We Need A New Al Gore-ithm

Algorithm. A concise and defined sequence of events leading to an unambiguous conclusion. What is clear, irrespective of one’s political leanings, is that events leading up to and following the November Presidential election in the United States this year have been murky. The Presidential debates were full of rancor, and many Americans lost respect for the process. Social media relations were fractured, and calls for unity seemed hollow. The President and his most ardent supporters vowed to not go quietly into the night. However, in the wake of yesterday’s chaos in the Capitol, what we are witnessing is less a display of patriotism than it is of mob mentality gone awry.

The fallout has begun in earnest. Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell strongly condemned the violent disruptions in the Capitol yesterday. Significant White House officials are resigning in apparent protest of the protest. Lindsey Graham said: “Count me out. Enough is enough”.

Apparently claims about The Art of the Steal aren’t as effective as The Art of the Deal after all. So in the wake of reports from Yahoo that the yahoos who invaded the Capitol have pledged to continue their rejection of the the election (referring to Biden as “He ain’t my President”), it is time for Donald Trump to move on. To avoid further chaos and bloodshed on Inauguration Day in less than two weeks, he needs to model an Al Gore-ithm.

Al Gore won the national popular vote by more than 500,000 votes in 2000, but narrowly lost Florida, giving the Electoral College to George Bush by the slimmest of margins at 271 to 266. The edge of that razor was much thinner than the final Biden/Trump tally of 306 to 232. Yet on December 13, 2000, Al Gore conceded his loss in a televised speech saying that while he was deeply disappointed and sharply disagreed with the Supreme Court verdict that ended his campaign, ”partisan rancor must now be put aside.” “I accept the finality of this outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College” he said. “And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”

I voted for Trump without enthusiasm for his foibles, but in greater fear of trends that I was seeing in a dangerously influential element of the Democratic party. But what I witnessed in images from the Capitol yesterday was deeply disturbing. I would encourage everyone to view Gore’s stirring seven minute speech. The patriotic sentiments and feelings are as timely now as they were in 2000. Most of all, it is a speech that Trump needs to view. And if he has viewed it, needs to view again and take to heart. For it is only from Trump’s mouth directly that his minions take their marching orders.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

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10 Responses to We Need A New Al Gore-ithm

  1. Daniel Lack says:

    Unfortunately Don Trump will never be like Al Gore. I’m sorry that you were more concerned about a few far left Democratic Representatives in Congress than the deep-seated fascist element in the Republican Party when you voted in November.

    • I beg to differ on an important count, Dan. It is no more representative of the Republican Party to say that there is deep-seated fascism than it is of the Democratic Party to say that that ultra-liberalists are few in number. That is a convenient denial of what we have witnessed, as the Democratic Party is being progressively hijacked by those with an “anything goes” agenda. In the wake of conservatives condemning fringe hooligans, it is high time that minority democratic leaders and “white privilege apologists” within the party do the same with the the dissenters who violently disrupted our cities last summer. Once Biden & Harris take office on January 20, I hope a different tone will take over the country, but it has to be a truly inclusive one. Titling the see-saw toward Minority Privilege as reparations for victimization is merely faux-inclusionism. I don’t think any of us want to see a repeat of last summer, and it’s going to take a different approach than raised fists to accomplish that.

  2. Daniel Lack says:

    We do disagree on the amount of inherent fascism in the Republican party vs. “ultra-liberalism” in the Democratic party. I hope that yesterday’s events will help to convince you that the power structure of the Republican party is actively involved in the attempted destruction of our democracy. I don’t recall any national Democratic leaders calling for the looting of stores in the cities where rioting occurred last summer.

    • I cited above that the Republican power structure has had a wake-up call. They certainly did not call for violent disruption. Credit for stoking the crowd goes to The Donald, and it’s predictable that he would duck responsibility after pandering to the lowest common denominators of the party. There is no excuse for his modus operandi, and we’d be naive to think for a moment that he’s any less ruthless than Richard Nixon, for example – just less refined. That is the nature of power brokers – we’re just simply not privy to the cutthroat nature of politics, but let’s not be naive.

      While Democratic leaders did not actively call for violence last year, they largely turned a blind eye to the civil unrest, rioting, and destruction of property until it was too late.
      Closer to home (for me), I witnessed the same thing occurred with Bill de Blasio in NYC. The hands of law enforcement were tied, and to quote former New York Governor George Pataki, NYC was on the verge of a “regression to those dark days when criminals ruled the streets” by what at best was benign neglect.
      The straw that broke my back last summer was what transpired in my town one afternoon and evening. Hordes of minority youth stormed the beach in protest, partied and then trashed the town, urinated in our back yards and harassed as well as assaulted local residents. Our mayor, a Republican, made it clear that such actions would not be tolerated again. (Fool me once, etc.). But our disingenuous Democratic Governor who is a champion of social distancing? Not a peep about it. Area civil rights activists? Not a word about it. Again, empowerment by neglect. The irresponsibility of liberal leadership is signaled by its silence. That’s why I feel it is essential to have this as part of the narrative going forward, so that the riotous nature of last summer does not repeat itself.

