- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Al Gore, a man with a thousand faces, has reintroduced himself yet again to the American people, this time as an old guard, hard-core, demagogic-and-driven, divide-and-conquer, big government socialist. Finally, after 24 years of highly visible public “service” as a congressman, senator, vice president and a two time presidential candidate, Gore said that this is who he really is, once and for all.

Candidate Gore has declared war on capitalism. He will fight to his last breath against those “powerful forces” that are exploiting working families and setting up roadblocks to keep the struggling masses in a downtrodden state.

His anger and angst resonated with a motley crowd of conventioneers, most of whom apparently have an inconsolable longing for a bigger-and-more-important-than-life government to deliver to them the fruit of someone else's achievements, love them, care for them, and protect them from themselves and others. It is not surprising that Gore's class warfare message had them cheering.

It is difficult to make generalizations about a hall full of delegates, and yet one striking event suggested that many in this gathering have mindsets that are several standard deviations away from the national average. That underreported event involved a group of Eagle Boy Scouts. As the scouts were lining up to go on stage as a part of opening ceremonies, they were soundly booed and confronted with waving signs which read, “WE SUPPORT GAY BOY SCOUTS!”

If you think that an apology for jeering children was forthcoming from Democratic Party leaders, you don't fully appreciate the liberal mindset. In one of the few reports of this outrageous assault on common good sense and decency, Valerie Richardson of The Washington Times quoted the response of several delegates: California delegate Alex Mallonee said, “I think it was odd that they had the Boy Scouts up there, given the situation. It was pretty insensitive.” Another California delegate, Craig Christensen agreed that ” … it was a thoughtless thing to do.” He was referring to the presence of the Scouts, not the mistreatment of them.

This behavior was not a surprise at a convention that nominated a man who in a primary debate with Bill Bradley on January 5 in New Hampshire came out strongly for allowing proud and practicing homosexuals into the military. In that same debate, TV anchor Peter Jennings asked Gore if he would have a pro-homosexual litmus test when appointing members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gore replied: ” … yes, I would make that a requirement.” If Al Gore was adamant about one thing it was his desire to fight for the little people against the “powerful.” However, sometimes one learns more about a man by looking at what he does when the chips are down rather than listening to him make a speech.

This is the Al Gore who looked the other way when Bill Clinton was credibly accused of raping Juanita Broaddrick. Gore never looked at detailed evidence that was made available to him. He never asked a question. He never made an inquiry. When asked by a young woman at a New Hampshire rally what he thought of Juanita Broaddrick's charges, Gore replied, “What network was it on?”

Tracy Mayberry rented a house on Vice President Al Gore's property in Tennessee. When she persisted for over a month in pleading for repairs to peeling paint and backed-up plumbing, she was threatened with eviction. When she complained to the press, Al Gore got interested, promised repairs and said he would have Mayberry over to the main house for dinner. However, following weeks of delays, broken promises, shoddy repairs and no invitation to dinner, Mayberry moved out of the property owned by a man she called a “slumlord.”

On a larger scale, Gore has called on one group of Americans to declare war on other Americans. He promised to lead the fight to protect: workers from bosses, old people from greedy pharmaceutical companies, the noble poor from the filthy rich, criminals from brutal cops, the sexually different from the Boy Scouts, pregnant teenagers from their parents, teachers unions from vouchers, atheists from prayer, school children from God, minorities from a level playing field, trial lawyers from those who would ban legal extortion, women from men, children from parents, government workers from tax cuts, politicians from the law, everyone from the judgment of others, and the Democratic Party from the Constitution.

It is clear that mean-spirited, intolerant, left-wing extremists are in firm control of Al Gore and the Democratic Party.

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