I'm amazed at this point to listen to pundits who are surprised by the level of vitriol directed at George W. Bush. They seem aghast that anyone could have such strong negative feelings for the president. The most common dismissal is something to the effect that we're all just a bunch of haters. That's all it is - unjustified hate. It ususally includes mention of the fact that we actively root against the United States and hope for its failure in all areas. Let me state for the record:
I don't hate George W. Bush.
Shocked? I thought so.
Don't get me wrong. I think that, when presented with important decisions, he has invariably chosen the wrong one at every juncture. I think his decisions have caused tremendous suffering for a great many people. It is well documented that his cowboy schtick and smirk get on my last nerve.
But I don't hate him.
I'm more embarrassed by him. Anyone who doesn't think he's in WAY over his head and has neither the cognitive capacity nor the intellectual curiosity for the job must be watching different footage. The evidence is overwhelming. Either that or they are so blinded by ideology that they refuse to admit it. While I'm embarrassed by him, I am equally embarrassed for all of us. After all, we are the ones that, at the end of the day, have tacitly allowed him to occupy the position for two terms.
I respect people's right to hate him and I am sympathetic to that point of view. However, hatred (or strong dislike) for the president does NOT equal hatred of the country. Anyone who makes this claim should be ashamed, for equating the two is about as anti-american as you can get.
Crap, now I have to come up with another funny post before I leave...