Al Gore Rocks in D.C. Speech
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
-- John Greenleaf Whittier
And how different the last five years might have been.
But there's a growing feeling in our philosophical half of the country that Gore's final race might not yet have been run and, if he keeps sounding like he did yesterday, he may end up being the odds-on favorite for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Gore spoke at length about the damage being done to both our Constitution and civil liberties by the Bush administration and, at one point, just came right out and said it: "... the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently. A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. "
As we begin this new year, the Executive Branch of our government has been caught eavesdropping on huge numbers of American citizens and has brazenly declared that it has the unilateral right to continue without regard to the established law enacted by Congress precisely to prevent such abuses. It is imperative that respect for the rule of law be restored in our country.And this:
And that is why many of us have come here to Constitution Hall to sound an alarm and call upon our fellow citizens to put aside partisan differences insofar as it is possible to do so and join with us in demanding that our Constitution be defended and preserved.
The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.Raw Story has the full text of Gore's speech here. Better yet, whether it's tonight, tomorrow or over the weekend, grab a chair in front of your computer and watch the whole thing here.
Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the full Bill of Rights.
Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of nuclear missiles ready to be launched on a moment’s notice to completely annihilate the country? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when the last generation had to fight and win two World Wars simultaneously?
It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they did. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it’s up to us to do the very same thing!
If you don't have time to watch the entire speech, the invaluable Crooks and Liars has a six-minute clip of speech highlights here.
Check it out in one form or another... You'll be glad you did.