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TV has made nation complacent, Gore says
KnoxNews.com (Via Drudge) ^ | 11/12/03 | AMBER MCDOWELL

Posted on 11/12/2003 4:52:46 AM PST by Prov1322

TV has made nation complacent, Gore says By AMBER MCDOWELL, Associated Press November 12, 2003

NASHVILLE - The "quasi-hypnotic influence" of television in America has fostered a complacent nation that is a danger to democracy, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday.

Gore, speaking on "Media and Democracy" at Middle Tennessee State University, told attendees the decline of newspapers as the country's dominant method of communication leaves average Americans without an outlet for scholarly debate.

"Our democracy is suffering in an age when the dominant medium is not accessible to the average person and does not lend itself most readily to the conveyance of complex ideas about self-governance," Gore said. "Instead it pushes toward a lowest common denominator."

Gore said the results of that inaccessibility are reflected most prominently in the changed priorities of the country's elected officials, who feel that debating important issues is "relatively meaningless today. How do they spend their time instead? Raising money to buy 30-second television commercials."

Students and members of the community filled the 235-seat auditorium for Gore's appearance, and several hundred more watched his speech on a big-screen monitor set up in the building's lobby. It was the first of two lectures Gore has scheduled at MTSU as part of the "American Democracy Project for Civil Engagement," an effort to launch a national discussion on the "vigor of the national democracy."

Students at 200 college campuses across the country also watched Gore's speech via satellite, and asked the former vice president questions by calling a toll-free number.

Gore, who has taught several classes at MTSU, put on his professor's hat for much of the lecture, giving attendees a history lesson on the origins of communication and democracy - from the first evidence of complex speech 60,000 years ago to the invention of the printing press to the eventual evolution of media as it's known today and it's role in a free society.

Gore said democracy in America flourished at the height of the newspaper era, which "empowered the one to influence the many." That changed with the advent and subsequent popularity of television, he said, noting that the average American watches four hours of television a day.

"What does it do to us that has relevance to democracy? Does it encourage passivity? Is it connected to the obesity epidemic? ... If people are just staring at a little box four hours a day, it has a big impact on democracy," he said.

Gore said a remedy to television's dominance may the Internet, a "print-based medium that is extremely accessible to the average person."

"We have to choose to rehabilitate our democracy in part by making creative use of these new media and by insisting within the current institutions of our democracy that we open up access to the dominant medium," he said.

Gore's second speech is scheduled Nov. 25. Both appearances, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and The New York Times, are part of MTSU's Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies.

Copyright 2003, KnoxNews. All Rights Reserved.


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Makes me even more thankful for FOXnews.
1 posted on 11/12/2003 4:52:47 AM PST by Prov1322
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To: Prov1322
Not enough of you voted for me, therefore you're all stupid and TV is to blame. Oh yeah, watch my new television network I just bought.
2 posted on 11/12/2003 4:57:33 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Prov1322
A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS


3 posted on 11/12/2003 4:57:37 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Prov1322
Contact with aliens has been made! Everytime I read Gore two things happen:

(a) I am always amazed at how bizarre his distorted thoght processes are. The man suffers borderline schizophrenia.

(b)I thank G-d that he gave this undeserving nation a second chance, by giving us Dudya as President. We definitely dodged a bullet by mere millimeters.

4 posted on 11/12/2003 4:59:03 AM PST by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: Prov1322
thoght = thought
5 posted on 11/12/2003 4:59:42 AM PST by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: Prov1322
Dudya = Dubya
6 posted on 11/12/2003 5:00:31 AM PST by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: Prov1322
It sounds like he's not very proud of having invented television.

Or am I thinking about the phonograph?

7 posted on 11/12/2003 5:03:18 AM PST by niteowl77 (If you haven't prayed for our troops, please start; if you stopped, then do some catching up.)
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To: Prov1322
The "quasi-hypnotic influence" of television in America has fostered a complacent nation that is a danger to democracy, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday.
You would think that the "inventor of the internet" would realize that the influence of television is decreasing as the influence of the net is increasing.

-Eric

8 posted on 11/12/2003 5:04:13 AM PST by E Rocc (Always helping enforce the ABC (Anna, Britney, Coulter) Rule)
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To: Prov1322
Gore said a remedy to television's dominance may the Internet...

