Since Democrats took their drubbing in the midterm elections, once-and-future Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore has been conducting a major campaign to reposition himself politically and promote two new books he has co-authored with his wife, Tipper.
The All-New Al has attacked President Bush with venom, endorsed socialized medicine, and discovered a vast right-wing conspiracy lurking in the national media.
One-upping Hillary Clinton, Gore endorsed socialized medicine. During a November 14 appearance at a New York synagogue, Gore said, “I think weve reached a point where the entire health care system is in impending crisis. I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should begin drafting a single-payer national health insurance plan.” Although Gore served as Vice President in 1993 when Bill Clinton was pushing the ill-fated Hillary Care socialized medicine plan, the Associated Press noted that, “During the 2000 primary campaign, Gore attacked Democratic rival Bill Bradleys central proposal-universal health care-calling it too expensive and not expansive enough to help poor people afford full coverage.”
In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) on November 21, Gore said that somehow, this single-payer system should be “private.” “I think it ought to be private, with choice, for individuals.”
The economy grew at a 4% rate in the third quarter, but Gore told NPR that the White Houses approach to the economy is “a complete and total catastrophe.”
Time reported November 25 that Gore said, “Our country is headed for very deep trouble. I wish it were not so, but I believe that with all my heart. I think that our economic plan has zero chance of working. I think that it is wrong at its core. I think that our foreign policy, based on an openly proclaimed intention to dominate the world, is a recipe for getting our country in some of the worst trouble its ever been in.” Said Time, “Bush, Gore says, has compiled the worst economic record since Herbert Hoover.”
Afghanistan “is falling back into chaos,” Gore told the New York Times November 21. “Osama is back. Al Qaeda has reconstituted itself and, according to the director of central intelligence, possesses just as severe a threat to us right now as it did during the weeks leading up to September 11. Meanwhile, the President has been out on the campaign trail, beating the drums of war against Saddam Hussein.” The Times also reported that Gore sang part of Bob Dylans “My Back Pages” during its interview.
Gore says he believes Saddam Hussein must go, but still criticized Bush for planning to take action to disarm him. “Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, and needs to be removed from power,” Gore told CNNs Larry King on November 19, “but hes not the one that attacked us, and hes not the one that is publicly threatening to destroy us. . . . I think it was a mistake to lose focus on the war against terrorism.”
Gore does not see a breakdown of the family in America but believes the American family is restructuring. He told Larry King, “For the first time in history, family is defined by the inner experience of the relationship rather than the structure of the family.” Asked King, “Meaning that brings us what then?” Gore replied, “Well, it brings new challenges and families are making their own families and their own structure and nobody has the right to tell you your family isnt the right kind of family.”
King mentioned that one of the Gores new, supposedly pro-family books, The Spirit of Family, is a collection of photographs that contains nudes. “Marginally,” said Gore.
“The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party,” said Gore in an interview with the New York Observer published in the December 2 issue. “Fox News Network, the Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh-theres a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media. . . . Most of the media [has] been slow to recognize the pervasive impact of this fifth column in their ranks-that is, day after day, injecting the daily Republican talking points into the definition of whats objective as stated by the news media as a whole.” (Ellipsis and brackets in original.)
Gore dove even deeper into this conspiracy theory. “Something will start at the Republican National Committee, inside the building, and it will explode the next day on the right-wing talk-show network and on Fox News and in the newspapers that play this game, the Washington Times and the others. And then theyll create a little echo chamber, and pretty soon theyll start baiting the mainstream media for allegedly ignoring the story theyve pushed into the zeitgeist. And then pretty soon the mainstream media goes out and disingenuously takes a so-called objective sampling, and lo and behold, these RNC talking points are woven into the fabric of the zeitgeist.”
Gore did take a stand against post-modernism, however. “For now, Mr. Gore can only attempt to explain what motivates the ceaseless lampooning he continues to face from Americas columnists and commentators,” said the Observer. ” Thats postmodernism, he offered. Its the combination of narcissism and nihilism that really defines postmodernism, and thats another interview for another time, if youre interested in it. ”
Narcissism? Nihilism? The man who held the nation in suspense for weeks while he tried to steal the 2000 presidential election ought to know.
Gores Promote ‘Transformed’ Families
Al Gore and his wife Tipper, who once raged against provocative lyrics in popular music, have co-authored a book, Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family, that devalues traditional family life and promotes same-sex marriage. The volume–published with a companion photo album, The Spirit of Family–ranked a reassuring 4,041st in sales at Amazon.com on December 5.
The Gores conclude that historian Tamara Hareven “summed it up eloquently when she told us, ‘The American family is not breaking down . . . it’s undergoing major changes, and pluralism has become a very important aspect of it.”
The Gores normalize illegitimacy. “Single people are choosing to adopt or have a child,” they say, calling that one of “increasingly diverse family forms.”
They also explicitly reject the traditional family as society’s norm. “Three-quarters of Americans agree with the definition of family as a ‘group of people who love and care about each other, regardless of blood relation and marital status,’ ” they write. “We think family is all that and more, that its true essence lies in the love and support given to you by people who are always there for you, no matter what.”
Jane Eisner aptly noted in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 27, “The definition of family offered by the Gores is so all-embracing it is almost stripped of meaning.”