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Michael Moore: 3 Reasons America Is Falling Apart -- And How We Can Save Ourselves


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, news, politics, Michael Moore, usa )

Cal
- 614 days ago - alternet.org
This holiday season, it is important to reflect on the root causes of America's slide.



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Christeen Anderson (476)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:23 pm
Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
 

Nancy Anderson (20)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:46 pm
Food for thought - Thanks and noted.
 

Vicky P. (463)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 9:30 pm
thanks
 

Michael O. (172)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:24 am
Thanks for posting this Cal.

I admire Michael Moore's ability to get to the heart of the matter and highlight the underlying reasons for the ills facing society today.

P.S.:I noted that this story was also picked up by the Huffington Post.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 7:08 am
"I'm not saying it's perfect anywhere else, but I have noticed, in my travels, that other civilized countries see a national benefit to taking care of each other"

++++++++++++++++++ This was a huge issue in the last election (and still IS, really.) Michael's right...IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER!

Travel to other countries and see how well they manage to do this. I wish he'd added one more factor....people in the States do not see the world in person. They see it reflected by media....often that's a distorted lens.

We are NOT "the greatest nation on earth." We have many benefits but other nations do many things better than we do.

Of course, that's all the "ME, ME, ME" attitude of so many Americans.
 

Anne F. (17)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:33 am
" it would be worth it to a) do our best to eradicate poverty and re-create the middle class we used to have, and b) stop promoting the image of the black man as the boogeyman out to hurt you"
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:53 am
Thanks Cal for posting the link to the excellent article and fully agree with Mr. Moore's summation and strategy for attending to the problem. Read and noted.
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:56 am
Spam Flagged.
 

Bess moorr (6)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:16 pm
Really
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:42 pm
read & noted
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:48 pm
Noted.
 

Sharon F. (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:52 pm
Yes, please, more controls on the dam guns. Can't we learn from other countries.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:58 pm
Three reasons; Reagan, Bush, Bush.
 

David Menard (43)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 1:05 pm
He's right
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:46 pm
once again Micheal has found the problem and made a clear explanation for even the GOP understand. Now if they would only read it.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:59 pm
Noted w/thanks, Cal. Michael Moore has hit all the high points in this article--very thorough. Looks like a bill for an Assault Weapons Ban will hopefully come with the new Congress. Let's not let it get watered down or dirtied in the mud.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:01 pm
Thanks Cal. Wonderfful post.
 

Sheila D. (25)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:21 pm
Noted and posted on FB. Merry Christmas, Cal.
 

Paul Wellman (1)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:59 pm
I have deep respect for Michael and his insightful mind. I have followed him for many years.
Here is a case where his Left Wing Nut is showing and it ain't pretty.
He says on the one hand no law in place had any affect on the outcomes and then says lets outlaw guns.
As he has pointed out many times our government is totally dysfunctional.
Who then is going to pass intelligent laws that will cure the non-issue of guns ruining the nation?
I am sure that the Prison Industrial Complex is licking it's lips at the prospect of stricter laws as a solution to this ridiculous issue. It will feed their inhumane institutions with more poor souls which will feed their bottom line and that in turn will feed our culture of violence. Around and around we go!
I am sad this silliness effects even such brilliant and well intended people as Michael.
I wish us luck!
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:19 pm
Very Interesting!!
 

Emily Sheety (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:39 pm
Figure it out by now USA..... no control, more violence.
 

jo M. (3)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 10:33 pm
White people own guns because they're afraid of black people? That has to be one of the stupider things MM has ever said. Any American who owns a gun for protection owns it to protect against criminals and crazies of any color. Duh. It's more a matter of insurance than fear. We don't all walk around expecting to be raped or murdered at any moment. The only real fear gun owners have is that stricter gun laws will be enacted that will make certain types of guns unavailable. And thus the huge rush to acquire those types of guns before those laws are passed. Obama has proven to be a great gun salesman.
 

rene davis (74)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:41 pm
thanks.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:57 am
Very interesting article thanks for sharing
 

robert zank (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:41 am
i guess even mike fell for the shooting fraud, phoney governments put out phoney information via phoney media, ceating phoney people:
http://foodforthethinkers.com/2012/12/20/the-connecticut-shooting-files/
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:56 am
Thank you.
 

Lynn Squance (231)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:33 pm
Micheal Moore --- "We need a ban on automatic AND semiautomatic weapons and magazine clips that hold more than 7 bullets. We need better background checks and more mental health services. We need to regulate the ammo, too."

I could not agree more. But I think what Moore is also saying is there has to be a change in thinking. . . a shift in paradigms. Less John Wayne, more John Donne..

Michael Moore--- "I think it's because in many other countries people see each other not as separate and alone but rather together, on the path of life, with each person existing as an integral part of the whole. And you help them when they're in need, not punish them because they've had some misfortune or bad break. I have to believe one of the reasons gun murders in other countries are so rare is because there's less of the lone wolf mentality amongst their citizens. Most are raised with a sense of connection, if not outright solidarity. And that makes it harder to kill one another."

The words of John Donne, English writer from Meditation XVII in 1642:

" No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:07 pm
Thanks, re´shared
 
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