Just over a year ago, Michael Moore vigorously campaigned for
President Obama and the Democratic Party. But watching them jettison
the public option from health care legislation appears to have been the
"These Democrats are a bunch of wusses," Moore told
Raw Story in a hard-edged interview Wednesday. "They don't have the
courage of their convictions. They won't stand and fight."
care is a uniquely important issue for the liberal filmmaker, whose
2007 documentary "Sicko" explored the heartbreaks and inequities in the
US health care industry. He says he's fed up with the Democrats'
reticence to take on insurance companies.
it's disgusting and I won't have it anymore," he told Raw Story,
mocking them in a baby's voice. "I'm sick of them."
His views on the Republicans? Well, at least they have cojones, Moore said.
really have to admire the Republicans on some level, because they stand
up for what they believe in," he said. "They come into town, and when
they win, oh they win. They come in with guns blazing."
Listen to audio of the interview at the bottom of the story.
social critic who believes his government regularly fails to stand up
for working people, Moore also took aim at Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-KY)
single-handed five-day-long hold on an unemployment benefits extension.
remember him as a kid," said the Michigan-born-and-raised filmmaker.
"He was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He held the record for
hitting the most number of batters with a baseball, beaning them... He
was an angry pitcher. He was crazy then, and he's crazy now."
said Bunning's is doing to America's workforce what he did to America's
batters many decades ago. "He's beaning the workers," he said.
The Senate finally passed the unemployment benefits package late Tuesday after accepting a symbolic Bunning amendment.
"Capitalism: A Love Story"
newest documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story," assails the rampant
inequality of wealth in the United States, and is currently the eighth highest grossing documentary of all time.
controversial thesis is that capitalism and democracy are fundamentally
incompatible because such a system will inevitably lead to a plutocracy
where the wealthy control the means of power and take advantage of
His problem isn't the excesses of capitalism, he
says, but rather in the concept itself. "Capitalism is in and of itself
the problem," he told Raw Story. "Anytime the profit motive is the
foundation for what you're doing, I think you're doomed."
film, Moore mentions Western Europe and Japan as examples from which
the United States can learn, but he said even they have their
"I hail them only in the sense that they've at least
found a way to put a friendly face on capitalism, so it's a little less
harsh than it is on their people here," he said.
they'll succumb to the same things, as we've seen with Toyota," he
averred. "Once they became the General Motors, the number one, they got
more greedy. They decided, 'why should we spend 7 cents on this little
wire, when we can spend 4?'"
shot to the national spotlight by forcefully criticizing the war and
national security policies of President George W. Bush in the 2004
"Fahrenheit 9/11," the highest grossing documentary of all time. Would
he consider making a follow-up film with a similarly critical look at
"Yes, I would consider that, absolutely," he
said. "Unless we stop this escalation of the Afghanistan war, we are
going to have to quit calling it Bush's war and call it Obama's war."
he's a frequent recipient of conservatives' ire, Moore rejected
allegations that he's a partisan, noting that he regularly assailed
President Bill Clinton during the 1990s, as he chastises Obama now.
always made movies and television shows and written books where I've
tried to do my best to keep an eye on those in power," he said.
of Moore's flicks last decade cracked the box office's top 10. Two of
those came after Fahrenheit 9/11. Yet some of his critics have labeled
all his releases since the 2004 record-breaker a flop. Is he cursed?
man," Moore said with an exuberant laugh. "When I read something like
that, it's so Orwellian. It's like it's 1984. My movie becomes, like
you said, the eighth largest grossing documentary of all time and --
'ah that's a flop, he's all over.' I don't know what to do!"
the interview, Moore offered his takes on several of the top-rated
movies of 2009, and offered a glimpse into his thoughts as he prepared
to vote for his favorite flicks in the year's fast-approaching annual
"The Hurt Locker":
have mixed feelings about The Hurt Locker. I think Kathryn Bigelow is
an excellent filmmaker. I really appreciate some of the things she said
about the war... But as a film, I think it's... I mean you're on the
edge of the seat during the whole film. But if the bulk of the film is
about, should you snip the red wire or the green wire, that would put
anybody on the edge of their seats. It's kind of an easy way...to tell
a story and get you sort of on that emotional jag.
is a very brave and bold vision and statement about the times in which
we live, but done as allegory, and set 200 years into the future.
"Troubled Water" (Norwegian film):
favorite film of the year came from Norway, and it really didn't get
distributed in this country. It's called Troubled Water. I think it's
out on DVD now. I would do a Masters class in how this film was put
together, so brilliant.
were a number of good films this year and a number of them weren't in
the Oscar battle. One was District 9, [which] I really loved. I loved
Inglorious Basterds. I loved the animated film Up in the Air, I think
it said some really important things.