Monday, January 16, 2006

Gore!

Since no station could be bothered to properly cover Gore's speech today, you should watch it yourself here or listen to it here.

Transcript is here. My favorite part:
An executive who arrogates to himself the power to ignore the legitimate legislative directives of the Congress or to act free of the check of the judiciary becomes the central threat that the Founders sought to nullify in the Constitution - an all-powerful executive too reminiscent of the King from whom they had broken free. In the words of James Madison, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

Thomas Paine, whose pamphlet, "On Common Sense" ignited the American Revolution, succinctly described America's alternative. Here, he said, we intended to make certain that "the law is king."

Vigilant adherence to the rule of law strengthens our democracy and strengthens America. It ensures that those who govern us operate within our constitutional structure, which means that our democratic institutions play their indispensable role in shaping policy and determining the direction of our nation. It means that the people of this nation ultimately determine its course and not executive officials operating in secret without constraint.

3 Comments:

Blogger Chromatius said...

Don't you think we should be wary of putting any hope in the Democrats, or Gore? Isn't he just trying to stop the decline in 'progressive' suport for the party.

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But how can you pin any hope on a man without even the courage to defend himself when the Bushcons stole the election? And then stood up and hammered down the attempts by black representatives to have the issues addressed?

And it's not just Al Gore, it's the Democrats too. How can they be possibly trusted? All those incumbents at the lobbyist trough? Who completely failed to press Alito last week and get him to answer the damn questions?

8:46 AM  
Blogger california_reality_check said...

I have to admit that I have not been a Gore fan over the years due to his CSPAN exposure while he was a Senator from Tenn. But, compared to the current occupant of the White House, he is a genius.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Chromatius said...

Well, it's a couple of weeks later, and it does seem that the speech marked the beginning of a process to impeachment.

Fingers crossed.

2:08 AM  

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