7 October 2004

Moore using his noodle

Arran's Alley has a humorous post about the possible arrest of Michael Moore for giving away free noodles and underwear! (Moore's original letter about this can be found at Ratboy's Anvil.) I'm all for stopping such revolutionary activities. And who knows? He's probably receiving kick-backs from Fruit-of-the-Loom.

10 comments:

Charles2 said...

Well, the Rethugs are doing everything else they can think of to stop college kids from registering and voting, why not this? Disgusting, but predictable.

And how sad is that?

delftsman3 said...

Um...IF Moore is prosecuted, it will be for attempting to BUY votes, which in every precint in the US (except for those in Chicago) is illegal.

The form of the remuneration is irrelevant, It's still "payola" to use a term that shows my age.

Karlo said...

So has Moore been promising people underwear to vote for Kerry. That dastardly fellow! I knew I shouldn't have trusted him. With that sinister beard and that suave working-class attitude...

delftsman3 said...

I don't think that he specifically said "vote for Kerry", but given the tenor of the groups he speaks to, I'm sure he wasn't trying to get Republicans registered.

It's Bribery to attempt to affect the outcome of a political process with remuneration,it's illegal, regardless of the form of the remuneration OR the party affiliation.

Personally, I don't believe that anyone who could be swayed to vote by a package of noodles and some underwear isn't really the type of person I would put such a responsibility in the hands of.

Yes, voting is a right, but with rights come responsibility; in the case of voting, it's the voters responsibility to become informed of the issues and the backgrounds of the candidates to become an informed citizen.

Karlo said...

I wonder what the legal definition of "intending to affect the outcome of an election" would be. Would a church gathering encouraging people to vote for Bush be against the law if pumpkin pie were served?

Bunker said...

Or a church gathering featuring Jesse Jackson and John Kerry?

It is simply stupid from either direction. Moore is merely playing a publicity game, and enjoys the attention.

delftsman3 said...

"Would a church gathering encouraging people to vote for Bush be against the law if pumpkin pie were served?"

Only if getting a piece of pie was dependant upon agreeing to vote.

Karlo said...

So has Moore actually offered underpants only to those who will vote against Bush?

delftsman3 said...

The point is, offering remuneration to vote is illegal.
This is all just another one of Moore's publicity stunts. This one is just blowing up in his face.

Karlo said...

According to Moore's letter, the "slackers" all had to promise to vote in order to get the underwear. Does encouraging people to vote violate Michigan state law? Or is there some evidence somewhere that Moore is lying?