I enjoyed this item, from the “Letters” column of this morning’s Wall
Heading: “Do as He Does, Not as He Says”
“A job is a human right? A living wage is a human right? In response to the
May 19 feature “Moore of the Same,” let us pay less attention to what
Michael Moore utters, or displays in his films, than to how he actually has
conducted his life. Here is a man who was down and out in a Michigan town
that was down and out, reeling from the domestic auto industry’s 1980s
retrenchment. Did Michael Moore whine and mew to the government, railing
that a job is a human right? Did he protest on the street, demanding a
“Indeed not. Mr. Moore got off his (ample) derriere, employed his personal
energy and creativity, and founded his own film company. He made a
successful documentary-style movie about the situation in Flint — “Roger
and Me” — reaping critical praise and surprising commercial success.
“Building on this achievement, with absolutely no assistance from taxpayers,
Mr. Moore expanded his operations and made additional films and TV shows.
Eventually he concocted a film that garnered an Academy Award.
“Michael Moore in action is an exemplary entrepreneur and free-market
capitalist, a sterling example of the American way. He independently
produces a commodity that people purchase voluntarily, everyone going away
happy from the trade. He operates not with funds confiscated from the
citizenry, but with money generated by pleasing his customers.
“If everyone in the world would follow the principles underlying Mr. Moore’s
actual behavior, and completely ignore his inane nitwit clacking, our planet
would run in greased grooves and prosperity would be universal.