After CNBC’s Rick Santelli inspired the Tea Party movement in early 2009, the left has been looking for a similar spark on their own side. The early inspired liberal alternative, the so-called Coffee Party, was a flop. But former Vice President Al Gore insists such a movement still needs to be invented.
On Tuesday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on Current TV, for the second night in a row Gore made an appearance on his own network. This time, it was to respond to the debt ceiling legislation agreed upon by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to Gore, that new legislation demands the “reinvigoration of democracy” or an “American spring,” to get the country back on what he thinks is the right course.
[I] want to focus on one particular suggestion you had about using the wonderful digital tools that are newly available for the reinvigoration of democracy,” Gore said. “Now, they have been around for a while, but they are spreading far and wide and more people are getting involved. We need to have an American spring, you know, the Arab spring. The non-violent part of it isn’t finished yet, but we need to have an American spring, a kind of an American non-violent change where people on the grassroots get involved again, not the – you know, not in the Tea Party-style.