from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.


michael moore was in town this weekend for a q&a session as part of the ft. lauderdale international film fest. i wish i’d had an audio recorder, because i’d love to be able to share some quotes. maybe others who saw him will chime in here.

i was most struck by the fact that this man, who has done outlandish things in the name of exposing major corporate and presidential irresponsibility, seems well … moderate. he spoke about americans being more alike than we often think, with the same desires for safety, good environmental policies, fair fiscal policy, fair treatment of all people, etc. and he honed in on the need for us to find a common ground.

a woman asked him where all the hippies went, inferring that our country no longer has this politically charged flower power dedicated to building a better america. even though the hippies have cut their hair, are working in offices, and aren’t taking to the streets, moore proposed that their basic politics haven’t faded. rather, they’re being impactful in small ways, everyday.

when asked who could lead our country out of the quagmire, moore responded simply: everyone in this room.

and his best performance: a spontaneous, full-song duet of ‘o canada’ with an audience member.


Anonymous ilisa said...

Great overview, Betsy. He also spoke about the word, liberal. We need to remember that liberals have a strong history (and herstory) in this country for securing our basic rights. And most americans agree with these "liberal" ideals -- equality and civil rights, freedom of religion, clean air and water, and the list goes on. These are not radical ideas -- they are what binds us together as Americans. As you said, Betsy, he focused his message on these common ground ideals where most democrats, moderate republicans and independents stand together. He is an extremely interesting -- yet average, all-american dad -- and I'm glad we took the time to hear what he had to say. :-)

11/14/2005 09:59:00 PM

Anonymous ramer said...

Michael Moore. Well, I still have to say I am bitter at this man over the 2000 election. Michael has been uncovering problems with our capitalistic society for years. He is both politically active and extremely vocal about his discoveries throught the years.

During the 2000 election he took a stand that was pretty much along the lines of neither Gore and Bush are the right leaders of the country. Then a few weeks before the election he whole heartedly led a huge rising of support for Nader. Now, neither Gore nor Bush are right for the job (which at this point were 45% to 45% in the polls), but Nader... Yes, folks, Nader is the right man for the job.

Then when Gore lost the election by a handful of votes, he stated ON NATIONAL T.V., something like, well, I am just a film producer and write documentaries... people shouldn't listen turn to me for advice on politics.


Can you tell I am little bitter. I went to a rally in 2004 that he held here in Tampa in support of Kerry, but still to this day, I blame Michael Moore for the Gore loss in 2000.

Just a little bitter.

11/15/2005 12:50:00 PM

Blogger betsy said...

that's totally fair, bitter...

actually i'm a little bitter toward everyone who voted for nader in 2000. our country just isn't ready to vote in a third party candidate.

11/15/2005 01:16:00 PM


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