Well, after all, it's his invention.

9 posted on 11/12/2003 5:04:24 AM PST by New Horizon
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To: Prov1322

It's Deja vu, folks. I'd have finished this essay sooner if it weren't for all the dang interruptions. Some federal agents kept ringing my door bell, wanting to know what book I was reading and what websites I visited since last questioned -- 20 minutes earlier. At first I thought it was some annoying salesman at the door. Then I heard, 'This is the Bush Secret Police! Open up or I'll frog-march you out of that house in hand-cuffs!' Living in a Police State ruined my whole day.

It all so vividly reminded me of Gore's speech Sunday.

America, says Gore, now lives an Orwellian nightmare of horrific repression by Bush in which federal agents pursue suspected terrorist activities before terrorist activities are committed, illegal combatants are treated as illegal combatants, illegal non-citizens as illegal non-citizens (some even jailed and deported!), and al-Qaeda communications intercepted just like narco-trafficker communications. You'd think there's a war going on or something.

There are even chilling reports of government agents removing displays of the Ten Commandants...oh, wait.

Gore's address has dominated the airwaves for days, a testament to the overwhelming strength of the current crop of '04 titans. Gore started his speech with a touch of humor, noting he's a "recovering politician." But then the speech got funnier. Gore took aim at the U.S.A. Patriot Act, a right-wing Republican power-grab which passed the Senate by a razor-thin 98-1, and the House, 357-66. Proving the real intent here was to turn America permanently into tyranny, many of the law's provisions expire by 2005.

Gore charged Bush with using "fear as a political tool to consolidate (his) power and to escape any accountability for its use." (There is overwhelming fear of Bush throughout this Police State -- only 67 percent say Bush is honest and trustworthy! -- and some suspect Gore's using this fear as a political tool to consolidate his base and remind Americans of just how much safer they would be under Gore. Why, just listening to Gore's speeches is enough to make you feel safe, more at ease...more relaxed...really relaxed...to the point that you start...*y a w n i n g* ... which prompts more *y a w n i n g* till you can't stand it anymore and you soon zzzZZZzzzZZZ).

See? Don't you feel safer just watching Al Gore on TV -- safely away from the White House?

Bush says the U.S. is fighting terrorism -- yeah, right. Nice try, Bush. Look, don't let Bush fool you. That's not what all this repression and tyranny is really about. This Orwellian nightmare we're living under has been Bush's life-long pursuit -- his dream all along. It's a Texas thing -- the pursuit of despotism. Buttressing his point, Gore looked really repressed and tyrannized as he delivered his speech before a crowd of internet Fedayeenies at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall. Indeed, you could see it in his eyes, and in the eyes of the crowd as it cheered -- all the oppression and tyranny they've suffered under Bush and Dick Cheney. It's enough to make you want to call Amnesty International, just in case they missed the speech, which was carried on C-Span, which Gore invented. (The White House, up to its usual bag of (tyranny) tricks, tried jamming all broadcasts of Gore's speech, but the jammers were so electrified by Gore's speech that they fell asleep).

Gore told the crowd of Move-on-ers who won't move on, "for the first time in our history, American citizens have been seized by the executive branch of government and put in prison without being charged with a crime." Analysts note this was another brilliant point by Al Gore. Would-be dirty bomber Jose Padilla was seized by the executive branch of government, not the legislative branch, another chilling first. (You can understand how all this talk of 'branches' makes the Wooden-One a tad nervous; a little 'branch' here, a little 'branch' there, and pretty soon you're talking a whole Gore). Nor has the dirty bomber had access to a lawyer, a thought which sends shivers up and down the spines of lawyers. Indeed, the heartbreaking plight of Jose Padilla is probably hot topic for nightly family dinner conversations across America. Think of how peachy things would be if Bush would just junk this idea of putting people in prison without charges, when all he has to do is switch parties, rename himself FDR, and start putting people in internment camps without charges. Or he can just say he's channeling FDR.

Or whatever. Anyway, in my opinion, it makes no more sense for Gore to launch an assault on the White House as the best way to get civil liberties than it did for Gore to launch a run for the White House as the best way to get to the White House.

In each case, Gore was barking up the wrong, er, tree.

