Michael Moore specializes in ambush journalism, twisting the truth past its breaking point, and misleading viewers of his movies.
This time, Moore has created a website called “My Home Is Open,” which on the surface, sounds like an excellent idea. Moore penned a letter to the governor of Michigan stating that he would “defy your ban” of Syrian refugees, “and will offer [HIS] home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you’ve decided to keep out.” This seems like a great compassionate idea… until you take a deeper look.
First off, Michael Moore has zero credibility. As such, whenever I hear him say that something is a good idea, I already know that it isn’t.
Second, Moore refers to Governor Snyder’s refusal to take any of Obama’s Syrian refugees as a “ban.” Snyder is not “banning” anyone, but given that the safety and well-being of his constituents is of paramount importance to him, the governor has decided to oppose Obama’s attempted unconstitutional imposition of his will upon the state of Michigan, as the governor should. It is not a “ban.” Moore can house them if he wants, if he can find them.
Third, Moore says about the refugee vetting process: “the Obama administration’s vetting procedures in which I have full faith and trust.” Of course, this is a little odd since:
A. No one has any idea what those vetting procedures actually entail.
B. There is no way to vet people who do not have a record.
Fourth, sprinkled throughout the site are incorrect references to bigotry and haters as well as incorrect and/or irrelevant references to slavery and the “white Christian genocide” and of Native Americans who were “nearly exterminated.”
Fifth, Moore does not understand what a refugee actually is and conflating “refugee” with “immigrant.” These are not the same thing. An immigrant is one who moves to a new country to start a new life and to (theoretically) assimilate into the culture of that new country. A refugee, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.” The unspoken intent is that this is to be temporary, until the situation in the country of origin stabilizes. Then the refugee is to (theoretically) return to his home country.
Yet, Moore is trying to get people to join him in opening their homes (as he has opened his home) to “Syrian and Iraqi refugees for between six months and a year while they’re being settled in the U.S.” Wait, what? When did this Taking-In-Refugees-During-A-Crisis become Operation Resettle-the-Middle-East-in-America?
As idiotic as his words have been up until this point, the smoke and mirrors are not long for this article.
Moore has called this site “My Home Is Open” and has said, “I’ve written to Secretary of State John Kerry informing him that my home is available to place a Syrian couple.” No, it’s not. His “home” is a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion.
Moore does couch his ideas in good intentions, however. Him giving up a “convenience apartment” of a whole 700 sq. ft. while retaining a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion and saying that he is opening his home is classic Michael Moore misdirection and obfuscation.
The average American does not have a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion with a spare 700 sq. ft. apartment that they can loan out in order make themselves look charitable while giving up nothing.
“Opening your home” means inviting people to live with you out of the goodness of your heart. He is not inviting anyone into his home, much less the 70% military-age male Syrian refugees. He is essentially renting an off-site apartment for a couple, while they resettle in America.
Moore is not inviting anyone to live with him. In classic liberal-mode, he is saying he is doing one thing, and then goes ahead and does another, while somehow getting credit for doing something he is not doing.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Michael Moore.