Michael Moore brought his populist indignation to Wisconsin on Saturday, marching with pro-union protesters and giving a rousing, anti-plutocratic speech at the state Capitol in Madison. In the speech, Moore denounced Governor Scott Walker's budget plan and Wall Street to a receptive crowd numbering in the tens of thousands. Moore had been inspired to write the speech after listening to Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly on Friday's O'Reilly Factor.
Moore encouraged Wisconsin residents to fight "the scam of the century," and thanked the fourteen Democratic state senators who fled to Illinois, according them hero status. In his speech, titled "America Is Not Broke," Moore made it clear that:
"America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages and settle for the life your great-grandparents had. America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it is not in your hands."
Moore's speech was peppered with slogans like "We're all Wisconsinites now," and "They arose a sleeping giant called the working people of America." He also played to the home crowd by saying that the three biggest lies of the last decade are: "Wisconsin is broke, there's weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the Packers need Favre to win the Super Bowl." Moore closed his speech with a show of solidarity, shouting "Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together." I smell a new movie.