Speaking at Vanderbilt University Tuesday night, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore told the audience to â€śoccupy everythingâ€ť in order to restore democracy in America.
Referencing the Occupy Wall Street movement, Moore said: â€śThese Occupy protests are the most important movements happening in this country. Occupy Nashville, occupy Memphis, occupy everything to get democracy back.â€ť
In his two-hour long talk, Moore said: â€ś(The rich) hate the free market. Their nirvana is no competition, no choice for the consumer. (The rich) looked like they were having a pretty good time with 70 percent of their money being taken in taxes. You know what was done with that money? You have three frigginâ€™ interstates that come to Nashville.â€ť
Moore criticized President Obama as â€śdifficult to witness,â€ť but laid most of the blame on the Republicans: â€śThe Republicans know that the majority of America wants (liberal) things to happen. It was a mandate in 2008, itâ€™s what the American people wanted. You and I live in a liberal country, thatâ€™s one of our best kept secrets.â€ť
Moore told the receptive crowd of 1,100 people that he wants back the president who was proud of his full name, Barack Hussein Obama: â€śHe put his full name on the ballot. That took guts, that took spine, that took some backbone. I want that backbone, I want that spine, I want that courage, I want that guy back.â€ť
During his speech, Moore stopped to sing the National Anthem in a somber tone. He was eventually joined by the crowd, which stood. He said he did it because "a lot of bad things are being done in our name."