Al Gore Has Found His Calling

It would appear to me that there are those who are so wrapped up in their "presidential fantasies" that they are missing the greater picture behind what Al Gore is now accomplishing that will have a longterm effect that will last far beyond the next four years. I think it is time to focus on that because when put in context it is truly what great statesmen are made of.

He is inspiring people around the world to change their lives and to see the peril we are in if we continue on the course we are on. He is an effective messenger and statesman for the scientific community which has been proven by An Inconvenient Truth, and his training through The Climate Project that is now travelling to China and India and eventually to South America in order to train more climate messengers how to deliver the slideshow in other languages is imperative to this cause.

He is inspiring businesses to change the way they do business in order to see the shift in public opinion that will pass them by unless they become more cognizant of the changes we are creating in our world and the steps that must now be taken by the business community not only to mitigate their effect on our planet, but to serve customers who also see that effect and look to business to offer the changes necessary to bring us on a path of morally ethical business practices combined with environmentally sound business practices that not only increase profit, but increase sustainability.

He is forging a new look to television with Current tv and revolutionizing how television is done by allowing the people to have the chance to be the imput rather than just be the recipient of one sided spoon fed corporate media slop.

He is also inspiring political leaders globally to take a new look at this crisis to see the moral imperative that must be present for change and the grassroots demand that is building that will tip the political scales regardless of their wishing it or not.

He is a teacher, a statesman, a visionary, a businessman, an author, and most importantly to me, a Global Environmental Ambassador who has done more for this world in the last year than any president has done in the last thirty years. And he has and is doing it HIS way, on HIS schedule and terms, with HIS resources, and with HIS passion having the chance to show itself as it has always been.

And Live Earth, the launch to a three year plan through The Alliance for Climate Protection is the lynchpin in his securing for himself a place in history as one of the greatest statesman of our time for our country and for our planet.

And in doing so he has proven that you do not need the toxic Washington DC political machine to make a difference in this world. He has proven that if you truly feel a passion in your heart strong enough to overcome fear that your voice can be heard... and others like myself have been inspired by his words and actions to do things we never thought we would have the courage to do before. To me that is the mark of a great man and a great leader who has now reached the pinnacle of the destiny he has always been heading for with still many places to go.

And that to me does not include a "horserace" wrapped in the mire of sound bites, pretention, and spending money on worthless ads that do nothing to further the cause he is so right to see as the most challenging crisis we have ever faced as a civilization. He is the leader of a worldwide mass grassroots movement to change this world for the better and answer the call because WE WILL FAIL by ignoring it, and to me you don't get much higher than that when it comes to being a true catalyst for real change.

That is why we need him now to continue his work for our planet. We need him to continue to inspire people across the globe to finally get up and join in this mission to save ourselves and our only home for future generations. And I stand with him. He is being the change he wishes to see in this world, and it is now our turn.

The picture in this entry was drawn by Fred Harper and posted with permission of him because his depiction of Mr. Gore was right on target. It may be hard for some to think of him as anything but president in their own idea of what it is, but I believe that is because their scope is limited to titles. What he is now doing so far surpasses anything that any president could do or has done, and is in my view the right approach now considering the circumstances and the times we live in.

The past is the past, but the future is ours to make and for me I choose to make my future myself and look to Mr. Gore as an example of what can be accomplished when you put your mind, heart, and soul to it in a common cause. There is no more greater a man than he who can inspire worldwide change selflessly by inspiring others to action, and I thank him.

Tags: Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, businessman, citizen activism, CURRENT tv, Generation Investment Management, Global Environmental Ambassador, live earth, Statesman, Teacher, The Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Project (all tags)

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18 Comments

Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

I largely agree with your sentiments and feel the work that Al has done with the climate crisis has been truly incredible.  Likewise, I will respect whatever decision he reaches regarding 2008, but...he has admitted himself that there is no better place than the Presidency to influence opinion and policy on global warming and other issues.  He can still change people's lives and he can still shift public opinion (as you mention), but he can do so at a much faster and meaningful rate.  More importantly though, he wouldn't need to influence someone else's political agenda because he would be the one setting it.

