Hating the US president is almost as old as the republic itself. The people, or various factions among them, have indulged in Clinton hatred, Reagan hatred, Nixon hatred, LBJ hatred, FDR hatred, Lincoln hatred and John Adams hatred, to mention only the more extravagant hatreds that we Americans have conceived for our presidents.
But Bush hatred is different. It’s not that this time members of the intellectual class have been swept away by passion and become votaries of anger and loathing. Alas, intellectuals have always been prone to employ their learning and fine words to whip up resentment and demonise the competition. Bush hatred, however, is distinguished by the pride intellectuals have taken in their hatred, openly endorsing it as a virtue and enthusiastically proclaiming that their hatred is not only a rational response to the President and his administration but a mark of good moral hygiene.
Read the complete article on the WSJ – http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110010861
BERNO: The point raised in Peter’s article is a timely reminder especially with the AU Federal and US Presidential looming. Let’s evaluate the political parties based on their policies and not go off tangent and onto the character. Individual character’s flaws impacting on policy decisions, now that’s a different discussion.