Gore, calling for repeal of the Patriot Act, also harshly criticized imprisonment of al-Qaeda at Gitmo, demanding the cuddly little Hannibal Lecters be given hearings, judicial review and free subscriptions to Taliban Digest and Terror Sports Illustrated. "If we don't provide this, how can we expect American soldiers captured overseas to be treated with equal respect?" Gore pointedly asked. It's an excellent point since we all know al-Qaeda, except for some suicide bombings here and there, is signatory to the Geneva Conventions. (Gore's remark suggests that half the people in his audience probably wouldn't even be there if he were president. The other half would be wearing Burkas).

Gore, who accuses Bush of imposing 'Big Brother'-style Government, also accuses Bush of waiting too long to impose Big Brother-style Government, chiding Bush for not connecting the 9/11 dots early on and preventing 9/11. Or that Bush's Big Brother-style Government isn't working efficiently enough. For example, there isn't enough domestic spying: "In particular, the critical FBI-CIA coordination, while finally improved at the top, still remains dysfunctional in the trenches," says Gore. Although Bush is an absolute tyrant, who has organized law enforcement, intelligence and investigative agencies in service of tyranny, Bush "has still failed to address the fundamental disorganization and rivalries of our law enforcement, intelligence and investigative agencies," observed Gore. Bush's CIA-FBI-DOJ tyrants need to learn to work together better.

The Clinton-Gore administration, even after repeated attacks by al-Qaeda, did little or nothing to fight al-Qaeda, Bush supporters fire back -- a charge that isn't really fair, for Gore has yet to invent a memory chip for himself.

You know, for a guy who gripes so much about wire-taps and bugging, he sure likes bugging the heck out of America with inane gripes about wire-taps and bugging. And about how terribly oppressed he feels living under Bush.

Aren't you still glad these guys aren't in charge?

Anyway, that's...
My two cents...
"JohnHuang2"


10 posted on 11/12/2003 5:05:34 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Prov1322
Is he saying that tv was invented in 2000?
11 posted on 11/12/2003 5:06:02 AM PST by OpusatFR (The leftwing lies because the truth would kill them all off.)
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To: Prov1322
Gore has just figured this out? I guess all this time he thought that the term "boob-tube" meant Baywatch.
12 posted on 11/12/2003 5:08:23 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Prov1322

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this bloated turkey shows up again...even if he has to settle for a gig at Middle Tennessee State University. Note that the media covers his prattling, though. Shut up and go away, Al.
13 posted on 11/12/2003 5:10:34 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Prov1322
"empowered the one to influence the many."

Hopefully the empowerment of the print media and its poster publication the NY Slimes will be reduced even more in the future.

One read of Krugman's treason and any thinking person picks up the phone to cancel.

14 posted on 11/12/2003 5:16:27 AM PST by TUX
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To: Prov1322
Gore said democracy in America flourished at the height of the newspaper era, which "empowered the one to influence the many."

Hence the phrase, E unum pluribus.

So, besides finding the time to grow a beard, Algore has also discovered daytime TV?

15 posted on 11/12/2003 5:16:59 AM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: edskid
I thought it was sliced bread.
16 posted on 11/12/2003 5:19:04 AM PST by weave09
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To: Prov1322
OH GOOD LORD!!!! This from a man whose voice alone could make a schitzo fall asleep. *HIS* admiinistration made this nation complacent! Someone please tell Gore to come back to reality!!!!
17 posted on 11/12/2003 5:20:22 AM PST by rintense
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To: Rebelbase
Ditto. Sort of serving bread so stale you can use it as sandpaper.
18 posted on 11/12/2003 5:22:40 AM PST by bvw
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To: Prov1322
Is it connected to the obesity epidemic? ... If people are just staring at a little box four hours a day, it has a big impact on democracy," he said.

Gore is such a dope. Watching TV for four hours causes obesity, but READING A FRIGGIN NEWSPAPER for four hours doesn't? Sounds like the internet and Fox News Channel has taken its toll on the decades of bias from the NYT, Washington Post, LA Times etc.

19 posted on 11/12/2003 5:23:19 AM PST by Go Gordon
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To: kittymyrib
Al imagines that newspapers are "an outlet for scholarly debate"? I guess you say those things when your speech is sponsored by The New York Times. Do you see much "debate" in those pages? I don't think so.
20 posted on 11/12/2003 5:23:30 AM PST by speedy
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To: rintense
"Someone please tell Gore to come back to reality!!!!

