When it comes to criticizing the president, it seems some people just can’t help themselves. I’ll do a post on some topic or another without mentioning the president and one of our critics will rant against the president or rail against “Bushco” whatever that is. And it’s not just on this blog. No matter how short my drive is in West Hollywood or Hollywood, I am certain to catch sight of a number of cars sporting anti-Bush bumper stickers.
This weekend at the pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles was no different. The two primary partisan speaker’s, the Golden State’s Republican Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the City of Angels’ Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, stuck to the theme of the event, delivering strong speeches supporting the Jewish State’s right to defend itself against Hezbollah terrorists. Neither man attacked his political adversaries, nor even directed asides against them.
Democratic Congressman Howard Berman, however, felt it incumbent upon himself to attack the Administration and congressional leadership. He was trying to make the point that despite the deep partisan divisions in Washington today, both parties were united around their support for Israel. He could have said all that without attacking the Administration.
I don’t how many times I have heard people, for no apparent reason, launch into broadsides against the president — even in a conversation which has nothing to do with politics. While people should speak up and voice their concerns when they disagree with a political leader’s actions or words, I wonder why these people are so obsessed with their hatred of the president that they blame him for everything that goes wrong in the world — and sometimes even in their own personal lives.
No wonder John Kerry recently said in Michigan that if he were president the current crisis in the Middle East would not have happened. He knew that his liberal audience would warm to any notion which lay the blame for the latest world crisis on George W. Bush.
Our adversaries falsely accuse us of taking issue with anyone who utters the slightest criticism of the president. Some claim we — and other conservatives — worship him as some Great Leader who could do no wrong. Yet, they seem to think he’s quite the opposite, a demon who can do no right. So obsessed are they with their demon that they attack him at any given moment, just so they can make clear how much they hate him.
But, their obsession makes me wonder not so much about the president’s faults, but why they hate so much — and so readily express their animosity.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com