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Gore Defends the Dixie Chicks
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Posted on 04/01/2003 8:41:40 AM PST by RockSolid

(3/31/03, 7 a.m. ET) -- The Dixie Chicks controversy continues with the trio getting some support from former Vice President Al Gore. Gore spoke to a college audience last week on the subject of fewer companies owning more media outlets, and what he sees as the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views.

According to the Tennessean, Gore used recent attacks on the Dixie Chicks that followed anti-war comments by Natalie Maines as an example. Gore told the audience, "They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."

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KEYWORDS: albertgorejunior; algore; algorejunior; ditzichicks; goredixiechicks; lockbox; riskyscheme; runslikeagirl; stillneedsajob; stuffedinlocker; tookmomtoprom; vichychicks
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1 posted on 04/01/2003 8:41:40 AM PST by RockSolid
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To: RockSolid
Another reason why Gore will never be President.
2 posted on 04/01/2003 8:43:00 AM PST by demlosers (resetting the record)
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

Wow! I agree with Algore!! The Dixie Chicks ARE free to mouth off... and I am free to disagree with them and vote with my hard-earned dollars.

Buzz off, Al.

3 posted on 04/01/2003 8:44:36 AM PST by pgyanke (Please, Lord, prevent unnecessary casualties in this conflict...and maximize the necessary ones!)
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To: demlosers
Thank God, Gore will never be President, Or will ever serve as a Journalist covering a war, he would be just like peter arnet.
4 posted on 04/01/2003 8:44:58 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: RockSolid
"Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."

WE ARE A REPUBLIC, AL!

5 posted on 04/01/2003 8:45:20 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (If I could get a degree in trivia, I would have my Doctorate!)
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To: RockSolid
The Golem speaks!
6 posted on 04/01/2003 8:45:33 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: RockSolid
What's the matter, Al... no one has thought about you in a few months? Miss the spotlight? Poor guy...
7 posted on 04/01/2003 8:45:47 AM PST by CaptainJustice (Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad!)
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

And, of course, a free and open market where consumers can educate themselves about the products they buy, and exercise their entertainment options.

8 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:09 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: RockSolid
Gore is launching out into the arena of capitalism, hoping to revive Apple Computer, and now the Dixie Chicks. Too bad about Apple. I kind of liked having them around.
9 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:18 AM PST by js1138
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To: RockSolid
If the Chicks would just do a free USO show this would all go away..
10 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:22 AM PST by ewing
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To: RockSolid
GUCK FORE!
11 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:29 AM PST by ctlpdad
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To: demlosers
Gee, does that mean that all the civil rights leaders who used boycotts to end discrimination were wrong? Does that mean that we shouldn't boycott someone who expressly advocates racism?

What a load of garbage. The left fully supports economic retaliation and ostracism as legitimate tools on tons of issues. They may not believe it is right in this case because they disagree on the substance of the statement. But for them to attack the concept of boycotts is ridiculous.

12 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:37 AM PST by XJarhead
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To: RockSolid
Yes Al, and they were freely and openly denounced. In a free and open society, your patriotism can be freely and openly questioned.
13 posted on 04/01/2003 8:46:44 AM PST by JmyBryan
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

To Algore only liberal views should be protected and not a word said by conservatives. Open and free debate applies to both sides. F**k off Algore. Go invent something.

14 posted on 04/01/2003 8:47:00 AM PST by NC Conservative
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To: RockSolid
Maybe Al should now understand why people do not like what he has to say. Of course the majority of Americans could be wrong.
15 posted on 04/01/2003 8:47:37 AM PST by cynicom
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To: CaptainJustice
PAGING REGISTERED!!!! PAGING REGISTERED!!!!!!

We need an Al Gore Blixie Chicks CD cover, post haste.

16 posted on 04/01/2003 8:47:42 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: RockSolid
"They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said

What an idiot - another one that thinks free speech means that everyone that disagrees has to take a favorable attitude and support those that they don't agree with. According to Gore, if I don't like what the Dixie Chicks stand for, I should still buy their music or "Democracy takes a hit". All the more scary that he was VP and a strong runner for the top banana job...

