June 30, 2004

Their President?

Currently, I'm involved in a spirited email list conversation between the conservatives on the list and the liberals. Yesterday, I was talking about the hate out there for the President, and how Dems don't seem to be "for" Kerry, just "against" Bush. Everyday I see assorted bumper stickers, like, "Impeach Bush", "When Bush Became President a Village Lost Its Idiot", I've even seen one that said, "Barbara Bush Should Have Had An Abortion". Now, here in left wing headquarters aka Monterey, you aren't too surprised that the fringe is out in full force, but it's not just the fringe, is it?

This ad that was placed in "The Nation" magazine is exactly what I'm talking about. And then you have Al Gore in his now infamous "Digital Brown Shirts" speech. He isn't on the fringe, he's a mainstream Democrat. Yet he invokes not only Nazism in his speech, but Stalinism as well, and all to describe Republicans. It's what I expect from the looney left, the kind of folks who have the bumper stickers, but this is man who was almost our President. (and I say "our", not "their", the Democrats.) This man, who may have been my President thinks I'm a Nazi. If that isn't an expression of hate for those that disagree with him, I don't know what is. I never hated Al Gore, I didn't vote for him, but not because I hated him. However, Gore equates disagreement to being a "Digital Brown Shirt", a Nazi. And John Kerry hasn't even made a token attempt to distance himself from such smears, or similar pronouncements from other supposed "mainstream" Democrats. Should I perceive that as tactic agreement? And if he wins, what then? Will he be my President, or just theirs?

I never envisioned ever having to ask such a question. It saddens me that I have to.

Posted by Ithildin at June 30, 2004 6:25 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Not to be argumentative, but - as a gay man, i'm pretty firmly convinced that Bush is not, and has no desire to be, my president.

Posted by: aphrael at June 30, 2004 9:45 PM

Once again, there is that great insight you have. I have only seen the same bumper stickers you bring up as well as one other that was "Sheet Metal Workers for Kerry". Yep a union person. I also wonder if Kerry is elected, will those of us labeled "Digital Brown Shirts" will be arrested for our views?

Posted by: JT_Hunter at July 1, 2004 4:32 AM

aphrael - it's really a shame that you feel that way about President Bush, especially since he is the only one of the two candidate's that has and would continue to actually protect your right to be sexually oriented in whatever way you wanted. Yes, President Bush is wrong on the gay marriage issue, but he's the only one who will keep this country safe. Can you really justify voting for Kerry knowing that he'll make our country so much weaker, much more vulnerable to terrorist attacks and wastefully spend billions more of our money on bureaucratic government programs just so you can validate your love of another with a piece of paper? It's not about the paper, anyway, it's about the love itself, isn't it?

Or maybe I'm just crazy.

Posted by: Easycure at July 1, 2004 7:24 AM

Aphrael, I'm not sure which particular issue you mean, but I don't see much difference between the current President and the last one, or the one who wants to be next. Take gay marriage, Clinton signed the DMA, Kerry didn't vote for it, but he also says he's agaisnt gay marriage and doesn't support the MA court decision. (as usual, he seems to be on every side of the issue) Since my post is talking about hate, why do you think President Bush hates you? Sincerely asking here, not tyring to pick on you or anything, honest :)

JT, thanks.

Posted by: Ith at July 1, 2004 8:24 AM

It is just a shame that people are sooo very way out there and hateful about the President. If people don't agree with the prez - then fine but to say things like his mother should have had an abortion... I mean, I'm totally appauled and speechless at stuff like that.

Oh, by the way, that link to the ad does not work. What was it?

Posted by: Lori at July 1, 2004 11:40 AM

Lori, I just tried it and it worked. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's a famous painting that's been changed to show Bush eating a child.

Posted by: Ith at July 1, 2004 11:54 AM