As I read (yet again) a post critical of the president on Instapundit, one of my favorite blogs, I noted how frequently conservative and right-leaning blogs — as well as the leading conservatives newsmagazines — have criticized the president. And yet in the comments section to this blog — as I’m sure on many left-wing web-pages — every time we criticize a disingenuous (or downright dishonest) Administration critic, our own critics contend, in the words of one such critic, that in our “worship of Bush,” we engage in “rabid attacks on anyone who questions Bush Administration actions.”
Now, if there’s any Republican president (since Lincoln) whom I come close to “worshipping,” that would not be the incumbent, but the late, great Ronald Wilson Reagan. And great as that good man was, I would only say I honor him, not worship him. That said, given that I have noted on at a variety of occasions (e.g., here and here) that decent as a man as is the current President Bush, he is no Ronald Reagan, it is clear that I neither worship President Bush nor engage in rabid attacks on anyone who questions his Administration’s actions. If I did that, I would be engaging in rabid attacks on myself from time to time.
Given the variety of opinions, including criticism of the president (such as Glenn’s today), on conservative blogs (and editorial pages) many of which generally support the President, it seems that the way the Administration’s critics (and our own) wishes to understand the nature conservatives is not by studying our ideas, our writings and public statements, but by taking issue with a conservative demon of their imagination. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repetition.
It is an interesting irony that our critics on the left contend we attack anyone who criticizes the Administration when it is they who criticize anything the Administration does — or blames it for any ill which has afflicted the world since George W. Bush took office on January 20, 2001.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com