Why Don't We All Just Cut the Crap Right Now
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Editor, The Konformist
Michael Moore <mikemail@...>
Why Don't We All Just Cut the Crap Right Now
May 1, 2001
Well, 101 days into the Junta and the fear mongers are having a
aren't they? Even good liberals and Democrats have joined in the
To listen to them, you'd think George W. Bush had opened the gates of
and unleashed the legions of Satan upon the American people.
These good people actually believe Junior has put the arsenic back in
water, given the go-ahead to spew massive CO2 emissions into the air,
up our national forests, and raped the Alaskan wilderness. With all
fury that has been whipped up, I'm sure any minute we'll also hear
Baby Face Bush recently held up a 7-11 in Denver, and now plans to
bubonic plague into the atmosphere over Ohio.
Now, don't get me wrong. There's no doubt that this illegal squatter
Oval Office is not to be trusted farther than you can throw Katherine
Harris. But, please, let's cut the crap and tell the truth: George
has done little more than CONTINUE the policies of the last eight
the Clinton/Gore administration. As hard as that is for many to
that is the truth -- and the sooner you stop the scare campaign, the
we'll be able to fight Bush in a way that will stop him for good.
For eight long years, Clinton/Gore resisted all efforts and
to reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and the arsenic in the water.
last October, Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and sixteen other
Democrats successfully led the way to STOP any reduction of arsenic
water. Why? Because Clinton and the Democrats were beholden to the
industries who had financed their campaigns --- and who were
for high levels of arsenic in the water.
On top of that, Clinton/Gore became the first administration in
years NOT to demand higher fuel efficiency standards from Detroit.
of barrels of oil that did not need to be refined and spewed out into
air were guzzled unnecessarily. It wasn't that way under Reagan. His
administration ordered that cars had to get more miles per gallon.
Bush I, the standards were made even stricter. Under Clinton -- zip.
Nothing. How many more people will die from cancer, how much faster
global warming be sped up thanks to Bill and Al being in cahoots with
of their chief patrons, the top lobbyist for the Big 3 auto
Mr. Andrew Card, currently the chief of staff for the man occupying
federal land at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Am I the only one who
one of the most lavish inaugural parties thrown for Clinton after his
election? The host: General Motors and its man-about-town in DC,
Yes, there is a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
Democrats say one thing ("Save the planet!"), and then do another,
and behind the scenes with all the bastards who make this world a
place. The Republicans just come right out and give the bastards a
office in the West Wing. In some ways, maybe it's better we see the
out in the open rather than covered up in a liberal sheep's clothing
seems to fool a lot of people.
Bill Clinton waited until the final days of his presidency to
a number of presidential decrees and regulations to improve our
and create safer working conditions. It was the ultimate cynical
'til the last 48 hours of your term to finally do the right thing so
your "legacy" will be improved. Every one of these regulations Bush
"overturned" was signed by Clinton in December and January. And
he did -- sign worthless pieces of paper.
Do you believe Clinton removed the arsenic from the water? Not only
NOT do that, not only did he make us drink arsenic-laced water for
8 years, this order he signed stipulated that the arsenic was not to
removed from the water "until 2004." That's right. Look it up.
big environmental do-good act in the last minutes of his term
that we would be drinking the same levels of arsenic we've been
since 1942 -- the last time a REAL Democrat had the guts to stand up
the mining interests and reduce the levels of this poison. The
and Europeans did it long ago. Clinton made it official that we would
be drinking arsenic during the entire Bush administration. Maybe he
doing us a favor.
And how about those COO emission regulations that Bush II overturned?
say "overturn?" Overturn what? All Bush did was maintain the Clinton
quo. He said, in essence, that "I'm going to pollute the air at the
same levels Clinton did during his entire eight years, just as you
going to drink the same arsenic in the water under my watch as you
And, like the built-in three-year delay in his arsenic reductions,
Clinton's orders on the toxic emissions in his last days specified
they were not to be totally reduced '"until 2008, per the Kyoto
So, after violating the Kyoto accords he had signed by doing NOTHING
CO2 in the past few years, he then tries to look good by doing
about CO2 for another seven years! So the air that was dirty is still
and will remain dirty, just as Clinton had ordered.
