Saturday, October 08, 2005

Al Gore : 'American Democracy in Trouble'

Keynote Speech - We Media Conference in New York, NY - October 5, 2005

10/07/05 "ICH" -- -- I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.

How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered "an alternate universe"?

I thought maybe it was an aberration when three-quarters of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on September 11, 2001. But more than four years later, between a third and a half still believe Saddam was personally responsible for planning and supporting the attack.

At first I thought the exhaustive, non-stop coverage of the O.J. trial was just an unfortunate excess that marked an unwelcome departure from the normal good sense and judgment of our television news media. But now we know that it was merely an early example of a new pattern of serial obsessions that periodically take over the airwaves for weeks at a time.

Are we still routinely torturing helpless prisoners, and if so, does it feel right that we as American citizens are not outraged by the practice? And does it feel right to have no ongoing discussion of whether or not this abhorrent, medieval behavior is being carried out in the name of the American people? If the gap between rich and poor is widening steadily and economic stress is mounting for low-income families, why do we seem increasingly apathetic and lethargic in our role as citizens?

On the eve of the nation's decision to invade Iraq, our longest serving senator, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood on the Senate floor asked: "Why is this chamber empty? Why are these halls silent?"

The decision that was then being considered by the Senate with virtually no meaningful debate turned out to be a fateful one. A few days ago, the former head of the National Security Agency, Retired Lt. General William Odom, said, "The invasion of Iraq, I believe, will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history

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4 Comments:

Blogger G_in_AL said...

What is absoluetly amazing to me is how Al Gore, along with 3/4 of the leadership in the Deomocratic party not only supported GWB, but had earlier, before he was president aknowledged, supported, and promoted the same "falsehoods" that they now try to condemn Bush for.

What is also amazing to me, is that Democrats have the gaul and elitist attitude to decry the falling of America, simply because they are no longer in power. That they would say this great nation is now in peril, simply becuse they other party is winning the elections. Walter Cronkite even went as far to say that he felt Americans were now to "uninformed" to vote responsibly now.

Al Gore thought the media, internet, talk radio, and other outlets were all good things, until concervatives took them by storm. Now they are threats to America?

What scares me the most, is how divided our society is becomming, under Republican rule, because the minority party is doing anything/everything to try and win back power... and the consequences be damned.

Take that to the bank H, that is why I have not been able to align myself with Dems for the last 4 years, reguardless of how much I agree with their social policies.

October 08, 2005 4:07 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I put it up as a Controversial read G , the fact that the guy is a democrat is obviously of no concern to me ,

though i apreciate it would be a factor the you and others your side of the pond

October 09, 2005 7:10 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

I know your motivations... you like stirring our pot, especially because your "left" party is power, and still you are left of them. lol

October 10, 2005 6:15 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

LOL G , after 3 election victories over here by the right , the left moved ground , the left party dropped most of there princibles and try to copy thatcherism (almost)

so there are millions of us that are to the left of the british left

infact the right wing are currently having an election for a new leader after losing 3 elections of their own ,

one of the 4 possible new leaders in my view is more left then then the left . so if he wins the left will be the right and the right will be the left

i hope your confused because i am !!

October 10, 2005 8:18 pm  

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