Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Gore's Incredible Address

In recent days, key members of the Democratic Party have come out hard and heavy to harshly criticise the Bush Administration and the Republican majority as a whole for the wave of scandals that have engulfed the nation since the start of 2005.
Chief among the Democrats' laments was the domestic spying program that the Administration has implemented through the National Security Agency (NSA) since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton accused House Republicans of running the lower chamber of the legislature like "a plantation," going on to say, "And you know what I mean" before a group of 2,000 African-Americans.
Mrs. Clinton finished her speech with the conclusion that the Bush Administration would go down in history as "one of the worst that has ever governed this country."
Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, was asked on CNN's Situation Room what he thought of Mrs. Clinton's comments.
Looking on from Jerusalem, Kerry responded with firmness, "I agree with that. Definitively, definitively."
By far the most moving Democratic backlash of the day, however, was a speech delivered by former Vice President Al Gore. In it, Gore boldly condemned the Administration’s NSA wiretaps, saying that, “At present, we still have much to learn about the NSA’s domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.”
Gore further went on to decry a “disrespect for America’s Constitution which has now brought our Republic to the brink of a dangerous breach in the fabric of the Constitution.”
Gore passionately called for a recommitment in this country to “the rule of law,” warning against the serious threat posed by an Administration that grants itself powers without consulting Congress or the Supreme Court. He spoke of American citizens imprisoned indefinitely without being charged, of foreigners kidnapped and placed in CIA prisons to be savagely tortured. The speech was well-written, well reasoned, and well-argued. Unlike recent Democratic lambastes against the President, it used as its premise solid fact, based on a bedrock foundation of judicial and Constitutional decision. Pieces of wisdom from George Orwell, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and former Supreme Court Justices, among others, lifted their heads from times long past to affirm the noble position that Mr. Gore is taking: the Constitution of this country must be absolutely upheld, at any cost. Never before than right now has that been clearer, and such an eloquent entreaty only serves to reinforce the value of our liberty in American hearts.
Albert Gore is a man whose message is as simple as it is beautiful, as poignant as it is frightening. His petition for resistance to executive encroachment, voiced as only he could voice it, should be required reading in all civics classes. He is reminding us why we elected him in the first place.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Gore address Echelon and his Administrations spying on us?

By the by Gore lost in 2000.

Shortly thereafter he practically had a mental breakdown and the sheep still follow. Somehow the same deference would not be given a GOPer.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Editor said...

Echelon? I'm afraid I'm confused. And I certainly wasn't aware that Mr. Gore had suffered a mental breakdown. Care to elaborate?

8:50 PM  

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