I just got this email from my mom. It was forwarded from the author. Sorry for the length but I thought some of you guys would be interested:
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 11:43 AM
Subject: more inspiring news from Michael Moore
From: Michael Moore
Subject: It's the Book, Stupid
This is just a quick note of thanks for the support all of you have given
"Stupid White Men" debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list
this week, and at #1 on the Publisher's Weekly nonfiction bestseller list
for independent bookstores. It's still #1 for all books on Amazon, and, my
personal favorite for a good laugh, #4 on the bestseller list for the Wall
Street Journal. By the fifth day of release, the book had gone into its 9th
More copies have been sold in one week than "Downsize This" sold in a
whole year. Pundits and publishers are stunned. "But the president has an
80% approval rating!" There's something going on here, and they don't know
what it is...
I am writing this from northern California, two weeks into the book tour,
on a drive with my family to visit small towns like Ukiah and Arcata.
Last night in Santa Rosa, at the local high school, they had a thousand
people packed inside and another 500 out on the lawn who couldn't get in.
It's like this in all the places I visit. Hundreds, thousands, turning out
to discuss all the sorry excuses for the state of the nation.
People have had it with keeping silent for the past 6 months. They resent
having felt like if they chose to question what the government is up to or,
God forbid, dissent, they would somehow be considered unpatriotic.
Let's get one thing straight -- this is what it means to be "unpatriotic:"
1. When you shred our constitution and eliminate our civil liberties,
passing laws that make it illegal to encourage opposition to the
government's actions, THAT is un-American.
2. When you send our kids to go fight and die on a foreign land so that
you can finally build a pipeline for your oil backers across that country,
THAT is un-American.
3. When you use the dead of September 11 to try to get huge tax cuts
passed that will only benefit your rich benefactors, THAT is un-American.
4. When you allow criminals who are stealing the pensions of workers and
retirees to come in and hand-pick the head of the agency which is supposed
to be regulating them, and then you place some of the criminals' top brass
in your administration to "serve" as the secretary of the army and White
House counsel, and then these criminals turn out to be your number one
financial backers -- and their law firm turns out to be your #3 backer --
and, in spite of all this you still haven't resigned in disgrace, THAT is
I want all of you to share this success with me and feel heartened and
reassured by the response to this book. It is an overwhelming rebuke, first
to those who sought to censor or ban it, and now to the oft-repeated
conventional wisdom that the whole country is whistling the same tune and
marching in lockstep to the vision of Cheney/Ashcroft/Bush. It's a bunch of
hooey, folks, and I have seen it first hand -- and not in the usual centers
of leftist discontent.