A Reason to Adore Al Gore

Back in 2000, which now seems ever so long ago, I quite honestly was no big fan of Al Gore. Indeed, in November of that year, I cast my presidential ballot for Ralph Nader (which, granted, was less of a throwaway vote here in liberal Massachusetts than elsewhere). More than six excruciating years later, I can now say that I adore Gore. Well, “adore” may be a tad overenthusiastic, but I like the sound of the phrase. It’s a bumper sticker waiting to happen, as in ADORE GORE, 2008.

Al Gore is clearly a very intelligent man. One could argue that he has single-handedly brought the global climate crisis front and center. In the Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Gore offered a highly persuasive and reasoned explication of the negative impact humans have had—and will continue to have, absent drastic intervention—on the climate. Gore is a big fan of reason. In fact, he has just published a book entitled The Assault on Reason, in which he decries the increasingly problematic tendency of the American electorate and those they elect to ignore or minimize (or even attack) facts and logic, responding reflexively rather than reasonably to issues of great import.

I could not agree more. And I adore the fact that Al Gore has taken it upon himself to bring attention to this disturbing trend. It makes me wish that he would consider running for President in 2008. (How does a Gore/Obama ticket sound?) I recognize, as Gore himself seems to, that he may be in a better—and freer—position to affect change as a private citizen than as a public servant, but it would be refreshing as hell to have a man of his intelligence and experience and integrity occupying the Oval Office. I suppose that time will only tell whether he decides to roll up his sleeves and enter the political fray anew.

In the meantime, check out the video clip embedded in the following Raw Story article on Gore’s recent appearance (as part of his nationwide book tour) on Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

Olbermann hosts Al Gore on the abuses of ‘mass media persuasion’


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