Monday, February 13, 2006

Al Gore Unplugged

When I say unplugged I really mean unhinged because I think ol'e Al has finally taken that final plunge off the deep end. I understand the man is still bitter about the 2000 election (I still thank God he lost), but I think six years is plenty of time to get over his personal vendetta against President Bush and regain his marbles. However, he has been making periodical anti-American speeches all over the world, with the most pathetic one coming today when he told a group of mostly Arabs in Saudi Arabia, of all places, that Americans committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the 9/11 attacks. He then went on to say that Arabs were "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. He failed to cite any specific examples of these terrible abuses and also failed to comment on the terrible abuses that took place on 9/11 when 19 Arab terrorists murdered more than 3,000 innocent American citizens. He went on to discuss how many Arabs were detained following the attacks for violating their Visa's. If my memory serves me right (and it always does) 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens in this country illegally because of expired visa's.
This speech was obviously politically motivated in an area of the world where making Americans look like they target Arabs illegally is incredibly dangerous. Personally, I believe that any American who goes overseas and gives anti-American speeches like this is committing treason because all this does is make those people hate us even more when we need to show that we do treat Arabs with respect in this country, which we absolutely should. Gore must have forgot that during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Democrat mind you), forced thousands of Japanese people into internment camps for years because of fear they were spies. But Al has yet to travel to Japan to apologize for those atrocities.
All that Gore does with these types of speeches is weaken our country at a time of war. Unfortunetaly, these comments are tolerated by many in our society and media, which only makes the problem worse. Al's comments were wrong, politically motivated, irresponsible, and dangerous. The only positive that comes out of things like this is it makes the leaders of the Democratic party look weak and kills their chances of winning moderate voters. So as much as I hate what Gore says, it only helps the Republicans everytime he opens his big mouth.


1 comment:

Scott said...

Attacking Al Gore has been a favorite thing of people to do for years. For some reason he has been portrayed as this ambling baffoon who is melting away into society. I don't blame his attackers. I don't blame them for one simple reason: here's a guy that you want to be down. Because when you're down, you're close to being out. And Gore is as formidable a political opponent as this generation has ever seen. He got more support from the American people in 2000 than George W. Bush, and he was actually qualified to be President.

There was a story about Gore today on the Washington Post's website--i didn't get to read it yet--but the headline put out the "will he or won't he run in 2008" headine. I was angry that Gore stayed out of the 2004 election (in hindsight it was probably a good idea--the Democratic field was too pathetic and too prone to bashing the other democratic candidates, and i think that witnessing such a disorganized democratic campaign will help in the long-run, by not duplicating John Kerry's huge blunders), but I would whole-heartedly support him in 2008.

As for the whole "anti-American" thing...give it a rest. This is Sean Hannity/Rush Limbaugh regurgitated dreck. First of all, we don't need to cite any specific "terrible abuses" against people we've detained in the aftermath of 9/11--it's accepted that we've done it. The Bush administration supports the torture of detainees. They simply do.

A politician giving a "politically motivated" speech...that's deplorable. That's like Bush standing on an aircraft carrier and proclaiming, "Mission:Accomplished!"
(That speech was politically motivated in the sense that NOTHING WAS ACCOMPLISHED AT ALL--we're still neck deep in Iraq!)

FDR did order the Japanese-Americans into internment many Republicans approved of that, I wonder? It was also Bill Clinton, a Democrat, who honored Fred Korematsu (a Japanese-American who had been prosecuted as an interned citizen) with a medal of freedom...oh, and the Supreme Court voted to uphold FDR's decision to intern Japanese-Americans (you would be right if you guessed that the court at that time was a C O N S E R V A T I V E one.)

Let's hear it for Gore in '08!