Phoenix (CNSNews.com) - Filmmaker Michael Moore told an enthusiastic audience here on Wednesday that "we are doomed" if President George W. Bush is re-elected.
"I fear, really, that we are doomed on some level here. We are so close to not being able to pull it back, to turn it around -- to get control of our country back in our hands," Moore told a packed auditorium just hours before the third and final presidential debate. Moore's "Slacker Uprising Tour" was held at the Celebrity Theatre.
"We have allowed the wealthy to take control now of all our democratic process. It may be too late -- I don't know, I hope it isn't," the left-wing filmmaker said.
Moore said he was clinging to a "sliver of optimism" regarding America's future, but only if John Kerry is elected on November 2.
[But] it doesn't mean that November third everything is going to be hunky dory. Believe me. November third we had better commit to redouble our efforts once Kerry's in the White House and be on his ass once he's in there to do the right thing," Moore said.
Moore made the comment while referring to a scene in his anti-Bush movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" that showed children playing in pre-war Baghdad. "[The scene is] only there for 20 seconds, but it's made all of these conservatives and right-wingers just go crazy," Moore said.
"I wanted to put a human face on the people there. Those Iraqi people -- those people -- they are human beings with souls and they have every right -- every right -- to live the same as you or I. They are no different," Moore proclaimed.
"We all pay our taxes and that means we paid for those bombs. That means your name and my name is on those bombs," he added.
Moore predicted that the U.S. will experience "the largest turnout in this election in our lifetime."
"And let me tell you something that is bad news for the Republicans -- really bad news: They can only win if people stay home. They are counting on it, they are hoping against hope the majority of people in this state and the other swing state don't vote," Moore said.
"Democrats have registered 250 percent more [voters] than Republicans in the swing states," he said.
Moore said that historically disenfranchised voters such as the poor, single moms and especially young voters are going to turn out on Election Day.
"I have a feeling that slackers are going to rise up in this election. I believe it, I have seen it all over this country," Moore said of the youth vote.
"The slacker motto is: 'Sleep till noon, drink beer, vote Kerry November 2,'" Moore quipped. "Pick nose, pick butt, pick Kerry," he added to applause. "Slackers of the world, unite!"
Moore also mentioned his disruptive visit to the Republican National Convention in New York as a guest of USA Today.
"Everybody in here, at some point in your life you gotta have ten thousand angry Republicans screaming at you, 'Four more years, four more years."
"Some of them (Republicans) had their eyes closed and their lips were turned like they were speaking in tongues, like they were trying to cast the devil out of the house," Moore said to laughter.
'Be more Canada-like'
Moore also praised Canada for its progressive social and economic policies.
"We love the Canadians. We all aspire to be more Canada-like. We want to live to see a day where everyone has health care, where you don't have to pay off a student loan for 10 years. That's Canada," Moore said.
"And thank you, Canada, for not joining the coalition of the bribed and coerced," he added, referring to the U.S.-led coalition that supported the war in Iraq.
Audience members, who paid an admission price of $9 a ticket, were wowed by Moore's motivational speech.
Arizona social worker Molly Greiner said it was one of the few times she's found herself speechless. "It's feeling like I am really recommitted to why Bush should not be in office -- and really sad that we all let him stay there," she said.
Kelly Woodson of the Democratic Party of Tempe told CNSNews.com that Moore's speech was "awesome."
"[Moore] was preaching to the choir. We need to get people out there to see things our way and not the wrong way," Woodson said.
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