Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Algore Makes an Idiot of Himself.  Again.

        From Best of the Web Today:

Powerlessness Corrupts
        Al Gore used the occasion of Martin Luther King Day to deliver one of his trademark angry orations, at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington. His topic: President Bush's spying on terrorists.

        As National Review's Byron York notes, Gore tried to have it both ways:

        "The threat of additional terror strikes is all too real and their concerted efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction does create a real imperative to exercise the powers of the executive branch with swiftness and agility," Gore told the audience at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. "Moreover, there is in fact an inherent power that is conferred by the Constitution to the president to take unilateral action to protect the nation from a sudden and immediate threat, but it is simply not possible to precisely define in legalistic terms exactly when that power is appropriate and when it is not."

        Nonetheless, Gore asserted that he had found a controlling legal authority:

        The president has been "breaking the law repeatedly and persistently," Gore said, and his war on terror has "brought our republic to the brink of a dangerous breach in the fabric of the Constitution." Gore stopped short of calling for Bush's impeachment, but he seemed to be suggesting it--and the crowd certainly seemed to be thinking about it--when he said that Congress should hold hearings into "serious allegations of criminal behavior on the part of the president, and they should follow the evidence wherever it leads."

        All this despite Gore's acknowledgment that "we still have much to learn" about the program.

        So, we don't know much about this program, and the President does have certain inherent powers to protect the nation regardless of statute, but we definitely know that this program is over the line, unwarranted, and illegal, because . . . well, that's what I'm finding hard to get a handle on.  Anyone caring to delve into the swamp that is Gore's rhetoric can explore here.  Personally, I'm not sure how much is confusion, how much is stupidity and ignorance, and how much just plain lies.

        But with Gore, the only thing you know for sure is that he's mad about not being President.  That Republicans are bad, while Democrats are good.  And that truth doesn't matter when you're making a political speech, and trying to win the 2008 nomination.

        What a joke of a politician Gore has become.

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