Tuesday, July 20, 2004

On Hating President Bush
 
Tod Lindberg has a piece in the Washington Times, which explains why campaigning on Anybody But Bush is not a good approach.
 
"Let's try to go over a few things as carefully as we can. First of all, you need to understand that Americans do not hate George W. Bush. You may hate George W. Bush, all your friends may hate George W. Bush, all of your friends may have written books about how fitting it is to hate George W. Bush and received handsome advances from their publishers for them. The bookstore shelves groan under them. And yes, you are entirely within your rights to hate George W. Bush. No one will take that from you. Yes, Republicans hated Bill Clinton, and many still do. Yes, they also hate Hillary. If, on principle, you want to hate the Republican president just as much as Republicans hated the last Democratic president, no one will stop you." (Emphasis Mine)
 
I agree. Nothing has been added to the debate by the ABB crowd. No progressive thought on making America better has been proposed. Nothing constructive has come out of the Kerry campaign because he has embraced ABB as a means to an end - the White House. It is evident when John Kerry discusses how he will secure former Russian radioactive materials - knowing President Bush is already doing that. Or when John Kerry discusses the war in Iraq - he would have taken us to war too.
 
John Kerry, judging by his speeches, doesn't argue the President's approach to many of the issues we face - just that President Bush is the one handling them. The other issues John Kerry talks about are those on which any President would be powerless - such as how France thinks about us.
 
With John Kerry as President, only real change which would occur in the White House is the decor of the residence.

2 Comments:

At 7:03 AM, Blogger travis said...

very good point. one libertarian blogger is marketing bednarik using the ABB logic:

http://libertypunk.blogspot.com/2004_06_27_libertypunk_archive.html#108870262475667325http://home.earthlink.net/~libertypunk/images/badnarik_poster.jpg

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Joel Gaines said...

These things always come back to haunt people. I don't know why they continue.

 

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