Reprinted from The Nation
If my grandfather were alive today, he'd be about 150 years old. I know what you're thinking: with my youthful looks, neither the math nor the biology of that sentence makes any sense. But it's the truth; it's not worth dissecting, so let's move on.
The Nation, too, is 150 years old. As I am only two generations removed from the Civil War era, and thus able to provide some not-too-distant context, the editors have asked me to write a critique of the magazine on this occasion. I have thought about it and decided that I have no critique to offer. My simple advice: Nation, keep doing what you're doing. Don't change. Everything's fine. Thank you for 150 years of telling the truth.
Instead of providing the requested critique, I would, if you don't mind, like to offer something else. I'd like to announce, in the pages of this historic issue of this magnificent magazine, the formation of a committee that will study the possibility of an exploratory committee to assess the potential of a Michael Moore candidacy for the presidency of the United States in 2016. In other words, I'm not officially declaring my intention to run. I'm just saying, should I decide to throw my ball cap into the ring, this is what I would propose to do if elected: