LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13841 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
Above is a link to an excerpt of a new book by former Vice-President Al Gore. It isn't about Global Warming, but rather the growing crises of where we are and not going in the USA. It is very critical of the current politicians, of media and of citizens more interested in celebrities rather than real news they need to be good and active citizens. It discusses issues that we all need to deal with soon as a country and not being discussed by all of the empty heads of Presidential nomination candidates so far. I think it is a very interesting read.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
Is it found in the Science Fiction or the Fiction Section of the Book Store?
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This is about the most interesting thing I've ever heard VP Gore say:
Those of us who have served in the U.S. Senate and watched it change over time could volunteer a response to Senator Byrd's incisive description of the Senate prior to the invasion: The chamber was empty because the Senators were somewhere else. Many of them were at fund-raising events they now feel compelled to attend almost constantly in order to collect money—much of it from special interests—to buy 30-second TV commercials for their next re-election campaign. The Senate was silent because Senators don't feel that what they say on the floor of the Senate really matters that much anymore—not to the other Senators, who are almost never present when their colleagues speak, and certainly not to the voters, because the news media seldom report on Senate speeches anymore.
He hit the nail on the head did he not?
Something a lot of us here have been saying for quite some time. The elected politicians have completely lost sight of their purpose . . . doing the will of the peoplee, instead of the will of the party . . . or the party leaders.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2460 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1): Something a lot of us here have been saying for quite some time. The elected politicians have completely lost sight of their purpose . . . doing the will of the peoplee, instead of the will of the party . . . or the party leaders.
Quite amusing to hear him call out folks for the very stuff he did while in office himself. Oh well, more do as I say not as I do from blowhards on both sides of the aisle in DC.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2455 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1): instead of the will of the party . . . or the party leaders.
And the special interests.
I hate to say it but our economic growth and relative impunity from foreign attacks have made us complacent. Oh but 9/11 you all scream at me in chorus. Ok 9/11 a little over 3,000 dead. Pearl Harbor, almost 3,000 dead, almost all military. Let's put it more elementally. In the almost 200 years since we beat the Brittish off our soil we have lost a mere 6,000 odd people on our soil. War is not real to most people in the US, it's something we watch on CNN and say 'oh that's cool'. I say we ought to make every man and woman medically able 18-25 serve in the military. Maybe then we could form a generation that genuinely cared about what our government did.