Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hatred

Posted by Jabawacefti

Quick question:

Do you think the left hates Bush more or less than the right hates Clinton?

Thoughts on the ramifications of such hatred?

5 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

To me, it seems like asking who hates each other more, Yankees fans or Red Sox fans?

Hatred is blinding, and that's the worst ramification of embracing it.

It gets so that you can't see the forest for the trees, and suddenly everything is so very and unrealistically black-and-white that you can't acknowledge anything good or positive about the "other side" without feeling as though you've betrayed something.

But this is simply an outgrowth of venomous politics in general. We are encouraged to hate each other, because that effectively removes power from our hands.

It distracts, it polarizes, and it keeps incumbents in power.

Just my two cents.

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous MattM said...

Well, Bush probably wins that one by sheer primacy--he's the one there now, so the hatred is more focused. The real question is "Does the left hate Bush more than the right HATED Clinton in, say, 1997-98?"

That one's a little stickier. The vitriol may be as strong, but I think we see less of it in the mass media today than we did back then.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'd agree with that.

One fundamental difference (certainly not the only one) is that when Clinton was in office, the "haters" had the full and unquestioning support of the "liberal press."

There wasn't a day that went by without some mention of blue dresses and tapped phone calls - whether on CNN or on Leno.

I'd suggest that the relative silence of the MSM on Bush's behavior has less to do with any great conspiracy, and more to do with the Media's desire to run stories that are viscerally eye-catching and easy to follow.

Anyone can tsk-tsk adultery. It's fun, and we loooooove doing it. Hollywood's our go-to guy for it, usually, but we aren't picky.

Whereas stories on Nigerian Uranium are significantly less "naughty," and certainly harder to grasp.

Americans have traditionally favored the personal over the political when it comes to scandal.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Addendum:

Just look at what the press HAS said about Bush for confirmation of this. It's all talk about how "stupid" he is, or about how "funny" his verbal slip-ups are.

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous portia said...

I don't think the left "hates" Bush the person. I think most left-leaning people are deeply, deeply concerned about the state and direction of our country and our freedom.

I think it's much easier to "hate" Clinton the guy; relatively few people disagreed, much less vehemently, with his policies or the state of things in the country or world.

 

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