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Hate from the Left
by Andy Obermann
10 December 2003W

While the "Hate Bush" event was original, the feelings expressed were not new for Democrats.  As a matter of fact, hate seems to serve as one of their primary functions.

Last Tuesday (Dec. 2), a group of Hollywood elitists got together for an event they lovingly titled “Hate Bush 12/2.”  Their primary objective?  Expressing their disgust and, as the title suggests, hatred for President Bush.  While the event was original, the feelings expressed were not new for Democrats.  As a matter of fact, hate seems to serve as one of their primary functions.   

It’s a funny thing, the Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of tolerance and understanding.  They are the ones who defend murders, rapists and child molesters, because after all, “You can’t hate the person, you have to hate the action…the person is just a product of his environment.”  Oh, yes, right, don’t hate the rapists, but whenever someone doesn’t follow their liberal political agenda, it’s open season.  The hypocrisy is thick and never-ending. 

In reality, Democrats seem to be the quickest to resort to knee-jerk, emotional reactions such as hate.  They are unable to simply disagree and debate on policy.  Because they constantly think with emotion, rather than logic, they can’t separate the person from the ideology.  This is not a new phenomenon.

President Ronald Reagan faced something similar to what President Bush faces today.  Democrats in the 1980s demonized Reagan as an inept warmonger.  Those insults quickly turned to hate when Reagan’s policies became successful.  His tax cuts stimulated economic growth, leading to the great boom of the ‘80s, and his staunch stand on communism led to the fall of the USSR and victory in the Cold War.  Now, even mentioning the name Reagan to liberals raises their ire.  They simply despise the man. 

Bush is hated for his heroesque stance after 9/11.  They revile him for his strength and leadership in hunting down those who carried out the atrocity.  The tax cuts Bush spearheaded are now sparking some of the largest economic indicators in decades, yet still, Democrats, unable to concoct a rational alternative policy, resort to belittling the President for giving tax breaks to the rich.  Bush is also hated for his views concerning pre-emptive attacks in Iraq.  For this policy, Bush is being persecuted by the left for warmongering.  In years to come, however, the President’s policies, like Reagan’s, will be proven just and appropriate.

That’s not to say that conservatives do not dislike Democrats.  They do, but it is a matter of degree.  For example, I object to just about everything Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle, Ted Kennedy, or Howard Dean have to say.  In fact, I couldn’t disagree more with the direction they want to take this country.  I may write a scathing piece criticizing their ridiculous ideas and outright lies.  I may get into heated debates about how wrong their policies are.  I might even question their morals and character.  But, the key difference is, at the end of the day I don’t hate them.  I oppose them, but I don’t hate them.

This is the major difference between Republicans and Democrats.  While Republicans are able to rationally disagree and criticize policies, Democrats must resort to emotional pandering.  Since they cannot craft logical platforms or implement them successfully, they are forced to hate.  They hate because they need someone to blame for failure.

It is noble, even commendable, to disagree with political policies and offer logical alternatives.  It is honorable to stand for that in which you believe.  But, when one goes beyond defending his or her principles and vehemently attacks our leadership, they cross the line.

Andy Obermann is majoring in History and Secondary Education at Missouri Valley College

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