Back in the days of your pro-worker documentary Roger & Me
(1989), I was working construction at a power plant in the
South, and you were the one public figure who seemed to speak
for working men. The one who questioned the right of a
business to take what it wants from a community and then pull
out in search of cheaper labor, leaving a trail of unemployment
and broken lives behind. The one who opposed union busting
and corporate plunder.
Spending every day hanging by my hook belt off the side of a
rebar skeleton 50 feet up in the air, my life seemed to be out
Michael Moore documentary. Our electricians often had
to work near live wires because the company refused to bear the
expense of shutting down part of the plant so we could work
safely. As an apprentice, one of my main jobs was to stand
10 feet behind these men as they worked, holding a rope attached
to a harness they'd put themselves in. If they hit a live
wire and started to fry, it was my job to pull them out and save
A recent study concluded that there have been over 170,000
workplace deaths in the United States since 1982. Seeing
the way workers were needlessly endangered at the power plant, I
Michael, you more than anybody articulated the feelings and
views of these working class men. The men who put their
bodies on the line on construction sites and in factories,
mines, and refineries so their wives and children can live in
safety and comfort. The men whose special contributions
and sacrifices are almost never part of our public discourse.
But Michael, you have betrayed those whose cause you once
championed. Once the voice of the unappreciated working
man, I have watched in amazement and dismay as you have
degenerated into one of the all too common scourges of our
society--the low rent man-basher who pours derision upon the
last remaining politically correct target of bigotry: men.
In Dude, Where's My Country? you criticize the Democrat
Party for "watering down their beliefs to appeal to all of the
dumb white guys out there"--I guess you mean the guys at the
power plant--and you imply that the Democrats should simply
write them off in 2004. In your view these are the guys
who "long for the days of Strom Thurmond and legally accepted
date rape", and who oppose abortion because they are male
chauvinists who want to control women.
In Stupid White Men you cite declining male birthrates as
evidence that "Nature is trying to kill us off" and explain that
men have done "plenty" to "deserve this". "[Women]
continued to bring life into this world; we continued to destroy
it whenever we could ... how many women have spilled oil into
oceans, dumped toxins in our food supply, or insisted that the
new SUV designs had to be bigger, bigger, bigger?"
Michael, of course few women have created factories which have
polluted the environment, just as few women have created
factories which have produced the staples of modern
civilization. You vilify men for the price of progress but
give them no credit for progress itself.
In Stupid White Men you enthusiastically try to sell many
of the standard modern canards about men, and you even top off
your chapter with an asinine semi-endorsement of fatherlessness.
This at a time when the costs of fatherlessness couldn't be
clearer or more devastating. I doubt many fatherless
children will thank you for it.
What's even more amazing, Michael is that you've gotten away
with all of this. With thousands of conservative pundits,
talk show hosts, and web-based commentators looking for sticks
to beat you with, few if any have cited the man-bashing which
has become one of your core themes.
Listening to you, perhaps the Democrat Party's most prominent
advocate, it's not hard to see why so many men have turned away
from your party. Why should men support a party which at
best ignores them, and so often bashes and blames them?
Michael, it saddens me that the beleaguered men at that power
plant have lost a valuable friend and gained one more enemy.
It saddens me to watch you and your party marginalize yourselves
and slowly commit political suicide by spitting on those who
once admired and supported you.
And when the Democrats get trounced among male voters in 2004, I
know what explanation you'll give. In fact, you've already
In Stupid White Men:
"men are just not as smart as women."