"Our strength as a nation, over more than 200 years, has been that we have tried - not always successfully - but we have tried to base decisions on the best evidence available after a full and open debate among people that might have different points of view but shared a common commitment to try to make good decisions on the basis of the facts. Instead, we have got this "Alice in Wonderland" approach. First, the verdict and then the trial.
"When people make up their minds on the basis of ideology and then go forward with the decision ignoring the best facts, ignoring what the advisers and experts - and in this case the generals - are saying is the better approach, then that gets us into trouble.
"Same thing they did on the climate crisis. When the scientists say, we've got to cut down on CO2, they actually censored the scientific reports. ...And Congressman Henry Waxman had these hearings that showed that it was not only one or two times that have come out, but hundreds of times, they censored.
"Now, if the facts are inconvenient, if the truth is unwelcome and if only ideology and politics drives the outcome, then our country makes the kinds of mistakes that has led to our troops being trapped in a civil war."- Al Gore, speaking this week on CNN's Larry King Live.
I've said it before: Al Gore is my hero. And our country is in such disarray, it will take more than hard work and a few miracles to get it back on track - it will need consensus. At the moment, five capable Democrats have declared their candidacy for the presidency: Obama Barack, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards and Bill Richardson. Any of the five probably would do a good job leading the country. But does any one of them have the consensus and widespread across-the-board support needed to get elected? Doubtful.
My theory is that Al Gore can step in and save us from another Republican president. Gore is a man with no skeletons in his closet; a good, honest and decent leader with an outstanding record of public service and hard work. He cares about the environment and is passionate about his belief in the need for change. Most importantly, Al Gore faces reality and speaks the truth - a radical concept I know, considering what we've lived through the past six years.
The former Vice President already understands how the Office of the Presidency works; he knows the nuts and bolts and could get right to work, without wasting time adjusting to protocol. Gore has said repeatedly that he has no intention of running, but the election is still nearly a year-and-a-half away. I hope he changes his mind; America needs him. Listen to his speeches or read his new book The Assault on Reason and see if you agree.