Al Gore Katrina Heroism and 2002 Speech
AGAINST Iraq War
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March 30, 2008
PRE IRAQI INVASION
2002 SPEECH AGAINST
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
ALBERT GORE JR.
FOR OUR FREEDOMS
by Tom Heneghan
September 9, 2005
Gore airlifts Katrina victims out of New Orleans
By Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press
Tenn. -- Al Gore helped airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees on two
private charters from New Orleans, acting at the urging of a doctor who
saved the life of the former vice president’s son.
criticized the Bush administration’s slow response to Katrina in a
speech Friday in San Francisco , but refused to be interviewed about
the mercy missions he financed and flew on Sept. 3 and 4.
Dr. Anderson Spickard, who is Gore’s personal physician and accompanied
him on the flights, said: "Gore told me he wanted to do this because
like all of us he wanted to seize the opportunity to do what one guy
can do, given the assets that he has."
account of the flights was posted this week on a Democratic Party Web
page. It was written by Greg Simon, president of the Washington-based
activist group FasterCures. Simon, who helped put together the mission,
also declined an interview.
Sept. 1, three days after Katrina slamed into the Gulf Coast , Simon
learned that Dr. David Kline, a neurosurgeon who operated on Gore’s
son, Albert, after a life-threatening auto accident in 1989, was trying
to get in touch with Gore. Kline was stranded with patients at Charity
Hospital in New Orleans .
situation was dire and becoming worse by the minute -- food and water
running out, no power, 4 feet of water surrounding the hospital and ...
corpses outside," Simon wrote.
responded immediately, telephoning Kline and agreeing to underwrite the
$50,000 each for the two flights, although Larry Flax, founder of
California Pizza Kitchens, later pledged to pay for one of them.
of the airlines involved required a contract or any written guarantee
of payment before sending their planes and volunteer crews," Simon
wrote of the American Airlines flights. "One official said if Gore
promised to pay, that was good enough for them."
also recruited two doctors, Spickard and Gore’s cousin, retired Col.
Dar LaFon, a specialist in internal medicine who once ran the military
hospital in Baghdad .
critically, Gore worked to cut through government red tape, personally
calling Gov. Phil Bredesen to get Tennessee ’s support and U.S.
Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta to secure landing rights in New
Will Is a Renewable Resource
Speech. Al Gore’s recent speech on Katrina is a must read.
of Al Gore’s speech
at the Sierra Summit, September 9, 2005
know that you are deeply concerned, as I am, about the direction in
which our country has been moving. About the erosion of social capital.
About the lack of respect for a very basic principle, and that is that
we, as Americans, have to put ourselves and our ability to seek out the
truth because we know it will make us free. And then on the basis of
truth, as we share it to the best of our abilities with one another, we
act to try to form a more perfect union and provide for the general
welfare and make this country worthy of the principles upon which it
heart is heavy for another reason today, and many have mentioned this,
but I want to tell you personally that my heart is heavy because of the
suffering that the people of the gulf coast have been enduring. The
losses that they’ve suffered in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New
Orleans in particular, but other cities as well, and rural areas. We
are here thinking of them, thinking as well of the many brave men and
women who have exceeded the limits of exhaustion as they do their duty
in responding to this crisis, to the families of those responders and
the families of the victims. MORE
Al Gore’s Katrina Heroism
Posted March 21, 2006
| 02:48 PM (EST)
As The American Prospect covers
Al Gore, I still think his heroism during the Katrina crisis is
evidence that Gore is the most passionate national Democrat out there
right now -- speaking his mind, but also ACTING on his convictions.
Whether he runs for President again or not, he deserves more credit for
saving those people in Louisiana .
The current Democratic leadership has a lot to learn from Al Gore.
talk about it; be about it" is what R & B star R. Kelly’s
disgruntled lover advised him to do if he wanted to remain in her good
graces in his 1998 song "Don’t Put Me Out." The infamous Kelly may be
an unlikely tutor for American politicians, but some of our elected
officials should heed the same advice when it comes to leadership.
Bush fell down on the job of leading us so badly in the days after
Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans that even the
reporters at conservative-leaning FOX News could not restrain
themselves from criticizing the administration for allowing literally
helpless Americans to die from starvation, dehydration, drowning, and
heat stroke while waiting days for rescue. The American people, faced
with the irrefutable televised evidence of babies screaming for milk
and the elderly left to die seems to be losing faith in the president
they elected because they believed he would "be about" protecting them.
Thus, the twin tragedies of Katrina and Iraq have pushed Bush’s poll
numbers down to Watergate-era lows.
disastrous response was so horrific that -- to use another example from
the music world -- hip-hop phenom Kanye West, after watching the
spectacle at the Superdome, declared on national television that
"George Bush doesn’t care about black people"
man who did care enough to "be about" leading people to safety was
former Vice President Al Gore. Together with Greg Simon, head of the
nonprofit FasterCures, Gore defied government bureaucracy, military
regulations, and perhaps political interference to charter and
accompany two airplane flights into New Orleans to rescue patients and
bring them to safety at Tennessee hospitals. While other politicians
appeared to be debating whether or not to leave their Labor Day
vacations early or to be dithering with their consultants over the
political ramifications of various actions and statements, Gore did
what many of us watching television from our homes only wished we could
do: He flew into New Orleans and rescued people.
