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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:24 AM
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The Assault On Reason By Al Gore: A Manifesto for Democracy
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 08:36 AM by RestoreGore
The Assault on Reason, by the Honorable Al Gore is to be released by Penguin Press on May 22 which is in about three weeks. It is reported to be about the difficulty politics has with making decisions based on facts and reason, and using this current regime as the prime example of corruption, fear mongering, and the assault on reason that seeks to bind the soul in perpetual servitude to those interests that represent the antithesis of all our Constitution stands for.

It will go into detail regarding the Democracy crisis we face and our part in standing up to those who would dare see our Republic shattered, and to me it is very much anticipated as I would also anticipate the words of Thomas Jefferson who was the statesman of his time. Al Gore to me is the statesman of this time, and therefore the words he has written on paper to express his distress with this political system comes at a time when they are most needed to be read as were Jeffersons and even Thomas Paines Common Sense.

I am very happy to see Mr. Gore pursuing this avenue in speaking his mind on these issues in concert with the climate crisis. Being out of the political beltway that I don't believe ever truly appreciated his prescience and intelligence on these matters has certainly given him the chance to be a great advocate for the people and for Democracy. He has had a whole new perspective from out here as a free private citizen, and I believe he can then more clearly and passionately express his own ideas on these matters that will resonate more effectively with those who usually see books of this nature as just tokens to a run in that political system.

The politics behind this to me however, is not fodder just to be used by the same interests including the media for more political speculation that seeks to divert this important books meaning and discussion of it. This book like his speech on January 16, 2006 is a call to arms to the people of this nation to become involved in preserving their Democracy just as they need to preserve their planet as the two are definitely intertwined. The truth suppressed about the climate crisis by this regime is directly linked to how it does business in all other matters and their moral vacancy, and that then goes back to what we the people intend to do now to see that truth told and those keeping it from us made accountable for keeping it from us.

I do not believe impeachment is mentioned in this book specifically by Mr. Gore, but I would hope that would be one remedy that is not discounted in all of this either, as surely the Constitutional abuses committed by this regime qualify for such a remedy. And this corruption goes very deep. It has permeated all levels of government, business, and the media especially that has been a good front man for the purveyors of treachery and deceit. Therefore, the question then begs to be asked:

Can we truly get back to a way of thinking as a nation as was in Jeffersons time after years of debasement from media and those in government who liken themselves to the very despots we sought freedom from to begin with? I suspect if Thomas Jefferson were alive today he would not even run for office in this debased, corrupted, corporate owned political system we have made either. Consider these quotes:

"I have seen enough of political honors to know that they are but splendid torments." 1797 letter to Martha Jefferson Randolph

And:

" Whenever a man cast a longing eye on them (public offices) a rottenness begins in his conduct." 1799 letter to Tench Coxe.

Even he back all of those years saw what politics can do to the soul without a moral compass. He would then not only be vocally calling out those who not only have debased it at our expense and at the expense of reason and true Democracy, he would also be forcefully excoriating us for allowing it to happen and to continue and to be perpetuated by our own inaction while looking the other way when time for responsibility for it rolled around.

A man like George W. Bush nor his ilk would ever have been tolerated by the likes of a man of reason like Thomas Jefferson nor the people of that time. The fact that he is now tolerated only illustrates how far down we have come from the reason that bore this country. Therefore, if Al Gore's new book can in any way shed a light on that and bring us towards turning to that reason again to guide us in our decisions it would be a great contribution to this nation and generations to come that may otherwise never truly understand and respect the brilliant men of reason who believed in this grand experiment and our part in making it a success.

The other questions I then must pose on that after the last six years are: Is it too late? Are we beyond reason? Beyond truth? Beyond being able to even fight for it on our own? Have we become too complacent to care? Can we even place all of the blame on media and government, or does some of it also fall on our laziness to even seek the knowledge we need to make change? It is there. All we need is the will to seek it out. Do we still have that will?

Why then could our founders be victorious over ignorance and treachery and yet we find it so difficult to do as they did? Well, that is because they read and were not distracted by other diversions. They discussed events of the time amongst themselves and had an interest in them because they were important to their lives. Government wasn't just some secret, mysterious, distant entity out of touch with them... They were the government. They also had a sense of pride in working to build a country that would last the test of all despotism... and their work wasn't completed which is why they handed off this country to us to continue building that more perfect union.