17 posted on 04/01/2003 8:48:00 AM PST by trebb
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To: RockSolid
I have never seen anyone who displayed such long term residual effects of chronic marijuanna abuse as Al Gore. Or maybe he just like fat broads.
18 posted on 04/01/2003 8:48:15 AM PST by Libertys Kid
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To: RockSolid
Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."

Al apparently is against “common” people, as consumers, making free choices regarding acceptable terms of “debate.”

However, he and Tipsy led the charge to have the government label acceptable and unacceptable music lyrics in the eighties.

The "common folk" are apparently too stupid for the task, and should concede their choices to Al and Tipsy.

19 posted on 04/01/2003 8:48:32 AM PST by dead
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To: RockSolid
Opposing Views

Nothing wrong with opposing views, FReepers just happen to be on the "RIGHT" side of every argument... :c)
20 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:02 AM PST by yay (Philadelphia - The 104% voter turnout city)
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To: RockSolid
Tough shot for the Chicks.

After the beating they took for their anti-Bush stance - now to have Gore defending them? I don't think they can survive this one!

Bye Chicks! Nice knowin' ya'!
21 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:04 AM PST by GilesB
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To: RockSolid
I can't wait till Gore kisses Natalie on TV
22 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:20 AM PST by graycamel
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To: demlosers
Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said.

He still doesn't know this is NOT a democracy.

23 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:25 AM PST by Howlin
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To: RockSolid
Gore doesn't understand what free speech is.

But fine, he can buy their records now.

24 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:40 AM PST by SarahW
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To: RockSolid
Great plan ladies!! You really know how to hitch your wagon to a winner!
25 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:45 AM PST by Space Wrangler (Now I know what it's like washing windows when you know that there are pigeons on the roof...)
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

Yes indeed. Free and open debate makes it possible to figure out who is with us and who is not. Yes, the Dixie Chicks & Gore are free to say nasty things about our leader...and we are free to criticize in return and free to not associate with their ilk.

26 posted on 04/01/2003 8:49:46 AM PST by ctdonath2
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To: RooRoobird14
...preferably featuring the new hit single 'Goodbye, Gore'.
27 posted on 04/01/2003 8:50:01 AM PST by SAJ
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To: RockSolid
Well, there goes the Tennessee vote (again).
28 posted on 04/01/2003 8:50:04 AM PST by katana
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

That's right, Al! And I choose to use as part of the debate my free and open decision to boycott these losers. But hypocrites like you will never understand this.

29 posted on 04/01/2003 8:51:36 AM PST by ThomasMore ([1 Pet 3:15-16])
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To: RockSolid
Gore is defending them??

Talk about a career killer.
30 posted on 04/01/2003 8:51:52 AM PST by kb2614 (".....We've done nothing and were all out of ideas!!")
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To: XJarhead
Yeah, you're absoulutely right. Did Gore say anything about "democracy taking a hit" when Rush and Dr. Laura were threatened with boycotts by the Left? Actually, boycotts are democracy in action, since they demonstrate the "will of the people."

And everytime a Democrat or a leftist takes up with the chx, instead of helping them, it probably hurts them where it counts anyway, with country fans.

31 posted on 04/01/2003 8:52:41 AM PST by Sam Cree
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To: RockSolid
hmmmm....the controversey has largely subsided clearing the way for Al's brave stand. What courage!
32 posted on 04/01/2003 8:52:42 AM PST by amused (Republicans for Sharpton!)
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To: RockSolid
Oh, made to feel un-American? Poor babies. Thank you, Lord, that Gored is not our President! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
33 posted on 04/01/2003 8:52:54 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD is still in control!)
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To: dead
The Tree Stump speaks with authority when it comes to the public boycotting @ssholes who shoot their mouths off: Al's and Tipper's last book may have sold 87 copies nationwide.
34 posted on 04/01/2003 8:53:00 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: RockSolid
We really need to FReep CNN for their international coverage, which has FOR THE LAST FOUR DAYS 24/7 has been pro Arab, pro U.N., pro Iraq, pro Russia, pro Arafat.
35 posted on 04/01/2003 8:53:35 AM PST by Taiwan Bocks
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To: RockSolid
"Our democracy has taken a hit"

Wrong Mr. Gore. It shows our Constitutional Republic is alive and well. Citizens will always be free to voice their opinions. What some citizens have forgotten is that there are other citizens who are going to disagree, and express their disagreement with their wallets.

