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 American Strangeness2005-10-07 18:07
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by Flemming Funch

Al Gore:
I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse . I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions. How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered "an alternate universe"? I thought maybe it was an aberration when three-quarters of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on September 11, 2001. But more than four years later, between a third and a half still believe Saddam was personally responsible for planning and supporting the attack.

Excellent speech. Why is it that U.S. presidents and vice presidents become really intelligent and sensible people after they've left office, when they had nothing much to say when they were there, or when they were running their campaigns? Well, some of them at least. I'd rather not want to hear what Dan Quayle has to say nowadays.


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7 Oct 2005 @ 20:28 by Hanae @68.164.50.128 : Yesterday's Enterprise

Yes, it does feel like analternate universe, doesn't it?  



11 Oct 2005 @ 23:32 by Joel Sax @68.4.187.230 : The Mystery....
Because when they are in office or running for office, they are the thralls of their handlers. ON his own, Al Gore is allowed to be himself and not some brand name product.  


12 Oct 2005 @ 14:03 by redstar : Wierd Wired World
America is not the only place that seems to be in an alternate universe, I think this wacky wierdness is putting everthing in alternate universal angles.  


6 Feb 2006 @ 03:27 by albanian @207.69.139.7 : Al Gore's speach excelent?
what do you expect from someone who has lost the election ? to appraise the achievements of the president that has beated him? He is a sore loser he chose himself not to win the election by electing a jew as vise president Joseph Lieberman. I have studied in the USA 4 years and anyone who has stayed in the US knows how important is christianity to americans, church-goers for one sunday alone outnumber all of of people who go to sporting events the whole year and having a jew to be sworn in with the hand in the jewish bible was apparently unacceptible among americans, since remember only in Florida he was beaten by Bush by a few thousand votes only, swing votes they call them, or undecided votes but they just find a little reason to vote for one or not to vote for the other  


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