Michael Moore: “America is not Broke”
(Credit: Flickr user WxMom)
Filmmaker and champion of liberal and progressive ideals, Michael Moore, donned his signature ball cap and headed to Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday to rally pro-labor demonstrators. Video online here.
“America is not broke. Not by a long shot,” he told the thousands gathered at the state Capitol. “The country is awash in wealth and
cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the
greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks
and the portfolios of the uber-rich … The only thing that’s broke is the
moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and
steer the ship ourselves from now on.”
Moore called Gov. Scott Walker “your soon to be ex-Governor.”
He added that there have been three major lies over the last decade:
“Wisconsin is broke. There are weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq). And the Packers need (Brett)
Favre to win the Super Bowl.”
Moore said people in Wisconsin “have aroused a sleeping giant, known as the working people.”
“Right now, the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge,” he said. “Your message has inspired people in all 50 states: ‘We have had it.’ ”
“We are all Wisconsinites now,” he said. “We are rich with ideas and talent and hard work and love, yes love.”
“For three weeks you have stood in the cold, sat on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois, whatever it took you’ve done it,” he said. “What is certain, Madison is only the beginning.”
Also tweeting live from the event, Moore continued his message:
“Living here in the Midwest I can tell u this: People HAVE HAD IT. They’ve been pushed 2 the limit & they’ve got nothing 2 lose at this pt.
The pundits should understand this: the 10s of 1000s u’ve seen this week in JUST ONE STATE is bigger than anything the “tea party” has done.
This movement–we’ll call it the “Madison Movement”(after both the town where it was born & the president who wrote our BillofRights)…
…Is exploding across the Midwest. It will be unlike anything you’ve seen in recent U.S. history. It is built on this 1 truth:
Corporations have taken over our country & we know this is our LAST chance 2 wrestle America away from the grubby hands of the greedy rich.
U know us as Midwest. We r fightingback. We will risk everything we have if that’s what it takes. We-will-shut-the-machine-down. Pls b w/us”
Some great photos, as well, of the events from Saturday, March 5, 2010 on Michael’s Flickr page here. The smiles on the faces of those no doubt tired protesters is priceless.