Al Gore: The Assault on Reason, Part 2

May 29, 2007 at 6:10 am | Posted in Al Gore, America, Bush, democracy, Democrats, government, Iraq, politics, Republicans, society, war | 3 Comments

Check out this book excerpt from Time here…

I’m not an Al Gore “fan-boy” by any stretch of the imagination, and I still have mixed feelings about the sensationalist overtone of his movie An Inconvenient Truth. But this book excerpt I ran across on has piqued my curiosity. In these few pages he demonstrates some amazing insights that I think are worth discussing. I’ve extracted quite a few quotes that I am going to discuss over the next few days. Here’s the second one; feel free to chime in and share your thoughts.

“To take another example, for the first time in American history, the Executive Branch of our government has not only condoned but actively promoted the treatment of captives in wartime that clearly involves torture, thus overturning a prohibition established by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

I am so ashamed. Not that I personally had anything to do with this, but I’m ashamed that so few people seem to be willing to speak out against what is so intuitively wrong. There are so many things wrong with the current administration; historians will be busy for decades if not centuries. Why is George W. Bush still in office? Forget Cheney, forget Rumsfeld, forget Gonzales, and forget Rice! This administration has in so many ways told “the American people” that he and his administration are going to do whatever they want. I wouldn’t be surprised if the man finds a way to serve another term in office!

But let’s take this a bit further. I ran across this headline on Saturday, May 26th, 2007: Bush celebrates victory after signing Iraq war bill. Let’s put aside the fact that Bush pursued this war under false pretense and the general consensus of “the American people” that we shouldn’t be there any longer and the opinion of the commanders of our military that we have failed in our attempt at nation building. Yes, let’s put all this aside and consider this one quote from the article above.

“The president’s Democratic foes in Congress had ceded to his demands to strip timelines for troop withdrawals out of the war funding bill passed Thursday.”

So no one has the balls to take the necessary actions to impeach the President, and that leaves us (the American people) with little recourse. But what about the power we do have? Why aren’t we holding our elected officials accountable? Why did this bill pass?

And what’s up with the lame attempt at a timeline? Why doesn’t someone propose a bill that calls for immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq?

The fact is, Al Gore, that “the American people” have spoken and they support this maniac. That’s right, there are those of us that object to this administration and the current state of affairs, but the majority of those who choose to exercise their right to vote support George W. Bush, his administration, the activities of the House, the activities of the Senate, and this war.

Now consider this quote from Al Gore’s book excerpt.

It is too easy—and too partisan—to simply place the blame on the policies of President George W. Bush. We are all responsible for the decisions our country makes. We have a Congress. We have an independent judiciary. We have checks and balances. We are a nation of laws. We have free speech. We have a free press. Have they all failed us?”

Part of me wants to believe that they have all failed us. But I don’t think this is the case. I think everything is working as it should, and that the current state of affairs meets the majority’s approval. I may disagree, but it appears that I’m in the minority. If this isn’t true, then others need to stand up and make their opinion count.

The 2008 Presidential race is not going to be the determining factor when it comes to the direction of this nation. Rather, it’s who we elect to our state government, who we elect to our national government offices, and how we deal with them when they have failed.



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  1. Good for you! Whether or not Al Gore’s personality has turned you off, it is nice to see that you are not throwing out the baby with the wash water.

    I am no fan of GW Bush, but in accounts by insiders like O’Neill and Clark , occasionally he was seen to make remarks that indicate that he is not ALL bad.

    For example , in a cabinet meeting while discussing the case for war against Iraq, GW Bush said “Is that ALL we have”?

    And when questioning the second tax cut that favorized the rich, Bush was sharply rebuked by Cheney who said “Stay on message”!

    That tells me that deep down GW Bush is not a totally evil person and is capable of good judgement on occasion.

    Given that the Neoconservative cabal headed by Cheney and Rumsfeld actually ran the White House these flashes of insight would have negligable impact on policy.

    Actually I , like those have seen Gore on talk shows like Leno and Letterman know that he is smart, witty and cool. Bush on those same show looked like a jerk to me.

    I too am reading “Assault on Reason” and was glad to see that Gore stated in no uncertain terms that among other things Bush has been a disaster because of his lies.

    You have problems with the sensationalist overtones of An Inconvenient truth,which even if true were a legitimate device for calling attention to an impending problem.

    How about the sensationalist overtones to the march to war against Iraq and all the harm that has caused?

  2. I definitely agree that Bush can’t be that bad of a person; to be President of the United States says something – I’m not President.

    I’m going to order Gore’s new book just because I read this excerpt. I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

    I do have problems with the march to war against Iraq, although admittedly, I fell for it. But I also admit that I have fallen for a lot of what Al Gore presented in An Inconvenient Truth. I’ve always dreamed of retiring in Florida (where I grew up) but don’t think it will be possible any longer.

    In regards to Bush’s “Is this ALL we have?”, I lend some credence to Michale Moore’s correlation of the war to oil. Are our middle east conflicts really about oil and Bush just needed some “other” reason to justify it? Perhaps what seems (on the part of the Bush administration) to be concern for a justified cause are really attempts at successful deception.

  3. Before GW Bush was President, I saw him as a likeable airhead cheerleader. He was born with privleges and possibilites that some people would kill for. GWBush was a drifter with a drinking probem until he was 40 and found Jesus. After that he was a serially failing businessman until he was propped up by the Neoconservatives as their front. First in the largely ceremonial post of Texas Governor and then as a tool for the Neoconservative cabal that actually ran the White House.

    It boggles my mind that ANYONE takes GW Bush seriously except that his GOP endorsement has given him the benefit of any doubt.

    Gore grasped the significance of the Internet years before most of us had even heard of it and was very active in its early legislation. He was one of the very few Democratic Senators who supported Desert Storm, applauded Afganistan invasion ,condemmned Iraq invasion in numerous major speeches starting in sept 2002 and probably got it right about global warming.

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