Congratulations to President Gore

If only. Instead:
Even before Mr. Gore won an Emmy for his so-called “user generated” cable television network, Current, or an Oscar for his film on climate change, “An Inconvenient Truth,” he was growing in stature for another reason: his early opposition to the Iraq war. He had initially voiced it in 2002 in an address that his newly galvanized supporters now describe as uncannily prescient and unfairly dismissed, though it was seen as a politically off-kilter at a time of great popularity for President George W. Bush.
Gore, of course, was right about climate change; he was right about the war. There were quite a few of us who were "politically off-kilter" in 2002, opposing the war party as it prepared to take the nation into the bloody quagmire of Iraq. Instead of the proud ignoramus George Bush, the thoughtful & reserved Al Gore might have been leading the US for the last seven years. It would be a different country, a better country. Too late now. The Gang of Five on the Supreme Court has a great deal to answer for. The American people have a lot to answer for, having confirmed the 2000 coup with their votes in 2004. If only. ______________________ Josh Marshall's eloquent response here.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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