well, for just being you. Thank you CEOs of Chrysler and GM for coming out forcefully against the Republican(!) candidate, saying he lived in “some parallel universe” when he lied about Jeep. Thank you Governor Christie for your new bromance with Obama. You know, you really didn’t have to!

Here’s are some of Moore’s tweets from election day:
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36 Responses to “Michael Moore: Election was “total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes””

  1. rush limpdick says:

    and get on board with coal its 70% of the usa economy so it must be 70% of yours. methane is 20 times greater putting heat in our atmosphere than co2. coal can be burned clean with todays technology and its even more of a base economy and more important than the auto bailouts. you don’t need to bail coal out you just need to give incentives with tax breaks and money for upgrading old plants. the offshoot industry is even bigger than the base. put some money in the trains. its our future. a train can haul 1000 semi trucks from new york to california with the same amout of fuel it takes one truck to drive it. amazing stuff that the oil industry don’t want anyone to hear.

  2. caphillprof says:

    I think the Repubs are working overtime trying to avoid a primary system next time around.
    Subject: [americablog] Re: Michael Moore: Election was “ total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes”

  3. karmanot says:

    Same here. MM is an American hero in my book.

  4. rmthunter says:

    Did you miss my bit of snark?

  5. karmanot says:

    Sorry to draw such rationalism into a snark bait.

  6. emjayay says:

    Unions: American workers need the return of unions. Vast numbers of workers are now treated like dirt and paid nothing by big box retailers, mail order warehouses, etc. who propagandise their employees about how great they are and how bad unions are, while claiming of course to not be anti-union in any way.

    But unions in this country deservedly have a bad reputation for overprotecting members, rigid work rules and corruption etc. We need to figure out how to structure things so these things are not even possible. Like somehow divorcing any big money pots like pension funds from unions. I suppose “union pension funds” exist more in trade unions with workers being employed by a bunch of employers. Could they pay into say the federal employee’s system, or a similar federal run sytem? Unions shouldn’t have their own health care deals either, for similar reasons. The ACA is going to structually change that environment, so some other arrangements could be made there. Union dues? Maybe a low limit as a per centage of wages? Work rules: is federal legislation possible about firing workers? Workers should be protected somehow without making employing people and what they do on the job inflexible, as has happened in the past. We have OSHA now, another bit of socialsm that maybe makes some union safety rules also unneccesary.

    I guess in Europe, a lot of stuff the unions are about got incorporated into laws, where here at some point unions decided to just look after members only. (Not real clear about this….anyone?)
    All just off the top of my head, but workers need collective bargaining and job protections, unions are disappearing, and the whole structure should be reappraised to fit the modern world and take away the reasons the public and right wing politicians use to justify being anti-union. The hoary old term “union bosses” should be stripped of its very negative meaning, and I think only structural change will make it possible.

    Maybe someone has written a book or proposals down these lines? Anyone?

  7. samizdat says:

    Demographically speaking, what you say may be true. But I worry about the millions who will feel marginalized, and backed into a corner. Not the average Republican/conservative, but the zealots on the extreme right who seem to view anyone to the left of them as traitors. Those will be the people, if any, who’ll our society will find are potentially troublesome. One thing is for sure, things will be very different in four years, and even more so in eight. The guy with the bony hands and the scythe will see to that.

  8. lynchie says:

    Because he welcomed FEMA does not mean he has changed. He was the first governor to come out for Romney. He never once distanced himself from their anti women, anti abortion attacks. He needed FEMA money and would have been hung if he refused it. We have to be cautious in believing Christie is anything but what he is a Repub who cuts spending, hates unions and wants to take away SS and Medicare and go after the middle class, poor and old.

  9. rmthunter says:

    Probably not the case — life expectancy is an average, not a limit. Figure high infant mortality, which brings the average down. And, strangely enough, elders were probably respected, if there’s any parallel with other early human societies — they had a lot of experience that was valuable to the group.

    As for being Republicans, probably not that, either — they shared things.

  10. Jim Olson says:

    There’s a bit of a long game going on here. Arc of history stuff. The pendulum swings back and forth, back and forth, but I honestly think that we have seen a new thing happen. It’s now up to the Democrats to make sure it does not die.

  11. RyansTake says:

    Few people have been bashed as much by the MSM and the GOP as Michael Moore, but he’s one of those guys who’s been consistently right. I have oodles of respect for him.

  12. karmanot says:

    That wasn’t hard. Nobody lived much longer than thirty and I think the old and sick were left out in the cold to die. The were Republicans you know.

  13. RepubAnon says:

    My worry is that more Republicans will go back to lying about their true intentions – and that fiscal austerity will become fashionable again. When times get tough, the haters get stronger.

  14. RepubAnon says:

    If austerity gets through Congress, hate will return – see e.g. Greece.

  15. hollywoodstein says:

    Moore losing weight. Good for him. So much to live for. We can use his voice.

  16. I agree. Let’s NOT insult Neanderthals by comparing them (who didn’t know better) to the tea baggies et alii (who do know better)!

  17. hollywoodstein says:

    Yet tis true, there are a lot of Australopithecines out there unevolved.

