Michael Moore: 'Americans Have Always Supported ‘Socialist’ Ideas'
There is an element of truth in what Moore says. Libertarians too think modern-day America is thoroughly Fascist. And the founding fathers were such devout Communists that a third of them had to die before they went back to private property. I will not revisit it here but I did put up a few years ago a discussion of the Leftist influence in American history. See here, here and here.
And Trump is almost single-handedly waging a war on the Leftism that has become deeply embedded in American life. Even SCOTUS and the Republican Senate obstruct him at times. And the two years of Republican dominance of both houses gave him precisely nothing towards his chief goal of immigration reform. He seems to be the last barrier against a wave of Leftism that has been sweeping across America for a long time now. When he goes will the Leftist creep resume? One hopes not but it is only a hope. The Donks have swung so far Left that the prospect of them replacing Trump is very disquieting indeed.
But Moore does the typical Leftist trick of speaking in all or none terms. Like lots else, Leftism can come in various strengths. And America is not as heavily regulated as the EU, though Obama was working on that. And America's health care system has much more scope for private medicine than Britain does.
So, taking Trump in context, what he was saying is that America will resist any further encroachment of socialism. One hopes he is right
“Ha!,” activist filmmaker Michael Moore reacted after President Donald Trump promised in Tuesday’s State of the Union address that the U.S. will never become a socialist nation.
On Wednesday, Moore tweeted that it was a “great victory” that a “scared Trump” made the claim, given that Americans always favored socialist principles:
“A great victory for the majority of Americans when a scared Trump declared: "America will never be a socialist country!” Ha! The last gasp of The Greed Class! The truth: from social security to Medicare to libraries & pub schools, Americans have always supported "socialist" ideas”
In his tweet, Moore posted a video arguing that America is already a socialist country that supports things like abortion, homosexuality, drug use, universal health care and “free” goods and services:
In his State of the Union address, Trump said, "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country" - which drew cheers of "U.S.A!" from the audience.
A transcript of Moore's video appears below:
“Let me share with you a fact that has never been stated in the press, or reported on the nightly news, or even spoken amongst ourselves: the United States of America is a leftist country.
“That’s right: we are one rocking, sh*t-kicking, gay-loving, gun-rejecting, race-mixing, pot-smoking, tree-hugging, hip-hopping, anywhere breast-feeding, quinoa-cooking, left-leaning liberal nation.
“Here are the facts: the vast majority of Americans are pro-choice. They want equal pay for women, stronger environmental laws, legalized marijuana, a raise in the minimum wage, Medicare for all, tuition-free college, free child care, support for labor unions, a cut in the military budget, breakup of big banks. Most Americans don’t even own a gun. And, seventy-five percent believe immigration is good for the U.S. And, on and on and on.
“Heck, Texas isn’t even white, anymore. Houston had a lesbian mayor. When you think Texas, you need to think lesbian.
“The values they stood for in the 60’s and 70’s are now the beliefs of this great land.
“Those crazy mother-f**kers have won. And, I love the smell of essential oils in the morning.”