The simple fact that Al Gore believes our country is a democracy shows he doesn't think clearly.
36 posted on 04/01/2003 8:53:49 AM PST by Weimdog
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To: RockSolid
With friends like Gore, the Dixie Chicks don't need enemies.
37 posted on 04/01/2003 8:55:06 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: RockSolid
They're going on the road together as, "Algore and the Douchebags".
38 posted on 04/01/2003 8:55:52 AM PST by Yankee
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To: RockSolid
"our democracy has taken a hit"

What a dumbass. Our democracy has worked PERFECTLY. The Vichy Chicks can say what they want and the rest of us can say what (and buy the music) we want.

39 posted on 04/01/2003 8:58:15 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: ewing
I disagree with you. Why should they do something they feel is wrong. I've never said they should CHANGE the way they feel. The only thing expected is that why they are performing during wartime they should keep their opinions to themselves. I hope I'm not alone in saying that I hope they do, but I don't expect, them to change their thinking. I'd be very disappointed in them if they would do an about face on this matter. I've actually thought how they've handled this has been fine. They're taking their hit, and not whining about it publicly. What's wrong with that?
40 posted on 04/01/2003 8:58:18 AM PST by Hildy
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To: RockSolid
Is Algore's personal photog still missing in Iraq, anyone know?
41 posted on 04/01/2003 8:59:28 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Howlin
Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."

And AL Bore, the 1st amendment has been freely execised.
Criticism of the Blixie Chicks is just that. If this hurts their livelihood because they spouted off at the mouth, thats their fault.

42 posted on 04/01/2003 9:00:08 AM PST by demlosers (resetting the record)
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To: demlosers
They just cannot connect the dots, can they?
43 posted on 04/01/2003 9:01:08 AM PST by Howlin
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To: RockSolid
"They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said."

Let's parse this statement. "they were made to feel??" No, Gore, they presented themselves as un-American.. they weren't made to feel anything. This is the fundamental problem with Gore... it's about "feelings." I want someone in charge who thinks, not feels. 2nd piece of the sentence: "risked economic retaliation because of what was said." Again, no Mr. Gore. He's portraying this as something that happened to Natalie Maine, not initiated by her. This may be nitpicking, but is a true snapshot of how he thinks (feels).

44 posted on 04/01/2003 9:03:49 AM PST by Fizzie
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To: Howlin
BTW, Where is your husband TLBSHOW?

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only kidding... ;)

45 posted on 04/01/2003 9:04:07 AM PST by demlosers (resetting the record)
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To: RockSolid; proud American in Canada
I'm remiss in forgetting Al Gore,
The quintessential media whore.
He'd pucker up and smack
The hind-end of a yak
To get himself noticed once more.
46 posted on 04/01/2003 9:04:13 AM PST by Dionysius
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To: yay
Nothing wrong with opposing views?

Now if Algore only had opposing thumbs.

47 posted on 04/01/2003 9:04:59 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: RockSolid
"Our best protection is free and open debate."

ONLY if it's Democrats....if it's conservatives then slap and slam them down as racists, homophobes, and any other hateful term they can come up with. I'm beginning to hate these idiots like Gore....but I think the American public is starting to wake up to their hypocrisy.

48 posted on 04/01/2003 9:06:29 AM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: Howlin
They just cannot connect the dots, can they?

They have frontal liberal Lobotomies

49 posted on 04/01/2003 9:06:50 AM PST by demlosers (resetting the record)
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To: RockSolid
It's a tough job, but somebody had to do it - hammering the final nail on the Chickens coffin!
50 posted on 04/01/2003 9:08:18 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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