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Skip to comments.BDS [Bush Derangement Syndrome] On the Right (Paleocons, and the like)
Posted on 03/11/2006 4:08:48 PM PST by quidnunc
Ever since George W. Bush won the presidency by preventing Al Gore's hanging-chad attempt to steal it, liberal Democrats have become progressively infected with BDS Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Here's how I think that the contagion of BDS is now infecting a number of conservative Republicans.
If you're a guy, perhaps you have endured this unpleasant and bewildering experience. You're in a relationship and you and the lady have had some disagreements but nothing major. From your perspective things are pretty ok. Then one day you and she disagree on some minor trivial issue and suddenly, inexplicably, it escalates as she unloads on you.
It seems like the love of your life has had a personality transplant, you're facing a virago disgorging a torrent of anger, and all you can think is, "Where did this come from?"
If you're a guy, you're nodding your head in understanding. If you're a gal, you're muttering, "Men are so clueless. We give them all these hints for so long that things are bugging us, they never get the message, then when we finally can't take it any more and snap, they're mystified."
I think you get the analogy.
A relationship that suffers this trauma can survive only if both parties calm down afterwards, focus on their mutual interests and commitment, and work together to solve their grievances.
But it's another thing entirely when Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, goes around the bend and offers a bill to make all foreign ownership or leasing of any cargo terminal in any US port illegal. Duncan, my buddy whom I've gone quail hunting with, how could he get so nuts?
There are some 3,200 terminals in US ports. 80% of them are foreign owned or leased. Unions and government regulations have made it impossible for US shipping companies to stay in business, making them bit players in the international shipping business. (See this story in the New York Times, US Companies Weighed Anchor on Ports Long Ago.)
Duncan's bill would cause astronomical damage to the US economy, but he doesn't care because he's on a BDS rant.
Bush could have done so many things better. But what are the real world alternatives to him? We call To The Point the Oasis for Rational Conservatives. It's frankly time for conservatives enraged with BDS to regain their rationality. Listen to Rush, Ollie, Tony Snow, and Charles Krauthammer. Then reflect on George Bush's character.
Who among us could have withstood the unceasing barrage of hatred and lies directed at him by the Democrats? Just think of a disgusting recent example, where Jimmy Carter and others used the funeral of Coretta Scott King to dishonestly insult him in front of his wife. This is a honest decent Christian man who is almost superhumanly gracious to those that hate him.
This quote is absolutely right on the money. Compare yourself to this man. If someone so much as cuts you off in traffic and gives you the finger, how do you react? Right, same as me. Instant anger, instantly seeking revenge.
Yet look at George Bush. Always unfailingly kind to others, even in the face of terrible slanders, insults and untruths. He has a real operating Christianity. I hope someday to achieve being half the man he is.
I think Hunter and the majority of those in Congress are just uninformed and could care less about anything other than their own well being. The American public is even less informed and they like Congress have these knee jerk reactions every time someone panics. America is in for a rude awakening. If al queida is successful in pulling off this big event they speak of America will go nuts,watch and see.WE no longer have leaders we have people standing around watching polls anytime they are not watching out for self. America truly is in dire straights.
Amen. Conservatives need to realize that these purity test are going to kill us. Its is rare that any groups or segments of a party get everything they want. We all get a little of our pet causes in our segment and we unite usually on the 80 percent of things we agree in. Save for it for the primaries folks. Thats where this anger can be channeled at. Thats where we work out our parties issues and differences Where actually there is a forum to debate that doesnt kill us.
I know I cant think of a time we need cool calm leaders is now. I am convinced that this Country needs a cooling down. Realize that not every muslim in the world is the enemy. Its time to be thinking. We are making progress in Iraq, we are making progress in Afgahistan. With our moderate arab allies there has been increased security and intelligence sharing. We have the only curremtly Islamic country that has Nuclear weapons in our sphere of influence. North Africa is starting to look hopeful. There are signs of progress all over the place. Before you know it like you said if they pull off a big one the Congress as of today would go nuts. Something rash would happen. Trade alliances broken. Dire straits indeed.
You have explained exactly why he annoys the heck out of everyone!
There is nothing more insulting than not being taken seriously as an enemy.
bttt for a "sane" take.