His reason for not jumping in the race, as he says, is because he doesn't think he is "very good" at electoral politics.  I'd argue that he'd have the backing of the hundreds of thousands of Internet activists to keep the media in check this time around...which was his only flaw in 2000.  Call it a fantasy if you will, but I'm still hoping Al Gore runs for President.

by NYPopulist 2007-07-22 07:48AM | 0 recs
Oh, And this article too :)

San Francisco Gate

Al Gore needs to work for global change from the inside

Michael Yaki

Sunday, July 22, 2007

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg i?file=/c/a/2007/07/22/INGKER31MT1.DTL

and

This one too!

July 20, 2007
America’s Best Days Are Ahead: President Al Gore’s Inaugural Address (Brent Budowsky)

http://pundits.thehill.com/2007/07/20/am ericas-best-days-are-ahead-the-inaugural /

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, And this article too :)

His, or Brent Budowsky's fantasy. Don't people have more important things to write about now? You know, like what solutions we should be coming to to solve this crisis that Mr. Gore asked US to answer the call for? BTW, have you signed the Live Earth Pledge? Do you even know what it is?

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

Please, spare me the he would have people watching his back this time excuse. Where are they now then? How many of those who care so much for him even cared about Live Earth or even discuss his work now? To me there is nothing but a bunch of Internet harrassers on these blogs constantly pushing him to run because they don't want Hillary Clinton. And that to me is a lame excuse for pushing him into something he himself has admitted was a FAILURE in getting this done previously...being IN that BS beltway.

He has done more than any president could do on this and admitted that as well on CBS, but I suppose the times when he does say those kinds of things don't stay in the consciousness of those who want to do nothing but push him instead of really supporting him, and more importantly this planet by answering the call now.

If the presidency is so wonderful in setting policy on this, which in case you didn't know in a Democracy cannot be done without a groundswell from the people and Congress, not in the "unitary executive" atmosphere we have now, name every policy set in the last thirty years. You can't, because there wasn't any, even during the time he was Vice President.

Tell me then why he came up against nothing but brick walls in that toxic system on this and why there is still NOTHING coming out of this Congress. You don't know? I'll tell you why. LOBBYISTS and the corruption of Washington DC that will not disappear with just ONE candidate regardless of who it is and that is because it has to come from the GROUND UP, which is where he is now, and where I am too.

He could not do this faster from that stifled office now. If so, prove it, because this isn't about him to him, this is about doing what is the most effective in getting progress made on a crisis that IS changing the relationship between species and this planet. And I believe his strategy now to address this is brilliant, and if people who claim to support him can only "have his back" if he runs in the same system that he excoriated in The Assault On Reason, then they don't really support his work now or see the urgency of what this world now faces at our own hands.

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 08:12AM | 0 recs
So, obviously you didn't write this post

where is the link?

Here by chance?

http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/200 7/7/22/95355/1772

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: So, obviously you didn't write this post

That's the link to MY story on Political Cortex as LadyInBlack, which is my moniker on that site. Is that a crime now? Other than that what can you contribute to this thread?

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: So, obviously you didn't write this post

http://www.democraticunderground.com/dis cuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum= 389&topic_id=1395964&mesg_id=139 5964

Oh, and don't forget to read it here too where I also posted it since you are so "concerned."

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 01:08PM | 0 recs
if you are indeed

Lady in Black who wrote in on Political Cortex, fine, I would have i guess expected you to mention that in the posting as many do considering you are using different names.

And second, your sarcasm here surprises me that you are the same person.

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 04:13PM | 0 recs
So, in other words, you posted someone slses

story, to try to use it as a message of some sort, that seems to be beyond you.

You don't know that the President sets things like energy policy?  hmmmmmm.

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 09:31AM | 0 recs
Re: So, in other words, you posted someone slses

Really? Then why didn't Clinton do it when Gore was Vice President? You think HE doesn't know the best way to handle this after what he saw firsthand? Who are you to tell him he isn't doing this the right way? And if you and others are so upset with the way things are now, where have you been for the last seven years? You now expect Al Gore to come and "save you" as if what he is doing now is worthless? How arrogant. As if the climate crisis is really a priority to those who all of sudden see it as something to use for their own political ends.

