I've been discussing the presidential election with a number of my friends, and I'm consistently surprised by their perception that Republicans and Democrats are exactly alike, only interested in serving the needs of their corporate masters. The Ralph Nader world view, basically. These friends of mine are good, smart people, with hefty intellects, solid educations, and real generosity of spirit. I think they should know better. Yes, both parties are beholden to private corporate interests, but there is a significant level of difference between the levels of enslavement. Plus, the Democrats embrace certain principles that are fundamentally at odds with the Republican movement conservative juggernaut. Progressive versus regressive taxes, support for universal healthcare, global warming and the environment are good examples.
And so is this. Check out the short video below of Al Gore speaking logically and passionately about the fact that gay Americans deserve to commit to one another through marriage, and that it's absolutely stupid for Republicans to deny gay Americans that right. Watch it:
Side note: Don't you think Al Gore has aged incredibly since the 2000 election? He doesn't look good. I hope he takes care of himself. This country needs his thought leadership, whether he ever ends up running for president or not.