After reading yet another Bush hatred thread on a supposedly "mainstream" liberal blog (no need to specify, they're becoming indistinguishable), I realize the difference between the Clinton-hating right of the nineties (and the Kerry haters today) and the Bush haters of today (and the Reagan haters of the eighties). Clinton and Kerry are despised because the right believed they lacked a moral center or core values. Bush and Reagan are despised because the left thinks they are EVIL.
This is a big distinction, and goes beyond the "Bush is Stupid" and "Clinton is a sex fiend" memes we've all seen. This is why the "Bush=Hitler" and "bushitler" people are so fanatic in their belief; they have found something akin to religion to ground themselves. (I will generalize here and say that most of these people are not religious in a traditional sense.) While the Clinton haters were pretty adamant about their disdain, it was not a central tenet of their faith that Clinton was evil; amongst the Bush haters, it is the only central tenet that Republicans (especially Bush) are the embodiment of evil.
Ordinarily, I don't condemn others' religious beliefs (or lack thereof, as the case may be). In this case, however, I think that we're dealing with a cult mentality. (I realize that some definitions of "cult" are sufficiently broad to include any political movement, but we're looking at a specific example, one with plenty of material to cite). I have no problem with mocking or belittling beliefs of people such as the late Heaven's Gate group or the Rajneesh Ranch people, and I put the BusHitler nitwits into the same group.
If you're bored (or morbidly fascinated) try typing some of the following terms into Google (use the quotes as indicated for full effect):
Reagan=Hitler (This is for someone who has been out of office for almost 16 years, and whose entire presidency predates the world wide web by several years)
"Republicans are evil"
"Democrats are evil"
"Reagan was evil" (only a few cites for "Reagan is evil"; they're updating)
"Bush is evil"
"Clinton is evil"
"Kerry is evil"
You'll find the whole thing instructional.
posted on September 08, 2004 08:53 PM