Who is Al Gore Championing?

by | Oct 8, 2000

Al Gore claims he is trying to fight for “those who need a champion, those who need to be lifted up so they are never left behind.” Exactly who is Al Gore championing, and in what name? Is he championing the ideas of independence and self-responsibility? The idea of personal freedom, and individual rights? Or […]

Al Gore claims he is trying to fight for “those who need a champion, those who need to be lifted up so they are never left behind.”

Exactly who is Al Gore championing, and in what name? Is he championing the ideas of independence and self-responsibility? The idea of personal freedom, and individual rights? Or is he championing the same old, tired idea of the welfare state?

Exactly who is to do the so-called lifting? Al Gore — or people who are forced, through the coercion of taxation — to pay for wealth redistribution programs which Al Gore likes?

Since the answer is obvious — that it’s the most wealthy, and the most productive — who are to do the bulk of Al Gore’s lifting for him, then why does Al Gore not give credit to these people? Why does he make it look like he’s doing the lifting?

Lastly, what does it do to the character, morale, and general spirit of people who are to be lifted, allegedly by Al Gore (but in reality by those forced to pay Al Gore’s bills)? Gore makes it sound like these people feel left behind. But do you feel left behind, just because somebody makes more money than you? And even if you do, does it really help you to have somebody like Al Gore forcibly take that money away from somebody else, as if stealing their success could somehow make you successful?

We have gone from a country dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…to a country where a politician preens before the cameras and brags about the fact that he’s going to rob more and more from Peter to pay Paul…all the while pretending that this is somehow virtuous, and somehow an accomplishment.

The fact that nobody asks these questions, nor seems at all bothered by Gore’s outrageous statements, shows how the United States is no longer — on the whole — a thinking country. And a country whose inhabitants no longer think is most certainly a country in decline.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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