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A Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush from Michael Moore

September 11, 2005

To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:

On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I’m just curious, how does it feel?

How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows?

That’s right. Horse shows.

I really want to know — and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect — how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? C’mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don’t start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.

I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.

Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?

When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure?

When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there?

Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?

Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?

With the nation’s debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?

Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn’t he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake.

That’s not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water.

It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the widow at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read “My Pet Goat” to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying “Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you’re doing a heck of a job!”

My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world?

And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain?

Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can’t string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can’t pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.

Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you’ve sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?

I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn’t up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren’t up for the job. You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose?

I have an idea, and it isn’t a horse show.


Michael Moore

On September 18, 2005 2:19 PM, weewill said:

If you’re upset by the above truths about Bush, Rove, and all the good old boys …. read Frank Rich’s op ed piece in todays NY Times.

I guarantee it will make you wonder.

On September 18, 2005 10:16 AM, weewill said:

I am a democrat. But first and foremost, I am an American who used to be proud of my President and my country. Put any feeble attempt to spin anything I say as simply political rhetoric aside. It’s the glaring, hard truth and isn’t easy for any of us to hear but we’re overdue facing it.

1) Did you watch Bush “talking” to the American people the other night? He was fidgeting, shrugging his padded shoulders, biting his lip, squinting his eyes and hiding behind the podium as he pretended to admit his fault in the failure of his flunkies to respond adequately to Katrina. He now, two weeks later, will assume responsibility for what went wrong.

2) Poor guy might have gotten his alligator cowboy boots wet if he’d stood on top of a flooded car and used a bullhorn to shout “we shall overcome”.

3) Mission has certainly NOT been accomplished in Iraq so what makes anyone believe he’ll rebuild in the swamp and cesspool that now is New Orleans?

4) He says he’s concerned about the environmental damage done by Katrina but doesn’t take responsibility for undoing so much good done by the Kyoto treaty. The only important thing is for his wealthy cronies to get even richer. Those poor blacks in New Orleans don’t stand a chance. They can’t do anything for Bush or Cheney or Rove. They will be cast aside as soon as the pressure subsides along with the water.

5) Karl Rove – Bush’s wizard of all - where the heck is he? Probably lurking behind the poorest of the poor in New Orleans or Mississippi looking for someone to blame for something. He should have been fired a dozen times for his manipulative strategies but no, he’s still the right hand man in trying to make this incompetent Bush look even marginally like a leader.

6) And you can bet we, the American people, will never hear that Halliburton has any piece of “rebuilding” after Katrina. These will all be “emergency no bid contracts” and Cheney’s 40,000 remaining shares in that comany need to be enriched.

7) Bush has disgraced not only himself but the American people as well. Ask any person in Europe or Asia how this great country is doing and you’ll get an earful.

Payman said it right. We must send a strong message to this administration that we have had it. We won’t take it any more and only those willing to stand up and put an end to the patronage and good old boys club mentality will be elected. We need representatives who will serve this once great nation with honesty, integrity and dignity. We’ve had such leaders in the past and will insist on having them again.

On September 17, 2005 10:37 AM, SSmith said:

ross w. is right. you only need one word descriptions to illustrate what is wrong with this bush presidency. here’s some other snippets which many have forgotten:

1A) to show you what a classless,non-compassionate bully W is let’s not forget that the first thing he said upon arriving in Mississippi after Katrina was that the “first thing I’m gonna do is rebuild Trent Lott’s house so we can sit on the porch together”. Trent Lott should be in jail folks along with karl rove and tom delay, yet the bush scare machine keeps his cronies going without a hiccup no matter what their crimes. hey the first lady even got away with vehicular homicide when she killed her high school sweetheart while drunk driving back in texas many years ago somehow. yes folks our white house is a who’s who of thugs and criminals……good thing they “control” the justice dept.

1) don’t hold your breath waiting for the gulf coast rebuilding project we are STILL waiting for “New York City to be rebuilt” as W promised on 9/20/01 and again at the State of the Union in Jan 02. securing the flow of oil in the middle east is top dog for this administration. why else would we be spending in EXCESS OF $300 BILLION in Iraq and Afghanistan. that money certainly hasn’t been spent on looking for Osama bin-Laden like also promised back in the emotional days right after 9/11.

