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  • Ram Lau
    Gregory, Like what I ve been saying all along, Gore may just pull a Nixon in 2008. If Olympia Snowe is not running and Gore accepts the draft, I m joining the
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 16, 2006
      Gregory,

      Like what I've been saying all along, Gore may just pull a Nixon in
      2008. If Olympia Snowe is not running and Gore accepts the draft, I'm
      joining the Gore campaign.

      I'll catch the re-run of the speech on C-SPAN at 8PM.

      Ram


      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, "Gregory" <greggolopry@c...>
      wrote:
      >
      > I very much agree! I wonder if he had injected a bit of this type of
      > energy into the 2000 race what might have happened. Not having an
      > office to seek, or hold onto, has a very liberating effect.
      >
      > Gregory
      >
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
      > <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
      > >
      > > More and more, I've come to recognize Al Gore as the
      > > Democratic spokesman.. All the senators are too
      > > timid.. None of the House members have much name
      > > recognition, which means limited press coverage..
      > > Howard Dean's main priority is fund-raising and the
      > > Republicans and the press have managed to characterize
      > > him as unstable and extremist.. Bill Clinton has too
      > > much invested in Hillary's presidential aspirations
      > > too be very frank.. I'd like to hear more from Gore.
      > >
      > >
      > > Tom
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Is it transcribed by Drudge? LOL!
      > > >
      > > > I want to watch the real thing, hopefully C-SPAN
      > > > will re-air it soon.
      > > >
      > > > Ram
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
      > > > <gregcannon1@y...>
      > > > wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > http://www.drudgereport.com/flash1g.htm
      > > > >
      > > > > GORE BLASTS BUSH FOR 'DANGEROUS BREACH'
      > > > > Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.
      > > > > Mon Jan 16 2006 12:40:14 ET
      > > > >
      > > > > Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times
      > > > over
      > > > > the years, but we have joined together today with
      > > > > thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and
      > > > > Republicans alike-to express our shared concern
      > > > that
      > > > > America's Constitution is in grave danger.
      > > > >
      > > > > In spite of our differences over ideology and
      > > > > politics, we are in strong agreement that the
      > > > American
      > > > > values we hold most dear have been placed at
      > > > serious
      > > > > risk by the unprecedented claims of the
      > > > Administration
      > > > > to a truly breathtaking expansion of executive
      > > > power.
      > > > >
      > > > > As we begin this new year, the Executive Branch of
      > > > our
      > > > > government has been caught eavesdropping on huge
      > > > > numbers of American citizens and has brazenly
      > > > declared
      > > > > that it has the unilateral right to continue
      > > > without
      > > > > regard to the established law enacted by Congress
      > > > to
      > > > > prevent such abuses.
      > > > >
      > > > > It is imperative that respect for the rule of law
      > > > be
      > > > > restored.
      > > > >
      > > > > So, many of us have come here to Constitution Hall
      > > > to
      > > > > sound an alarm and call upon our fellow citizens
      > > > to
      > > > > put aside partisan differences and join with us in
      > > > > demanding that our Constitution be defended and
      > > > > preserved.
      > > > >
      > > > > It is appropriate that we make this appeal on the
      > > > day
      > > > > our nation has set aside to honor the life and
      > > > legacy
      > > > > of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who challenged
      > > > America
      > > > > to breathe new life into our oldest values by
      > > > > extending its promise to all our people.
      > > > >
      > > > > On this particular Martin Luther King Day, it is
      > > > > especially important to recall that for the last
      > > > > several years of his life, Dr. King was illegally
      > > > > wiretapped-one of hundreds of thousands of
      > > > Americans
      > > > > whose private communications were intercepted by
      > > > the
      > > > > U.S. government during this period.
      > > > >
      > > > > The FBI privately called King the "most dangerous
      > > > and
      > > > > effective negro leader in the country" and vowed
      > > > to
      > > > > "take him off his pedestal." The government even
      > > > > attempted to destroy his marriage and blackmail