Al Gore has never been involved with reality.

21 posted on 11/12/2003 5:24:26 AM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: Prov1322
Students at 200 college campuses across the country also watched Gore's speech via satellite, and asked the former vice president questions by calling a toll-free number.

Hmmm, why didn't they 'read all about' it in the next days newspaper and then pen letters to Gore as was done in the old days that Gore is proposing that we return to???? You mean they actually watched the Gore speech against television on satellite television? Hypocrits......

22 posted on 11/12/2003 5:30:21 AM PST by eeriegeno
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To: Diogenesis
Loved your picture of Al Gore. I am committing it to memory...

Notice that in the background, there's a dial telephone. Talk about living in the past!!

23 posted on 11/12/2003 5:31:11 AM PST by NicknamedBob (I wouldn't be judgmental, if people weren't so STUPID!)
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To: Prov1322
I actually find myself in agreement with Algore on these points. Too bad for Algore, this "lowest common denominator" of dumbed-down TV viewers make up his core constituency.
24 posted on 11/12/2003 5:31:43 AM PST by SamAdams76 (198.8 (-101.2))
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To: Prov1322
to the eventual evolution of media as it's known today and it's role in a free society.

Funny grammar blunder in a piece about communication!

25 posted on 11/12/2003 5:31:56 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Prov1322
Gore, speaking on "Media and Democracy" at Middle Tennessee State University, told attendees the decline of newspapers as the country's dominant method of communication leaves average Americans without an outlet for scholarly debate.

So now there is a delcine of Newspapers???

Let me guess .. Gore's gonna start one of them too huh?

26 posted on 11/12/2003 5:34:18 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Prov1322
Gore said. "Instead it pushes toward a lowest common denominator."

Funny he should mind since this is EXACTLY what the Democratic Party sets out to do.

27 posted on 11/12/2003 5:35:22 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Help Bring Colly-fornia Back!)
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To: Prov1322
"Television! Teacher, Mother, Secret Lover"
28 posted on 11/12/2003 5:38:28 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (You realize, of course, this means war?" B Bunny)
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To: Prov1322
Gee, I've pndered this burp of an insight from Mr. Deadwood, there. That is, Mr. Deadwood for brains, the man who once squatted in Dick Cheney's House ...

Gave it all of the fifteen seconds needed, if that, for extra heavy pondering used (given the material).

Al is more that two cards short, and more than two days late here, ain't he? An apt comment twenty years ago.

Simply not true anymore, AL. WE have moved on. WE are no longer massive TV watchers -- the ratings show that! WE aren't hypnotized into inaction by TV. When AL says we are not invloved, that democracy suffers ... where is all get out has HE been?

WE are the hyper-connected, internetting, cell-poneing, IMimg nation now. We have become VERY active in democracy. It's INTERACTIVE, BROADBAND, AL.

AL, go ask Jesse Ventura, Howard Dean, Kate Harris, ANYONE, any genuine practical politician, Al. They'll tell you -- not that you'd listen. Hard to speak to you, Mr. Deadwood.

Your worldview is totally mesmerized by your defeat, by what you expected to happen without any realtime basis for having it happen. Al, you are talking to an audience of only one. Yourself. About yourself.

Al Gore is the one frozen by unreal images of what never was.

29 posted on 11/12/2003 5:47:44 AM PST by bvw
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To: Prov1322
Poor To The Manner Born Gore. A perpetual Preppie without Portfolio


30 posted on 11/12/2003 5:48:02 AM PST by Helms (If Researchers Use Rat and Monkey Brains, Why Not Encourage A Liberal To Donate)
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To: Diogenesis
It's "Al", as in Al Bundy! Where's Peg?
31 posted on 11/12/2003 5:55:33 AM PST by philman_36
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To: Prov1322
TV has made nation complacent, Gore says

Of course, HE never had the guts to watch Rush Limbaugh's fine, entertaining and politically educational TV program ...

32 posted on 11/12/2003 5:58:36 AM PST by _Jim ( <--- Rush speaks on gutless 'Liberalism' (RealAudio files))
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To: Prov1322
Isn't Gore the one that criticized Quayle for similar allegations back in '92?
33 posted on 11/12/2003 6:01:16 AM PST by al_c
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
...And don't tell me - his television network is the solution, right?

