Q&A Friday #42: Why Does The Left Hate Bush So Much?
Question: “Over the past six years, we have seen an unprecedented amount of hatred directed at President Bush. He’s been accused of every crime and called every nasty name possible. What do you think is the cause of this? Is it really his walk, is it Florida 2000, why do they hate him so much? Personally, I don’t know how anyone could live with such venom in their hearts.” — WSOwen02
Answer: Why do they hate him so much? They’ll give you every reason in the book for it, but in my opinion, most of it is really all about four things:
#1) A lot of Democrats felt cheated after Gore lost in Florida. Were they cheated? Absolutely not. But, they FELT cheated and they got angry at Bush because of it.
#2) Many Republicans absolutely despised Bill Clinton and part of the animus towards Bush is just payback. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this is really the primary driving factor behind the impeachment talk. They’re desperate to try to impeach Bush, for anything and everything they can come up with, because the Republicans impeached Clinton.
#3) During the Vietnam war, the libs protested incessantly, they spit on soldiers, and they became radicalized. It’s the same dynamic this time around, except back then, it was Lyndon Johnson who was really responsible for getting the war into full swing. So, there was more bi-partisan blame for them to spread around. The war in Iraq is Bush’s war all the way and so most of the venom is getting aimed at him.
#4) The Democrats are out of power and that’s making them more bitter, more willing to accept conspiracy theories, and more angry at the guy who has beaten them, George Bush.
Bonus Answer: The left has actually been nasty, angry, and vicious for a long time now. For example, they absolutely hated Ronald Reagan’s guts and had few qualms about saying so. So, why didn’t people notice it more back then? Because there wasn’t a new media out there to report it and the old media, as they do today, protects “their side.” A kooky or vicious comment by a liberal is much, much, more likely to be buried, minimized, or completely ignored by the MSM than a similar comment by a conservative. The difference is that now there’s an alternative media that reports things that would have been swept under the rug 10 or 20 years.
Correction: I made a careless error in the original. I said the Republicans “tried to impeach” Clinton when, of course, I should have written that they “impeached” Clinton. That has been corrected.