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Why Is Michael Moore Pretending He Hates Bailouts?

Posted on March 7 2011 1:45 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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It was only a matter of time. I’m surprised it took this long. Michael Moore has finally added his shrill voice to the cacophony of thugs in Wisconsin.

“Right now the Earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge,” said Moore…

“America is not broke … Wisconsin is not broke,” Moore said. “The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers(…)”

Repeatedly saying “America is not broke,” Moore said “the country is awash in wealth and cash … 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.”

Despite Wall Street bailouts shortly after the recession began in 2008, “millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes,” Moore said.

“But there was no revolt … until now…”

As usual, Moore is all over the philosophical map, weaving non sequitur into a net of lies. His overarching tactic remains the same as it has always been, to represent black as white, up as down, left as right, and good as evil. In fact, you can fairly well predict what Moore will say about anything by taking the truth and stating the opposite.

Let’s start with his description of duly elected public servants like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Moore has made no bones about his status as a communist revolutionary. He pines for the radical transformation of America at any cost. From that position, “those who are in charge” are evil, because they are in charge. Nevermind how they acquired power. Though elected, they are “rulers,” a term which implies unjust or unrightful authority. This is a theme in all of Moore’s commentary. What is rightful is unrightful. What is just is unjust.

It is particularly ironic that Moore would refer to elected servants as “rulers” when unjust rule is precisely what he advocates. Last week, he told GRITtv that wealth does not belong to the individuals who earn it. Rather, it is “a natural resource.” This view advocates injustice, taking that to which you have no rightful claim to redistribute it arbitrarily. Could there be a more apropos description of tyrannical rule?

As he did in Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore misrepresents the federal bailouts as capitalism. This is an egregious rhetorical sin. What were the bailouts if not redistribution of wealth? They represent the very socialism Moore craves.

This point is where Moore’s rant fully leaves the tracks. What are the union protesters in Wisconsin demanding if not a bailout? They demand above market compensation, unsustainable benefits, and monopolistic advantage with which to secure the same. By evoking bailouts and connoting them negatively, Moore unwittingly argues against public employee unions. Hilariously, the lemmings in his audience cheer him on.

In this address to union protesters, as in virtually all his public comments, Moore describes the world in terms precisely opposite of reality. Elected officials are “rulers.” Bailouts are “capitalism.” Private property is “a natural resource.” And union members are “workers,” implying taxpayers are somehow not.

Moore is right about one thing. The clash in Wisconsin is a revolt. Whether it resolves in favor of workers at-large, or in favor of a protected class of monopolistic union thugs, is yet to be seen.

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