“One Day Left”, by Michael Moore


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Published on Monday, November 1, 2004
by MichaelMoore.com

"One Day Left", by Michael Moore

Dear Friends,

This is it. ONE DAY LEFT. There are many things I’d like to say. I’ve been
on the road getting out the vote for 51 straight days so I haven’t had much
time to write. So I’ve put together a bunch of notes to various groups all
in this one letter. Please feel free to copy and send whatever portions are
appropriate to your friends and family as you spend these last 24 hours
trying to convince whomever you can to show up and vote for John Kerry.

Here are my final words...

To Decent Conservatives and Recovering Republicans:

In your heart of hearts you know Bush is a miserable failure. From having no
plan on what to do in Iraq once he conquered Baghdad to the 380 missing tons
of explosives that could be used to kill our brave young men and women, this
guy doesn’t have a clue how to fight and win a war. You should see the mail
I’ve been getting lately from our troops over there. They know how much the
Iraqi people hate them. They are sitting ducks anytime they go out on the
road. Many believe we are not that far away from a Tet-style offensive
inside the Green Zone with hundreds of Americans and Brits killed.

Bush refused to go after and capture Osama bin Laden. He fought, every step
of the way, the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Who on earth would
oppose such a thing? If 3,000 people died at your place of work and your
boss said we don’t need to find out why or how it happened, he’d be thrown
out on his ear. Bush’s behavior after this great tragedy alone is reason
enough for his removal.

You already know that George W. Bush is the farthest thing from a
conservative. He’s a reckless spender who has run up record-breaking
deficits and the biggest debt in our history. He believes in having the
government pry into everything from your library records to your bedroom. He
has hit you with hidden taxes with his tax cuts for the rich.

I know many of you don’t like Bush, but are unsure of Kerry. Give the new
guy a chance. He won’t raise your taxes (unless you are super-rich), he won’
t take your hunting gun away, he won’t make you visit France. He risked his
life for you many years ago. He’s asking for the chance to do it again.
Scott McConnell at The American Conservative magazine has endorsed him. What
more do you need?

To My Friends on the Left:

Okay, Kerry isn’t everything you wished he would be. You’re right. He’s not
you! Or me. But we’re not on the ballot – Kerry is. Yes, Kerry was wrong to
vote for authorization for war in Iraq but he was in step with 70% of the
American public who was being lied to by Bush & Co. And once everyone
learned the truth, the majority turned against the war. Kerry has had only
one position on the war – he believed his president.

President Kerry had better bring the troops home right away. My prediction:
Kerry’s roots are anti-war. He has seen the horrors of war and because of
that he will avoid war unless it is absolutely necessary. Ask most vets. But
don’t ask someone whose only horror was when he arrived too late for a
kegger in Alabama.

There’s a reason Bush calls Kerry the Number One Liberal in the Senate –
want? My friends, this is about as good as it gets when voting for the
Democrat. We don’t have the #29 Liberal running or the #14 Liberal or even
the #2 Liberal – we got #1! When has that ever happened?

Those of us who may be to the left of the #1 liberal Democrat should
remember that this year conservative Democrats have had to make a far
greater shift in their position to back Kerry than we have. We’re the ones
always being asked to make the huge compromises and to always vote holding
our noses. No nose holding this time. This #1 liberal is not the tweedledee
to Bush’s tweedledum.

To Nader Voters:

See the above note.

Ralph’s own party, the Green Party, would not endorse his run this year.
That’s because those of us who want to build a third party in this country
know that the only way to do this is to build bridges with those who believe
in the issues Nader believes in. But not one of those people will sacrifice
the chance to remove George W. Bush from the White House on Tuesday. The
choice here is clear: do we join with our friends, or do we piss on them?

After the debacle of 2000, the Democrats got smart and abandoned the
conservative wing of their party. That’s why 8 of the 9 Democrats in the
primaries this year were from the liberal wing. Ralph should take credit for
that and declare victory. It’s so sad that he doesn’t realize the good he’s
accomplished. But for reasons only known to him, he’s more angry at the
Democrats than he is at Bush. He has lost his compass. I worry he has lost
his mind. But he still gives a great speech!

And Lila Lipscomb, the mother from Flint who lost her son in Iraq, she still
grieves -- as do the mothers of 1,120 others (not to mention the mothers of
the 100,000 Iraqis who have died because of Bush’s war). That’s what this
election is about. Not Ralph proving some point. Almost none of us on his
2000 advisory group are supporting him this year. His total lack of respect
for his best friends should tell all of you something about what he really
thinks of you, too.

To the Non-Swing States:

Stop listening to how your vote doesn’t count in this election and that your
state is already decided for Kerry or Bush. It is critical that you vote
because we not only need to give Kerry the electoral win, but he needs to
have a HUGE mandate with an ENORMOUS popular vote victory as well. It will
be impossible for him to get anything done for four years if there is no
clear mandate. We must not only defeat Bush, we must put a stake in the
heart of the right-wing, neo-con movement. If you live in New York,
California, Illinois, Texas, the Northeast or the Deep South, you need to
vote and you need to bring ten people with you to the polls. If you live in
a state where we have the chance to elect the Democrat to the Senate or the
House, you need to vote. Turn off the TV. Quit listening to news media that
has a vested interest in repeating to you over and over that your vote does
not count. It does.

