Alas, this Mormon cannot even vote in the US, so my support of Mr. Gore is about as useful as a hanging chad. But I can cheerlead from afar. You see, in Britain or Bangladesh, the American presidency matters, and this Briton thinks Al Gore should be the next President of the United States (again). Question is, will he run? (I hope so.)
I just watched a compelling interview with Thomas Friedman, who makes the case for a “geo-political” environmentalism: oil feeds terrorism; $70-$100 barrels of oil feed dictators and kleptocrats; fossil fuel feeds global warming that could devastate our economies; ergo America’s national interest in the 21st century would be best served by leading the world in producing alternatives to oil. I believe Friedman to be talking sense on this one. Environmentalism is no longer about hugging trees (much as I love trees), but is also about security and prosperity.
Enter Al Gore, whose documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” shows he is willing to offer leadership on this issue. (Of course, we need not wait until ’08: George W. Bush could really salvage his presidency by making this his legacy issue.)
I believe a case can easily be made for Mormon environmentalism, but there are also other reasons to wish for a Gore presidency:
1. He has the internationalist chops and the goodwill to mend America’s image abroad.
2. He’s not Hillary Clinton.
3. His wife (don’t underestimate the wife!) has taken principled stands on “moral” issues.
4. When much of his party waffled, he spoke out strongly against state-sanctioned torture, wiretapping, and the folly that is Iraq.
5. The Democratic Party needs an elder statesman to add gravitas to the left-wing ideals of social justice, environmentalism, and international responsibility.
So, I say keep an eye on Mr. Gore; do not judge him for Clinton’s infractions; see beyond the stiff of 2000; don’t vote a single-issue (be it abortion, or indeed, enviromentalism); and if Romney runs, do not be afraid to vote out of the ghetto. In the meantime, I’ve got Tony Blair to deal with.
(The opinions expressed in this post are mine only. Many of my BCC co-bloggers would love a Cheney-Rumsfeld ticket.)