Thursday, May 27, 2004

It's hard to find a place in Al Gore's speech to jump in and comment. So much of it was a rant, unworthy, if you ask me (which you didn't) of a former Vice President who was only a hair's breadth away from the presidency.

I went into the speech I linked above to look for the line about dragging the United States of America through the mud... and didn't find it. But I do find it here, posted on the same site... I wonder if it was an ad-lib? Anyway, the link in this paragraph appears to be more complete, including:

How dare they blame their misdeeds on enlisted personnel from a Reserve unit in upstate New York. President Bush owes more than one apology. On the list of those he let down are the young soldiers who are themselves apparently culpable, but who were clearly put into a moral cesspool. The perpetrators as well as the victims were both placed in their relationship to one another by the policies of George W. Bush.

How dare the incompetent and willful members of this Bush/Cheney Administration humiliate our nation and our people in the eyes of the world and in the conscience of our own people. How dare they subject us to such dishonor and disgrace. How dare they drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud of Saddam Hussein's torture prison.

Now, you know why I'm posting that section. In raising four kids, I never saw a more damaging moment in the Presidency as when Al Gore stood out on the White House lawn with 100 Democrat Congresspeople, after Bill Clinton was impeached for his craven activities and lies, and said that Clinton would be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in the nation's history. Talk about dragging the nation through the mud -- every middle school kid in the country who didn't know the details of how to nearly have sex, learned quickly from the news. You've heard about these bracelets little girls wear which stand for sexual favors... that has its genesis in the Clinton Oval Office, if you ask me... which, again, you didn't. And you know, if Al Gore would have stood up for what is right at that time, if he would have resigned or just sat on his hands... I think he would be President today. In short, Gore's speech yesterday shows the good judgement of the rural areas of America (who elected President Bush)... they believed that if Gore would compromise himself for Bill Clinton, then he just might not stand up for our Nation. Based on his speech yesterday, I don't believe he would have either.

Update: John Podhoretz didn't like Al's speech much either.

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