      > > > him
      > > > > into committing suicide.
      > > > >
      > > > > This campaign continued until Dr. King's murder.
      > > > The
      > > > > discovery that the FBI conducted a long-running
      > > > and
      > > > > extensive campaign of secret electronic
      > > > surveillance
      > > > > designed to infiltrate the inner workings of the
      > > > > Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and to
      > > > learn
      > > > > the most intimate details of Dr. King's life,
      > > > helped
      > > > > to convince Congress to enact restrictions on
      > > > > wiretapping.
      > > > >
      > > > > The result was the Foreign Intelligence and
      > > > > Surveillance Act (FISA), which was enacted
      > > > expressly
      > > > > to ensure that foreign intelligence surveillance
      > > > would
      > > > > be presented to an impartial judge to verify that
      > > > > there is a sufficient cause for the surveillance.
      > > > I
      > > > > voted for that law during my first term in
      > > > Congress
      > > > > and for almost thirty years the system has proven
      > > > a
      > > > > workable and valued means of according a level of
      > > > > protection for private citizens, while permitting
      > > > > foreign surveillance to continue.
      > > > >
      > > > > Yet, just one month ago, Americans awoke to the
      > > > > shocking news that in spite of this long settled
      > > > law,
      > > > > the Executive Branch has been secretly spying on
      > > > large
      > > > > numbers of Americans for the last four years and
      > > > > eavesdropping on "large volumes of telephone
      > > > calls,
      > > > > e-mail messages, and other Internet traffic inside
      > > > the
      > > > > United States." The New York Times reported that
      > > > the
      > > > > President decided to launch this massive
      > > > eavesdropping
      > > > > program "without search warrants or any new laws
      > > > that
      > > > > would permit such domestic intelligence
      > > > collection."
      > > > >
      > > > > During the period when this eavesdropping was
      > > > still
      > > > > secret, the President went out of his way to
      > > > reassure
      > > > > the American people on more than one occasion
      > > > that, of
      > > > > course, judicial permission is required for any
      > > > > government spying on American citizens and that,
      > > > of
      > > > > course, these constitutional safeguards were still
      > > > in
      > > > > place.
      > > > >
      > > > > But surprisingly, the President's soothing
      > > > statements
      > > > > turned out to be false. Moreover, as soon as this
      > > > > massive domestic spying program was uncovered by
      > > > the
      > > > > press, the President not only confirmed that the
      > > > story
      > > > > was true, but also declared that he has no
      > > > intention
      > > > > of bringing these wholesale invasions of privacy
      > > > to an
      > > > > end.
      > > > >
      > > > > At present, we still have much to learn about the
      > > > > NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about
      > > > > this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the
      > > > > conclusion that the President of the United States
      > > > has
      > > > > been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.
      > > > >
      > > > > A president who breaks the law is a threat to the
      > > > very
      > > > > structure of our government. Our Founding Fathers
      > > > were
      > > > > adamant that they had established a government of
      > > > laws
      > > > > and not men. Indeed, they recognized that the
      > > > > structure of government they had enshrined in our
      > > > > Constitution - our system of checks and balances -
      > > > was
      > > > > designed with a central purpose of ensuring that
      > > > it
      > > > > would govern through the rule of law. As John
      > > > Adams
      > > > > said: "The executive shall never exercise the
      > > > > legislative and judicial powers, or either of
      > > > them, to
      > > > > the end that it may be a government of laws and
      > > > not of
      > > > > men."
      > > > >
      > > > > An executive who arrogates to himself the power to
      > > > > ignore the legitimate legislative directives of
      > > > the
      > > > > Congress or to act free of the check of the
      > > > judiciary
      > > > > becomes the central threat that the Founders
      > > > sought to
      > > > > nullify in the Constitution - an all-powerful
      > > > > executive too reminiscent of the King from whom
      > > > they
      > > > > had broken free. In the words of James Madison,
      > > > "the
      > > >
      > > === message truncated ===
      > >
      >
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