hy·poc·ri·sy /hɪˈpɒkrəsi/ hi-pok-ruh-see] –noun, plural -sies.
1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.
Al Gore managed to reach Left Wing Nirvana today through justification of his over-the-top energy usage. Gore, like the rest of the elite-Lefts from which he spawned, believes that he can save the world by shoveling money at any problems that cross his path...and also like most elite-Lefts, he will never practice what he so vehemently preaches.
Just to re-emphasize my point, Google tells us that "Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh — guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359."
He justifies his ridiculous consumptions at his Nashville residence (one of a number of houses he owns...) by paying for "green power."
Apparently, there are companies that allow you to give money so that other people will use alternative energy so that you won't be inconvenienced. "Guilt free..." is what I'm told they say.
Does it measure up? No.
According to Google News, "Gore has been purchasing green power for $432 a month since November. Gore purchases 108 such blocks every month at $4 per block, covering 16,200 kilowatt-hours and helping subsidise renewable energy sources."
So, that's a pretty good amount of energy...much more than the average American uses per year...trouble is that Mr. Gore is still in the red by 6419 kWh...and of course< all the money in the world won't change the fact that he's doing exactly the opposite of what he's telling other people to do. *sigh* and people defend this guy...
My second example comes from my school's student-run newspaper. A letter to the editor in this week's issue was laughable in it's finger-wagging at the American way of life.
The author is a "Scholar" at the school...meaning he is in the upper-echelon of the honor's system...it also means that in all likelihood he received some hefty scholarship.
This young man believes that because there are simply not enough resources on this planet to bring the rest of the world up to America's standard of living, we as a people do not have the right to live at the standard we do. Throughout his article, he makes arguments, but never offers a solution.
This argument is belched out time and time again by people of all shapes and sizes, but the fact that a well-to-do, college scholar is telling the rest of America that it is too well-off is pretty...sad.
First of all, not everyone falls into wealth. A lot of people work extremely hard to get far in life. Who is this author to tell legitimate people that built private companies through their own sweat, blood, and tears that somewhere, there is a child going hungry, so he doesn't have a right to his own hard-earned successes?
We don't have a right to the freedoms our fathers fought for to ensure our futures? We students don't have a right to the education we pay for with our own money?
Sorry son, that's not how we do it here in America...
I would say that rather than working hard to limit our own capabilities, we should strive to remain the world's foremost supplier of humanitarian aid, food, services, and education to foreign nations without the means to better themselves.
This author really needs to stop taking preaching lessons from the likes of Al Gore.
If you're going to get up on a soap box, make sure you can back up your fiery words with action, not just cash or finger-wagging. So Al Gore...let's see you cut that bill by 19/20ths...and author, go spend a year or two in a real third world nation...or better yet, downtown L.A. ...and then tell me that you still want your nation to give up its hard-earned successes.
Lead lab on company formations tomorrow...count down to APFT: one day.