However, we have dropped the ball. We have become complacent. We have lost our ability to use reasoned debate and truly Democratic means to secure policy that benefits America as a whole. We have become debased, bought and sold by entities caring not for freedom and Democracy but only their bottomline and getting votes at the highest price. In short, we have become all that Jefferson and others of that time warned against.

It is then past time for us as a nation to come back to the reason that bore us. It is then time to hear our voices in the town square again. It is time for us to take a good hard look at what we have become and take responsibility for it, for change can only come once we admit our own part in the problems. Where our country and our world stand today didn't just happen without our help in one form or another, and it didnt all just happen in the last six years. Inaction and complacency regarding this Democracy has been building for decades and it has bred the corruption and fear leading us farther away from that reason Jefferson and so many others believed in. And we can no longer allow it to stand.

Therefore, thank you once again Mr. Gore for being the statesman and advocate for Democracy you are and for giving us the push we need. I truly hope this book is accepted in the spirit it is written in and heeded seriously on the part of all of us who must now once again become active participants in Democracy in order for it to survive.

"It is comfortable to see the standard of reason at length erected, after so many ages, during which the human mind has been held in vassalage by kings, priests, and nobles; and it is honorable for us to have produced the first legislature who had the courage to declare that the reason of man may be trusted with the formation of his own opinions." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1786. ME 6:10


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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:34 AM
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1. That's some excellent polemic there
K-&-R, and thanks!

--p!
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:43 AM
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4. You're welcome.
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 08:43 AM by RestoreGore
I hope we can realize the seriousness of what we have allowed to take place.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:36 AM
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2. Run Al Run!!
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 08:37 AM by malaise
This will be 'must read'.
Edit: quotation marks.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:48 AM
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15. Yes, and it will be must read based on its merits n/t
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:43 AM
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5. Ok. Now I'm convinced that he is running
This is his platform. He is clearly passionate and the publication is too timely. I feel a sense of peace now knowing.

Yay. :patriot:
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:45 AM
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6. And what is your part in saving this Democracy?
Do you think just pulling a lever on a machine that may not even count your vote is all you need to do?
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il_lilac Donating Member (756 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 09:13 AM
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7. great post
Thanks! Really looking forward to this book and can't wait to read it. Hoping it is a call to arms and that the people do listen. Also hoping he does a book tour in my area!
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 09:16 AM
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8. Thank you, and I hope so too
I have not read a press release anywhere about a book tour associated with this book yet. I would think since it is only three weeks away that would have been diseeminated by now. I will check and if I find out anything I will post it in in this thread. And yes, I would love to meet him again especially in relation to this book and its important meaning for all of us and our children. Thanks again.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 09:59 AM
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9. Tom Paine was never president.
and his contributions to the creation of, and design of, our form of government are immeasurable.

Despite my fervent wish for Gore to become the official leader of the world, I urge everyone to consider this book as an important contribution - a historical event - in and of itself.

Gore's leadership in the climate crisis and in the effort to take back our government from the PNAC-led coup that is virtually complete is essential. However he determines he can best be effective is fine with me.

All the speculation over "will he or won't he" is completely pointless. I know RestoreGore is convinced both that he won't and that he should not.

I don't presume to "know" what he will do, and decline to participate in reading tea leaves. I agree that he should not, if, in his judgment the toxic process of competing for the position, combined with the limitations on his ability to set his own agenda in growing his role as the Intellectual leader of the world should he gain the official position reduces his overall ability to influence.

If, on the other hand, he judges it the right thing to do, I am all for it. But I don't think it fitting or proper to harangue him over it. He is not oblivious. He knows exactly what the situation is, he is not "afraid" or "burned out" or "shirking his responsibility" if he does not pursue the job. I think it is good for there to be sufficient "buzz" to make it clear to him what the facts are - that those who voted for him before would again. That is something appropriate for him to know and consider as he judges what to do and when to do it.

