Our commenters here tore into Michael Crichton and gave him a what-fer, the kind of stuff I love. It blew right by me, Crichton’s nonsense did, which is encouraging. I am not alone and can depend on others to pick up on what I miss. That in mind, I offer up the following tidbits from Al Gore’s Wikipedia page regarding his early life and career. The lines are set far apart, making it easy to read between them.
Gore was a privileged kid who attended St. Albans School, a feeder school for the Ivy League. Finishing 25th in a class of 51 paved the way to Harvard for him.
Gore was an avid reader who fell in love with scientific and mathematical theories, but he did not do well in science classes and avoided taking math. During his first two years, his grades placed him in the lower one-fifth of his class. During his sophomore year, he reportedly spent much of his time watching television, shooting pool, and occasionally smoking marijuana. In his junior and senior years, he became more involved with his studies, earning As and Bs. In his senior year, he took a class with oceanographer and global warming theorist Roger Revelle, who sparked Gore’s interest in global warming and other environmental issues. Gore earned an A on his thesis, “The Impact of Television on the Conduct of the Presidency, 1947–1969”, and graduated with an A.B. cum laude in June 1969.
Something ain’t right. I am not of the opinion that slacker freshman and sophomore years qualify someone for cum laude. Did they give him a pass? Did he really buckle down his last two years? Also, I do not know what it means to “fall in love” with scientific and mathematical theories, especially given that he didn’t have the discipline to sit down and study these wonderful unspecified theories.
Here’s a scientific theory: Species adapt, and eventually, via mutations, become other species. I was immediately attracted to it on seeing it, as it just had a glow about it. I asked it out on a date, and it sheepishly accepted. We talked, harmonized, I kissed it. On our second date we nearly went all the way. On our third date, well, gentlemen don’t talk. Let’s just say, I fell in love with that theory.
Like so many, I married too young, and slowly learned over time that the theory was full of holes. When I confronted it with lack of evidence to support it, we grew distant. In June 2010 we announced in an e-mail to friends that after “long and careful consideration”, we had made a mutual decision to separate. In May 2012, I started dating rising ocean levels.
The sentence, that he “fell in love with scientific and mathematical theories,” is gibberish. It makes no sense. It was written by some staffer somewhere to cover Gore’s sorry ass. In fact, most of his Wikipedia page withers under close scrutiny.
(I am also curious that Gore studied “global warming theory” in the 1960s. The idea that CO2 was a greenhouse gas was already out of its box, but the 1970s would be a time when science was warning us that global cooling was going to do us in. Warming would not show its face until 1988. Maybe Gore fell in love with the warming theory but kept his mouth shut about it for twenty years. Was it married? Did they have a secret affair?)
Later, in the same Wiki article, we learn that Gore served as an enlisted soldier in Vietnam because he felt that if he didn’t some ordinary man from Tennessee would go in his place. (Men don’t come more ordinary than Al Gore.) During the Civil War $300 would buy a replacement, but in the 1960s the practice had ended, and anyone who knew he had a future in politics knew he had to do make an appearance. Gore, I assume, has no feeling for ordinary people, but military service is seen as an essential part of the CV in that class.
However, and this is a screamer, we learn that
Gore was a journalist in Vietnam. I don’t know what a military journalist does, but cannot imagine that someone under mental house arrest has any freedom to investigate anything. Even so, after leaving military service, and feeling that the Vietnam war was “wrong” but not saying why (his journalistic instincts did not take him that far), this 25th of 51 slacker pot-smoking Harvard C-student got a Rockefeller scholarship and attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He said he went there to explore “spiritual issues” but we are not told if he fell in love with any of them. It’s vague. It appears he went there, did little, and then left there.
Later he went to Vanderbilt Law School to become an attorney, and quit. Of course, we can’t know much about this, so I can only speculate that he fell in love with some legal theories, had some relationships but repeatedly got dumped, and on the rebound, went into politics.
OK, I’ve had enough. Let me summarize: Gore was a child of wealth, and a slacker. He never excelled at anything, but had doors open for him at every turn, earning a scholarship that could have gone to bright student, taking a comfy post in Vietnam to dress up his resume. He had no direction, no interests, and thought spirituality might answer questions he didn’t know how to ask. When he had finally failed at every undertaking, he was given a seat in Congress. There he would be groomed for high office, and a book, Earth in the Balance, would be ghosted in his name, as he was already selected to be a front man for the Global Warming hoax/cause. He would serve as Vice President Under Clinton, who while a natural politician to the core, at least had natural smarts. The two would dislike each other and rarely speak. I take it that Bill didn’t take much of a shine to Al. The man does have good instincts.
His presidential run against George W. Bush had to be one of the most comical in American history, slacker v slacker, with the charade in Florida used to install fancy and fake voting machines in every precinct. From then forward, any election outcome could be changed at will. Not that I care.
If Bush v Gore was a choice, then I need some other theory to fall in love with. That one is not working.
The man is a loser. But people in his class lose at high levels and stumble upstairs. Given his resources, others in those shoes would work hard, focus, become leaders in a field, perhaps even come up with ideas that benefited humanity. Instead, Gore became our Prince Charles, a privileged dabbler. That he was chosen to lead the Global Warming/Climate Change hoax could only because of his prominent name. He has no other credentials.
I close with a juicy tidbit supplied by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s “Vice Chairman,” whatever that is. He was speaking to a small group of investors in 2017, and not out of school, though someone there repeated his words. I quote from Marc Marano’s book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, page 248:
Munger said that “Gore is ‘not very smart’ and ‘an idiot’ but that he was still able to amass a personal fortune in the investment world. ‘Al Gore has hundreds of millions [of] dollars in your profession. And he’s an idiot. It’s an interesting story.’ Munger added, ‘He’s not very smart. He smoked a lot of pot as he [coasted] through Harvard with a gentlemen’s C.’
I invite all readers to peruse Al Gore’s Wikipedia page, as I have only taken a few gems from it. It is a lipstick-on-the-pig exercise, nothing more. I regard a Al Gore as a man of little character and few accomplishments who has succeeded and grown wealthier still based on privilege, nothing more.