Earlier this week, Al Gore was on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and with respect to the debt ceiling deal that had just passed, he thought it cause for a “reinvigoration of democracy” or an “American spring,”:
"[I]want to focus on one particular suggestion you had about using the wonderful digital tools that are newly available for the reinvigoration of democracy,” Gore said. “Now, they have been around for a while, but they are spreading far and wide and more people are getting involved. We need to have an American spring — you know, the Arab spring. The non-violent part of it isn’t finished yet, but we need to have an American spring, a kind of an American non-violent change where people on the grassroots get involved again. Not the, you know, not in the Tea Party-style.”
Gore took his attack to favorite left-wing targets: the Fox News Channel, and David and Charles Koch.
“There are people who are genuinely upset in the Tea Party,” Gore continued. “I understand that, but that movement was funded with seed money from right-wing billionaires, the Koch Brothers, and promoted on Fox News and turned into a stalking horse for this right-wing agenda that a lot of people have been trying to push on this country for a long time.”
After reading this, it struck us: What it is algore desires is a call to arms to.... protect the status quo. Imagine that: a revolution to keep things just as they are!
Record debt and deficits? Apparently, they're all for it. Unsustainable entitlement programs? More, please. Increased government power? Right on, man. Power to the people? Hell, no.
It shouldn't surprise anybody then that it would be Al Gore at the intellectual spear tip of the most counter-intuitive democratic uprising in history. No change!
All this begs the question, then: who are the real progressives in this battle we have seen joined over the past 2-1/2 years with respect to the growth and influence of government power? Who are the progressives who are demanding change and who are the, and we hate to do this but, who are the "conservatives" who are fighting tooth and nail for the good ol' days when it was cool to saddle future generations with insurmountable debts and when in the name of "equal access" and "affordability" everyone thought it quite righteous that the government force its citizens to purchase a service from a private entity such as health care insurance?
In the effort to prevent the Leviathan of the federal government from imploding on itself and thus taking the entire country with it, the lexicon of political terminology has been turned on its head.