2)kyoto indeed. but let’s not forget that Mr. Bush has undone nearly 35 years of environmental laws in the name of making a few industry leaders(and campaign donors) a little extra profit. don’t we have enough steel, concrete, and blacktop in this country already? i for one like green spaces to be green forever.

3)how could we forget the shady and backdoor ways in which mr. bush got himself elected in BOTH 2000 and 2004. talk about stealing the game after it’s over. he and rove are shameless…

4) speaking of karl rove….what ever happened to Bush’s rant that anyone who had anything to do with leaking valerie plame’s name would be fired. it all points back to that snake rove, yet he’s still here and the media has let the administration lead them down another dead end.

5) Halliburton….let’s face it, cheney’s company, in which he still owns more than 400,000 shares, is cleaning up in Iraq financially, anyway. and now with Katrina they have just been handed a myriad of NO-BID contracts worth billions for gulf coast projects, just like in Iraq.


6)fiscal ineptitude, record federal budget deficits, record energy prices, cronyism to the max, incompetence, no respectability on the global stage, john bolton’s “recess appointment” to the UN ambassadorship, little to no port security, lax baggage screenings at airports, the mike brown fiasco, plenty of vacations, etc, etc.

These are the things Bush’s legacy will be made of. Fear not history will judge him for the corrupt, inept, incompetent, lying, uncaring human being that he really is. Unfortunately that is how americans are viewed now around the world thanks to Mr. Bush. he is an embarassment to our country and to the office of president. 2008 can’t come soon enough.



On September 14, 2005 11:28 AM, Ross W. said:

mr. red, in the spirit of peace and a deep breath, i’ll close my commentary on this article with a few issues which are think are important and bear ongoing consideration, some of which i hope we share.

…kyoto, freedom, iraq, poverty, church & state, osama? & healthcare…

perhaps you and mr. blue will meet again soon for another in-depth discussion of currents events…

On September 13, 2005 4:40 PM, dors said:

Norhing wrong with lurking :-) I’m thrilled that the sharing of ideas can bring our town together. Let’s agree to disagree and keep the nastiness where it belongs - on the radio (lol).

On September 13, 2005 4:00 PM, notorc said:

dors, review the posts above. Sorry, but I find Boo hoo. Get over it. Your recourse is to stop logging and blogging. And notorc, cutting edge idea to cut and paste to be condescending.

Not sure why you had to start with those barbs. to be honest, I’m not a big fan of Coulter, Hannity can be OK. At first I was surprised to see two letters from Michael Moore in what I thought was a Croton Community Blog…my mistake.

Ross e-mailed me directly and even threw out a few token Hannity stories. If I wanted to hear from these media heads (Moore, Hannity, Coulter), I’d go to their sites. Having said that, I respect Ross’ right to direct the blog as he sees fit. It’s his time and effort that built this sandbox.

What I have no respect for is being called a racist by Ross at the proding of other bloggers. I explained my position, I hope you can empathize, think what you may of this stranger, I really don’t care.

I do find it ironic I was told on three occaisions if I don’t like it leave…that’s not a very inclusive attitude…yet “I’M racist”…some folks here need to board up the glass house before they throw stones.

Oh well, I do appreciate the ILuvCrtn postings, the photo blogs and the scoop on local events in general…I’ll try to restrict myself to lurking only.

On September 13, 2005 3:29 PM, dors said:

No notorc I’m not five, I was just getting down to your level. Now, if you stick with Coulter and Hannity you won’t have to spend time on this blog being confused. You say you don’t ‘have a side’ yet you get uptight when you’re not in agreement. What’s with, “Is this how you would speak to a crowd of thousands of people if we were able to associate a face with the voice?” What in heavens name does that mean? Name calling? Mud slinging? Where do you get all that from? Again I say, Ross W. can editorialize as he sees fit. If you don’t like - you don’t have to play. And thank you for “sharing your personal information to clarify your position”. We get it, perfectly.

On September 13, 2005 3:08 PM, Mr. Red said:

If I didn’t know you personally, I would take real offense to the throw away line you just used in saying I’m trying to be a wit.

