Nothing to fear but fear itself…

If you haven’t read or seen Al Gore’s speech from yesterday, you really owe it to yourself to get in on the action. You can read a full transcript here and view a video of the entire speech here. Personally, I recommend reading the transcript. It’s a great speech, maybe the best political speech of the last 10 years, and while viewing Gore giving the speech is rousing, reading the text really drums it into your mind.

Here’s my favorite quote:

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.

Gore says something in a couple sentences that I’ve been trying to articulate over and over again to my friends, family and anyone else who will listen for years now – if you believe that the world we live in today is more dangerous than the one our parents or grandparents lived in then you’re a fool. But Gore adds another bit – if you believe this then you’re insulting your forebears and shortchanging their achievements.

Where was this Al Gore in 2000? If he’d campaigned like this his majority would have been overwhelming and no amount of cheating could have put Dubya in the White House.

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