Now that the three debates are over and we've had ample opportunityto observe Al Gore in performance, some of his odd, sometimes hystericalbehavior ought to alarm many Americans about the vice president's mentalhealth. There was that strange incident in the third debate when Gorerose out of his seat and walked threateningly over to George W. Bush,who just stood there in amazement wondering what it was all about.Bush, at a loss for words, just nodded. Gore then backed away.
What was in Gore's mind when he did that? Was he seething with innerrage or was he just being a bully? Gore also seems to have a very shakyhold on reality. He keeps stretching it, undoing it, remaking it. Hisexaggerations, lies, made-up stories, suggest that he ought to be anovelist rather than a politician.
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He is robotic in his loud, assertive campaign slogans, which aresupposed to pass for serious argument. The monotonous repetition of thesame words and phrases are supposed to leave in the minds of theaudience indelible impressions that will make people vote for him. Sortof like Pavlovian conditioning. And so his repetition of "one percent"is supposed to make average Americans rebel against the rich by votingfor the one candidate who will fight the "1 percent."
Gore is creating a kind of war mentality in the electorate. Insteadof becoming the president of all the people, he will wage war againstthe rich, which is anyone who earns over $80,000 a year. He will fightBig Oil, Big Tobacco, the HMOs, the pharmaceutical companies, andWashington lobbyists. Many Americans own stock in the very companiesthat Gore wants to fight. He wants to turn the federal government intoa battlefield. And what will the voters get in return? Lower pricesfor gas? Gas prices are determined by the market, by supply anddemand. When oil prices were low, did Big Oil conspire to make themlow? But now that OPEC has found a way to raise oil prices, they willtry to keep them as high as possible for as long as possible, becauseOPEC members are now rolling in cash and just love it.
As for the pharmaceutical companies, they have produced the miracledrugs that have cured diseases and extended human life. Theirinvestment in research and development is huge. Their prices may behigh, but that's because the cost of producing these drugs is high.Most of their stockholders are widows, pensioners, and retirees whodepend on that dividend money to supplement Social Security. If thecompanies cannot make a decent profit, their stockholders will get nodividends. Rather than mount a divisive crusade against thepharmaceutical companies, Gore ought to congratulate them on theirproductivity and offer to subsidize seniors who need the drugs. But heprefers to tell the voters, "I will fight for you," as if the presidencywere a call to battle.
Gore is also a man of multiple personalities, a sure sign ofpathology. When he spoke at a black church he assumed the personalityof a black preacher, using the same kind of body language, voicemodulation, and rhetoric, trying to whip up the congregation into afrenzy not for God but for Gore. Sometimes he rants and raves like ademagogue, using emotional arguments instead of common sense. Hechanges his personality to suit the occasion. That's why everyone wantsto know who is the real Al Gore.
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I believe we saw the real Al Gore in the third debate. EleanorClift, unhappy over Gore's performance in the first two debates, toldher colleagues on the McLaughlin Group, "Let Gore be Gore." And that'swhat he was in the third debate. He was sanctimonious, unctuous,overbearing, rude, monotonous, repetitive, smug, belligerent, wooden andunbelievable. He constantly broke the rules of the debate byinterrupting Bush. The trouble is that no one can trust Gore's figuresor assertions because the label of liar hangs over his head. And yet,many millions will vote for him.
The dictionary defines a psychopath as "a person suffering from amental disorder," and it defines hysteria as "a psychiatric conditionvariously characterized by emotional excitability, excessive anxiety,sensory and motor disturbances." If you observed Gore in the firstdebate, you saw a man contorting his face, reflecting emotionalexcitability of an extreme kind. His body language reflected excessiveanxiety about his ability to win the debate. His psychopathic behaviorindicates that he does suffer from a mental disorder. He is unable toadhere to the truth, to reality. His behavior suggests an obsessivepersonality, so determined to become President that he is willing to sayanything, and perhaps do anything, that will get him there. He does nothave the temperament required of a President. Because his word cannever be trusted, he is disqualified from the job.
Another important fact about Gore is his past, which the liberalpress has preferred not to delve into. His father, Sen. Gore, was aclose associate of Armand Hammer, the millionaire communist agent whowas the head of Occidental Petroleum. Gore Sr. served as a director ofOccidental and provided Hammer with valuable contacts on Capitol Hill.Gore Jr. owns stock in Occidental. The close relationship between theGore family and a notorious communist agent should be made known to thepublic.
On the other hand, we all know about the Bush family. Father was anable president, and Barbara Bush was a well-loved first lady with noneof Hillary's ambition to rule the world. As for George W., during thedebates he came across as unpretentious, secure in the knowledge of whohe is and why he is running for the presidency. His answers to thequestions were measured and thoughtful, and when he tripped on what hewanted to say, he accepted his verbal mishap and went on from there. Hemay not be the most articulate candidate to come down the pike, but hestrikes one as being intelligent enough to deal with the problems apresident will have to face. He surely is as intelligent as JimmyCarter and Gerald Ford. He is also smart enough to know that he willhave to call on the wisdom and experience of the people around him whennecessary.
Gore unnerves people. They will never know what the truth is shouldhe get us into trouble. He will seek to blame others. He will inventstories. As president the power may go to his head and create awkwardsituations. Gore will try to be another Franklin Roosevelt, expandinggovernment programs and bureaucracies, aiming for his place on MountRushmore. Bush, on the other hand, talks of responsibility, of workingwith men and women from both parties to achieve a particular goal. Hedoes not have a lust-for-power vision. He speaks of less government andmore individual responsibility. If he gives us as good a presidency asthe one we got from Calvin Coolidge, this writer will be very happy.
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Americans don't like power-hungry leaders. They like modest leaderswho respect the people they are leading. Gore comes across as someoneobsessed with being president, as if his entire life has been devoted tothat end. He is like a stubborn child who wants what he wants and if hedoesn't get it will have a temper tantrum to end all temper tantrums.The voters are beginning to feel uneasy, like a parent dealing with astrong-willed child who will only become worse if he gets what he wants.
And that is why Bush came away from the debates with increasedsupport. The thought of having Al Gore harangue them for the next fouryears is more than a lot of people can take. Can you imagine what aGore state-of-the-union address would be like? Who could stand it?After eight years of Clinton, most Americans want a normal President, aman who speaks the truth and speaks it plainly. Bush seems to fit thebill.