Al Gore: ‘U.S. Needs an American Spring’

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I have to say, as I listened to former Vice President Al Gore speak, I could not help but think of what might have been but were it not for a cabal of activist Supreme Court justices.

Appearing on Countdown last night with Keith Olbermann, Current TV founder Al Gore said the United States needed an “American spring” similar to the Arab spring in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Mr. Gore said:

“We need to have an American spring. Non-violent change, where people from the grassroots get involved again. Not in the tea party style. There are people who are genuinely upset in the tea party, I understand that, but that movement was funded with seed money from right-wing billionaires, the Koch brothers, and promoted on Fox News and turned into a stalking horse for this right-wing agenda that a lot of people have been trying to push on this country for a long time.”

Gore added:

“This country is in trouble. Our democracy has been withering on the vine. This has been going on for some time.”

Watch It:

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17 Responses to Al Gore: ‘U.S. Needs an American Spring’

  1. feminazi says:

    Why did you have to post this? I nearly cried. Yes, Al Gore is so right, just as he’s right about the condition of the planet, global warming and the terrible state of America. I’ll go way out on a limb and say it is my opinion 9/11 wouldn’t have happened if Gore and not Bush, became president in 2000. I watch Al Gore in this video and I realize what a small man Barack Obama is by comparison.

  2. Mets Fan says:

    Al Gore is a man. Barack Obama is a child.

    The two men are as different as night and day. I think feminazi is correct. 9/11 was a manufactured crisis used to expand the powers of the police state and the military. Bush needed 9/11. Gore didn’t need 9/11 to be a great leader. Gore is a visionary. Bush is a ne’er do well.

  3. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Why did you have to post this? I nearly cried.

    I hear you, Feminazi.

    If it is any consolation, Al Gore really won the 2000 presidential election. Even the New York Times and Washington Post reported more than 7,000 uncounted ballots in Miami Dade county which is 80% Democratic and favored Mr. Gore over the Chimp.

    Maybe Gore will run someday? Who knows? He’s a young man and has much to contribute to this broken country. We still haven’t cleaned up Bush’s mess and now we will have to clean up Obama’s too. It’s twelve lost years.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    I have new respect for Al Gore. He is totally spot-on when he says, “Our democracy has been withering on the vine.” Corporations and special interests run the USA and their strangle-hold on America is now complete. We only have a small window of opportunity left before their hold kills the goose that laid the golden egg and they move on to other countries and opportunities.

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    Gore would make a great primary challenger for Obama in 2012.

    Think about it. He has the machine, the staff already in place. He has name recognition and he owns a television network to get his message out. The only sticky part I see is the divorce from Tipper. The USA is ridiculously traditional that they need to see a president and potential First Lady or First Man to fill the ceremonial duties of office.

    If not 2012, then definitely 2016.

  6. Rachel says:

    The most vexing thing of all is, even after Obama sold us out to the Tea Party and Mitch McConnell, the O-Bots will vote for him in 2012, justifying their stupidity with, “But we can’t risk electing Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann,” which will never happen. I don’t pretend to understand it. Obama seems to have some sort of magic power he casts on otherwise smart, rational people to make them fall for his crapolla. I held my breath and supported him in 2008. It won’t happen again in 2012.

  7. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Rachel – Magic? Oh honey, Obama has no magic.

    He appeals to white liberals. By supporting Obama and letting him walk all over them, white liberals are atoning for slavery. It’s no different than when you call the cops on a prowler and when the 911 operator asks “Is the man trying to break into your house white, black, or Hispanic,” white liberals hesitate before responding “black.”

    But I think Obama has worn out his welcome. Even white liberals are tired of supporting a clown like this guy. He’s so in over his head and finally people are waking up. Obama needs to go home to Chicago or Honolulu or Nairobi. Just get the hell out of Washington.

  8. JollyRoger says:

    My wife, who has been generally supportive of Bushack, threw in the towel in disgust as of Tuesday. She’s gone from trying to find excuses for Bushack to trying to figure out what the hell we were all thinking.

    He can be a brilliant speaker. He can definitely move you with the story of his life. And not a bit of that should make you forget even for a second how it is he does things.

  9. DMason says:

    Gore should challenge Obama in the 2012 race. Someone once said when Gore loses weight, it’s a barometer of his intentions to enter the political fray again. I think it was Dee Dee Myers. In any case, Gore is looking slim and trim and maybe he’s going to announce in January? I sure hope so.

  10. fran says:

    Gore is 63 years old, so not a “young man”, but an older/wiser man than Obama for sure.
    Obama wasted 2 years of having a Dem majority in both the House & Senate.
    He came up with a watered down health care reform plan that still leaves private, for profit insurance companies at the helm.
    Gore earned his Nobel award by tireless work for the environment.
    Obama, was given a Nobel peace prize & in his announcement speech basically dissed Gandhi & MLK jr, by saying non violence is a thing of the past.
    In my mind, Obama tarnished the Nobel peace prize, after so many others sacrificed so much to obtain peace, Obama has us in more wars than gawdawful Bush2.

    Just learned yesterday @ my husband’s workplace they are shutting down, all but a fraction of the plant. I was poking around & found out there is more to the story.
    Corporate welfare:

    “The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered up to $2.8 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $125,000 in training grants based on the company’s “job creation” plans.” What’s wrong with THIS picture folks?! So the ‘job creators’ get credit for, and ridiculous incentives for, ‘creating’ the very jobs they are ELIMINATING here in Oregon. So they dump 450 Oregon employees into our unemployment system, and are rewarded generously for ‘creating’ 400 of those SAME jobs in Indiana. The final math is that 50 jobs are being eliminated, and ZERO created… it’s just a prosperous dog-and-pony juggling show by the ‘job creator’.

    So not only are no jobs being created, I’m guessing they will also will be lower paying jobs, and maybe lessor benefit packages, as a little further research revealed a local town has an 18.8% unemployment rate.

    This kind of stuff makes a mockery out of Democracy. Corporations should not be able to surf the gravy in this way.

    Job creators or Corporate Welfare schmucks, you decide.

  11. Jim says:

    So amazing to think of what might have been. Instead we’re plunged into another depression with these nut-case Tea Party kooks and do-nothing Obama.

  12. Adirondacky says:

    Gore would be most effective, in my opinion, outside the mess called Washington DC, advocating for climate issues and human rights. Once these people move inside the Capitol Beltway, something happens to them and they undergo a personality transformation, turning them into people who get up each worrying about fundraisers and focus groups. I like Gore but, he’s been burned by a crooked system and I can’t see him entering the race for president again.

  13. Rusty Shackelford says:

    Gore was on TV? Has he given up his search for Manbearpig?

  14. Robyn says:

    I wish Al Gore would run again. America needs a leader and no one running for president in either party is a leader.

  15. JollyRoger says:

    Yes, Rusty. So you’re safe. For now.

  16. Gore was on TV? Has he given up his search for Manbearpig?

    Rusty Shackelford,

    Yep. Gore stopped searching for Manbearpig when he ran smack dab into your mother while shopping at Costco.

  17. The Real Adam says:

    I agree. Everything would be different today had Gore been allowed to become president.

    But the powerful forces that had to install Bush Jr. weren’t about to let this happen. They were determined to expand our presence in the Middle East and Central Asia where oil is plentiful.

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