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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-23-07 08:07 AM
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74. First let me start
by saying that I've made many changes in my own life since being enlightened by Al Gore on the climate crisis. I get it. Apparently so do many others here on DU.

After a year or so of Al Gore showing Inconvenient Truth and making speeches and holding Live Earth, etc., it seems that his message is being stifled in our own country. I know many people who didn't even know about Live Earth. And there is a huge right-wing movement to cover-up and discredit any claims about global warming.

How is Gore going to get his message out to the American people and how is he going to motivate them to make changes when they see BigCorporationX doing hundreds times more damage than one person's actions can fix? How is he going to get politicians to listen to him and give up the golden goose and make corporations enforce carbon laws that will actually make a dent in the problem? There are may politicians listening to him in other countries, but those countries won't budge if the U.S. remains stubborn.

I don't want to see him get torn up in another election process either. But maybe it would be worth a few months of fighting to be in a position to actually see his visions come to fruition. How is being head guy at the WH not the best place to get his "message" made into actual "policy"? My biggest fear is that we won't do enough in the time that we have to make a change. If no one gives the orders to make the changes, then what happens to the planet? Am I really naive as to how much power our president has? Look at what Bush has done in seven years. Is the power only strong when used for evil?

People around the world adore him and many of us will follow his lead willingly in whatever position he may hold in life. But the corruption runs so deep and there are enormous issues to tackle legislatively in this country. Everyone keeps saying time is of the essence. Will his message be heard in time if he doesn't run for president?

I try to get this message out to as many people as I can everyday. I can't get out much due to health reasons, so my voice is extremely limited. There are thousands of people like me who want to shout from the rooftops to be heard and beg people to heal the planet. My voice gets drowned out where I live. Al's voice apparently gets drowned out as well because my neighbors are clueless. My dentist is clueless, my doctor is clueless, my grocery store clerk is clueless. But they can tell me verbatim what Bush said last night on TV. *sigh*

Great man. I have all the respect in the world for him and what he's trying to do. I will respect whatever decisions he makes. And I hope we all wake up before it's too late.
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