for effective leadership, factions of the Democratic Party have been
wrestling with one another about whether we should go left or right in
order to win elections. Gore’s actions have punctured a hole in this
debate by simply going forward. The tragedy of Katrina was not
political so much as humanitarian. American citizens were dying,
homeless, and injured, and those who truly cared about them could not
sit by and watch from the height of their private planes or the comfort
of their ranches and beach houses. Gore not only cares about America ;
he proved he cares about Americans enough to land a plane in the midst
of the misery and "be about" rescuing more than 200 desperate people.
has been reluctant to discuss what he did on those two flights, most
likely for fear of politicizing his actions. But maybe his actions
should be politicized; Americans are hungry for any conviction in
today’s politics. That hunger was evident as people flocked to the
promise of presidential candidates Howard Dean, John McCain, and Wesley
Clark in past election years. Voters believed these men offered us
something different, something genuine. They were convinced for a time
that these guys wouldn’t just "talk about" leading us, they would "be
about" leading us.
may be time for America to see more of Al Gore. When he was last on the
national stage, he looked hesitant and unsure of himself. The nation
found it hard to feel comfortable with a man who did not seem to feel
comfortable with himself. That may have changed. Gore has been charging
forward, voicing his consistent criticism about how and why we went to
war in Iraq (uncompromised by having voted for the war resolution) and
continuing to talk about the threats posed by climate change, which
have only become more evident this hurricane season, and by acting
rapidly and effectively to rescue sick and injured Americans on his own
dime when they needed it most. Whether Al Gore wants to be President or
not, his example should serve as a marker for anyone else who does:
"Don’t talk about" leading us anymore, just "be about it."
the president of New Future Communications, managed regional press
operations for Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign and was a
spokesman for the former vice president during the Florida
Bush Iraqi policy
Questions the timing of a
From John Mercurio
CNN Washington Bureau
Tuesday, September 24, 2002 Posted:
3:38 PM EDT (1938 GMT)
Al Gore’s Speech AGAINST the
September 23, 2002 Speech
Saddam Hussein does not present an imminent threat, then is it
justifiable for the Administration to be seeking by every means to
precipitate a confrontation, to find a cause for war, and to
the same time, the concept of pre-emption is accessible to other
countries. There are plenty of potential imitators: India/Pakistan;
China/Taiwan; not to forget Israel/Iraq or Israel/Iran. Russia
already cited it in anticipation of a possible military push into
Georgia, on grounds that this state has not done enough to block the
operations of Chechen rebels. What this doctrine does is to destroy the
goal of a world in which states consider themselves subject to law,
particularly in the matter of standards for the use of violence against
each other. That concept would be displaced by the notion that there is
no law but the discretion of the President of the United States.
believe that we can effectively defend ourselves abroad and at home
without dimming our principles. Indeed, I believe that our success in
defending ourselves depends precisely on not giving up what we stand
Historic Anti-War Speech is CENSORED
will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed
society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security
will deserve neither and lose both." Benjamin Franklin
FOR OUR FREEDOMS
Al Gore on "Restoring the Rule
Excerpts of this Historic Speech
January 16, 2006
Constitution in Grave Danger
By duly elected
was elected to Congress in 1976 and served eight years in the house, 8
years in the Senate and presided over the Senate for 8 years as Vice
President. As a young man, I saw the Congress first hand as the son of
a Senator. My father was elected to Congress in 1938, 10 years before I
was born, and left the Senate in 1971.
adherence to the rule of law strengthens our democracy and strengthens
America . It ensures that those who govern us operate within our
constitutional structure, which means that our democratic institutions
play their indispensable role in shaping policy and determining the
direction of our nation. It means that the people of this nation
ultimately determine its course and not executive officials operating
in secret without constraint.
rule of law makes us stronger by ensuring that decisions will be
tested, studied, reviewed and examined through the processes of
government that are designed to improve policy. And the knowledge that
they will be reviewed prevents over-reaching and checks the accretion
commitment to openness, truthfulness and accountability also helps our
country avoid many serious mistakes. Recently, for example, we learned
from recently classified declassified documents that the Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution , which authorized the tragic Vietnam war, was actually
based on false information. We now know that the decision by Congress
to authorize the Iraq War, 38 years later, was also based on false
information. America would have been better off knowing the truth and
avoiding both of these colossal mistakes in our history. Following the
rule of law makes us safer, not more vulnerable.
President and I agree on one thing. The threat from terrorism is all
too real. There is simply no question that we continue to face new
challenges in the wake of the attack on September 11th and that we must
be ever-vigilant in protecting our citizens from harm.
we disagree is that we have to break the law or sacrifice our system of
government to protect Americans from terrorism. In fact, doing so makes
us weaker and more vulnerable.
violated, the rule of law is in danger. Unless stopped, lawlessness
grows. The greater the power of the executive grows, the more difficult
it becomes for the other branches to perform their constitutional
roles. As the executive acts outside its constitutionally prescribed
role and is able to control access to information that would expose its
actions, it becomes increasingly difficult for the other branches to
police it. Once that ability is lost, democracy itself is threatened
and we become a government of men and not laws... MORE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
ALBERT GORE JR.
GOD BLESS AMERICA ,
LAND THAT WE LOVE
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