The list goes on and on. For eight years Clinton did NOTHING about
tunnel syndrome as it relates to OSHA regulations. Then, in the
pardoning some rich guys during his all-night kegger on January 19,
decides to finally do some good for all those women who sit at
all day and who, with their crippled hands, went to the polls TWICE
him their President.
Friends, you are being misled and hoodwinked by a bunch of
"liberals" who did NOTHING themselves for eight years to clean up
messes -- and now all they can do is attack people like Ralph Nader
devoted his ENTIRE life to every single one of these issues. What
unmitigated gall! They blame Nader for giving us Bush? I blame THEM
being Bush! They suck off the same corporate teat and they support
like NAFTA which, according to the Sierra Club, has DOUBLED the
along the Mexican border where the American factories have moved. And
they wring their hands over Bush and his "reversals!" Where is
we need him? How much slicker can the doublespeak get?
Had Clinton done the job those of us who voted for him in 1992
to do, we wouldn't be in the pickle we're in. Imagine if on his first
in office over eight years ago Clinton had ordered a reduction of the
arsenic in the drinking water -- and all of America had been drinking
cleaner, safer water for the last eight years. Do you think there is
way in hell this Junior Bush would have been able to say, "OK,
you've been drinking water without poison in it long enough. Time to
back to the good old days of sucking down that ol' arsenic!"? Hell
public -- no one -- would have stood for it. And he'd know that. He
wouldn't even have tried it. But because Clinton waited to the last
and never removed any of this crud from the water or the air, there
political or popular support base for the decision. So it was easy
to do what he did. He figured, you're not going to miss what you
removed in the first place.
Finally, a word about that order Bush issued to ban money for
overseas. Wrong again. Pro-choice Clinton, like the three presidents
him, had already signed an order banning any American funds to pay
abortions in foreign countries. What Bush did was to expand the order
include cutting off any monies to foreign birth control groups that
abortion as an alternative. Worse, yes -- but he only got away with
because our Democratic president had laid the groundwork in
abortion-funds cut-off, placing his "liberal" approval on a piece of
right-wing agenda. If you give the devil a bone, he doesn't just go
he wants the whole damn leg.
So spare me all the hand wringing and indignant moralizing. Those who
to turn Bush into some sort of cartoon monster have an agenda -- to
most of us from seeing the beast that they themselves have become. Of
course they hate Ralph Nader. He's an ugly reminder that they sold
long time ago -- and he didn't. Blame Nader, blame Bush, it's all
the same distraction, to keep you from focusing on this one, very
fact: Republican arsenic or Democratic arsenic, it really is the
crap being forced down your throat.
I am committed to changing that, either within or without the
Please feel free to pass this letter on to anyone you know who
that Bush "overturned" what Clinton did. Thanks.
P.S. Well, a miracle of sorts happened in Texas a few weeks back.
Moore, the inmate on death row, got a last-minute reprieve! This
happens in that kill-happy state. Thanks to all of you who wrote a
to the Texan officials. His fate is now up in the air.
A bill is also pending in the Texas legislature calling for a
executions -- and, surprisingly, it is receiving a lot of support.
keep you informed of its progress, and in the meantime, please write
Texas House and Senate and demand its passage.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma will execute a woman later today who was
part, on the testimony of a police forensic expert who has just been
to have falsely supplied evidence in at least a half-dozen death row
-- including this woman's. Some of those who were the victims of this
forensic "expert" have already been put to death. It now appears they
have been innocent. Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 Oklahomans. Today,
people of Oklahoma and its governor will murder one more.
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