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           Friday, April 11 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterWhy do they hate? - 4

The fall of Baghdad this week and the air of celebration it has inspired from here to, well, Baghdad, has led me to rethink the rest of this series. It seems a bit gratuitous, perhaps mean-spirited, to continue snipping at President Bush's most ardent opponents when public opinion is giving them a trouncing anyway. So I'll turn a bit less formal than in the series' earlier installments, and end it with this summation.

The hatred of President Bush, which I believe was the real agenda of at least three-quarters of the "anti-war" sentiment expressed over the past six months, had several roots.

1. Loyalty to Bill Clinton, not so much as the man but as the Bill Clinton concept, the idea that in him America had "evolved" into a more enlightened, less puritanical society, one winking at marital infidelities in the White House and lying whenever it suited his internal agenda. This one was shared across the board, I don't doubt, with most Hollywood Bush-baiters and cross-sections of the President's opponents from Lalaland to Paris.

2. Genuine fear that Bush is not up to being the President of the United States. He's not intelligent enough, as demonstrated by his early rejecting the "opportunity" to sign an international treaty aimed at combatting global warming (never mind that a study released last week established beyond scientific question that the average temperatures in the middle ages were higher than those of the past century). This conception of our Texas-reared President was capsulated in popular works of art like "Bush League" by Pearl Jam.

3. Dislike of his agenda and distrust of his claims. One recording artist-turned-author told interviewer Carson Daley that Bush was lying to the American people every day in the months running up to the war in Iraq. Those who feel weapons of mass destruction have to be found before that claim will be undercut are still saying it, though not nearly as vociferously.

4. And my favorite: dislike of Bush's religion/religiosity. Many people profess to believe that it's impossible to reform, so right out of the gate anyone like Bush, who professes to be a born again former heavy drinker must be lying. Anyone who wants vouchers that parents can use to send their children to schools with "religious" proclivities must be out to destroy everything America stands for, they believe. And anyone who would endorse spending tax dollars to support drug and convict rehabilitation programs run by religious groups is worse than Saddam Hussein, they seem to suspect. Some of these people, like John Kerry, the Massachusetts senator who passed himself off as Irish for decades of clamboring up the political ladder in Boston, and now admits to being of Austrian lineage, are saying the place where "regime change" is really needed is the United States, not Iraq.

The points under the fourth categories of dislike for our President are the very ones that make him my favorite thus far in his administration, and thus far in my lifetime.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

—Steven Wright

Lenten thought for today

God created things that had free will. That means creatures that can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature that was free but had no possibility of going wrong. I cannot. If a thing is free to be good, it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata—of creatures that worked like machines—would hardly be worth creating. The happiness that God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily, united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free.

—C. S. Lewis

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