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The Gore Speech

It does amaze me how, approaching an event they have deemed newsworthy, reporters and pundits can predict, pontificate, and perfect a story that simply isn’t there.

The story with Al Gore’s speech today was he would run for President, that he would run as alternative to Howard Dean, that he would run as an alternative to the Democratic Leadership Council.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. The stories were, in the parlance of our time, pure Yellowcake.

First, until the speech was made, no one bothered to mention who it was made to. Every reporter knew this, but none told us. Telling us would have told us quite a bit.

It was made to Moveon.Org. Founded to defend Clinton against impeachment, Moveon has since become the institutional form for what Dean calls "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." Dean won their primary, and nearly their endorsement, some months ago.

Second, read the speech. Here's a summary. "George W. Bush is a congenital liar. His party has become as ideologically rigid as the Communists. Big money interests have bought themselves exemptions and favors. No one is looking at this. Democracy is being systematically subverted. The world is going to hell in a handbasket and if the American people don't wake up soon they're going to look like 1930s Germans one of these days."

Please, don't take my word for the paragraph above. Like I said, read the speech.

Now here's the best part. Gore is absolutely, totally, 100% right. This is an Alice in Wonderland Administration. George W. Bush is the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, and the Cheshire Cat.

Want to know what I think? We need to get out of this story or we're going to be stuck here until we die. And that death will be nasty, it will be brutish, it will be final. And it will be the death of democracy, the death of freedom. America is slowly being transformed into everything our forefathers fought against.

But I'm not a great writer. Paddy Chayefsky, now there was a great writer. I think he summarized me better than I could, using as his instrument the mythical newsman Harold Beale, in the movie "Network." Mr. Beale:

"I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" I want you to get up right now. Get up. Go to your windows, open your windows, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Things have got to change my friends. You've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open your window, stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

But, as I said with Gore, read the whole speech.

Posted by Danablankenhorn at August 7, 2003 5:04 PM