TOWARD THE AMERICAN HORIZON by Al Gore
To my beloved
family, to everyone here in Los Angeles, to the more than
eight thousand people watching this broadcast around the
country: Hello, my name is Al Gore, and it's a pleasure
to meet you. I feel I should introduce myself, since I am
sure none of you have any preconceived notions about me.
For the past eight years, I have been fighting for you in
Washington, helping to create the longest period of economic
prosperity in our nation's history. I'd rather not say what
my job was. Secret government stuff.
I say to you
tonight, let me fight for you again, this time as your president,
on matters great and small, because that is something at
which I am very good. No matter is too small for my attention,
not here at the conventionwhere I ensured that the
port-a-potty ratio was the three-male-to-five-female ratio
recommended by the EEOCand not in Washington where
I will bring similar efficiency to federal restrooms and
today's pocket calculator has five times the computing power
of machines that once ran on five hundred vacuum tubes,
today's Congress does eighty-one times less for the
people despite its five hundred thirty-seven members.
A chilling statistic. Did you know that after the Civil
War, veterans had to come all the way to Washington to get
their pensions? I am a proud veteran, who served in Vietnam.
I served in
But enough about
me. The great city hosting us tonight reflects my commitment
to prosperity and tolerance. One hundred years ago, the
entertainment industry was built here by a diverse panoply
of dreamers, storytellers and accountants. I salute this
industry, and will fight for it against piracy in China.
Also, I condemn this industry.
it too, demonstrating that both of us are fully capable
of condemning things, though not necessarily at the same
time or as vehemently. We call on the entertainment industry
to be inspiring and optimistic, like California, with her
natural splendor and her laid-back "Don Henley sound."
I will fight to take the entertainment industry down to
the Sunset Grill and watch the working girls go by.
Let us pledge
to enrich our society by fighting for families. Raise your
right hand and repeat after me: "I," state your
name, "pledge to fight for families." There. Good.
Let us reject the Republican Congress's stated policy of
kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down. Kick
'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
I'd like to
go back to efficiency for a second. I was talking with a
group of college students a few years ago, and I pointed
out that if today's cars made the same advances as computers,
a Cadillac would get 100,000 miles to the gallonand
cost about fifty cents. Then one of the students in the
front row said: "Sure, but it would be about the size
of a postage stamp."
We all shared
a long, hearty laugh, using humor to connect in an easy,
instinctive wayas I often do, with many kinds of people,
just because I enjoy that. Then I explained why he was wrong.
I propose to
make America the first nation on Earth with universal computer
literacy. We'll post that goal on the Internet, and when
we get about two hundred sixty million unique visitor sessions,
we'll know we have achieved it. The next Thomas Edison or
Marie Curie could be waiting in an inner city or on an isolated
farm or at a prep school in Alexandria.
Let us pledge
tonight to enrich our society through environmentalism,
because we all live on planet Earth no matter what part
of it we hail from. ¿Sabás que la temperatura
promedio de la Antártida es nada menos que 20°C
bajo cero? It's true.
I propose to
make my time as president the Environmental Decade. Just
kidding. Our Constitution mandates my terms can total but
eight consecutive years. I have been much criticized for
suggesting that America end its reliance on the internal
combustion engine. I say to you it can be done. I know because
I have built a water engine in my garage. It works, and
it gives off a scent like blueberries. I can see the impact
of this engine, and I can see you, your brown skin shining
in the sun. You've got the top pulled down and the radio
Let us pledge
to enrich our society through fighting crime, using the
latest technology not only for executions, which I support,
but to deter crime too. To those who say this will threaten
privacy, I say privacy is a fundamental right, no matter
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My fellow Americans,
I love this country. And you, with whom I feel such a strong
and unforced connection, I know you do too. Conducting a
poll to find that out was never an option.Thank you, and
may G-d bless America.