Gore nears half a million signees, his book comes out in May
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 05:48:23 AM EDT
Al Gore is in DC this week, testifying before Congress, saying it's time to act on global warming. As of yesterday, Al Gore's call to action had netted 405,787 signatures. Once they reached the goal of 350,000, a new one was set of 500,000. That's an amazing number, and in March! For reference, Dean's campaign reached 500,000 in November or December. That a tremendous number of activists, and where did they all come from? It seems to have been very under the radar of the blogosphere or Moveon? Also, Gore has a book coming out in May, which is sure to generate political buzz, called The Assault on Reason. This looks like a book that passes by the flowerly language of activism and gets right to the battle our political time:
At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.
We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.
How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste.
Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.