photo by Rob Kall
Michael Moore gave a talk at a fundraiser for health-care Now, a single payer advocacy organization, on Saturday, June 30th. He covered the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, Weasel Democrats, Occupy, the Obama Election...
The first few minutes of the talk were not recorded.
The transcript picks up just after Moore had just said that in other countries, outside the USA, people have a different approach than Americans, who are all about "Me, myself and I."
Again, somehow we've got to take care of each other especially on the big stuff like healthcare. But we are the only country that doesn't have this, when there are like so many other good things about us, as Americans, things that people in other countries like, they actually like about, they like us in many ways,But we have a few blind spots, and this is a huge one but it's is not just about healthcare, it's about that basic sense of "me". When, if you live in Canada, or France, or Sweden, or UK, or Ireland, or Ghana, it's "we", "me" Vs. "we", that is really the thing that we have to change ultimately, if we're going to get people to come with us politically on these issues.
photo by Rob Kall
I wanna say a couple of words about what happened this week (Supreme Court ruling on ACA/Obamacare.) Let me start by saying this, because we're just talking amongst friends here, right? This is not on YouTube, with twenty thousand.
Those of us on this side of the political fence sometimes have a problem with not being able to be happy, and for good reason, there's a lot of stuff, to be really sad and angry, and upset about. But it calls our judgment so that when we occasionally have a victory, we can't even celebrate the victory, because clearly we know, and we do know that Thursday is not a victory, is not a real victory, right? But if you just step back from that for a second, and realize that, for the other people that do share our political beliefs, even if they're not activists, they felt really good on Thursday, those Americans, when the Supreme Court did that, and we take on the other side, when Roberts flipped, they still have not gone to bed tonight, right now. I mean seriously, they are so depressed, and upset. If you don't believe it, you go to my twitter feed and just read all the comments beneath cause it's been non-stop 72 hour hate fest, because they're so upset that somehow, somehow we got away with one.
And we go on there too, because we didn't wake up Thursday thinking anything, right, expect the worst. And some of us probably thought, Oh, they're getting rid of it, so we can start over.
photo by Rob Kall
But we know the Democrats. We know how they would have responded, if it had been a slam dunk against Obama, right? They're weasels, and they're lazy, and they are bought and paid for by the same people that the Republicans are paid from. They're just nicer. They're not as hateful. They're nicer. But that doesn't get it does it. Nicer doesn't get it us universal healthcare. But I think is very important for us to acknowledge that even though we weren't able to move the ball, down the field, for fifty or sixty yards, that we needed to move it down, it did go down the field about twenty yards, and then, you got to stop for just a second, and go ahh, I'm sorry, That feels good. You haven't scored the touchdown, we're not any near winning the game, but we're twenty yards closer, and we didn't screw up, and run the wrong way, and move the ball back, right? And that's what upsets the brain tonight, the most, they know, there is just no going back, the momentum is this way, and one of their own the chief justice, is with the momentum. They know it's heading in the direction of universal healthcare not in the direction of Oliver Twist. So just that piece of it, we should really take heart from the good part of what happened on Thursday.
I get these e-mails from people who have relatives who passed, they're beyond the long term care, you know the 22 year old who just found out he's got MS, now can be on it till 26. These pieces of it, that president Obama didn't do a very good job selling to people, because he couldn't wean himself off the corporate teat, and I'm hoping, because I am an optimist, I'm not a cynic, I am really hoping, that the second term Obama with a congress that will support him, will go to term.
The right thinks that that's what gonna happen, that's why they're so frightened they're pulling all the stops to stop this. So we should take our cue for now, they know, they know the possibility exists, that this country is gonna look very very different, by 2016, if he gets another term and the democrats take over congress.
But, you, know, I was talking to one of the people of the union the other day, and she was saying "you know, part of this is our fault, that we didn't create enough pressure on Obama to do the right thing, to get him to stick to his original principle, that he believed in, which was single payer. That's what was his original belief. But he's the kind of politician as we know, that's just not gonna do this on his own, he needs to know that he's got, that we have his back, so when we get around to the next phase, and that's what this is, we've won some of his early phases. We got ways to go, but I think we should really seize this moment right now because people are up, our side is up, they are not depressed this week. It sure is. I assume you've been meeting here today, talking about strategy, what to do right"that's tomorrow?