May 27, 2004
Al Gore, what has happened to you?
I seem to remember an election in the not too distant past where we were given the choice between a “compassionate conservative” idiot who said things like subliminable, and an intelligent democrat who could have been mistaken for a wooden board who spoke similarly to Microsoft Sam (the default ‘voice’ in windows if you ever use text-to-speech. It sounds perticularly mechanical and boring). Well a lot has happened since that election. Our friend the compassionate conservative turned out to be a lot less compassionate than he wanted us to think, and I have serious doubts about his idiocy. If you ask me, it’s just a ploy. None of this, however, is terribly surprising.
What is surprising is that Al Gore, who once could have displaced Ben Stein in the “boring to listen to” category, has become a public speaker! Its more than just his voice, which finally contains more than a hint of passion, but his words! Just read the transcript of his recent speech! Its blazing political rhetoric! How could this be coming from Al Gore, inventor of the internet? (Here I assume you know this quote is unfair, as in context he was merely stating he pushed legislation backing the development of what has become the internet, which was a great move to which he deserves to be lauded for his foresight, not mocked for a misstatement as the conservatives would have you believe.) I’m not entirely sure what Gore has been up to for the last 3 years, but I wish he had been up to it a long time ago. If he had, we could have avoided the unnecessary wars, crumbling economy, and scorn of the world we’ve endured under Bush.
What about September 11? No way we could have avoided that right? Perhaps not, but its hard to say considering how many things the Bush administration did horribly wrong. Perhaps if George W. Bush would have listened to Richard Clarke or George Tenet? Clarke was the Whitehouse Terrorism Advisor, and George Tenet was the CIA Director. Both were holdovers from the Clinton administration. Perhaps they should have listened to Clarke’s insistance as early as April that American soldiers should set down in Afghanistan and put an end to Bin Laden and his terrorist training camps. Or perhaps they should have read the CIA report delivered to Bush on August 6th entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” which warns that al Qaeda might be planning to hijack airplanes. Or maybe their ears should have perked up when the INS arrested Zacharias Moussaoui on August 16, when he was a flight school studentand where the arresting agent wrote that Moussaoui seemed like “the type of person who could fly something into the World Trade Center.” Perhaps that was a good clue? Perhaps someone could have thought back to 1996, when Clinton’s administration thwarted an al Qaeda plot to hijack an American commercial plane and crash it into the CIA Headquarters? Naah, thats just silly. That would require initiative, intelligence, cross referencing, and any number of other skills Bush has proven he doesn’t have.
Ok, so many Al Gore isn’t quite as sarcastic and critical as I am, but I’ll take what I can get. Why the change? Well, myself, I’m not sure, but the conservatives would be happy to point out that its because he hates America, just like the rest of us liberals.