Al Gore has been speaking about this for thirty years and was IGNORED in that beltway, and here we are. And now he can do this as HE chooses as a liberated man without the the BS constraints of politics while serving his conscience. I say, good for him because without that groundswell of people DEMANDING change and working for it NOW, it ain't gonna happen from Washington DC no matter how much you sugarcoat it.

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 01:02PM | 0 recs
Why are you confusing Bill clinton with Al Gore

is beyond me.

Bill Clinton was the president.  Al Gore was HIS VICE PRESDIDENT.  He is there to serve the President.

Bill Clinton deregulated Energy.  Bill Clinton had different values and policies than an Al Gore believes in or would implemented.  

funny how one of the major accomplishments of the Clinton Administration had in reinventing the goverment in getting rid of waste and reducing and getting the surplus was charged with Al Gore.

And on NAFTA, the other thing Bill Clinton pushed for and asked Al Gore to lobby Congress on, was AGAIN Bill Clinton, the President.

Bill Clinton, the President was even quoted last oyear in his round of interviews with the "bloggers" to prepare for his wifes Presidential run as saying (obviously he didn't think to long on it's repercussions for answering this)

"Clinton took the time to methodically take me through each law, citing facts, figures and circumstances of the time, telling me his regrets and allowing me to chime in when I had something to add or ask. Because I didn’t think I’d be talking to him, I wasn’t holding pen and paper, and I didn’t have my recorder with me. So I stood there, arms folded, trying futilely to absorb it all. I have to admit, much of it went over my head. I got some of it, but I couldn’t do the answer justice by trying to relay it to you here.

In a nutshell, he expressed regret over precisely what I didn’t like about those laws. He regrets the “social” impacts of NAFTA. The agreement, he told me, was a fait accompli, but he said he was certain Al Gore would beat George W. Bush and that Gore would fix it. He regrets the media-merger mania that resulted from the Telecom Act "

And finally, do you not believe that Dick Cheney and Bush created their energy policy?  Who gaves us Clear Skies Initiatives, too?

Please

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

Okay, thinkforyourself, then let's think of this:

Al Gore can advocate all he wants for changes in policy that will stop and reverse global warming.  What happens if a Republican is elected President in 2008?  

I know it's unlikely, but it's not impossible.  How likely is it that any of the current Republican candidates will move in a direction that helps stop and reverse climate change?

Gore can advocate all he wants for the next four years, but President Thompson/Romney/Guiliani/McCain is not going to listen to him.  (And please, don't quote polling data to me--this is a thought experiment, and polls measure what people were thinking last week, not what they will be thinking in November of 2008).  The best solution is for Gore to take his statemanship into the arena where he can make a difference.

by rayspace 2007-07-22 09:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

Then GUARANTEE he would win and it would be successful with all the other crap he would have to deal with. You all make it sound so simple when it isn't. I think some of you have absolutely no idea of what you speak about and obviously didn't read his book. IT HAS TO START WITH YOU, and I think HE knows better how to do this than YOU do.

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

You need to take a chill pill...and take off the caps lock key as well.

I think most everyone here supports Mr. Gore, but not everyone who supports him wants him to run (you obviously being in the latter)...we're all entitled to our own opinions and I suggest you stop talking down to those who differ from yours.  If you aren't, it sure seems like you are.

by NYPopulist 2007-07-22 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

indeed everything points to why Al Gore should be president.  

While he not only shows how he can make the incredible changes he has outside, the next level of change that needs to occur needs to be done from within.

And that's where we need him next.

Time for a COOL change,
Gore
2008

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-22 09:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

You can't cahnge WITHIN unless you change OUTSIDE FIRST. So since you feel that way what are you doing to help this cause now besides shaking you pom poms here?

by thinkforyourself 2007-07-22 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Gore Has Found His Calling

Good FastCompany profile of Al Gore.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/ features-gore.html

by pontificator 2007-07-22 12:26PM | 0 recs
Gore says there is a planetary emergency.

Ergo: he has no choice but to run.

However, filing deadlines seemingly begin in November. It's his choice if he wants to wait until then. There is no rush, except for the fact that he does need forces on the ground and that is something that he needs to pay attention to, if he's going to run.

by NuevoLiberal 2007-07-22 05:28PM | 0 recs

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