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    Al Gore: We Need to Have an American Spring

    The other night on Current TV, former vice president Al Gore said to the host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann that America needs to work toward the “reinvigoration of democracy.”

    “We need to have an American spring,” Gore said. “You know, the Arab Spring—the nonviolent part of it isn’t finished yet—but we need to have an American Spring, a kind of an American Tahrir Square. Non-violent change, where people from the grassroots get involved again.”

    “I want to tell you, Keith, this country is in trouble,” Gore explained to the sympathetic Olbermann. “Our democracy has been withering on the vine, it really has been. This has been going on for some time. But this is not an event that can be taken lately. I know it’s difficult to imagine that the people who care about the values that this country was based on will rise up and get much more involved in the democratic process, but that is exactly what we need and that is the only thing that can get our country back on the right track. ”

    It’s not clear what Gore was trying to say here.

    Was the former vice president of the United States actually suggesting that Barack Obama is like an Arab tyrant who is responsible for the murder of thousands of his own citizens (just like Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad)?

    If so, that’s a scurrilous claim. Sure, the president might be responsible for a bad economy, an overreaching health care plan, a weak American foreign policy, and countless other poor policy decisions, but he was elected by a fair and democratic process.

    Many of the protesters in the Arab Spring are hoping to work toward a system closer to America’s than what they currently have. By comparing the plight of liberal activists to the protesters in Tahrir, Gore is belittling the seriousness of those who are truly repressed. The American system is fair and democratic; Syria’s and Egypt’s are not.

    And if you think Gore might have been encouraging the Tea Party to be more active, guess again. “Not in the Tea Party style,” the former vice president said, before going on a long rant about the Tea Party.

    Here are the words Gore had for the Tea Party:
    Not in the Tea Party style. There are people who are genuinely upset in the Tea Party, I understand that, but that movement was funded with seed money from right-wing billionaires, the Koch brothers, and promoted on Fox News and turned into a stalking horse for this right-wing agenda that a lot of people have been trying to push on this country for a long time. What’s sacrosanct for them is to have absolutely no tax increases on the wealthiest Americans—they are at a low level now—and to try to shrink down government so they can get it out of the way of powerful corporations and special interests, so that they can have free rein. And the Supreme Court has, of course, has now declared that they’re persons and make these secret contributions. I want to tell you, Keith, this country is in trouble. Our democracy has been withering on the vine. This has been going on for some time.
    And here's video of Gore's performance:
    http://current.com/shows/countdown/v...quare-part-one

    Other American Tahrir Square links:
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/what...ing-look-like/

    http://www.counterpunch.org/rosen06242011.html

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/06...washington-dc/
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    This guy is so far removed from reality it's pathetic. Yeah what we need is grass roots efforts not funded by billionaire republicans because that is bad. It needs to be funded by billionaire liberals instead. Yeah right.
    He's just envious that the TEA PARTY took off like it did and is successful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    This guy is so far removed from reality it's pathetic. Yeah what we need is grass roots efforts not funded by billionaire republicans because that is bad. It needs to be funded by billionaire liberals instead. Yeah right.
    He's just envious that the TEA PARTY took off like it did and is successful.
    Don't kid yourself, The Tea Party is now an extremely well funded arm of the Republican Party.

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    Al Gore's a fucking moron. But everyone already knew that.

    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    He's just envious that the TEA PARTY took off like it did and is successful.
    That certainly has a lot to do with much of the frustration being expressed on the left lately.
    Been fun watching liberals kick and scream through it all.


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    Don't kid yourself, The Tea Party is now an extremely well funded arm of the Republican Party.
    Republican?? Is that why those elected Tea Party folk appear to always have that little (R) thingy next to their name?
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    Al Gore is not a moron. He invented the internet and he found a cure for global warming.

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    Does anyone actually like Al Gore? Even a lot of the global warming crowd wants to distance themselves from him.

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    Take out the money from politics, both from the left and the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Take out the money from politics, both from the left and the right.
    ....and then there would be no more politicians, only patriots. Thank you.
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    Al needs to STFU people like him and his dad got this country into the mess its in on both sides of the isle.
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    What a fucking hypocrite. The Tea Party gets made fun of cause they are conservative yet they are grassroots.

    Anyway its going to be pretty fucking hard for liberals to overthrow the country when they don't believe in gun rights. You give a group of pissed off Americans with guns vs one that doesn't, I go with the gun owners.

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    Every time I hear about Al Gore, I can't help but think about him killing "manbearpig" and saving us all from a certain and untimely death.
    He is a fruit.

    But his comments about what is really backing the tea party are true. Like it or not.

    Al Gore is a kook.

    The Tea Party people are kooks.

    And PLEASE don't go there with the whole, "if it wasn't for liberal spending.." bullshit. I love how folks who qualify themselves as "fiscal conservatives" have no conscience with the checkbook when it's something they want. Ask your buddy from the last 2 presidential terms.

    Bottom line - IT'S BOTH SIDES. That will soon include 3 sides (Tea Baggers). All of them. If you point to only one side, you are also a kook.

    We are screwed. Us middle class, we are in a 3 way and we are in the middle. Not my idea of fun if you get what I'm saying.

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    Al Gore unleashed his frustration with global warming skeptics Thursday while speaking at an Aspen Institute panel on "Networks and Citizenship."

    In an angry rant now circulating the Internet, he accused those who doubt man-made climate change of paying "pseudo scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: 'This climate thing, it's nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn't trap heat.'"

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articl...e-skeptic-rant

    He went on to describe other proposed causes of global warming—volcanoes and sun spots—and complete denial of climate change as "bullsh*t." He also said skeptics "polluted" the public discourse and compared them to tobacco companies who doubted the negative health effects of cigarettes.

    His tirade reinvigorates the debate on global warming, which have recently been pushed to the back-burner while the Washington deals with unemployment and the deficit. Opponents of climate change theory took the outburst as an opportunity to call some B.S. of their own and called Gore "unhinged."

    Supporters have praised the former vice president for calling skeptics out. Nearly everyone is surprised that the former vice president and presidential candidate, once described as "wooden," let out such a passionate and profanity-laced diatribe.

    http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/08...-cl-54197.html
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