Once upon a time I had a fantasy.
I had this fantasy that once George W. Bush was no longer in office (God help us all when he is gone), the irrational left and their media sycophants would leave him alone. I will admit I have a rich fantasy life because it is obvious my dream of a cessation of Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) is never going to happen.
Not only are the practitioners of BDS not content to rest on their considerable laurels, they are now in the process of trying to ruin his legacy.
Are they also trying to ruin the rest of his life? It wouldn’t surprise me.
Is their hatred simply because GWB, in their prejudiced eyes, “stole” the election from Al Gore in 2000 or is it something deeper? Would they be doing the same thing if John McCain had somehow managed to get enough marauding conservatives to vote for him, thereby winning the election a few weeks ago?
Let’s not kid ourselves.
If John McCain had won, we would be seeing a modern day version of crucifixion as the same practitioners of BDS did everything they could to destroy Sarah Palin. Heaven knows they sure tried during the election.
What causes us to hate the political opposition? There is nothing wrong with disliking the opposition. I do it all the time. But when that dislike crosses the line to the point of hatred, who is the hater actually hurting?
There is a difference between honest opposition to someone and pathological hatred.
As a card-carrying Republican, I don’t mind admitting I had a good healthy dislike of Bill Clinton when he was in office. I wished him no harm, but wasn’t all that anxious to wish him well, either. The thing is, my dislike of Bill Clinton, primarily because he was a Democrat, never crossed the line. When he did something of which I approved, I was the first to admit it. I even admit to complaining about a thing or two George Bush has done. But I don’t ever remember my dislike of Bill Clinton crossing the line where I openly rooted for his downfall.
Let’s be honest here. Bill Clinton was his own worst enemy. He really did not need my help. We’re all our own worst enemies, given the opportunity just to be human. That’s why I don’t need to go around “hating” Barack Obama. That’s not in my job description.
Face it, I don’t see why any Republican needs to even bother hating Barack Obama. I think he is the most grossly incompetent person elected to office in many years. I don’t think he even has a grasp of what the President of the United States actually does aside from smiling, waving, evading the press, and looking important. But –- I don’t need to hate him. The man has a huge “Kick Me” sign on his rear. He doesn’t need my help. Unfortunately I think he is going to bring about his own fall from the grace of “hope and change.”
Does this mean I want something bad to happen to him? Aside from an indictment on the Rezko deal, no, I do not. I don’t want to see this man turned into a martyr and made more important, historically, than he actually deserves to be.
So why do so many liberals absolutely detest George W. Bush on a basis that is personal, malicious, and vindictive? In turn, by doing so, they have transferred their abject hatred of all things GWB to his supporters. Trust me, I’ve personally felt it.
Are we Republicans going to be that irrational when it comes to Barack Obama? I truly hope not. I hope that we can oppose his policies when they warrant opposition without resorting to personal vindictive hatred the way the liberal media and leading lights of the left did to Sarah Palin, who truly did not deserve their vitriol.
I wish I could say that all Republicans were pure and did not spew forth vitriol and hatred, but after the tasteless actions of certain pretenders to the chairmanship of the party, I think we all know that’s not quite true. Some of the nastiest political attacks I’ve seen have come from conservatives and were aimed at Republicans who did not meet their definition of “purity.”
We’re in the process of seeing the same hatred now aimed at The One (elect) himself from some of his most ardent supporters simply because he did something they do not like when it comes to Rick Warren. Right now I wish I did not have such a low opinion of the average Obama voter, but I do. Their treatment of the agent of Hope and Change because he is not bowing to their demands is simply proof that the ultra liberal mindset is as out of control as is the ultra conservative one.
Does the average person hate George W. Bush?
I’m not seeing it.
What is am seeing is that the “average” person is simply swallowing the poisoned pablum thrown at them by a mainstream media that truly detests George W. Bush enough to lie, distort, and literally destroy their credibility and reputation. Once you get past the lies and distortions, the animosity the Bush-haters have tried to foster just has no substance.
I go back to my original thoughts that those who hate sometimes end up destroying the object of their hatred, but they always end up destroying themselves. We’re starting to see the demise of the media as one major newspaper after another, all of whom have spewed venomous vitriol towards George W. Bush, begin to fail. Readership is down as one venue after another files for bankruptcy or reorganizes.
Maybe the American people aren’t as dumb as the liberal media thinks they are. If this is so, we’re watching the beginning of the end of the liberal media (I hope).
Once the American people realize they’ve been sold a false bill of goods when it comes to George W. Bush, his reputation and legacy will be secure as people realize how vilely they’ve treated this great man.
If this is the case, I don’t think Barack Obama is going to come out so well, considering this same media has pumped him up to the point where is basically a tin-plated god. How can he not disappoint with such an outrageous buildup? On the other hand, I am currently considering the possibility that the real reason the media promoted him so irrationally is so they could vacation in Hawaii after eight years at Crawford, Texas.
Also, if this is the case, the one other person who is going to emerge smelling like the hybrid tea rose that she truly is will be my choice for 2012 — Sarah Palin!
People aren’t stupid. Once they realize the mainstream media has lied about Barack Obama, they will realize that same media lied about George W. Bush, and about Sarah Palin.
It isn’t going to be pretty, but I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.