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  •  Les AuCoin's review is in today's Oregonian (1+ / 0-)
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    Former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin's review of The Assault on Reason is in today's Oregonian.

    Choice quotes:

    With the public thus distracted from a reasoned debate about our national life, Gore asserts, the Bush administration capitalized on 9/11 and preyed on the fear of terrorism --abandoning the rule of reason for hubris and an appetite for raw power. "In almost every policy area," Gore writes, "the administration's consistent goal has been to eliminate any constraints -- whether by law, regulations, alliance or treaty -- on their exercise of power."


    He quotes James Madison: "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many . . . may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny." Gore expresses the conviction that the Founders "would feel that we, here, are now facing a clear and present danger with the potential to threaten the future of the American experiment."

    All that is quite familiar to us and those who have been paying attention.  One only hopes Joe Sixpack and Jill Nascar will only start paying attention.

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