“I’m convinced that most of the president’s frequent departures from fact-based analysis have much more to do with right-wing political and economic ideology than with the Bible,” Gore said in a speech at Georgetown University.
“It is love of power for its own sake that is the original sin of this presidency,” he said.
He painted the Bush administration and its “right-wing” supporters as pursuing policies for the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the rest of the country.
“The essential cruelty of Bush’s game is that he takes an astonishingly selfish and greedy collection of economic and political proposals and then cloaks them with a phony moral authority, thus misleading many Americans … who have a deep and genuine desire to do good in the world,” Gore said.
“And in the process, he convinces them to lend unquestioning support for proposals that actually hurt their families and their communities,” he said.
“Truly, President Bush has stolen the symbolism and body language of religion and used it to disguise the most radical effort in American history to take what rightfully belongs to the American people and give as much of it as possible to the already wealthy and privileged,” he said.