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Michael Moore: Lift Every Voice: Thoughts from a Juneteenth Holiday

By Michael Moore

Juneteenth greetings, my friends.

On this episode of Rumble with Michael Moore, I celebrate and reflect on this important new holiday and the opportunity it provides to teach the real history of our country — and commit ourselves to finishing the job begun by Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln: true equality, economic security and a level playing field for all Black Americans.

I also wish Paul McCartney a Happy Birthday, and I send one final appeal to all of us to get ready to act against the bad news that will be coming from the Trump-packed Supreme Court, full of religious zealots, any day now. There are no reserves this time. No one can sit on the bench. We must ALL be ready to flood the streets…

— Mike

Michael Moore

Writer. Filmmaker. Podcaster. Eagle Scout. Citizen.

4 comments

  1. One of the necessary things to right the wrongs of slavery is to increase the minimum wage so that it would allow to people to actually live. It used to be that one could actually live on minimum wage. It was begun during the New Deal. In the early 60s we could actually live on minimum wage. To guage that, I use what I call the Hershey Bar Standard. In 1963 in CA the minimum wage was $1.50/hr. For an hour’s work one could buy 30 Hershey Bars or 10 NY subway tokens or 6 gallons of gas or 6 lbs of burger or 2 LPs (Elvis & Ella) or 2 movie tickets. To do that today and adjusting for taxation increases, minimum wage would have to be $33/hr not $15 or even $25 but $33/hr.
    To those that say we cannot possibly pay that. That it would cause massive inflation, I say that I think we as a nation are richer than in 1938 or 1963 so we can afford it. Maybe Bezos, Musk, Morgan, Gates, Buffett and the rest of the billionaire class will have to pay more taxes &/or reduce profits, but it can be done.

  2. More body-ID racism by ideologues, who come up with simplistic solutions for existential issues and fume when their lack of rational and informed thought is questioned.

  3. Yikes. This white overplayed guy gets to comment on Juneteenth?

    Hmm. Sad, sick, and, well, why not have Thom Hartmann on to talk about a woman’s right to her body?

    Or Elon Musk on about women in the workplace?

    Junk.

    Here, Black Agenda Report, Margaret K.

    What exactly is being celebrated on June 19? Juneteenth could be a history lesson which explained that Abraham Lincoln was not the great emancipator. Everyone should know that the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people only in states like Texas which were in rebellion against the federal government, but which were safely able to continue the peculiar institution until they were forced to end it. Lincoln tied emancipation to colonization, the plan to send Black people out of the country and he actually established one such colony in Haiti .

    The Civil War is rarely taught properly. The well documented struggle for liberation is left out of the story. The enslaved people who fled to Union lines whenever they were able forced Lincoln to state that ending slavery was the object of the conflict. He only reluctantly agreed to establish the United States Colored Troops, who were more invested in victory than any other group in the country. Of course, he never gave up on his dream of an all white country. Shortly before his assassination he still expressed a desire to send Black people away and to compensate the Confederacy for its lost free labor.

    Instead of pointing out these well documented facts, Juneteenth is an amorphous celebration of Black people. The best it can accomplish is to point out that freedom itself is ever amorphous in this country. Enslavement was soon followed by lynch law terrorism, the sharecropping system, and the convict leasing system. Mass Black incarceration at the end of the 20th century brought about a new system of free labor, as vicious as that in the Jim Crow south.

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    Moore? A Sick man, and here you go, Sheared Off Reporting (not). From the perverse New Yorker:

    Moore’s prime argument for Hillary is an argument from character. The first good thing that he can say about Hillary Clinton is that she likes him. He refers to the chapter “My Forbidden Love for Hillary” from his 1996 book “Downsize This!” and describes the White House dinner to which he was invited as a result—in particular, dwelling on the frank and surprisingly specific enthusiasm that Bill Clinton expressed for Moore’s work and the even greater show of enthusiasm with which Hillary followed it. The apparent element of vanity actually plays exactly in the opposite direction—what Moore’s doing here, deftly, is endowing Hillary with longstanding progressive bona fides, bringing her alongside him to share in his fan base.

    Moore makes his way to the second part of his grand design. Having made the empathetic case for anger at the status quo, he sets out his case for Hillary Clinton. His idea is simple: what wins elections isn’t numbers per se but motivation, passion, enthusiasm. Clinton, he fears, won’t win, despite the polls, because Trump’s supporters are “decisive, organized, and disciplined,” and, what’s more, mad as hell. He makes clear that he never voted for Bill Clinton (Nader in ’96, he says), that he voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 primary and for Bernie Sanders this year, and he’s up-front about his particular political differences with Hillary Clinton.

  4. Flood the streets? I’ve found when we all simply focus on directly and independently serving individual needs, we create the ultimate society of self-determined individuals, with coherent, ethical, rational views guiding functional, effective, least-cost strategies to meet those needs. I don’t want to live in any society but one at its full potential, where each person walking down the street has that same focus to train his mind to harmonize with nature, participate in nature’s order-building, personally achieve is full potential, and cooperate with all of humanity to achieve its full potential, to manifest the ultimate environment for the thriving of all of life. As the bird flies at full potential, the fish swims at full potential, and so does humanity think, choose and act at full potential, and reap the spectacular benefits.

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