“[I] want to focus on one particular suggestion you had about using the wonderful digital tools that are newly available for the reinvigoration of democracy,” Gore said. “Now, they have been around for a while, but they are spreading far and wide and more people are getting involved. We need to have an American spring — you know, the Arab spring. The non-violent part of it isn’t finished yet, but we need to have an American spring, a kind of an American non-violent change where people on the grassroots get involved again. Not the, you know, not in the Tea Party-style.”Makes sense -- after all, it's really important that Al Gore decide which grassroots are worth listening to. On the bright side, Al would be able to help the grassroots he favors with pre-printed signs, printed on biodegradable paper with sustainable ink. Of course, he's not done:
According to the former vice president, this movement was instituted behind the scenes to clear the government out of the way of special interests.Uh, Al? Special interests are people, too. Every single one of them. AARP is full of people, as is the AFL-CIO, the Club for Growth and the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. Personally I prefer the Club for Growth over the other groups I've listed, but I wouldn't dispute that the others all have the same right as I do to petition the government for whatever largesse they can wheedle out of it. So long as I have the same right to suggest that the government tell them to pound sand, it's all good.
“What’s sacrosanct for them is to have absolutely no tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. They are at a low level now. And to try to shrink down government so they can get it out of the way of powerful corporations and special interests so they can have free rein,” Gore said. “And the Supreme Court, of course, has now declared that they are persons and to make these secret contributions.”
One last thing, Al -- if we were really going through an Arab spring, you'd be on trial and sitting in a steel cage. Just sayin'.