Bush Derangement Syndrome
By Morgan Orlins
There's a curious phenomenon that's taken root since the election of George W. Bush. It's quite appropriately called Bush Derangement Syndrome, or BDS. It resembles a mental illness due to the way it affects those afflicted and while it's origins are traceable, it's still a strange problem.
What caused the original hatred of George W. Bush? The aftermath of the 2000 election. In spite of the fact that the major networks suppressed the vote in Florida's heavily Republican panhandle by calling the state early for Gore, BUSH WON FLORIDA BY 350-800 VOTES, no matter how you look at it. Every major newspaper that did a recount came to the same conclusion.
I attended a rally for the newly inaugurated President Bush on Jacksonville's west side MONTHS before 9-11-2001 and was struck by the number of Dems along the route waving the most hateful and disrespectful signs I'd ever seen. I attempted to engage them in conversation to figure out what was going on, but was rebuffed every time with "HE STOLE THE ELECTION!" or some variation on that theme. A quick look into their eyes and at the spittle that shot when the motorcade passed told me that the truth didn't matter to them at all!
The new additions to Bush Derangement are the anti-war, peace, and slavery-before-war crowd. To be sure, they never liked him to begin with because they're partisan Democrats. Once Bush enforced UN sanctions on Saddam and the "Clinton Doctrine" of regime change in Iraq and resumed hostilities it literally drove the leftist peaceniks to insanity!
So there you have it. The 2000 election, and the Iraq War, have caused a seething hatred--the likes of which many of us have never witnessed. To us rational Conservatives, it makes no sense whatsoever that a policy difference would cause such a deep and ugly hatred. Especially when you consider the fact that the President is such a decent and personable guy.
To those leftists afflicted with BDS, the personal and the political are the same thing. Now President Bush has done some things very well AND dropped the ball on a few other issues as far I'm concerned. On those issues where he has angered Conservatives we've let him hear about it, and he doesn't always listen. That's the nature of politics and it's what intellectually honest people do.
When my grandchildren ask me about President George W. Bush hopefully I'll be able to give them a somewhat balanced view. For those of you blinded by your hatred of the President, what will you tell your grandchildren? "Bush lied, kids died!"?
Is that the best you can do? G-d save this great Republic from that idiocy!