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Dear Vice President Gore:

Heartfelt congratulations on a well-deserved award, and reward, for your efforts not merely on behalf of the environment, but all those who will clean up the mess we make for generations to come. Bravo!

As one who was honored, and delighted to be at Senator Barbara Boxer's rally yesterday in San Francisco, I express my personal gratitude for your inspired remarks on the need for a moral imperative, historical perspective, as well as to "reclaim our democracy" from those who have now succeeded in demonizing the process that has been, for centuries, synonymous with human rights, and equal representation under the law.

On the train ride home, I sat next to a gentleman who was also at the Barbara Boxer rally. We talked about politics, and whether you would throw your hat into the ring. I said that some things transcend politics, and world peace is among them. This is something that you have always known, and is now being acknowledged.

It turns out that my new friend, on the train, happens to be an Episcopal priest. We both agree that your devotion to global warming, and the threat to our survival as a planet, is how you have chosen to serve not merely a mystical godhead, but humankind.

Life isn't always fair. It isn't fair that you "lost" the election, in 2000 even though you won the popular vote. It isn't fair not only for you, but for the country, as well. But, justice was served today. It is judicious, and right, for you to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as you are one whose service will continue as long as you share the same air as the rest of us on the planet. We may rest assured, too, that the air will be a whole lot cleaner now as a result of all your hard work..


Thanks from me, and those as yet unable to form those words.

 

http://ladyjaynestahl.blogspot.com

Widely published, poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter; member of PEN American Center, and PEN USA. Jayne Lyn Stahl is a Huffington Post blogger.

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So true.... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:05:16 PM
How can you respect anyone who wins a political a... by steve scheetz on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:11:12 PM
How is it you can type so well while looking in a ... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:21:31 PM
Al Gore doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.... by Ty on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:12:03 PM
 Gore lost in the year 2000, Kerry lost in 20... by Paul Roden on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:14:19 PM
Perhaps transcendental politics is in the offing?&... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:17:41 PM
Wow, am surprised by the hostility to Al Gore, hmm... by Judy Ramsey on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:19:51 PM
Is Al Gore the cloak that the Messiah will wear du... by Tom Murphy on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:25:02 PM
Anybody know who he was up against? Who else was b... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 3:57:38 PM
I believe he beat out 168 other aspirants. By the ... by Andris on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 5:17:00 PM
Gore barely mentions the oil companies in his docu... by coyote on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 4:40:22 PM
Al Gore2000 On The IssuesDEFENSE"All my caree... by coyote on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 4:42:09 PM
I was also at the Boxer event yesterday.  The... by woodruff13 on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 4:46:15 PM
He brings to mind the old saying ‘one swallo... by Andris on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 5:23:48 PM
to run for President. Look at George the moron, do... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 5:41:02 PM
I believe Gore refuses to enter the race because t... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 7:33:07 PM
Gore for President, Edwards for Vice-PresidentAfte... by Charlie L on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 6:04:39 PM
The WashPost writes: "While an array of activ... by delia on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 9:03:20 PM
Kudos to those who don't understand how Gore w... by Mark E. Smith on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 9:04:09 PM
Yeah Al congratulations for the change and produci... by Dom Jermano on Friday, Oct 12, 2007 at 9:49:08 PM
I am happy for Al Gore and I think his Nobel Peace... by Mark Whittington on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 2:28:33 AM
Gore can't fix this; ... by Tony Forest on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 5:43:36 AM
Gore can't fix this; ... by Tony Forest on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 5:52:19 AM
I never imagined that posting the counter EVIDENCE... by steve scheetz on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 1:38:18 PM
Thank you for this well written article. Rob was r... by pratliff94 on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 3:26:43 PM
gush enacted, in the first 100 days of his preznit... by steve scheetz on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 5:05:22 PM
I am not sure what case you are resting.  Yes... by pratliff94 on Sunday, Oct 14, 2007 at 2:53:00 PM
you wrote "Al Gore may not be the Messiah, bu... by Tony Forest on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007 at 5:41:45 PM
I voted for Al Gore in 2000. That was the last tim... by Dom Jermano on Sunday, Oct 14, 2007 at 11:10:51 AM
When Al Gore trashed George the FIRST for not doin... by steve scheetz on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 2:41:35 PM