He’s My President, Too!
Vol: 12 Issue: 24 Tuesday, September 24, 2002
With those words, Al Gore put a cap on the most contentious and fractious presidential race in US history. You remember how it all went down.
There was the effort to ‘take the high road’ by repeating the mantra, “every vote should count” while simultaneously conducting a court battle to disqualify hundreds of military votes.
The rallies in which candidate Bush was accused of ‘stealing the election’ while Gore’s lawyers tried to have it declared invalid; the double standard in which the Florida Supreme Court’s rewrite of Florida election law was appropriate but the Supreme Court intervention was a political coup d’etat.
Then, when it was all over, after long weeks of constant sniping from the Gore side, the magnanimous concession speech in which Al Gore announced that George Bush was “my president, too.”
Since then, Gore has maintained a bit of momentum from the charges that Bush ‘stole’ the 2000 election.
That dog won’t hunt anymore. The FEC concluded Clinton-Gore BOUGHT theirs in 1996.
This week, the Federal Election Commission has finally closed its books on the 1996 Clinton fund-raising scandals, announcing Monday that it fined the Democratic National Committee $115,000 for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from non-U.S. citizens and other illegal sources.
FEC documents described how Democratic fund-raisers demanded illegal campaign contributions from foreign nationals in China and other countries in exchange for meetings with then-President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
Penalized, among others, were the Democratic National Committee, $115,000; the Clinton-Gore campaign, $2,000; and the Buddhist Progressive Society, $120,000, the Washington Post reported.
The paper also said the DNC also agreed to surrender an additional $128,000 representing illegal campaign donations that were not returned.
On the heels of all that, Al Gore came roaring back with a vengeance this week, launching an all out assault against George Bush the man, George Bush the Commander in Chief and the Bush economic platform.
When it came to Iraq, Al Gore used to be a hawk, until he saw a possible political advantage in attacking the administration over whether or not we should move against Saddam Hussein.
He said on Monday that Bush’s position regarding Saddam Hussein has ‘hurt the United States’ standing and could dangerously undermine the rule of law around the world’ according to published accounts.
“After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world,” Gore said Monday. “We’ve squandered that, and in one year we’ve replaced that with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, not at what the terrorists are going to do but at what we are going to do.”
Did I remember to mention that Gore also accused Bush of ‘politicizing’ the war to his advantage?
What I DO remember that ‘enormous sympathy, goodwill and support’. It began with celebratory marches across the Middle East, disingenous expressions of sympathy like the proffered Saudi donation of $10 million to Rudi Guiliani (provided we admitted we brought it on ourselves by supporting Israel) and the refusal of European states to cooperate in the prosecution of known terrorists in US custody.
Unless Gore is speaking of the outpouring of condolences from those friendly nations who, as the shock wore off, began pointing to US foreign policy as the underlying cause of September 11.
Gore says all that is the fault of George W. Bush. The Democratic presidential candidate accused Bush of abandoning the goal of a world where nations follow laws.
“That concept would be displaced by the notion that there is no law but the discretion of the president of the United States,” he said.
“If other nations assert the same right, then the rule of law will quickly be replaced by the reign of fear,” and any nation that perceives itself threatened would feel justified in starting wars, he said.
Apparently, George Bush isn’t Al Gore’s president anymore. And, if the Democrats are to be believed, Al Gore isn’t their candidate for president anymore, either. But nobody told Al Gore.
His speech was not vetted by the DNC, and the Democratic establishment is scrambling to distance themselves from their former champion’s comments.
Gore was all over the map, first praising Bush 41’s prosecution of the Persian Gulf war, then criticizing him for not taking out Saddam. (Gore didn’t mention the fact that the mission objective was to end the Kuwaiti occupation and contain Iraq — not to end Saddam’s regime).
Gore admitted that he knew Iraq had secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons back when he was vice-president, but skipped the part about the ineffectiveness of a weapons inspection program that left him with sufficient stockpiles to kill everybody on earth, if Saddam could develop an effective delivery system.
According to Gore, President Bush is out to rule the world, not end the threat posed by al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein.
Gore says Bush’s policies threaten to “destroy the goal of a world in which states consider themselves subject to law, particularly in the matter of standards for the use of violence against each other. That concept would be displaced by the notion that there is no law but the discretion of the President of the United States.”
Gore has decided that faced with ‘his president’s’ judgment on what’s best for America’s security, he feels safer relying on the judgment of the United Nations Security Council.
Gore picked a good time to remind America he is still the Man with the Plan. The DNC, having concluded they can’t win by tacking the administration on Iraq, is trying to shift attention away from the war and toward the economy.
Already every major Democratic presidential candidate has laid down his take on what President Bush and the U.S. should do with Iraq, and almost all of them, from Lieberman to Edwards to Gephardt have taken a more hawkish stand than Gore himself took earlier this year in a speech before the Council of Foreign Relations.
Suddenly there is Al Gore, shifting the debate back toward the war, irritating both the Republicans and his own party – which is still trying to recover from the Clinton-Gore hangover.
Al Gore stands as a living monument to the power of a sympathetic press corps’ ability to turn black into white, up into down, lies into truth and scandals into political advantage.
It doesn’t matter what reality is, provided you have the backing of the mainstream media.
Why is Al Gore a fitting topic for a news briefing dedicated to Bible prophecy? Because this isn’t about Gore. It’s about deception. Gore is just the illustration.
The Bible says that, when the time comes, the world will be ripe for the greatest deception of all time when the antichrist comes to power.
Americans have traditionally believed that with our free press and open society, we’re too sophisticated to fall for the siren song of globalism that will be put to such effective use by the antichrist in the last days.
Al Gore isn’t the antichrist, but he is a master of mass deception.
The antichrist could pick up a few pointers from this latest speech.