Brian, you can't make points based solely on hypotheticals. I'm not really on the Gore train, nor the Bush (or anti-Bush for that matter). So, that being said I really don't know why I'm posting in this thread. However, I feel inclined to point out that as much "propaganda" as has been laid one way, there is and will always be just as much to counter.
Think if Gore had taken office after he won in 02. Besides having a head start on climate issues, we would not be in Iraq, we would not be fighting for our Constitution, and we would not be even discussing torture, no pre-emptive war, no Abu Ghraib, no Gitmo, no extraordinary rendition, no warrant-less wiretapping, no signing statements, no arrogance.
Hell, we may have even avoided 9-11. Gore would not have had to make a big show of disregarding all existing initiatives, and might have heeded some of the warnings about Al Quaida.
That entire statement is fundamentally "off" because it's based on a hypothetical. Not just any hypothetical either, it's the famed "What if" argument that can sound really interesting and support anybody's argument but cannot be proved, documented, or even put into some type of graphing aid device, because it has absolutely no basis in reality
. I'll spare you all the million different "what ifs" I was going to type out to prove an inarguable point.
I couldn't really give Chuck all about Gore winning the Peace Prize. I suppose enough other people do though, so if it has effected their lives, congratulations. What I do care about is the systematic degeneration of individuality by political campaigns. The front runner is going to emerge eventually and invariably the media is going to get on board and start printing stories full of bias "propaganda" (sometimes very much like the above quote, sometimes more latent). Once this happens (even right now to a certain extent) one can sit back and recognize the true genius of Ivan Pavlov. The flock mentality sets in. People, most with absolutely no rhyme or reason above a sign they saw that "looked pretty", jump headlong into these things. Its sickening to think that most of the people at least I
meet on a day to day basis sound like they get most of their political ideals from Good Morning America. What's even worse is they might actually freak out if you disagree with what Jay Leno said about Barack or Hillary or Fred or Mittens or "insert any other inconsequential figurehead of the capitalist machine"
No I'm sorry, the problem isn't just ole' GW. Admittedly he's probably the biggest idiot to ever hold office. But it's the collective stupidity of the American population that put him there. In all honesty though, you can't blame the people either. People are inherently... how do you say? Lacking intelligence. But beware the sources of information. If you fear anything at all fear globalization and the loss of the meaning of life. It's being taken away from everyone and replaced by a News Corporation's idea of what they think will make you feel important. Neither the liberals or conservatives will give it back. No matter what anybody tells you.