Gore's "Mansion?"

First it was John Edwards's mansion preventing him from fighting poverty. Now, it's Al Gore's energy-guzzling mansion stopping him from fighting global warming. Gore's getting solar panels on the roof and all his energy is renewable. But that's not the point.

If you want to lead a movement, you should not have the slightest appearance of hypocrisy. That means no mansions, no SUVs, no exploited immigrant maids, nothing. If it means living a little below your rich buddies, so be it. This is not just your job, it is your responsibility to a movement of millions of people who have put their trust in you as their leader.

Probably no candidates are going to read this. But the point is, leaders should lead by example.

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Leading by example doesn't mean being perfect.

The Gore's are reportedly getting ready to put in solar panels. Would it have been better if this had been done prior to his national campaign/documentary release? Uh....yes.

I don't look for perfection in my leaders. It would be nice if there was no appearance of hypocrisy, but in the real world, there is.

Then....I guess Gore could have sat on his fanny and waited for those solar panels to get installed instead of being the catalyst for a world-wide movement.



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This is nothing but a right wing smear.

Check it out on thinkprogress.
It's been on a Tennessee right-wing fake think tank, and on the Drudge report.

1) Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology.

2) Gore has had a consistent position of purchasing carbon offsets to offset the family’s carbon footprint — a concept the right-wing fails to understand. Gore’s office explains:

What Mr. Gore has asked is that every family calculate their carbon footprint and try to reduce it as much as possible. Once they have done so, he then advocates that they purchase offsets, as the Gore’s do, to bring their footprint down to zero.

The right is pretending not to understand carbon offsets, so they can claim somehow Gore is buying permission to have a larger carbon footprint. Permission? from whom?

This is nothing but a right wing boating smear

You got that right!

First it was the plantation slow boat smear by Art Pope on Edwards and now another low level electrial boat neo-con dumb ass no knowing think tank smear on Gore.

I am going to get a toy submarine from Toy's and US and sink every damn conservative phony foundation in this country next week. I hope they freeze their boating ass in the Cold Warming of the North Pole.

The Party of Greed

hates it when Dems have bigger mansions than they do. That's all this is about. Drudge is a total whore for the right wing wackos, without a shred of conscience or integrity. He's mastered the art of smearing and attacking . . . enabled by people like Karl "Bush's Brain" Rove.

This is one reason I've become so hostile myself over the past year when it comes to attacking Republicans. They expect Dems to play nice and behave and let their smear machines run unchallenged.

Well I say screw that. We have our own little Drudges and Roves right here in the empire that Art Pope built - and they've been running unchallenged for twenty years. It's time to take them down and shut them up.

Oh No! Not another Pope story on me! * Art

- and they've been running unchallenged for twenty years. It's time to take them down and shut them up.* A

You got that right A. If not for Blue NC and yourself for the past year tearing into the Pope gang and exposing their desire to control this state with their police state conservative neo-con mind set. The Democrat activists and the others would have no idea who the greatest threat these puppets are to individual civil rights.

We know the Pope puppets stay glue to this site 24/7 praying like hell that this site will disappear from the political scene of North Carolina.

For over two years most folks thought I was nuts for tangling with the Pope gang and it's control over this state with the mainstream media and constant thug like tactics in politics.

Pound the bastards! They can't hid anymore on the net. Make Hood split his coffee out in the morning when he reads Blue NC and ruins his keyboard.

When I read

the word "hypocrisy" I imagine in my mind someone who preaches something s/he obviously does not believe. That is not the case when someone is actively taking steps to make changes in their life and lifestyle.

I mean, is my friend a hypocrit if she tries to talk her neighbors into pushing the town to recycle more materials, but yet she doesn't even take her tin cans and magazines and cereal boxes to the proper recycle centers in the next county? Does she really have to wait until she's become a perfect recycler before she tries to lead her community towards being better about recycling?

I don't know about calling folks like the Gore's and Edwards' out about their lack of complete perfection. That act in itself appears a wee bit hypocritical to me. I think that watching people like the Gore's and the Edwards' -- who don't need to lower their energy usage in order to save money -- cut their energy usage for all the right reasons is an effective motivator for the rest of us. Poking a lip out and fussing because the panels weren't on before Al started preaching energy conservation is going just a bit over the "childish" line.

Anyway, where the hell was Kennedy's rocket science degree when he started the Apollo project? That's what the world really wants to know.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thank You

Thank you for not being nice about Right Wing B***Sh**.

Because that's all it is.

What I have found very revealing

Is the differences between the reactions on kos to this story and the Edwards story. Very similar situations, story created by very similar groups, and yet with Edwards it was bad and evil but Gore it is a smear.

I thought of diaring but decided against it.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

I Wouldn't Give Them One More Note

for their out of tune noise machine.

*Yawn* Same ol' RW BS.

I totally agree that this is bullshit

Don't get me wrong. Gore is my number 1, Edwards my number 2 choice. But when their lifestyles contrast even superficially with their beliefs, it hurts them. And if it hurts them, it hurts us, their supporters.

I'm not calling them hypocrites, but they're setting themselves up for smears like this. They need to be more careful.

Kinda wish Gore would reduce his energy bill and help fund his campaign with the difference...but that's his call.

So it's Okay -

for Republicans to be rich and have nice things but it's not okay for Democrats.

Is that what you're saying?

Because that is totally off the wall. I don't care if other people are rich - more power to them.

What pisses me off is when they take the food right out of my mouth. That bugs me.

It's not the Democrats inflating the budget for the Department of Defense (and all their contractor buddies). It's not the Democrats trying to cut Medicare, Medicare, Headstart, Social Security, the EPA, and the FDA - it's the Republicans.

It's not the Democrats giving tax cuts to the wealthiest citizens in our nation while raising taxes for the rest of us - it's the Republicans.

So you can keep this meme alive by repeating RW talking points or you can do some reading and some research and see how you've bought into their revisionist history.