Michael Moore is a man I greatly admire. He’s one of the few people in this country who makes good use of The Freedom of Speech. But in this primary season, he could say a few more words. In a January 2nd letter to his followers (of which I am one), he discusses and evaluates the top three Democratic candidates. He has good things to say about Edwards and Obama, and is disappointed by Hillary Clinton. Yet, he refuses to endorse anyone.
He wistfully leads us to this:
‘I am not endorsing anyone at this point. This is simply how I feel in the first week of the process to replace George W. Bush. For months I’ve been wanting to ask the question, “Where are you, Al Gore?”’
‘I don’t blame you (Al Gore) for not wanting to enter the viper pit again after you already won.’
Yes, Al Gore did get more votes than George W. Bush. He also had Florida stolen from him, as Moore points out in Fahrenheit 911. Gore did make attempts to stop that larceny from occurring. But for whatever reason, he didn’t exactly fight. Instead, he strongly disagreed and accepted what happened. The schoolyard bully and his brother pushed Gore off the playground, but Al wouldn’t throw a punch to stop them. Perhaps he feared the inevitable detention or maybe it was because none of those in his after-school club would stand up with him. Whatever. It doesn’t take a Kennedy School grad to theorize that things might have been different had we a President who could actually read and understand an intelligence report titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack inside the United States.” The point being, Gore did not battle for what was his—and ours. We all lost.
As anyone who has found this blog realizes, I’m supporting John Edwards. This is what Moore has to say about Edwards:
‘—you find a man who is out to take on the wealthy and powerful who have made life so miserable for so many. A candidate who says things like this: “I absolutely believe to my soul that this corporate greed and corporate power has an ironclad hold on our democracy.”’
Later on, Moore continues his plea to Gore and concludes:
‘On second thought, would you (Al Gore) even be willing to utter the words, “I absolutely believe to my soul that this corporate greed and corporate power has an ironclad hold on our democracy?” ‘Cause the candidate who understands that, and who sees it as the root of all evil — including the root of global warming — is the President who may lead us to a place of sanity, justice and peace.’
It’s clear that Moore has an appreciation for both Edwards and Gore. But he should note some differences between the two. One is that Edwards is actually running in this election. Another: In a spot where Gore walked away like a gentleman, Edwards wouldn’t hesitate to drop the gloves and let fly. It’s time for you to step into Edwards’ corner, Michael, and you know it. You’ve positioned yourself exactly four words away.