If you have friends or relatives who live in the 30-plus non-swing states,
call them and remind them how important it is that Kerry gets a massive
popular vote victory.

To Non-Voters:

I understand why you stopped voting. Politicians suck. Nothing ever seems to
change. You’re only one vote.

Yes, politicians suck. But so do car salesmen – and that hasn’t stopped you
from buying a car. Politicians only respond to the threat of the angry mob
also known as the voting public. If most people don’t vote, that’s good news
for them ‘cause then they don’t have to answer to the majority.

Almost fifty percent of Americans don’t vote. That means you belong to the
largest political party in America – the Non-Voting Party. That means you
hold all the power to toss George W. Bush out of the Oval Office. How cool
is that?

I believe that we are going to have the largest election turnout in our
lifetime tomorrow. You don’t want to miss out on that. The lines at the
polls are going to be long and raucous and fun. It is an historic election.
You won’t want to say that you were the only one who wasn’t there. Promise
me you’ll vote, just this one time.

To All First-Time Voters:

Welcome to the longest running, uninterrupted democracy on earth! You own
it. It’s yours.

A few words about how messy it’s going to be tomorrow. The lines are going
to be long. Bring your iPods. Better yet, bring a friend or two. The
election officials have no clue just how many millions are going to show up
at the polls. This will be the largest turnout in our lifetime. They don’t
have enough machines. They are going to have to send for more ballots.

And they are going to make it difficult for you to vote. The new law says if
this is your first time voting you must bring ID with you that matches the
address you are registered at.

If for some reason they can’t find your name on the voting rolls, you have
the right to ask for a provisional ballot, which you can fill out and then
sort things out later.

If you have any problems at the polling place, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
The people there can tell you how to find the precinct where you should be
voting, get you legal help if you are denied the right to vote, or answer
any other questions you may have.

If you need any help figuring out the ballot, don’t be afraid to ask. If you
screw up your ballot, you can ask for another one. In fact, the law allows
you to screw up your ballot two times before you finally have to submit your
final ballot! Be careful to vote on the line that says John F. Kerry/John
Edwards. Don’t vote for more than one Presidential, Senate or House
candidate or you ballot won’t be counted. If your polling place has a stub
or a receipt from your ballot, make sure they give you one.

Thanks for joining us. Democracy is not a spectator sport. It only works
when we all come off the bench and participate.

To African Americans:

First of all, let’s just acknowledge what you already know: America is a
country which still has a race problem, to put it nicely. Al Gore would be
president today had thousands of African Americans not had their right to
vote stolen from them in Florida in 2000.

Here is my commitment: I will do everything I can to make sure that that
this will not happen again. And I’m not the only one making this pledge.
Thousands of volunteer lawyers are flying to Florida to act as poll watchers
and intervene should there be any attempts to deny anyone their right to
vote. They will NOT be messing around.

For my part, I have organized an army of 1,200 professional and amateur
filmmakers who will be armed with video cameras throughout the states of
Florida and Ohio. At the first sign of criminality, we will dispatch a
camera crew to where the vote fraud is taking place and record what is going
on. We will put a big public spotlight on any wrongdoing by Republican
officials in those two states. They will not get away with this as they did
in 2000.

In Ohio, the Republicans are sending almost 2,000 paid “poll challengers”
into the black precincts of Cleveland in an attempt to stop African
Americans from voting. This action is beyond despicable. Do not let this
stop you from voting. I, and thousand of others, will be there to fight for
you and protect you.

To George W.:

I know it’s gotta be rough for you right now. Hey, we’ve all been there.
“You’re fired” are two horrible words when put together in that order. Bin
Laden surfacing this weekend to remind the American people of your total and
complete failure to capture him was a cruel trick or treat. But there he
was. 3,000 people were killed and he’s laughing in your face. Why did you
stop our Special Forces from going after him? Why did you forget about bin
Laden on the DAY AFTER 9/11 and tell your terrorism czar to concentrate on
Iraq instead?

There he was, OBL, all tan and rested and on videotape (hey, did you get the
feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those
caves in Afghanistan?)

Speaking of my movie – can I ask you a personal question before we part ways
for good on Tuesday? Why did you and your friends fund SIX “documentaries”
trashing me -- but only ONE film against Kerry? C’mon, he was the candidate,
not me. What a waste of your time and resources! Sure, I know what your
pollsters told you, that the film had convinced some people to vote you out.
I just want you to know that that was not my original intent. Funny things
happen at the movies. Hope you get to see a few at the multiplex in Waco. It
’s a great way to relax.

To John Kerry:

Thank you.

And don’t worry – none of us are going away after you are inaugurated. We’ll
be there to hold your hand and keep you honest. Don’t let us down. We’re
betting you won’t. So is the rest of the world.

That’s it. See you at the polls – and at the victory party tomorrow night.


Michael Moore



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