We all know that upwards of 330 Americans have been killed in Iraq but, suspiciously, we've never seen arrival ceremonies for deceased soldiers on their return to American soil. No flag draped coffins, no honor guards, no solemnity, no tears.He asks "Where's the outrage."
Know why that is? Because your government has banned any press coverage of those events.
Where's the outrage? Right here, buddy. Right here.
If I posted my first reaction to the news every day, my entire blog would be about Bush.
I have been a Bush opposer for a long, long time. But I look back at some of the silly things Bush has been criticized for and I almost think that somewhere along the line, Bush said "You want something to criticize? I'll give you something!" and went on from there. But, seriously, I noticed during the 2000 election cycle that Bush seemed to go nutso under pressure. The veneer would crack when things didn't seem to go his way. And I've seen the whole of the Bush-supporting nation exhibit a similar response. Yeah, there's the slime and defend we've heard so much about. But it's worse than that. They get shrill. They seem to abandon what previously were core values.
My recent conclusion hearkens back to why many of these same people hated Clinton. "Yes," they had ideological differences. And "yes" there was the whole Monica affair. But before that they hated him. And I realize now that they hated him for the same reason that some say the terrorists hate us. They hated his success.
They hated everything Clinton didn't fail at. They wanted a president who they could provide as an example of a conservative success - an answer to Clinton. Instead, they got Bush. And they never imagined he would provide so many opportunities for criticism. Heck - even I never imagined it. When I see so much contradiction and confusion in Bush-support-land, I have to think that there is a deep-seated disappointment there. The hatred of Clinton now becomes fury with the folks that didn't share their Clinton hatred who are now attacking their avatar.
I recall the SNL skit from before the election when glimpses of the future were offered as to what would happen if Bush, Nader or Gore were elected. In the Bush alternate future, the president, wild-eyed and stressed out declared "The Great Lakes are on fire. Even I know that's not good!" And reality has proven to be worse than that.
And with the Bush administration's betrayal of much that people thought they stood for, and the apparent confusion, warring and shenanigans which are happening within their ranks, the resentment that they deserve for letting their supporters down is turned elseward. Liberals are treasonous. You're with us or you're against us. Slime and defend. Free-floating anger.
I thought the close election of 2000 was completely understandable. I didn't like Gore much either. But, having had a taste of Bush, I will be perplexed if he is re-elected. Someone will really need to explain it to me.
Conservative or liberal, at the very least we need a leader we can trust. "Leader" and "trust" both being operative words.Posted by James at October 24, 2003 3:59 PM