Tuesday, January 17, 2006

VP Gore's Speech

Guest Blogger: Diane Ropp, Altadena, Calif.

The following is one of the best segments of Vice President Gore's speech yesterday.

Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.

We have a duty as Americans to defend our citizens' right not only to life but also to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is therefore vital in our current circumstances that immediate steps be taken to safeguard our Constitution against the present danger posed by the intrusive overreaching on the part of the Executive Branch and the President's apparent belief that he need not live under the rule of law.

I endorse the words of Bob Barr, when he said, "The President has dared the American people to do something about it. For the sake of the Constitution, I hope they will."


Blogger bladerunner said...

Great speech by Gore. Wish he would have been as spirited throughout the 2000 campaign.

Dems need to come up with a good video and outreach effort to show that Bush is wrong on the need to do this for national security. Unfortunately, too many Democratic activists look at national security as a dirty word, been to a 100 peace rallies and not one veterans day ceremony, always wanting to increase every budget but the defense. SO we start out with some disadvantage and lack of credibility on the issue with the public. So we need to get people who DO have some credentials(Wesley Clark and others) to make the case that this type of snooping is unnecessary and dangerous.

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