#2) The Miraculous Act of Hypocrisy
While pretty impossible to rationally explain, progressives embracing Islamists — despite their hatred of women, homosexuals and democracy — is hardly new ground.
And while Mr. Gore’s jet-setting lecture circuit (see: #3) isn’t new ground either, his sale of Current to Al-Jazeera really takes it to a new level.
Because after his failed 2000 presidential run, Mr. Gore styled himself as a sort of celebrity evangelist for the dangers of climate change, the wonders of green technology and the evils of fossil fuels. But none of that seems to have weighed too heavily on his conscience when he sold his company to a company whose owner — the state of Qatar — oversees an economy almost entirely based on fossil fuels.
We understand that Mr. Gore didn’t want to accept any of that dirty jeans money, but we wonder how quick he would have been to accept a dime from Koch Industries — which, for the record, doesn’t even do its own drilling.
Is there a problem with accepting money made from oil? Of course not. Oil is what makes the world go ’round. Is there a problem with spending the last decade railing against that very same oil (and money), only to turn around and accept a reported $100 million of it? Not if one is a progressive — then it’s another gold star on the bicycle helmet. (RELATED: Matt Damon’s anti-fracking film funded by Arab oil men)
And speaking of $100 million, the Al-Jazeera deal went through on Jan. 2, 2013 — just two days after the government raised taxes on Americans everywhere. One might assume that Mr. Gore designed it that way so that he could ensure that he paid his “fair share,” but not so, we’re afraid.
Reports indicate that Gore had hoped to sell the network before the midnight deadline for the fiscal cliff, thereby avoiding paying higher taxes. In doing so, he joined the ranks of Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Barney Frank and Jar Jar Binks creator George Lucas, earning yet another accolade on the path to the Assumption of Al. (RELATED VIDEO: ‘Patriotic millionaires’ demand higher taxes, but unwilling to pay up)