In a recent interview, Gore said this:
…I fear that I’m losing my objectivity where President Bush and Cheney are concerned. Not much surprises me anymore. I have a lot of friends who share the following problem with me: Our sense of outrage is so saturated that when a new outrage occurs, we have to download some existing outrage into an external hard drive in order to make room for a new outrage.(This interview appears in the current issue of a new Harvard alumni publication called 02138.)
Incidentally, I received in the email yesterday (from Carolyn Kay) a piece by Brent Budowsky entitled “If Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize.” Since I’ve been thinking, too, about that possible eventuality, I read Budowsky’s article with interest. It was my hope that I’d find it worthy of posting here. But as I read, I felt compelled to pass on it, for it struck me as merely an exercise in wishful thinking.
Here’s one essential passage from the piece:
From the moment his award is announced through his speech in December accepting the prize, Al Gore will be the most influential living American in defining the terms of our national debate.I’d love to believe that is what would happen, but from what I’ve seen of the American media and how they cover our reality, and what I’ve seen of the American people and how they respond to the revelations of good and evil, I just cannot envision the response Budowsky presents.
From the immediate surge of media attention until the aftermath of Gore’s acceptance speech there will be a profound surge of international and national attention to what Al Gore stands for, and what he has done.
The piece can be found, in its entirety here.
In terms of “If Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize,” it was my thought early in this year that this would be the ideal moment for Gore to move toward a possible run for the presidency, or at the very least to make his voice a trumpet call to confront the lies and crimes of the Bushites and their enablers.
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But since that time, I have felt disappointed with the way Gore has used his post-Oscar standing. Shortly after the Oscars, Gore published his book The Assault on Reason. The interviewer in that 02138 piece describes that book as Gore’s “anti-Bush manifesto,” and so indeed it is. But you’d never know it from the way Gore chose to speak in his TV interviews about the book (of which I saw two or three).
In those interviews, Gore seemed to go out of his way to minimize that aspect of the work which confronts the Bushites with their depredations, and in so doing he also adopted that “old Gore” voice with its smarmy quality that is not fun to listen to, and that does NOT mobilize people for action. We’ve heard a different voice from Gore on occasion the past couple of years, and had he drawn on that different voice this year – with his honors and with the ever-larger platform and ever-greater respect he enjoys – I believe he could have had an impact on the national discourse.
Even if he remained steadfast about not running for president, Gore could be – as I argued in my “It’s Got to Be Gore” series here earlier this year – a powerful voice to awaken America from the thrall the Bushites still hold with their lies and manipulations.
Perhaps had he used his Assault on Reason interviews as a means to speak prophetically to America, the Bushites would not still be in a position to cow the opposition and seduce a substantial chunk of the American people with their patently bogus arguments (the MoveOn ad as a supposed attack on the military, the surge is working, and so on without end).
Gore has had a chance to be a significant leader against this evil, even if he stays on the political sidelines. But, as I said, he seemed last spring to go out of his way to avoid that role.
Now he may again be catapulted onto center stage, freshly bedecked with honor and stature. (I do believe that Gore WILL be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.) Although Gore has neglected to lay the proper groundwork for stepping forward and making optimal use of that opportunity, it is not too late for him to speak up and say what America needs to hear and to do so in the prophetic voice in which this country needs to hear it.
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