Michael Moore answers question on “American exceptionalism”; gives his version of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“American exceptionalism” has been a hot-button focus of contention in recent curriculum controversies, and features in several posts here on Curricublog.
This past Sunday (October 2, 2011), Michael Moore was featured on the interview and call-in show IN DEPTH on C-Span’s BookTV. Video of the three-hour program can be viewed on the C-Span’s video library website.
Here is their description of the event:
Political activist and filmmaker Michael Moore talked about his life and career. Video clips were shown from three of his films and his television show, “TV Nation.” He also reacted to a video clip of his controversial March 23, 2003, Academy Award acceptance speech. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Michael Moore is the author of eight non-fiction books: Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American (1996); Adventures in a TV Nation (1998); Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! (2002); Dude, Where’s My Country? (2003); Will They Ever Trust Us Again? (2004); The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader (2004); Mike’s Election Guide 2008; Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life (2011). His films include the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, Roger and Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story.
I have not seen the entire program yet, but I did catch Michael’s answer to a caller with a question on American exceptionalism. Here is a 3½-minute clip with his response to that caller’s questions:
Toward the end of this clip, Moore tells how he said the Pledge of Allegiance when he was in school:
I pledge allegiance to the people of the United States of America, and to the republic for which we stand, one nation, indivisible, part of one world, with liberty and justice for all.
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