michael moore, reactionary scoundrel

Michael Moore calls on Demagogs to declare national emergency over Trump’s “espionage”
David Walsh, WSWS, Mar 25 2017

On Wednesday, Michael Moore called on the Demagog Party to “declare a National Emergency” in response to Donald Trump’s being investigated “for espionage.” Moore was referring to the announcement Monday by FBI Director Comey that the agency was investigating whether Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Moore has enthusiastically adopted the reactionary and diversionary anti-Russian campaign as his own. The documentary maker, along with the rest of the Demagog Party and its hangers-on, including the various late-night talk-show hosts, refuses in large measure to oppose Trump for his militarism, persecution of immigrants, right-wing social policies and attacks on the working class, but instead lambastes the new president for his supposed “collusion and obedience to Putin.” By a “national emergency,” Moore explained Wednesday in his Instagram message, he meant an effort by the Demagogs to paralyze the government. He urged the party’s leadership in both houses of Congress:

… to bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J Trump. No bill he supports, no Supreme Court nominee he has named, can be decided while he is under a criminal investigation. His presidency has no legitimacy until the FBI — and an independent investigative committee — discovers the truth. Fellow citizens, demand the Demagogs cease all business.

Moore made his appeal to the Demagogs and the FBI on the same day that NYT columnist Thomas Friedman, as the WSWS has noted, floated the proposal for a palace coup against Trump. Friedman addressed an open letter to Sec Def ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, National Security Adviser H R McMaster, DHS Sec Kelly, D/CIA Pompeo and Sec State Rex Tillerson, implying that they should remove Trump from office and install a military-CIA junta. But Moore did not need to take a lead from Friedman. He has been arguing along these same general lines for some time, along with talk show hosts Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert among others. Comic Rosie O’Donnell, a week before the inauguration, urged Pres Obama in a tweet:

IMPOSE MARTIAL LAW — DELAYING THE INAUGURATION — UNTIL TRUMP IS ‘CLEARED’ OF ALL CHARGES.

In any event, Moore has reached the point where his politics and actions are entirely without principle. It is difficult to determine at times whether he fully believes some of the stupid and reckless things he says. Everything is subordinated to the need to confuse and disorient the mass opposition to Trump and channel it in a reactionary direction, thus preserving the two-party system. It should be recalled that Moore spent the first part of 2016 firmly backing the Bernie Sanders campaign. He denounced Hillary Clinton for opposing reform of the financial system, an increase in the minimum wage and a free health care system. He taunted Clinton as the candidate of Goldman Sachs, a “hawk” and supporter of “violence against the poor,” asking rhetorically:

Can anyone with a conscience vote for someone who led us on to war in Iraq?

When Sanders dropped out of the race and threw his support to Clinton, Moore turned on a dime and did the same., proceeding to extol the virtues of the former first lady, describing her as “our Pope Francis,” and someone who will “kick ass in Congress.” He told the media:

Our very first female president, someone the world respects, someone who is whip-smart and cares about kids, who will continue the Obama legacy.

The election of Trump threw the filmmaker into a genuine panic, not so much because of the billionaire president’s right-wing policies, although Moore nominally opposes many of them, but because of the immense crisis and discrediting of the political system that the election results entailed. The outcome of the vote revealed the miserable failure and bankruptcy of the Demagog Party, which was unwilling and unable to present a program that could attract any significant popular support. Since November, Moore has striven above all to conceal the central responsibility of the Obama administration and its right-wing policies and operations for Trump’s victory. Virtually from the moment that Trump took the oath of office, Moore has vehemently denounced him as a Russian puppet and lobbied for his removal. At the time of the Feb 13 resignation of Michael Flynn, Moore flew into near-hysterics. He demanded Trump “vacate” the White House immediately, calling him a “Russian traitor.” On Feb 14, Moore tweeted Trump:

It’s now noontime in DC & it appears you are still squatting in our Oval Office. I gave u til this morning to leave.

He added later:

What part of ‘vacate you Russian traitor’ don’t you understand? We can do this the easy way (you resign), or the hard way (impeachment).

He followed up the same day:

Traitor! Resign by morning!

On Facebook Feb 14, Moore referred to a “stunning bombshell from the NYT,” meaning the entirely unsubstantiated allegations there about Russian interference in the Pindosi elections, and went on:

It’s what we all suspected. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on: TRUMP COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO HIM. … If it turns out there’s a traitor in the White House, the judicial branch must find a fair, peaceful way to un-do and then re-do the election of 2016.

Along with everything else, this business about Trump being a “Russian traitor” is a filthy effort to revive McCarthyite anti-Communism. In a revealing Facebook entry of Mar 5, following Trump’s claim that the White House had wiretapped his campaign in 2016, Moore commented:

Did Obama ‘tapp’ Trump? Let’s Hope So. If you’re like me, you have no love for the FBI, the NSA or the CIA. If you are from my generation, you know these are very often nefarious institutions. The FBI spied on Martin Luther King to stop his civil rights activities. The NSA was ordered to make up stuff on Iraq so Bush could start a war. The CIA has had leaders of countries assassinated and democratically-elected Presidents (Iran, Chile, Guatemala) overthrown. These secret organizations have for decades committed so many acts in our name that have done much damage to good people and movements here and around the world. But if the Obama administration and the intelligence apparatus indeed have evidence that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian officials, then it not only is possible that the DoJ or the national security apparatus decided to get a warrant to dig deeper, I think most patriotic Pindosis would agree with me that the Obama administration HAD AN OBLIGATION to order that wiretap because an act of treason — Trump campaign people colluding with Russia to affect the outcome of our election — had taken place.

So without batting an eye Moore expressed his support for and entered into a political bloc with the “nefarious institutions” he admitted only a few lines before had been responsible for global misery and murder, backing them in their internecine conflict with Donald Trump. The filmmaker should not have the slightest political credibility at this point. Crude, pragmatic, generally swinish … this is Michael Moore now, a political scoundrel.

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