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I admit to making jokes about Vice President Gore. They are all hereby withdrawn with sincere apologies to him and anyone I presented them to.
This is from Sunday's NY Times and, while I have decided that this winter's weather means we are all doomed and it is too late to do anything about it, what he says is well worth reading. It goes beyond the climate change issue, too, noting that

   changes in America’s political system — including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication — conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic.

We should be grateful that he remains active and, in a way, hopeful.  He is a great American, by any definition.

Originally posted to Barth on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 04:13 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Burned, global citizen, forgore

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

    by Barth on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 04:13:07 AM PST

  •  Last paragraph (1+ / 0-)
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    LynneK

    We have overcome existential threats before. Winston Churchill is widely quoted as having said, "Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes, you must do what is required." Now is that time. Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.

    I am officially re-inspired.
    Thank you.

    Move Your Money The truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

    by Burned on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 04:27:40 AM PST

  •  What in God's name is the diary about??!?!?!? (4+ / 0-)
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    Burned, LynneK, JeffW, cee4
  •  Mostly, it is meant to direct you ... (2+ / 0-)
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    LynneK, laker

    ...to the Vice President's Op-Ed, but the idea that he is a punch line, instead of a hero, is also a symptom of what is wrong with us.  The stiff lawyer who ran for president was criticized for the way he kissed his wife, for sighing while G.W. Bush riffled off his stupid talking points, for heeding the advice of others as to the "earth tones" he should wear and for the extent he asked President Clinton, not well loved in many parts of the country, and someone whose ego tended to diminish the Vice President as a candidate, to campaign for him.

    We should know by now that all of this piffle was an historic mistake, in so many ways.  He, and Senator Kerry later, should not have been judged by anything other than what they could bring to the presidency, especially in comparison to the guy they ran against.

    Today's inspirational column should underscore what a mistake it was to take this man lightly.  That he continues to be a punch line does not suggest we are pulling out of our spiral to the bottom or that we are up to the challenges before us.

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

    by Barth on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:37:47 AM PST

  •  Jor-El? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, forgore

    I will read that Times piece with renewed interest, looking for the part where he says humanity's only hope is for him to put Karenna on a spaceship to another solar system.

    Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law. -Thomas Jefferson

    by mswaine on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 07:17:56 AM PST

    •  No. Jor-El's goal... (1+ / 0-)
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      LynneK

      ...was to convince the people of his planet to face up to the environmental issue they faced and to do what had to be done.  They told him that he was crazy (and probably their late night comedians, and politicians made him the but of their jokes).

      The sending of his child from the planet was a last resort when the planet was on the verge of destruction.

      I am hoping that does not happen here.

      Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

      by Barth on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 08:23:17 AM PST

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  •  NYT op-ed = vanity publishing (0+ / 0-)

    not really going to convince people in the real world - they don't read NYT

    If I were to be President the most used phrase would be "What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?" - Glenn Beck

    by anyname on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 07:19:26 AM PST

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