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October 14, 2007

Once again Thomas Friedman from The New York Times is a must read today.   How Bush wasted his Presidency seems to sum it all up…..

Mr. Gore lost the presidency, but in the dignity and grace with which he gave up his legal fight, he united America. Then, faced with what to do with the rest of his life, he took up a personal crusade to combat climate change, even though the odds were stacked against him, his soapbox was small, his audiences were measured in hundreds, and his critics were legion. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore stuck with it and over time has played a central role in building a global consensus for action on this issue.

Indeed, Mr. Bush, rather than taking all that unity and using it to rebuild America for the 21st century, took all that unity and used it to push the narrow agenda of his “base.” He used all that unity to take a far-right agenda on taxes and social issues that was going nowhere on 9/10 and drive it into a 9/12 world.

Never has so much national unity — which could have been used to develop a real energy policy, reverse our coming Social Security deficit, assemble a lasting coalition to deal with Afghanistan and Iraq, maybe even get a national health care program — been used to build so little. That is what historians will note most about Mr. Bush’s tenure — the sheer wasted opportunity of it all.

“Gore, even without the presidency, used all the modern tools of communication, the Internet, video and globalization to reach out and galvanize a global movement,” Mr. Rothkopf said. “Bush took the greatest platform in the world and dug himself a policy grave.”

In sum, Al Gore has been justly honored for highlighting — like no one else — the climate challenge. But we still need a vision, a strategy, an army and a commander in the White House who can inspire young and old — not only to meet that challenge but to see in it the opportunity to make America a better, stronger and more productive nation. This is our crucible moment.

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2 Comments
  1. October 14, 2007 5:44 PM

    Hi Mary!

    I am very much heartened by John Edwards. His style of talking, being able to tell a story (which is so important to being a good politician) reminds me of what I see from video and read about Robert Kennedy.

    However the main thing is we must have change. First away from the GOP and second with a Democrat that has the heart, soul, and brains needed to lead our nation out of the ditch.

  2. maryt permalink
    October 14, 2007 4:54 PM

    You’re right Deke, but who should we put in the White House? All these Democrats are so disappointing…

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