Al Gore: 'Our Democracy Has Been Hacked'

Image: Al Gore: 'Our Democracy Has Been Hacked'

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:06 AM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about the nexus between global warming, politics, and money at the Chicago Theological Seminary on Monday at the invitation of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, The Chicago Maroon reported.

If Thomas Paine were alive today and asked to go on Philadelphia television to explain the ideas he wrote about in "Common Sense," he'd quickly discover that in our time very wealthy people pay the gatekeepers who control "access to the public discourse," Gore said.

Gore declared, "The American political system is an utter catastrophe. Our democracy has been hacked. The country is utterly and completely paralyzed. Hog-tied. And on a measure that will mean countless deaths in the future," if global warming led to "what scientists have warned us about," according to Politico.

He described how members of Congress need to devote parts of every day raising money from rich people. That money buys "the piper" influence, said Gore.

Before Gore became vice president, he served in both the Senate and House. He lost the 2000 presidential elections to George W. Bush in the Electoral College though he captured 543,895 more votes than Bush. He has since focused his energies on climate change, according to Politico.

Gore attributed what he saw as a failure to act on climate change to a dysfunctional political system. "The truth doesn't matter the way it should" because "large carbon polluters have a business plan that is threatened by anyone saying, 'You are using the atmosphere as an open sewer and, well, that has got to stop.'"

He said that some Republicans had once championed conservation and the environment but that these causes today ran against GOP "orthodoxy." Gore said, "It's not complicated why they have been cowed. They will face primary opponents financed by the Koch brothers and others even if they breathe the simplest truth about climate change," Politico reported.

Gore asked: "If … you were somehow magically able to consult with 10,000 leading heart specialists in the world, and 9,999 of them said, 'Oh my god, you've got to take this medicine, change your diet, get some exercise, and make these other changes,' but out of the 10,000 of them you found one that said, 'Well I don't know yet, the jury's still out' – what would you do?"

Gore concluded, "That is what some people are doing on climate now," the Maroon reported.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

US Army War College to Launch Plagiarism Probe on Senator's Thesis

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:36 PM

The political hole deepens for beleaguered U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana, a Democrat who is running for re-election a . . .

Honduran President: US Policy Partly to Blame for Border Crisis

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:10 PM

The president of Honduras lays part of the blame for the border crisis on an unclear immigration policy of the United St . . .

German Report: NSA Tracks Users Researching Privacy Software Online

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:12 PM

A warning to those who might do a little online research about Internet privacy software: The NSA is tracking you, a rep . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved