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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Le « grand merci » de Michael Moore

by translated by Camille Bauer

USA: LANDSLIDE ! ...a Big Thanks from Michael Moore

Translated Sunday 12 November 2006

The militant film-maker has sent an e-mail to congratulate the voters on the victory against Bush. “You did it!”, he told them

You did it! We did it! The impossible has happened: A majority of Americans have soundly and forcefully removed Bush’s party from control of the House of Representatives. And, sometime today perhaps, we may learn that the same miracle has happened in the Senate. Whatever the outcome, the American people have made two things crystal clear: End this war, and stop Mr. Bush from doing any more damage to this country we love. That is what this election was about. Nothing else. Just that. And it’s a message that has sent shock waves throughout Washington — and a note of hope around this troubled world.

Now the real work begins. Unless we stay on top of these Democrats to do the right thing, they will do what they’ve always done: Screw it up. Big Time. They helped Bush start this war, and now they should make amends.

But let’s take a day to rejoice and revel in a rare victory for our side — the side that doesn’t believe in unprovoked invasions of other countries. This is your day, my friends. You have worked hard for it. I can’t tell you how proud I am to count all of you as part of the greater American mainstream we now occupy. Thank you for all the time you gave this week to get out the vote. Some of you have been at this since the large demonstrations of February 2003 when we tried to stop the war before it started. Only 10-20% of the country agreed with us at that time. Remember how lonely that was? Some people were even booed! Now, 60% of the country agrees with our position. They are us and we are them. What a nice, strange, hopeful feeling.

A woman, for the first time in our history, will be Speaker of the House. The attempt to ban all abortion in the conservative state of South Dakota was defeated. Laws to raise the minimum wage were passed. Democrats were elected to fill Tom DeLay’s and Mark Foley’s seats. Detroit’s John Conyers, Jr. is going to be the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Democratic governor of Michigan beat the CEO from Amway. The little township next to where I live in Michigan voted Democratic for the first time since... ever. And on and on and on. The good news will continue throughout today. Let’s enjoy it. Savor it. And use it to get Congress to finally listen to the majority.

If you want to do one thing today, send an email or a letter to both of your senators and your member of Congress and tell them, in no uncertain terms, what this election means: End the war — and don’t let George W. Bush get away with any more of his bright ideas.

Congratulations, again! Now let’s go find a spine for the Dems to do the job we’ve sent them there to do.

[Translator’s note]

This article was written (in English!) by Michael Moore and published (in French) in L’Humanité. The version here is the original English version]


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