Feh...

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

34 posted on 11/12/2003 6:02:31 AM PST by mhking
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To: Prov1322
Seems like TV helped Al in his 2000 campaign. Ingrate!


35 posted on 11/12/2003 6:04:50 AM PST by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
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To: kittymyrib
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this bloated turkey shows up again...even if he has to settle for a gig at Middle Tennessee State University. Note that the media covers his prattling, though. Shut up and go away, Al.

LOL

36 posted on 11/12/2003 6:05:18 AM PST by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: Prov1322
What the heck's Gore doing in TN ?
37 posted on 11/12/2003 6:09:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Prov1322
>>...told attendees the decline of newspapers as the country's dominant method of communication leaves average Americans without an outlet for scholarly debate. <<

But Al, what about your great invention, the internet?
38 posted on 11/12/2003 6:09:52 AM PST by SerpentDove (www.neatophotos.com)
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To: Prov1322
"it pushes toward a lowest common denominator"

He has that one right. Since most of the media is owned by liberals it does its best to keep watching that box for hours a day to keep people thinking for themselves. Dems don't want people to think. They just want funds for their social "projects" including cradle to grave care from the system.
39 posted on 11/12/2003 6:17:31 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: Prov1322
bfl
40 posted on 11/12/2003 6:17:35 AM PST by oyez (blank)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
What the heck's Gore doing in TN ?

Someone told him it was a nice place to visit, so he decided to check it out. Tipper, however, said, "Forget it, Al, I'm not going to some backwoods place to watch you deliver another stupid speech!"

41 posted on 11/12/2003 6:22:15 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Prov1322
It's obvious that Al has been watching way too much TV.
42 posted on 11/12/2003 6:26:14 AM PST by Humvee
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To: Prov1322
the decline of newspapers as the country's dominant method of communication leaves average Americans without an outlet for scholarly debate.

Scholarly debate in a newspaper? A few days after their liberal drivel is printed as gospel they might occasionally deign to print a reader’s letter, selected by them, and that’s “scholarly debate”?

Only a tree like AlGore could see this as “scholarly debate”.

43 posted on 11/12/2003 6:27:51 AM PST by RJL
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To: mountaineer
Time to pick tobacco ? Cotton ?
44 posted on 11/12/2003 6:35:06 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Prov1322
Well Al, if TV has made people complacent, the internet you invented has made people lazy!!
45 posted on 11/12/2003 6:52:54 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Prov1322
When Gore wants to eat a sandwich, he has to make an appointment with a proctologist to feed him.
46 posted on 11/12/2003 6:58:31 AM PST by sergeantdave (You will be judged by 12 people who were too stupid to get out of jury duty)
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To: Prov1322
This from Gore who as Vice President said Ellen DeGenerous' openly gay show was a good thing.

Were all the complacency votes counted Al? Seems to me your one of the biggest proponents.
47 posted on 11/12/2003 7:00:15 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Prov1322
GOre should a foremost expert on complacency. He personifies it.
48 posted on 11/12/2003 7:24:20 AM PST by .cnI redruM (My lifestyle determines my deathstyle - Metallica)
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To: Prov1322
"Our democracy is suffering in an age when the dominant medium is not accessible to the average person and does not lend itself most readily to the conveyance of complex ideas about self-governance," Gore said.

This is going to sound crazy, but I thought the way to educate yourself was through BOOKS and READING and THINKING and maybe some DEBATE.

I know that when I dropped out of college a few years ago after less than 1 semester I probably didn't make the smartest choice. However in that past 4 years I have given myself the self-education of a lifetime... John Locke, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, The Federalist Papers, David Boaz, F. A. Hayek, etc...

And to hear Gore talk about the complex ideas of self-governance makes me sick... this coming form the Vice President of the most Nanny State Executive Branch our generation has ever seen.

PISS OFF GORE! stupid wanker...

49 posted on 11/12/2003 7:29:29 AM PST by bc2 (http://www.thinkforyourself.us)
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To: JohnHuang2
rotf. thank you, piercing as always.
50 posted on 11/12/2003 7:43:24 AM PST by kallisti
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