Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Goreing the Opposition

Take it away Mr. Gore:

Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: "Men feared witches and burnt women."

The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.

Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.

Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars?

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.
It'll be interesting to see how many people dismiss this utterly rational thought process because Gore is "boring."

4 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous jummy said...

gore is actually less boring than ever, but no more of a friend to facts.

"Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice?"

actually no. but then it was the clinton administration deplying warrantless searches in the investigation of soviet spy, aldrich ames.

fear must have also been suppressing the politics of discourse when the clinton administration was using warrantless wiretaps in public housing units to nab narco-traffickers. should i go so far as to say that gore feared witches but burnt blacks?

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

No, you really shouldn't. It's kind of over-the-top.

But if I understand what you're saying here, it's that the pot is calling the kettle black.

I think that's fair enough, but the sentiment remains, and it's one I very much agree with. We're no more vulnerable than we've ever been. The world is a dangerous place. Instead of cowering behind people who offer to protect us, we should be standing proud as Americans. If we lose our rights in the battle against terrorism, what have we won?

Personally speaking, I don't think we'll have won much.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous jummy said...

nah. i'm saying its the callow slurping a cocktail of hypocricy and demagoguery.

i'm glad you're recently concerned about civil liberties. maybe the democrats will win a national election again and you'll be able to unburden yourself of this charge you keep so noblely.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Would you be so kind as to explain to me why I should take you seriously? You seem intent on using insult as "wit," and just-plain inventing shit.

I've been interested in Civil liberties for at least three weeks. Possibly four.

For someone who complains about "Juvenile sissy-taunts," you're surprisingly prone to them.

 

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