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Gotta Love that Al

Al Gore turns up on the New York Times op-ed page today, with an article saying--wait for it--the world is coming to an end unless we do something immediately about global warming. But the amusing thing is how he manages to wrap himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan, citing the Gipper approvingly three times in the piece. Of course, Reagan would never have signed the Kyoto protocol, just as he refused to support the flawed Law of the Sea Treaty, which was in some ways the UN’s model for Kyoto.

That’s a neat trick. Last time I saw Gore in the NY Times op-ed page in 2002, he was blasting Reagan:

"A plain reading of the history of Republican governance under Presidents Reagan and Bush shows that these conservative administrations were beholden to special interests, power brokers who would want nothing better than a pliant president who would bend public policy to suit their purposes and profits.”

Well, which is it, Al: Visionary or "pliant president"?

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Having read Gore's op-ed, I can't say I see how he was "wrapping himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan" and I definitely didn't detect that he was lauding Reagan as a "visionary." I'd bet that Gore would stick with the "pliant president" evaluation. But it is always fun when one can find a choice quote from someone further out on the ideological spectrum, and use their words against (and quite persuasively at that) their current-day disciples. Reagan's quote, with my commentary:

"In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment [hmmm.... Global War on Terror / Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism, anyone?], we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. [Surely Bush and his "crusade" have done much to try to make people forget this] Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. [Sorry, I know you guys wanna scream out "Islamo-fascists!" or "Mexicans!" or "swarthy peoples!," but last I checked they were actually part of humanity, despite such great efforts on the right to make us think of them as Alien Monsters from The Beyond!!]"

Yes, Steven, we know that you think global warming is just another "eco-myth".

We have been warming ever since the last mini ice age, so, global warming, in that very real, observable sense is true, however, global warming in the sense that man has caused the problems is not true and not backed back any data, just faith.

we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity.

Someone needs to tell that to the terrorists. Of course, Craig thinks it's all our fault.

Agreed, O'Screed. I've been telling anyone who will listen for years that the Nips and the Hun can't be trusted.

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