Countdown to November 7th

Dear friends and non-voters, How has America responded after the first week of debates between the four men from the “two” parties who sat there and agreed with each other on increasing military spending, continuing the death penalty, exporting/exploiting more jobs through “free” trade, and standing firm against immediate universal health care?

Dear friends and non-voters, How has America responded after the first week of debates between the four men from the “two” parties who sat there and agreed with each other on increasing military spending, continuing the death penalty, exporting/exploiting more jobs through “free” trade, and standing firm against immediate universal health care?

Ralph Nader got a whopping 40% jump in the polls!

That’s right. According the Zogby poll, Ralph went from 5 to 7% after the first debate, and 17% of independent voters now say they will vote for Ralph Nader. In Connecticut, the state represented by Gore’s running mate, Nader is at 11%. In Alaska, he’s polling 17% . He’s at 9% in Oregon, and 8% in California and New Jersey.

Seven percent is no small number in a country of more than 275 million people. Seven percent equals the combined voters of Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming! Imagine telling all the voters of those 16 states that who they want for President cannot participate in the debates and is not allowed on all 50 state ballots! There’d be a revolt if that happened.

But that is EXACTLY what IS happening. Nearly 20 million voters are being told to bug off.

And the polls are not even counting everyone. They only count what they call “likely voters.” That means when a pollster calls someone, the first question they ask is, “Are you likely to vote?” If you say “no” — and 55% of the people are telling the pollsters they WILL NOT VOTE — the pollster hangs up on you.

SO, when they say “45% are for Gore” (or “45% are for Bush”), they mean 45% of the 45% who are “likely” to vote are for Gore

In other words, only 21% of the entire ELIGIBLE voting public is “for Gore”!

I call that a minority, a special interest, a man 79% of the country does NOT want!

I do not want a single Gore voter to change their vote to Ralph. Why? Because Ralph doesn’t NEED a single Gore voter to win! The group of Gore voters is so small and insignificant that, if it makes someone feel good to vote for a man who is now receiving more money than Bush from Wall Street, then I say go right ahead!

Our appeal is to the majority of Americans who say that NEITHER of the “two” major parties are worth a hill of refried beans.

If you need to vote for Gore because you think a free election is nothing more than a game of Tic-tac-toe (“A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush so I’m voting for Gore to block Bush, see?”), then go ahead and play that game. Games are fun. There are 100 million other Americans, though, who are planning to sit the election out because they don’t like this game one damn bit.

One month from today, I am hoping against hope that the Non-Voting Majority in this country will decide that they’ve had enough of the b.s. and go behind that curtain for just a few minutes and rock the nation. It is the only day every four years when the average schlump has more power in his or her hands than all of media, all the oil companies, all of Congress combined. With the flick of a switch or the stroke of a pencil, we outnumber the bastards by 99 to 1 on that single solitary day in November. Nothing, literally nothing, is stopping us — other than ourselves and our belief that it can’t happen.

On Mount Rushmore, we have carved in stone the heads of our four most revered Presidents. YET, NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM BELIEVED IN THIS CORRUPT “TWO-PARTY” SYSTEM! Lincoln won as a third-party candidate of a brand new party. Jefferson won in a three-way race too close to call — it had to be decided by Congress. Washington didn’t even belong to a party, and Teddy Roosevelt, after succeeding a slain President and serving another term, became so disgusted with the “two” parties he formed his own third party and came in second, beating the Republican, William Howard Taft!

If we admire these individuals so much, why do we now aspire to so little, settling for the evil of two lessers? What has happened to us? We keep settling for less, and we keep getting less. We start with a Kennedy or a McGovern, people who, though flawed, at least had a VISION and BELIEVED in something, and, by settling for the “lesser” each and every time, we have ended up with… Gore and Lieberman! You keep splitting and weakening the political gene pool, and this is what you get! Settle for less, get less!

Less of us Americans now have health care insurance.

Less of us can now read at a fourth-grade level.

Less of us can now afford our own homes…

…and more of us have given up.

One month from today — you can make a mark on history, or you can sink further into the despair those in charge so keenly hope has choked you into giving up. “They all suck. I ain’t votin’ !” Music to the ears of the richest one percent who want you to continuing funding the greatest prosperity they have ever known with your hard and underpaid work, your taxes financing their tax breaks, and your willingness to pay more for everything from the pump to the pet food.

31 days and counting…

Author: Michael Moore

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