My Utter Apathy About The Gore Accusations
Gore is now suspected of, and being investigated for, rape in Portland. Here are the details
. I notice so very many so-called progressives are leaping to his defense, some resorting to the time-honored method of labeling his accuser a liar and a whore. Most likely it will come to nothing--the accusations are fairly weak ones.
Even if Edwards hadn't burned me, though, I wouldn't care. Why? Because Gore is not a hero. Hero worship and cults of personality are something I loathe in politics anyway. They're where ideals go to die, and I only care about politicians insofar as they're an effective means to an end. And if a public servant fails to serve properly, you replace them like any other tool.
But there's more than that. Gore failed us, and I cannot understand why progressives forget that.
Gore won in 2000, but gave in to the centrists and didn't fight to keep Bush from stealing the presidency. (the SCOTUS decision didn't make him president, it merely was an important step in enabling it) He stood there as the congressional black caucus kept defending him, and made them shut up. He played like a good boy, going along, to keep his status and place in the system.
And because he didn't fight, thousands upon thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan, and perhaps NY, are now dead and might not have been. Our economy is in ruins, as is the soul of our country. Almost a decade the world has suffered, all because Gore played nice. It may rank as one of the most crucially destructive decisions of all time. Bush and Cheney did it all, but Gore opened the door for them.
Meanwhile he's spent all this time getting richer, collecting awards merely for his symbolic value(much like Obama and his now-very-hollow Nobel), and feeding his ego. Oh, and dressing up a Powerpoint presentation as a movie.
Gore brought us Bush because he didn't really care; it was just a game to him. So why the hell do so many who should feel betrayed by this man
consider him a hero?
He let us down. He failed us.
I don't know, or care, whether the accusations are true or not, nor is it for any of us to decide. I do know that I long since stopped caring what happened to him, one way or another.
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