Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, well known for such controversial documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and Capitalism: A Love Story, has posted an open letter to President Barack Obama on The Huffington Post. The letter isn’t to denounce the newly reelected President, but instead simply asks that “your second term not resemble your first term.”
Something that Moore highlights in his letter, and something that many people likely didn’t know, is that Obama received the highest percentage of votes of any Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson, and that he received more votes than any Democratic President in history, his vote count this term beaten only by himself in the 2008 election. It is obvious that the American public are behind Barack Obama, and are tired of the Republicans and their policies, but Moore does have some criticism for The President.
In fact, Moore has detailed ten suggestions that he thinks that the President needs to pay attention to. To be honest, they are fair criticisms and well thought out suggestions. Here are some of the most interesting of the ten suggestions proposed by Moore.
Moore proposes that Obama end all wars, drone strikes and stop warmongering. Moore certainly does make a good point that when people look back in history at this great nation, are they going to see a nation that was so ruthless and war-hungry that they kept fighting anyone they could get in their sights, or will they see a nation that stopped fighting wars and concentrated on making life good for the people living in the country. It would be nice if in 500 years, people looked back at this era and lauded the United States for eliminating greedy corporations, poverty and homelessness, and allowed everyone who is sick to get treatment.
Moore proposes that Obama end the drug war. This is a topic that is going to come up again and again, especially now that two states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and will be setting up stores to sell marijuana by this time next year. The problem is, the federal government still does not even recognize medical marijuana and marijuana for recreational purposes is a big no-no. If Obama does something to end this federal ban on marijuana, it will probably pave the way for more states to legalize it for recreational use. On the other hand, it isn’t very likely that the federal government is going to go to war with the state over it, either.
While everyone else is busy criticizing Obamacare, Moore wants The President to expand it, because it doesn’t cover everyone it should. Moore proposes that the nation have a “Medicare for All” type program, including dentist care and mental health. While there are certainly a few valid arguments against this, the fact is that there are millions and millions who visit emergency rooms for dental care because they are uninsured, and if mental health treatment was freely available, perhaps tragedies like the Aurora massacre and the plotted Twilight showing shooting could be prevented. That doesn’t even touch on the millions who are tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to hospitals because they were unlucky enough to be uninsured when they contracted a disease or sustained a major injury. Besides, it seems to work for Canada.
Finally, Michael Moore suggests that Obama use the power of the public that voted for him to make changes. He suggests that Obama text supporters the next time that the “Republicans are filibustering” or when he needs help getting a bill passed. One thing is certain, if the public did mobilize in the numbers that voted for Barack Obama, no power on Earth could stop them.
You can read the entire open letter to Barack Obama here.
Gabriel Legend covers current events for Gather News, and writes horror fiction as well. He is participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month Challenge. You can follow him on Twitter (@GabeLegend).