Why I Hate Bush
Sixty-nine reasons to want this Presidency to end.
by James Leroy Wilson
January 18, 2006
On e-mail discussion groups, the web, radio, and television, I often come upon Big Government Republicans accusing their opponents of harboring an "irrational hatred of Bush." Bush's defenders claim they are driven by facts and reason, and that Bush's critics are driven by emotions.
Now, let's get this straight: it is indeed possible to have an "irrational" hatred of Bush. To hate Bush for his refusal to sign the Kyoto Accords, when this refusal only reflects the unanimous will of the Senate, is irrational. It's irrational to blame this or any President just because one is out of work. Big Government Democrats can fall into this trap. It isn't what the President does, it is what he fails to do, that makes many people angry. For them, no matter how much Bush spends on social programs, it's never enough. Democrats also resent that Bush steals their issues: campaign finance reform, Medicare drug benefits, tariffs, agriculture spending, massive increases in federal education spending, politically correct immigration enforcement, going to war against nations that don't attack us. They also hate him for cutting income tax rates a little. There is indeed some merit to the charge that Democrats hate Bush primarily because he is a Republican politician.
And there is another form of irrational hatred. Which is, singling out Bush for the behavior that all politicians are guilty of. In our current electoral system, no matter who was President, we'd still have this insane War on Drugs. We'd still remain part of the United Nations. In many ways, Bush shouldn't be held to greater scorn than other politicians. He may be a liar, a murderer, and a thief, but so are the rest of them.
That said, there are reasons to single out President Bush as easily the worst President in at least a generation and potentially of all time. There are reasons to cringe whenever his face is shown, whenever he speaks. There are rational reasons to hold Bush personally accountable for laws signed, wars started, budgets proposed, cabinet departments created, startling inaction in our greatest crises, about-faces in policy and rhetoric, and all the damage that followed.
Do I hate Bush? On some metaphysical or spiritual level, I would say that "hate" is a strong word. On the practical level, however, I do. I want to see his Presidency utterly destroyed - at the least possible cost to the American people and the world, of course. It wasn't always like this. While I voted for Harry Browne in 2000, I was one of those who believed Bush "wasn't as bad as Gore." In the first few months of his Presidency, I did hope that he'd do some things well. I didn't hold it personally against him that he was a Republican or that he didn't believe in small government. The case for hating Bush started small, but has turned into an avalanche.
So, here are some of my reasons why I hate Bush. Take note, this is not a ranking, nor does the list follow any order other than what popped into my head:
I'm sure that between the time I submit this article and when it appears, I will think of another dozen reasons. Or I will be reminded of some person or event, slap my hand on my forehead and go, "why didn't I remember that?" But you get the picture. This isn't about Bush being a spoiled aristocrat who mispronounces words. I don't care about that. I just want to repeal the last five years.
About the Author:
James Leroy Wilson blogs at Independent Country (http://independentcountry.blogspot.com).
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