  3. Daniel Lack says:

    You seem to be separating the Republican power structure from Donald. He is the Republican party. 121 Republican Congressmen and 6 Republican Senators repeated Donald’s conspiracy theory about the election (that instigated the Washington mob) and voted to support the rejection of Arizona’s electors even after the Capitol had been ransacked.
    93% of the BLM protests were peaceful. https://time.com/5886348/report-peaceful-protests/
    Biden did condemn the violence, including antifa. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-fail-condemn-antifa/
    I’m sorry to hear about the incident in your town last summer. But voting for Donald in November was no solution to that problem. In fact things will get a lot worse for you if fascists succeed in taking over the nation. At least one of the mobsters in the Capitol yesterday was wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt.

    • Donald clearly isn’t the Republican Party. He’s the Donald Party. While 122 House Republicans voted to agree to the objection to certification of Arizona’s Electoral College, 82 voted against. And in the Senate, Republicans voted overwhelmingly against the objection, with only six voting in support. And only 7% of the BLM protests were violent? That’s 7% too many. (And you know the old saying, it ain’t rare if it’s in your chair.) So what % of non-minority protests erupt in violence?

      I think it’s obvious that I’m no fan of fascist or neo-Nazi groups. I have been comforted by the thought over the past 4 years that the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt fellow has been well-neutralized by Donald’s closest advisers, who happen to be observant Jews and strong supporters of Israel (Ivanka and Jared.) But BLM-ers? Don’t kid yourself. They have no regard or use for you, my friend. Generally speaking, they have no regard for history when it comes to acknowledging how Jews were intimately involved in the civil rights marches of the ’60s or in the NAACP. I’m afraid you are too privileged to have a legitimate voice in oppression and victimization. In that sense, voting for Biden and Harris provides only a false sense of security. That is, until we move more toward true unity rather than inverting privilege.

  4. Daniel Lack says:

    Clearly Donald is the Republican party that has taken care not to cross him lest he deliver a mean tweet. The support of 122 House Republicans (vs. 82) is significant.

    Yes, violence of 7% of BLM protests is too many. News coverage concentrated on the violence so it appeared to be more prevalent. Some of the violence was committed by right wingers posing as BLM supporters.

    Obviously you are not a fascist. But fascists support Donald and if they take over and he loses control of them, as he did when they stormed the Capitol, you can be sure that Jews and non-white people will be at the top of their list of people to attack.

    We disagree about whether the threat is greater from BLM or the fascists and which party has greater infiltration by their respective militants and therefore is the greater threat.

    Let’s leave it at that.

  5. Dominick Maino says:

    The Republican Party has been headed down this path of fascism and racism for decades. It was planned out carefully….starting small and now at the level of the president. Read this for how it developed. How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America Hardcover –by Heather Cox Richardson. Also read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Paperback – by Timothy Snyder . Republicans fit this more so than Democrats. Reagan didn’t start this for the Republicans but he perfected it…. he started the big lie about Welfare Queens…..and the the myth of the cowboy being self-sufficient…. If you’ve been paying attention….it’s been Republicans enabling Trump all the way. BLM did not bring guns to Michigan….or plan to kidnap and kill the governor. Liberals did not stand outside their homes with automatic rifles. Liberals did not cross state lines from Illinois to Wisconsin to kill others in Kenosha. You seem to have missed much of the important news….

  6. Au contraire, my friend. Look at the Republican presidential debates in recent history, and you’ll see a much more heterogeneous spectrum of opinion and philosophy than what you’re painting. You have the cart before the horse. Politicians are principally survival machines, concerned with 1) the $ sources that fill their election coffers and 2) the constituencies that bring them the most votes. The bedfellows dictate policies and leanings more so than the inverse. Apparently we all watch and read news through our pet filters. So to give you some of my recommended reading material in case you’re interested in a different take on things, check out: a) Shame: How America’s Past Since Have Polarized Our Country by Shelby Steele; b) Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, .Gender, and Identity – and Why This Harms Everybody by Pluckrose & Lindsay; c) Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape From the Democrat Plantation by Owens; and d) Winning Practices of a Free, Fit, and Prosperous People by Bitz.

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