Ed Team

Coffee & Toast with Al Gore

Filed By Ed Team | May 18, 2007 6:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics, Politics, Quote of the Day
Tags: Al Gore, intelligent, president, reason, science

The persistent and sustained reliance on falsehoods as the basis of policy, even in the face of massive and well-understood evidence to the contrary, seems to many Americans to have reached levels that were previously unimaginable. A large and growing number of Americans are asking out loud: "What has happened to our country?" People are trying to figure out what has gone wrong in our democracy, and how we can fix it...

It is too easy--and too partisan--to simply place the blame on the policies of President George W. Bush. We are all responsible for the decisions our country makes. We have a Congress. We have an independent judiciary. We have checks and balances. We are a nation of laws. We have free speech. We have a free press. Have they all failed us? Why has America's public discourse become less focused and clear, less reasoned? Faith in the power of reason--the belief that free citizens can govern themselves wisely and fairly by resorting to logical debate on the basis of the best evidence available, instead of raw power--remains the central premise of American democracy. This premise is now under assault. -- Al Gore (h/t to Shakesville for the quote)

I think Al Gore is running for president of the world, that's why he's not running for POTUS. Seems to me he's the guy for the job. I wish he'd have been this smart and articulate in 2000.

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I don't think he has changed. he was probably that smart then. only difference is the msm isn't focused on making him look like he has the personality of a 2x4 now.

Oh, I know he was that smart, he just didn't seem to come off that way. I was a Gore supporter and I thought he was stiff, out of touch, and not really living up to potential. Now that he doesn't have handlers telling him how to think, he sounds like the kind of guy I have always wished for as president.

Paula may be on to something though...

While I think we all thought Gore was highly intelligent, the one thing I found him lacking in was the personality department. Whether that was, as Jerame suggests, that he listened to his handlers too much to let his natural joviality show through or whether it was, as Paula indicates, a media contrivance, either way it goes he was sadly stiff and boring.

Now that he's livened up and speaks his mind, I'm much more interested in having him as our next President. I'd jump ship from any and all candidates if Gore ran. Immediately.