My personal favorite is the person who claims Bush is part of the New World Order, Trilateral Commission, conspiracy to turn all Americans into U.N. slaves.
I'm retired now but used to work for the DOD. Hunter was constantly pushing his corporate buddies in San Diego for government work. He's just another hack who's been in DC so long he has forgotten his roots. He and the rest of the Republicans who self-immolated over the Dubai business can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.
"WE no longer have leaders we have people standing around watching polls anytime they are not watching out for self. America truly is in dire straights."
We certainly have no leaders in Congress other than Tom DeLay. And I couldn't agree more. America is in for another "9/11." I just hope its no worse than the earlier one. I'm beginning to believe it will take at least one more blow to finally wake up our so-called congressional leadership and the MSM nitwits.
Your post is full of DU style talking points so why don't you go back there.
Blindness to truth gets the Grand Old Party tossed out of office in 2006 and the demonrats running the Congress. Failing to fix political shortcommings gets garbage like hillary in the WH again. Time for robotic cheerleading is over, portgate was a wakeup call, you did see the 62-2 vote?
"Before you know it like you said if they pull off a big one the Congress as of today would go nuts. Something rash would happen. Trade alliances broken. Dire straits indeed."
A FReeper in the smoke and fire of a tunnel last week said he/she was surprised at how fast the panic set in.... and said he/she was amazed folks (paraphrasing here) got out without being trampled to death.
We need to play smart.
I am absolutely mortified at the behaviour in Congress this week.
Shining beacon on a hill, are ye?
I think you are exactly right.
Your kind words are greatly appreciated~~!
He's just nailed a big bulk of the crowd that particpated in this. They didn't have the guts to disagree openly and strongly on the others, they chose to make the UAE the scapegoat to unleash. Which is why they aren't feeling cheerful that they got what they "wanted", because this isn't really what they wanted.
In late December 2000, just after Gore conceded, he had a meeting with Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz to get their views on what to focus on in his administration's foreign policy. After they were through, he asked, "What about India?" They stared at him. "It's a democracy of one billion people," he explained. "We need India as an ally. It's the only country in Asia that can stand up to China. I want a policy for India from you." After two weeks, he bugged Condi again. She had forgotten. No one but Bush understood how important an alliance with India was to America's national security. Thus the triumph of Bush's India visit last week.....This is just an example of Bush's geopolitical smarts.
Hadn't heard that before. G.W.B.'s wisdom and coup with India I well knew and had followed, but wasn't aware Gore had a sane thought about it. Though, that was back before he allowed 2000 to fester to a point where he went completely mad.
Do you really want to join the Democrats in an orgy of Bush-bashing, turn control of Congress over to them so they can spend the next two years in a revenge-crusade to impeach him, and elect Hillary in 2008?
Apparently our House and Senate do, and apparently many of our conservative "commentators" are more interested with being "pure" than operating with sense.
Bush could have done so many things better. But what are the real world alternatives to him? We call To The Point the Oasis for Rational Conservatives. It's frankly time for conservatives enraged with BDS to regain their rationality. Listen to Rush, Ollie, Tony Snow, and Charles Krauthammer. Then reflect on George Bush's character. Who among us could have withstood the unceasing barrage of hatred and lies directed at him by the Democrats? Just think of a disgusting recent example, where Jimmy Carter and others used the funeral of Coretta Scott King to dishonestly insult him in front of his wife. This is a honest decent Christian man who is almost superhumanly gracious to those that hate him.
And they hate him for it. No, really, how many conservatives have savaged Bush for showing kindness to his enemies. Oh, sure, it might be nice if he showed a little more attention to his friends as well, but that doesn't mean he's wrong to treat his enemies as souls needing redemption...as we all do. I don't pretend to be able to do it, but admire he can. But here we arrive back at what the guy is talking about. Instead of saying WE wouldn't mind a few pats on the back from time to time, a smile, a kind word...instead of addressing that subject head on..conservatives gripe about him doing the right thing in trying to help people (Bill in particular) who need it.
BDS is not a flippant term. It is a real sickness in the soul of liberal Democrats. Conservatives may rightfully and vehemently disagree with Bush on a number of issues, but conservatives cannot afford to be as deranged as liberals. In that direction lies Caesar's doom. If the Democrats divide us, they conquer us.
Yes, and they did it so well the last few weeks.