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Tuesday, November 29

What Should Have Been

I won't quote the whole thing, because I don't know how to do the spiffy "split screen" effect that hides ridiculously long text. But if this speech by President Gore doesn't convince you that he's the man, you may just be inconvincible.

I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.

...On the eve of the nation's decision to invade Iraq, our longest serving senator, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood on the Senate floor asked: "Why is this chamber empty? Why are these halls silent?"

The decision that was then being considered by the Senate with virtually no meaningful debate turned out to be a fateful one. A few days ago, the former head of the National Security Agency, Retired Lt. General William Odom, said, "The invasion of Iraq, I believe, will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history."

But whether you agree with his assessment or not, Senator Byrd's question is like the others that I have just posed here: he was saying, in effect, this is strange, isn't it? Aren't we supposed to have full and vigorous debates about questions as important as the choice between war and peace?

...But some extremely important elements of American Democracy have been pushed to the sidelines . And the most prominent casualty has been the "marketplace of ideas" that was so beloved and so carefully protected by our Founders. It effectively no longer exists.

It is not that we no longer share ideas with one another about public matters; of course we do. But the "Public Forum" in which our Founders searched for general agreement and applied the Rule of Reason has been grossly distorted and "restructured" beyond all recognition.

And here is my point: it is the destruction of that marketplace of ideas that accounts for the "strangeness" that now continually haunts our efforts to reason together about the choices we must make as a nation.

Oi! I'm verklempt! Just go read the whole know you wanna. And by all means, please talk amongst yourselves...

[Ed. Adding a couple of pictures to this introductory post by Cedwyn -- NeuvoLiberal.
Not sure where the first picture is from the one below is from the We media address:

Image sources:
1. B/W snap: url
2. We Media: url ]

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Comments on "What Should Have Been"


Blogger NeuvoLiberal (@ 11/29/2005 11:55 PM) said:  

Good to see you, Cedwyn!

Thanks for joining us, and for the post.

I'll post some help on posting soon, including how to split a post into two parts.

Also, here is the direct link to the We Media speech by Al Gore that you excerpted from (for reader's convenience).


Blogger Fancy Pants Elitist (@ 11/30/2005 6:41 PM) said:  

Nuevo... I think you mean "invincible" not inconvincible. :)

I'll look into how to do the extended comments, but what I think everyone needs to have is their own blog where they continue their comments. It looks like blogspot doesn't have that capability.


Blogger NeuvoLiberal (@ 11/30/2005 10:09 PM) said:  

Hi fancy,

cedwyn posted the entry. I just added an editorial extension to it to include a picture with it. I'll clarify that.



Blogger Fancy Pants Elitist (@ 12/01/2005 1:47 AM) said:  

so how do you add a blog with a split? You obviously figured it out.


Blogger NeuvoLiberal (@ 12/01/2005 4:01 AM) said:  

joy, sent you an email with the instructions for splitting a post. I am unable insert that code here (due to the limitations of the comments editor), but i'll try to post it in some other fashion.


Blogger Cedwyn (@ 12/02/2005 10:27 PM) said:  

thanks for the blog split and the addition of the pics. they are a lovely touch.


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