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Posted on 11/10/2003 4:51:25 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
|Sun Nov 9, 4:12 PM ET|
Former Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) gestures during a speech on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, in Washington. Gore denounced the White House and Justice Department (news - web sites) for perceived assaults on civil liberties during the war on terror. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
See all these American flags behind me? That means what I say is important! So please listen to me! Hey! Listen to me! Dammit!
(insert big fart sound here)
They've mixed the US Constitution with logos from moveon.org and the ACS on the front of the podium. That's a dangerous combination begging for a lightning strike.
Not too many of the public know the history of the Gore family. It is a traitorous family, with long and deep ties to that traitor Armand Hammer, whose father was in bed with Vladimir Ilyich Lenin from the getgo. He was granted a govt monoply on fabricating pencils in the former soviet union.
If I had my wish come true, Streisand, Hitlary, Gore in matched electric chairs and me pulling the switch. Oh, I forgot Bubba.
"Acting French? Who, Moi???"
Does it really have moveon.org on the podium? Constitution what does he know about that, and putting the bill of rights up on it also, boy he is really two faced.
Come on guys, I tried to steal the election, I only missed by this much!
Algore listing to the left, a la "Daffy" Dean a few days ago...
"Never let it be said the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing
when I was in government. They're as close as two peas in a pod!"
One the one hand: "Throughout most of my life, I raised tobacco. I want you to know that with my own hands, all of my life, I put it in the plant beds and transferred it. I've hoed it. I've dug in it. I've sprayed it, I've chopped it, I've shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped it and sold it." -- (Source: Newsday, 2/26/88)
On the other hand: "Sometimes, you never fully face up to things that you ought to face up to." -- Al Gore, discussing why he accepted checks from his family tobacco farm and contributions from tobacco companies for years after the tragic death of his sister that he spoke about so emotionally at the 1996 Democratic convention. (Source: "'Numbness' Let Gore Accept Tobacco Help," San Francisco Chronicle, August 30, 1996)
"So there I was, just walking the grounds of the sanitarium, telling my friends what I thought
of George Bush and the War on Terrorism, when these two big seagulls flew overhead and
dropped their calling cards on my outstretched palms. Can you believe that?
"Well, the nurse came rushing over. She must have thought I was a little nervous, perhaps
even paranoid, because she said to me, 'Now Mr. Gore, don't get upset. I'll run inside and
get some toilet paper.' And then she took off toward the main building. Can you believe that?
"Well, I just told my friends what a fool she was. I said, 'Those seagulls will be half a mile away
before she gets back.'"
"On the one hand, George Bush gave a speech last Thursday that has been hailed as visionary and inspiring for expressing the president's beliefs in the need to advance the principles of liberty and democracy throughout the world. Bill Safire of the New York Times, who has published a book on memorable speeches, says Bush's speech is worth reading and 'clearly articulated the policy this Bush will be remembered for.'"
"On the other hand, I gave a speech last night that many believe is the most partisan, mean-spirited, self-serving and dishonest speech that you will hear during this Election 2004 campaign. As they say over at Fox: We report, you decide."
George W. Bush, November 6, 2003:
"There are, however, essential principles common to every successful society, in every culture. Successful societies limit the power of the state and the power of the military -- so that governments respond to the will of the people, and not the will of an elite. Successful societies protect freedom with the consistent and impartial rule of law, instead of selecting applying -- selectively applying the law to punish political opponents. Successful societies allow room for healthy civic institutions -- for political parties and labor unions and independent newspapers and broadcast media. Successful societies guarantee religious liberty -- the right to serve and honor God without fear of persecution. Successful societies privatize their economies, and secure the rights of property. They prohibit and punish official corruption, and invest in the health and education of their people. They recognize the rights of women. And instead of directing hatred and resentment against others, successful societies appeal to the hopes of their own people....
"This is a massive and difficult undertaking -- it is worth our effort, it is worth our sacrifice, because we know the stakes. The failure of Iraqi democracy would embolden terrorists around the world, increase dangers to the American people, and extinguish the hopes of millions in the region. Iraqi democracy will succeed -- and that success will send forth the news, from Damascus to Teheran -- that freedom can be the future of every nation. The establishment of a free Iraq at the heart of the Middle East will be a watershed event in the global democratic revolution.
"Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe -- because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty. As long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom does not flourish, it will remain a place of stagnation, resentment, and violence ready for export. And with the spread of weapons that can bring catastrophic harm to our country and to our friends, it would be reckless to accept the status quo.
"Therefore, the United States has adopted a new policy, a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East. This strategy requires the same persistence and energy and idealism we have shown before. And it will yield the same results. As in Europe, as in Asia, as in every region of the world, the advance of freedom leads to peace.
"The advance of freedom is the calling of our time; it is the calling of our country. From the Fourteen Points to the Four Freedoms, to the Speech at Westminster, America has put our power at the service of principle. We believe that liberty is the design of nature; we believe that liberty is the direction of history. We believe that human fulfillment and excellence come in the responsible exercise of liberty. And we believe that freedom -- the freedom we prize -- is not for us alone, it is the right and the capacity of all mankind.
"Working for the spread of freedom can be hard. Yet, America has accomplished hard tasks before. Our nation is strong; we're strong of heart. And we're not alone. Freedom is finding allies in every country; freedom finds allies in every culture. And as we meet the terror and violence of the world, we can be certain the author of freedom is not indifferent to the fate of freedom.
"With all the tests and all the challenges of our age, this is, above all, the age of liberty. Each of you at this Endowment is fully engaged in the great cause of liberty....
Al Gore, November 9, 2003:
"In fact, in my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama Bin Laden. In both cases, the Administration has attacked the wrong target. In both cases they have recklessly put our country in grave and unnecessary danger, while avoiding and neglecting obvious and much more important challenges that would actually help to protect the country. In both cases, the administration has fostered false impressions and misled the nation with superficial, emotional and manipulative presentations that are not worthy of American Democracy. In both cases they have exploited public fears for partisan political gain and postured themselves as bold defenders of our country while actually weakening not strengthening America. In both cases, they have used unprecedented secrecy and deception in order to avoid accountability to the Congress, the Courts, the press and the people....
"Indeed, the most worrisome new factor, in my view, is the aggressive ideological approach of the current administration, which seems determined to use fear as a political tool to consolidate its power and to escape any accountability for its use. Just as unilateralism and dominance are the guiding principles of their disastrous approach to international relations, they are also the guiding impulses of the administrations approach to domestic politics. They are impatient with any constraints on the exercise of power overseas -- whether from our allies, the UN, or international law. And in the same way, they are impatient with any obstacles to their use of power at home whether from Congress, the Courts, the press, or the rule of law....
"This Administration simply does not seem to agree that the challenge of preserving democratic freedom cannot be met by surrendering core American values. Incredibly, this Administration has attempted to compromise the most precious rights that America has stood for all over the world for more than 200 years: due process, equal treatment under the law, the dignity of the individual, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom from promiscuous government surveillance. And in the name of security, this Administration has attempted to relegate the Congress and the Courts to the sidelines and replace our democratic system of checks and balances with an unaccountable Executive. And all the while, it has constantly angled for new ways to exploit the sense of crisis for partisan gain and political dominance. How dare they! ....
"The question before us could be of no greater moment: will we continue to live as a people under the rule of law as embodied in our Constitution? Or will we fail future generations, by leaving them a Constitution far diminished from the charter of liberty we have inherited from our forebears? Our choice is clear.