Keep your opinion to yourself and don’t try and categorize me by virtue of who I voted for or not. Life is more complicated than that.

I respect your vision and it doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree with the things you display, however, broad strokes are best served on the canvas not in putting people in boxes. Vote for Bush = warmonger is your implication towards me and that is the type of thing that is disturbing.

Debate the issues, fine. That’s healthy. Not agreeing is expected but painting a picture based on a political affiliation is ridiculous.

On September 13, 2005 2:28 PM, TeaDrinker said:

mr. red,

sorry you don’t like the direction i take here. i don’t like the direction the president that you voted for is going.

stand tall mr. red and defend your vote. your vote made war. your war is built on FALSE pretentenses and shifting reasons of aggression.

and for your information, my vision is one of real peace, not some sign off handle you use while trying to be a wit.

mr. bush: 38% approval rating.

On September 13, 2005 2:05 PM, Mr. Red said:


I think everyone who posts needs to take a deep breath. When I moved into this town, one of the many reasons I chose to live here was because of the diversified economic community (blue collar, white colar workers). People who have the means to afford to live in a rather expensive (from the recent home values) village should be able to express their concerns for abidence of the existing laws.

Last I checked, all the village parks are not open to the general public. We have rather low crime and that’s because everyone that lives in this town has a stake (emotional, familial and yes, economical) in keeping it that way. It seems like all the talkbacks get rather personal when they shouldn’t be so. Ideologies are one thing but making assumptions about people’s backgrounds and casting dispersions (in the form of “witty” dialogue) is bs.

After posting about my disappointment on the “Clueless” article, I said that it’s disappointing in the path which you and your fellow creators of this blog have decided to go from time to time. But in the end, I voiced my opinion and left it at that. You are free to do as you wish (since it’s your vision). Let’s try to keep it a little more civi;ized since we all live in this town together.

On September 13, 2005 11:34 AM, notorc said:

You and “your side” all deny reading or paying any attention to this “democratic crotonblog” but somehow you jump to attention when a poster hits a nerve.

That’s my point, I don’t have a “SIDE”. In the last village election, I split my vote and it was a tough decision because I feel ALL of our elected (past and present) have nothing but the best in mind for our village. I voted on who I thought could better accomplish this goal.

I made the non-PC comparison between Red/Blue Black/White to get folks like those that jump all over me to realize the country is very polarized. Just look at the coverage regarding our recent national disaster in New Orleans. It appears many are more concerned about pointing blame rather than helping those who need it.

And for the record, yes, I do want the parks designated for “croton residents” to be open to “crotono residents” only…it is the law. I did mention this THREE months ago, not realizing the land off Nordica is public. If you read the police blotters regularly, you’d notice how crime spikes in the summer months around the Croton River. I live on a street paralelling the Croton River and have been a victim TWICE. Once the perp was apprehended and was an illegal alien who’s address was Ossining. Sorry, that’s a fact! I’m happy for those who are not affected but I will also fight to keep my home safe. The ironic part is, I regularly argued with my neighbors saying the river should be for everyone…until I was a victim for the second time(both times in the heat of the summer).

And for the record, I mow my own lawn, paint my own home, fix my own car, get coffee from the Black Cow and the guy who does my hair lives in Fairfield, CT.

I hope I’ve shared enough of my personal information here to clarify my position.

On September 13, 2005 11:08 AM, TeaDrinker said:

mrs. smith is 100% correct.

notorc said the following in response to the “Police Blotter - Week of June 7th”:

…”For those fans of “opening our parks” these are examples of the drain on our village resources and reputation.”…


…”Considering the fact this area is visited mainly by people without Croton Recreation IDs, I’m guessing the thieves were also from out of town…

… This chronic problem of trespassing results in five robberies, that’s why I’m upset. I don’t live in Ossining or Peekskill not because I love paying higher taxes. Instead, I absolutely love the PEACE and quiet of Croton.”…

so, notroc.. it really about race. i call it economic racism.

just like new orleans. full-circle to croton.

just like when micheal moore says, “Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you’ve sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution.

Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?”

notorc, thanks for clearing it up. i think, after all, you just want to keep those who can’t afford to live in croton out.

oh, except for the “ones” who cut your grass, check you out at shop rite, cut your hair, fix your car, give you donuts…, right?

no cool dip in the river, off nordica, where it IS allowed, because the land is PUBLIC, after a hard day’s work in “your” croton for “them”.

On September 13, 2005 10:27 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

I find notorc’s comment even more disturbing - why bring race into a discussion which has NOTHING to do with race? Scarey, especially when I think back to previous posts and IF I remember correctly, notorc was one of those posters who preferred to keep our parks closed to “outsiders”, correct me if I am wrong.

On September 13, 2005 10:07 AM, weewill said:

Mud slinging? Name calling? First grade mentality? Black vs White? Where’s Dr. King? Partisan politics? Political Agenda? Mud slinging? Name calling? Nothing constructive?

You’ve not only spelled Croton backwards, you’ve tried to turn the truth around for your own political advantage. Your ugly, nasty, and self-serving accusations of the “other” side being responsible for mud slinging takes a whole lot of stretch. It would be funny if it wasn’t so self serving and dishonest. The spin in this particular post is particularly telling. It’s nothing but nasty, self-serving innuendo, half-truths, and finger pointing.

And you have the gall to point fingers at crotonblog and contributors like Dors? If you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen. You and “your side” all deny reading or paying any attention to this “democratic crotonblog” but somehow you jump to attention when a poster hits a nerve.

However do you do it?

On September 13, 2005 3:49 AM, notorc said:

“Boo hooo, Get over it”….what are you five years old? Is this how you would speak to a crowd of thousands of people if we were able to associate a face with the voice?

I realize it’s a big world and Croton is not the epicenter. Similarly, the internet is a large web of information and Crotonblog is not the only stop on the information superhighway. I was hoping this corner of the internet would be a site focusing on Croton and not partisan politics.

Apparently, the editors have their own political agenda. Aren’t people tired of bashing someone just because they might have pulled a different lever behind the curtain?

Keep up with the mud slinging and name calling as if you were in first grade…me, I realize absolutely nothing constructive will be accomplished.

This whole red vs blue has an undertone of black vs white…where’s Dr. King when you need him!

On September 12, 2005 6:15 PM, dors said:

notorc and deepsix50, there is a big world out there and Croton is not its epicenter. Ross W. can post whatever he chooses; to inform, educate, entertain, or amuse us. What if I lived in New Hampshire? Would I be banned from this site? Who cares where Michael Moore lives? Me thinks you don’t like reading anti-W facts and figures. Boo hoo. Get over it. Your recourse is to stop logging and blogging. And notorc, cutting edge idea to cut and paste Coulter blurbs. She would love the attention as she’s the biggest mouth on the radio. You’d really show those liberals!!

On September 12, 2005 9:24 AM, TeaDrinker said:

Consider how the “liberal media” treats its viewers…

Good-bye Kyra, Goodbye CNN by PAprogressive Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 11:42:59 PDT

Kyra Phillips, the White House toady who berated Nancy Pelosi online and inserted her own personal opinion during the interview, was just on reviewing the controversy.

After running a clip of the controversy she began reading some of the emails. One, from a Marina, (I believe from New Paltz, N.Y.) said CNN should get rid of Kyra or lose her as a viewer.

Kyra’s terse response: Goodbye Marina.

Not here, croton spelled backwards and deepsix50, you have been free all this time to post your comments, and you may continue.

On September 12, 2005 9:01 AM, deepsix50 said:

Over the weekend I met several residents who no longer read the Croton Blog. Some were Democrats, Republicans or whatever else. But they all had one thing in common. They were tired of the non Croton stuff turning up on the “Croton” blog. Many even referred to it with the NY times unflattering term—blog-a-rea. When I said yes but the blog claims that their stats are very high, they just laughed, and said whatta surprise. Reality t.v. has high numbers too. That doesn’t mean such forums do anyone any good. Notorc is right.

On September 11, 2005 5:48 PM, TeaDrinker said:

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On September 11, 2005 4:50 PM, notorc said:

Help me, I’m confused.

Is Michael Moore a resident of Croton on Hudson? If not, how does his letters appear here? Can I cut and paste letters from Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush, etc?


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