The Wall Street Journal gave the top half of its opinion
page Wednesday to a long essay by Peter Berkowitz, titled �The Insanity of Bush
Hatred.� If anything, it deserves a gold medal for political propaganda -- make
that political lies.
What caught my attention immediately was the frequent use of
the word �progressive� to describe the people Berkowitz was attacking. It was
used 10 times. In other words, progressives were attacked for hating Bush.
There is a major lie of omission. No mention was made of the
vast number of Americans that certainly do not call themselves progressives
that hate Bush. Surely there are many millions of sane independents, moderates,
libertarians, conservatives and liberals that rightfully hate Bush. To ignore
all these Americans betrays the intellectual legitimacy of the article and its
Here are the few core reasons given by Berkowitz for
condemning Bush hatred:
It is not a rational force in politics. It clouds and
impairs political judgment. It subverts sound thinking. It has addled minds. It
damages the intellect. It reduces �complicated events and multilayered issues
to simple matters of good and evil.� It �blinds to the other sides of the
argument, and constrains the hater to see a monster instead of a political
There is no detailed analysis of all the ways that the Bush
administration has betrayed our Constitution. No mention, for example, of Bush
signing statements that self-justifies not obeying the laws passed by Congress.
No mention that the Bush claim of not using torture is so obviously a lie. No
mention of using illegal surveillance of Americans and lying about it. No
mention of countless lies used to get us into the absurd and costly Iraq war.
No mention of the enormous amount of evidence showing that 9/11 was not solely
an operation by foreign terrorists, but involved the federal government. And on
The only rational and sane conclusion is that hating Bush is
justified and completely sane.
There is some truth to the opening statement: Hating the
president is almost as old as the republic itself. But the growing consensus
that George W. Bush will go down in history as the nation�s worst president is a
much larger truth. It is perfectly reasonable for ALL Americans to hate Bush
for squandering the lives of the many people in our armed forces, for
squandering the nation�s wealth, and for squandering our nation�s good name and
reputation. Bush is a national embarrassment and disgrace, and for that he
deserves to be hated.
All those with a clear and sound intellect, rational
objectivity, sensible judgment, and the ability to know evil when they see it
should hate Bush. Hating Bush is nothing to be ashamed of. The real challenge
is moving beyond Bush hatred to seeing the need for deep political reforms that
restores American democracy. We must convert the national Bush-hatred-energy
into rebellious action. We must re-establish our constitutional checks and balances
and remove the unlawful and excessive powers of the presidency. How do we
achieve reforms? That is the right question.
As to insanity: I say we must stop doing the same thing and
expecting different results. That same thing is voting for Democrats or
Republicans. We must remember that virtually all the evil and corrupt things
Bush has done could not have been accomplished without the tacit or explicit
support of Democrats in Congress. The two-party partnership also deserves our
hatred. It has removed political competition and the ability of third party
candidates from winning national office. To let Bush hatred result in knee-jerk
support for Democrats is a mistake.
The only way to restore American democracy is to remove the
legitimacy and credibility of the two-party-controlled political system. The
way to do that is through a voter boycott in the 2008 elections for the
president and members of Congress. Neither Democrats nor Republicans faithfully
represent the interests of the public and that makes our representative
democracy a sham. To keep playing the game and voting for any candidates that
are members of the vast two-party criminal conspiracy is plain stupid. If
Americans keep sustaining this corrupt and dishonest two-party system, then they
will continue to witness the decay of our society.
S. Hirschhorn can be reached through www.delusionaldemocracy.com.