I will respect his decision either way, and just ask how I can help, regardless of what it is. I don't care if he becomes president (oh, on a personal level, after the rocky road he traveled back before he became a "recovering politician", I'd be gleeful seeing him sworn in, seeing him behind the desk in the Oval Office). But that is immaterial. Get a sympathetic president in the chair who will view Gore as the intellectual giant that he is, the wise counselor he would be, on both climate and government, and I'll be happy. Just imagine Gore being as influential to a good administration as rove has been in this one. And of course Gore would be vastly MORE influential, because he would be driving positive agendas the majority would applaud, rather than the covert activities rove has conducted to favor the few. If he would rather be unfettered by the trappings of the job, I don't blame him a bit. I do NOT expect him to "go quietly into the night."
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 10:41 AM
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10. Thank you so very much for this reply
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 10:48 AM by RestoreGore
And that is truly the point here. Mr. Gore is not going silently into that good night regardless of his address. He is urging us to not go into that good night silent as the task before us is very serious and cannot be relegated simply to political cheerleading. I am hoping this book sparks serious debate regarding what we have seen tranpsire in this country and a real reflection on who we are and where we are going as a people. He is America's conscience and we already have his vision, we have his leadership, and we have his words to guide us on this journey back and I appreciate his contributions more every day especially in light of the past. He could simply have said the hell with it all, but he didn't. He is here, and so are we. As he stated the other night in his presentation, this is OUR time and this book is historical to me and will be my new Common Sense as we hopefully use it as a guide to a better future. Thank you again for understanding my post and where I am coming from.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 03:47 PM
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16. one selfless kick for Democracy
And for a man who will influence policy regardless of any title.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 10:57 AM
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11. The full title of the book tells much...
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 10:58 AM by RestoreGore
The Assault on Reason/ How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril


It speaks to us to be the catalyst for change. We cannot have a truly Democratic government with leaders we deserve until WE stand up to that politics of fear, secrecy and blind faith. And unfortunately, we haven't really done that as of yet since Bush and his criminals are still there, because that kind of politics has become a part of the entire party system. One election is not going to reverse the damage done over decades. That is what I believe Mr. Gore is saying. The task before us now is as monumental as it was for the first Americans under the first King George. This will require more than a primary or some balloons and confetti. This will require a moral courage on the part of Americans collectively that we honestly have not seen in quite some time.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:14 AM
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12. Call your favorite bookstore today and ask if they have ordered it
Get those sales going now.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:23 AM
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13. Link to order this book...
http://www.amazon.com/Assault-Reason-Al-Gore/dp/1594201...

I'm waiitng for delivery of mine and telling everyone I know to order it too.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:24 AM
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14. lol! "Rational Americans" - hell, they don't even WANT to be rational.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 03:55 PM
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17. I definitely need to add this to my collection.
Thanks for the thread RestoreGore

Kicked and recommended
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 04:09 PM
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18. Thank you for reading it n/t
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 07:06 PM
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19. One final kick for the rule of reason
And men of conscience like Jefferson and Gore.
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 07:31 PM
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20. Great post! I'm looking forward to reading his book. n/t
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:04 PM
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21. Thank you, so am I n/t
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WindRavenX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 08:13 PM
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22. He's beginning to sound a little like Carl Sagan
Edited on Fri Apr-27-07 08:14 PM by WindRavenX
Sagan's beautiful defense of reason, "Candle in the Dark", was one of the most influential books I've ever read.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 06:16 AM
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23. Carl Sagan was a great and visionary man...
And a friend to Al Gore, so that is surely a compliment. And if I am not mistaken, his wife Ann Druyan did a symposium entitled the assault on reason.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 02:28 PM
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24. Al Gore At Dominican College On May 23rd
http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/leadership-lectu...

This is the only Bay Area appearance of Mr. Gore in relation to The Assault On Reason. If I find anymore appearances I will post them.
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 02:35 PM
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25. Information on a book tour
Edited on Sat Apr-28-07 02:37 PM by RestoreGore
http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6427120.html

Starting on May 22, the one-day laydown date for the book, Gore will visit 10-12 cities. Aside from still-undisclosed dates in New York, Washinton DC, and San Francisco, Penguin will piggyback on Gores existing lecture schedule for other promotional events. Associate Publisher Tracy Locke said Gore will do readings in lecture halls as well as bookstore appearances, though she speculated that most of the bookstores will rent larger venues to accommodate the audiences. Penguin isn't saying yet which stores will get to host the former almost-president-elect, but booksellers are eagerly lobbying for the privilege.

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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 02:41 PM
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26. May 24 With Charlie Rose
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 02:44 PM
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27. NYC May 25
Edited on Sat Apr-28-07 02:46 PM by RestoreGore
Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States, signing copies of Assault On Reason
5/25/07 12:30 PM at Barnes & Noble Union Square. New York, NY.

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/8944 /

Check first for accuracy.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 02:48 PM
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28. Thanks for posting, RestoreGore
:kick:
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-28-07 03:47 PM
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29. You're welcome n/t
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