  18. hollywoodstein says:

    An insult to Neanderthals everywhere…

  19. hollywoodstein says:

    Two and half bottles in so I’ll probably edit this tmorrow, but there are two sides to this razor. Yes, it was a sea change. Just like Sandy ( a measly, barely Cat 1 Storm, but it grazed NYC, where media elites and the friends who love them live, oh my, can’t wait for Camille 2.0), has now made it declasse among the chattering class to deny climate change, so has the change in the country made gay baiting passe, although I can’t remember was it Kurtz or Halperin or Limbaugh who still respects their opinion.
    Yes, I used french terms w/o a proper accent.
    Yes, this is the tipping point, and we all should rejoice, but be awares there will be a 20 yr. rear guard action whereever possible. PBO’s re-election was really, really close. It easily could’ve gone the other way. If Rmoney didn’t f*ck up this and F*ck up that. If Queen Ann had chosen Portman (R-OH), instead of Ryan ( Shithead- Rand).
    And the Senate too. But for monumental mistakes we should’ve been crying in our coffee the way Rpubs are today, but only because they were monumentally stupid, and showed their true hand, we are not.
    Next time they will not show their true hand.

  20. Morell says:

    Sorry, but 48% is not a “total rejection.” Let’s not slip into the delusional state of the right wingers. Keep it rational.

  21. AdmNaismith says:

    The GOP is just going to double-down on their ignorance and stupidity. For instance: Being pro-rape wasn’t the problem, for them, their message just wasn’t ‘clear enough’ (whatever that even means).

    It’d up to Dems, Libs, and Progesssives to double-up on reality and forcefully put forward policies that will reduce income inequality, clean-up the environment, and make people critical, informed thinkers.

  22. Dave of the Jungle says:

    I quite agree and it always works on a small fraction of any population and flares up occasionally to a much larger extent until beaten down.

  23. colleen2 says:

    and the house is still Republican. But I believe this was an election that has done enormous damage to the GOP coalition and (hopefully) some damage to the coalition that forms the religious right, also. They lost unity and they lost a great deal of money but the moment I knew Obama was going to win was when Mitt Romney said he wanted to abolish FEMA just before Sandy struck. That many jaws dropping almost makes a sound.

  24. BeccaM says:

    I’m sorry, but despite my extreme happiness with the utter thumping the forces of conservative regressivism received in this past election, I feel compelled to remind everyone of this extremely apt Tom Tomorrow cartoon from 2008.

    The beginning of the 2014 mid-term election cycle is only 12 months away. And the 2016 presidential cycle probably only 18 months after that.

  25. Lisa M says:

    Unfortunately the extremists in the GOP are like cockroaches – they never leave…they just regroup to bother the rest of us on another day. We must be vigilant because they will be back – as batshit crazy as ever.

  26. BeccaM says:

    That’s the primary motivation over there though, isn’t it? Appeals to the Lizard Hindbrain. Fear, hate, paranoia, intolerance of anything new or different, constant attempt to roll the entire culture back to pre-Enlightenment superstitions and tribalism.

  27. Dave of the Jungle says:

    The notion that a member of an opposition party is 100% evil all the time betrays a primitive mind. This can not survive the coming demographic changes in the electorate and will inevitably marginalize the far right more and more. The Republican Party will have to drop the absolutist attitudes or it will fail.

  28. hollywoodstein says:

    Maybe, but currently he’s being hated on the fundie message boards for his betrayal of Romney by his embrace of Obama. That could hurt him in the primaries where he’ll need nutter support to win.

  29. BeccaM says:

    Perhaps, but ONLY if the GOP gives up on its absolutist attitudes with respect to hyper-conservative orthodoxy.

    Chris Christie praised a Democratic president and FEMA. That, in the GOP / Tea-Bagger Bible is an unforgivable sin.

  30. Chathamization says:

    Yeah. I hope people realize that now is the time to work and not take a break.

  31. caphillprof says:

    I think Chris Christie may have set himself up to be an electable Republican candidate–if the GOP comes to their senses and moves toward the center. Christie stepped back from ideology and instead stepped up to the plate to address New Jersey’s problems in the aftermath of Sandy. That required welcoming assistance from Obama and FEMA and any other credible help. It suggests that we could all work together if only the GOP got out of their churches (including the Church of Ayn Rand) and into the trenches with the rest of us.

  32. nicho says:

    Neanderthals lived communaly and cared for the sick and elderly — just sayin’

  33. samizdat says:

    I seem to recall that he pretty much said the same thing in ’08. As did a healthy number of other “liberal” pundits/analysts.

  34. Dave of the Jungle says:

    It seems reasonable to characterize this moment as a tidal change in the political climate. The demographic changes that are happening will marginalize today’s right wing fruitcakes in due course. I’m not sure we can attribute this to the President and his conduct but I’m happy to think that the right wing crazies are doomed to extinction.

  35. Sam Rayhill says:

    Actually he can, just kept her around for floor show+torturing her with all those LGBT’s running around. It won’t be much fun for her. Perhaps she can apply for more Federal assistance for her business back home and retire into obscurity?

  36. S1AMER says:

    Well, that’s a bit over the top, Mr. Moore. Yeah, November 6 was a very important day, a hugely important day, a wonderful day.

    But, on the other hand, Michelle Bachman was reelected, so you can’t say neanderthalic attitudes were entirely rebuked.

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