Clicking on banner ads enables JWR to constantly improve
Jewish World Review August 9, 2002 / 1 Elul, 5762

Dick Morris

Dick Morris
JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Ann Coulter
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

As America unites,
Gore goes divisive | Hypocritically attacking "those who believed they were entitled to govern because of their station in life," Al Gore, the son of former Congressman Al Gore, the son of former Senator Al Gore, and the designee of President Clinton as Vice President, has cast his lot with the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Boycotting the Democratic Leadership Council meeting in New York City while he lunched a few blocks away, Gore has decided to embrace economic populism as his core message. Pitting the rich against the poor and the haves against the have nots, Gore frames the key question in our politics as "how do we make sure that political power is used for the benefit of the many, rather than the few?"

While all of America is hanging signs out of their windows saying "united we stand," Al Gore has identified the enemy: our fellow Americans. Even though 9-11 has made clear to us all that our enemies can strike suddenly, destroying rich and poor alike, Al Gore is basing his political appeal on dividing us along class lines. The issue is not how to protect America against terrorism, asking some for the ultimate sacrifice to assure the safety of the rest, for Gore it is how to divide the pie.

Gore declares that "this struggle between the people and the powerful was at the heart of every major domestic issue of the 2000 campaign and is still the central dynamic of politics in 2002."

Really? Which among the powerful wants more terrorism? Who among their ranks hopes the world's climate changes destroy our ecosystem? Is the Republican belief that a prescription drug benefit for the elderly can best be administered by private companies truly an indication that they don't care? Does the GOP's view that patients should appeal HMO decisions to arbitration while Democrats want the courts to handle the cases reveal an anti-people attitude among Republicans?

Al Gore has, apparently decided to move his candidacy from the kind of commitment to solving problems all Americans have in common which characterized the Clinton Administration to a divide and conquer strategy to make some of us hate others of us and base our political decisions on these conflicts.

This switch in his positioning represents the grossest possible miseading of what Americans think and want in 2002. We have just been through events on 9-11 which united us as nothing else has since 1941. Americans feel endangered and know that only by working together can we again feel safe. We feel that our strongest institutions are in jeopardy from random terror and violence. We know that we must help each other, care for one another, and love other Americans to make it through these tough times.

Leaders like Senator Joseph Lieberman understand that political dialogue only one year after 9-11 must remain within a narrower band than Gore's class warfare rhetoric implies. The public will accept politicians who disagree and even those who fight with one another. But they will draw the line at following political leaders who attack the motivations of their opponents and who accuse them of not having our best interests in their hearts.

Within the Democratic Party has always run a fault line between the left and the center. The left sees Wall Street as an enemy. The center identifies it as a partner in solving America's problems. The left panders to the poor by pointing at the rich as their enemy. The center asks all of us to study ways to improve ourselves and act with greater responsibility. The left rekindles racism by splitting Americans according to their weath and, through affirmative action, by their race and gender. The center treats them as individuals and asks an end to debilitating division.

Al Gore used to be an apostle of the center, working with Bill Clinton to move America forward. Now, he has joined the ranks of Mondale, Dukakis, and Jerry Brown as a card carrying liberal. It's a loss for the nation, a mistake by Gore, and bad news for Democrats everywhere.

Enjoy this writer's work? Why not sign-up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Dick Morris is the author of, among others, "Power Plays: Top 20 Winning and Losing Strategies of History's Great Political Leaders" Comment by clicking here.


08/01/02: Bush must focus on big picture
07/23/02: Election 2002: Advantage Dems
07/19/02: Rudy for SEC tough cop
07/17/02: The investor strike
07/15/02: Door open for drug testing students --- go for it, GOP!
07/12/02: Dubya looking out for No. 1?
07/03/02: The DNA war for Bush's soul
06/21/02: Why are conservatives winning?
06/19/02: Learning to love the feds
06/14/02: Hey, journalists and Dems: Dubya is doing just fine
06/12/02: It's terrorism, stupid!
06/10/02: Sanctions are a potent weapon
06/04/02: Al Qaeda's more dangerous new front
05/31/02: Why '04 looks tough for liberal Dems
05/24/02: Democratic self-destruction
05/22/02: The Clinton failures
05/15/02: Pataki positioned to win
05/08/02: A wakeup-call for American Jewry
05/03/02: Give Bush back his focus
05/01/02: Immigration fault li(n)es
04/25/02: It's the war, stupid
04/17/02: Bush goes small bore
04/12/02: Bush must be a gentle partisan
04/10/02: In defense of polling
04/08/02: Focus on Iraq, not the Palestinians
04/01/02: Only Internet will bring real campaign finance reform
03/27/02: Where W's drawn a line in the sand
03/22/02: Enron scandal will not trigger a wave of economic populism
03/20/02: Term-limited --- by war
03/15/02: Europe doesn't have a clue
03/11/02: Bush popularity = GOP win?
03/01/02: Will America be forced to chase its tail in its war on terrorism?
02/27/02: The Arafat/Saddam equilibrium must be destroyed
02/21/02: Campaign finance reform won't hurt GOPers
02/13/02: Dodd scurries for cover
02/11/02: U.S. 'unilateralism'? The Europeans don't have a case
02/06/02: WAR: What women want
02/01/02: They all talk in the end
01/30/01: The odd couple: Chris Dodd and Arthur Andersen
01/22/01: His father's son? Bush better get an 'Act II' fast!
01/18/01: Dubya & the 'vision thing'
01/14/01: The Rumsfeld Doctrine 01/03/01: A President Gore would have been a disaster
01/03/02: Clinton's priority: Political correctness over fighting terror
12/27/01: Terror network grew out of Clinton's inaction, despite warnings
12/24/01: Call 'em back, George
12/18/01: What Bush did right
12/13/01: Libs worry too much
12/11/01: "Open Sesame": Feinstein's proposed bill allows 100,000 non-immigrant students from anti-American countries to our shores
12/07/01: The non-partisan president
12/05/01: Both parties are phony on stimulus debate
11/29/01: When terrorists can enter legally, it's time to change the laws
11/21/01: Go for the jugular!
11/16/01: You are all incumbents
11/14/01: Clinton's failure to mobilize America to confront foreign terror after the 1993 attack led directly to 9-11 disaster
11/12/01: To the generals: Don't worry about losing support
11/08/01: The death of the white liberal
11/07/01: Our leaders are being transformed in a way unprecedented in post-World War II history

© 2001, Dick Morris