Leftist filmmaker and activist Michael Moore wrote an open letter to President Obama Monday, asking the president to act differently on ten specific issues than he did during his first term.
"It's not that you didn't get anything done. You got A LOT done," he began. "But there are some very huge issues that have been left unresolved and, dammit, we need you to get some fight in you. Wall Street and the uber-rich have been conducting a bloody class war for over 30 years and it's about time they were stopped."
Saying he knows it's not in the president's nature to be "confrontational," Moore implored Obama not to move to the center, saying he's "already there." (Disregard the "voting is the best revenge" line, or how Obama told Latinos they would "punish" their "enemies" after the 2010 election).
"At your first post-election press conference last Wednesday you were on fire," Moore gushed. "The way you went all 'Taxi Driver' on McCain and company ('You talkin' to me?') was so brilliant and breathtaking I had to play it back a dozen times just to maintain the contact high. Jesus, that look – for a second I thought laser beams would be shooting out of your eyes! MORE OF THAT!! PLEASE!!"
Here is suggestion number one:
1. DRIVE THE RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF. The "fiscal cliff" is a ruse, an invention by the Right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. On December 31, let ALL the tax cuts expire. Then, on January 1, put forth a bill that restores the tax cuts for 98% of the public. I dare the Republicans to vote against that! They can't and they won't. As for the spending cuts, the 2011 agreement states that, for every domestic program dollar the Republicans want to cut, a Pentagon dollar must also be cut. See, you are a genius! No way will the Right vote against the masters of war. And if by some chance they do, you can immediately put forth legislation to restore all the programs we, the majority, approve of. And for God's sake, man – declare Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid untouchable. They're not bankrupt or anywhere near it... [Emphasis added]
Other suggestions include ending the wars, declaring a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, expanding Obamacare into a single-payer system, and freeing Bradley Manning.
Suggestion number ten recalls Obama's call for a civilian "national security force" that's "just as strong, just as powerful, [and] just as well-funded" as the U.S. Military:
10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING. One thing is clear: none of the above is going to happen if you don't immediately mobilize the 63,500,000 who voted for you (and the other 40 million who are for you but didn't vote). You can't go this alone. You need an army of everyday Americans who will fight alongside you to make this a more just and peaceful nation. In your 2008 campaign, you were a pioneer in using social media to win the election. Over 15 million of us gave you our cell numbers or email addresses so you could send us texts and emails telling us what needed to be done to win the election. Then, as soon as you won, it was as if you hit the delete button. We never heard from you again. (Until this past year when you kept texting us to send you $25. Inspiring.) Whoever your internet and social media people were should have been given their own office in the West Wing – and we should have heard from you. Constantly. Need a bill passed? Text us and we will mobilize! The Republicans are filibustering? We can stop them! They won't approve your choice for Secretary of State? We'll see about that! You say you were a community organizer. Please – start acting like one. [Emphasis added]
Moore then asks Obama to consider his legacy, and whether he wants to be known as the man who ended the "s***ting on the poor," or if he wants to sing "Kumbaya" with Republicans.
"P.S. President Obama," he candidly concludes, "My cell number to text me at is 810-522-8398 and my email is MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com. I await my first assignment!"