Vandaag worden in de V.S. kongresverkiezingen gehouden. Michael Moore, de regisseur van indringende films zoals Fahrenheit 9/11 en Bowling for Columbine stuurde gisteren nog de volgende newsletter, die ik integraal hieronder publiceer, en waaruit blijkt hoe men probeert mensen in de VS te overtuigen om tenminste stemmen te gaan om op die manier de Democraten het van George Bush te laten winnen.
Tomorrow night, those who sent 2,800 of our soldiers to their deaths — all because of a lie the president concocted — will find out if America chooses to reward them — or remove them.
As good as things look for the Democrats, do not pop the corks and start the partying yet. Do not believe for a second that the Republicans plan on losing. They will fight like dogs for the next 24 hours — relentless, unforgiving, nonstop action to squeeze every last conservative voter out of the house on election day. While the rest of us go about our day today, tens of thousands of Republican volunteers are knocking on doors, making phone calls, and lining up rides to the polls. They’re not sleeping, they’re not eating, they’re not even watching Fox News. A day without Fox News? That’s right, that’s how insanely dedicated they are.
But the reason they have to work so hard is that, before they can get the vote out, they first have to completely turn around the massive public opinion against them. Almost 60% disapprove of Bush. Over 60% are opposed to the war. Those are landslide numbers. And the American people are not going to turn pro-war or into Bush-lovers by tomorrow morning. So it should be easy for us, right?
Yup. Just like it was when we won the popular vote in 2000 and when we were ahead in the exit polls all day long in 2004. You know the deal — the other side takes no prisoners. And just when it seems like things are going our way, the Republicans suddenly, mysteriously win the election.
Well, it’s not really that mysterious. They’re out there busting their asses this very minute, right down the street from you. What are YOU doing? You’re on a computer reading my cranky letter! Stop reading this! We have only a few hours left to wrestle control of the Congress away from these “representatives” who, if returned, will continue shipping our young men and women over there to die.
Here’s what I’m imploring you to do right now:
1. Go through your address book on your cell phone and computer and call/e-mail everyone you know. Tell them how much it would mean to you if they vote on Tuesday. If they don’t know where to vote, help them find their polling place
2. MoveOn.org ASAP. They will connect you to the folks who need you to make calls.
3. Contact your local Democratic Party headquarters. There are close races in nearly every state. They’ll put you to work — on the ground or on the phones. Or go to the local HQ for the Dem candidate running for the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate and say, “Put me to work!”
OK, turn off the computer — and I will, too. There’s serious work to do. The good news? There’s more of us than there are of them. Let’s prove that, once and for all.
Is there anything more important that you have to do today? Nothing less than the rest of the world is depending on us.