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There's a certain maxim in the Appalachians. If you haven't grown up there, you might not find it convincing.
That maxim is: No politician can be trusted.
Your average braces-clad teenager will swear by God Above that she won't eat gummi bears, they're so bad for her teeth, and she wants to look great when these metal horrors come off. But when you send her into the candy shop to find out what time it is, she'll come out unable to tell you because of all the gummi bears bonding to her braces.
Politicians are like that. And if I can remember Eisenhower, and tell you all about the Three Edwards of England, do you want to disagree with me?
Now to the point that may lose me my legions of readers.
That would be Al Gore.
No one stands ahead of me in concern about global warming. I don't need a fancy movie or a famous politician to tell me that we've put the earth on the stove to simmer like a pot of bean soup. I'm concerned to the point of altering my lifestyle.
Please forgive me, kind readers, for thinking that Al Gore's sudden plea to pay attention to this problem rings hollow.
"Well, Anne, why would you feel that way? He's calling attention to a major problem! (And paving the way to a presidential nomination, of course.)"
In 1997 the United Nations convened an international forum to deal with the threat of global warming. From that forum sprang the Kyoto Protocol, a bold document that called for drastic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, worldwide.
At that time, as now, the United States led the world in CO2 emissions.
The United States did not sign the Kyoto Protocol.
Quick, kids! Who was the sitting vice president when the UN drafted the Kyoto Protocol?
Emmmmm ... Spiro T. Agnew?
Sorry. It was Al Gore.
And what was Al Gore doing in those years when he could have been crusading boldly against Big Business and Big Government and Fat Cat Lobbyists on behalf of our steamy little planet?
He was the headliner at Democratic Party fundraisers.
If memory serves me, he did attend Princess Diana's funeral.
It's not that I don't applaud Mr. Gore for his film and his genuine worry about the future of the earth. But from where this hillbilly is sitting, he's standing in the barnyard with a key in his pocket, and the horse is galloping away into the steamy sunset.
So you say, "Well, if he had become a national spokesman for reducing CO2 emissions, he might not have been the Democratic nominee in 2000." So? The election got stolen anyway, it would have been stolen from any Democrat who ran, and Mr. Gore's credibility would be a lot higher, at least in this goat pasture.
So let's add to the list of Inconvenient Truths the sad fact that the Clinton Administration ignored global warming and then turned the reins of power over to a horde of barbarous cretins who ignore everything except stuffing their pockets with cash.
So, hate me if you want to, but this hillbilly says "An Inconvenient Truth" is coming to a theatre near you ten years after it should have been made by the same dude.
Ah, but he did generate a lot of cash for all those Demopublican candidates, now, din he?
Now watch this, I'll show you how smart I am:
"Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me."
(If you give me another chance, we'll return to religion tomorrow.)
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