A very close call

By Alan Caruba
web posted December 18, 2000

Most Americans have no idea how close they came to having a full-fledged lunatic as their next President. For years I have been studying Al Gore, Jr. and writing about him. At one point, I did a comparison of excerpts from his book, Earth in the Balance, and the text of the Unabomber's Manifesto. You could not tell them apart.

Al Gore Theodore J. Kaczynski

The author of the Manifesto, Theodore J. Kaczynski, is in jail, a certified nutcase who sent mail bombs to complete strangers, killing some, injuring others who survived. The author of Earth in the Balance almost pulled off a judicial coup d'etat, a putsch, a plain, flat-out stealing of an office won by a preponderance of the vote by George W. Bush. Bush won more States, won more counties, won areas that added up to more population.

Al Gore's view of the world is very different from most people. Here's a few quotes from his book. "Human civilization is now the dominant cause of change in the global environment." And "…One doesn't have to travel around the world to witness humankind's assault on the earth." Do you get the feeling Gore doesn't like humans very much?

"Today, most of the world is looking the other way, pretending not to notice industrial civilization's terrible onslaught against the natural world." And "By failing to provide world leadership…in the face of the assault by civilization in the global environment, the United States is once again invited a descent toward chaos." Humans and civilization are, in Gore's view, a dangerous, bad thing.

And then there's the automobile. "We now know that their cumulative impact on the global environment is posing a mortal threat to the security of every nation more deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again likely to confront." Finally, Gore proposed "The strategic goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine over, say, a twenty-five year period."

These are, I submit, the views of a madman; an individual who sees humankind and civilization as the enemy of the "environment" and one who would "eliminate" every vehicle on the face of the earth.

What I found most disturbing throughout the campaign was the total lack of focus on Gore's environmental views by either the Bush camp and, of course, the media. No one wanted to say, look, this guy's nuts.

I don't think Al Gore has had a genuine emotion or an original thought for years. He is an automaton of politics, programmed from an early age to fulfill his Senator daddy's ambitions and be President. In the end, even the people in his so-called home state of Tennessee wouldn't vote for him. They had his daddy out of office, too.

It took an extraordinary amount of denial for those Democrats who did vote for him to pull the lever, dimple the chad or mark their X on the ballot.

Throughout the long campaign, even the liberal media took note of how Gore changed like a chameleon on a daily basis, but no one suggested that this was because there is no real Al Gore, only the one who thinks that human beings are the problem and civilization the threat.

He's not just an empty suit. He's a suit worn to hide the furies that drive him. Once in office, he'd have sprouted horns and a tail. Everything he had been suppressed for years would explode on inauguration day. Gore has always lacked Clinton's superb guile. He wanted the power so badly you could watch him sweat when he thought about it.

My fear now is that the short memory of the morons who voted for him will be sufficient to allow him to make a comeback. Having done more to ruin the Democratic Party in the past few weeks than Clinton has in the past eight years, will the party faithful be ready when the "new" Al Gore is trotted out? Don't be surprised if that happens.

Alan Caruba writes "Warning Signs", a weekly column posted on www.anxietycenter.com, the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.

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