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WHY WE HATE BUSH (It's the Stolen Election, Stupid)
Yahoo News ^ | Thu, Sep 25, 2003 | Ted Rall

Posted on 09/25/2003 7:33:39 AM PDT by presidio9

NEW YORK--"Have the Democrats totally flipped their lids?" asks David Brooks in The Weekly Standard, quasi-official organ of the Bush Administration. "Because every day some Democrat seems to make a manic or totally over-the-top statement about George Bush, the Republican party, and the state of the nation today."

True, Democrats loathe Dubya with greater intensity than any Republican standard-bearer in modern political history. Even the diabolical Richard Nixon--who, after all, created the EPA, went to China and imposed price controls to stop corporate gouging--rates higher in liberal eyes. "It's mystifying," writes Brooks.

Let me explain.

First but not foremost, Bush's detractors despise him viscerally, as a man. Where working-class populists see him as a smug, effeminate frat boy who wouldn't recognize a hard day's work if it kicked him in his self-satisfied ass, intellectuals see a simian-faced idiot unqualified to mow his own lawn, much less lead the free world. Another group, which includes me, is more patronizing than spiteful. I feel sorry for the dude; he looks so pathetic, so out of his depth, out there under the klieg lights, squinting, searching for nouns and verbs, looking like he's been snatched from his bed and beamed in, and is still half asleep, not sure where he is. Each speech looks as if Bush had been beamed from his bed fast asleep. And he's willfully ignorant. On Fox News, Bush admits that he doesn't even read the newspaper: "I glance at the headlines just to kind of [sic] a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read [sic] the news themselves." All these takes on Bush boil down to the same thing: The guy who holds the launch codes isn't smart enough to know that's he's stupid. And that's scary.

Fear breeds hatred, and Bush's policies create a lot of both. U.S. citizens like Jose Padilla and Yasser Hamdi disappear into the night, never to be heard from again. A concentration camp rises at Guantánamo. Stasi-like spies tap our phones and read our mail; thanks to the ironically-named Patriot Act, these thugs don't even need a warrant. As individual rights are trampled, corporate profits are sacrosanct. An aggressive, expansionist military invades other nations "preemptively" to eliminate the threat of non-existent weapons, and American troops die to enrich a company that buys off the Vice President.

Time to dust off the F word. "Whenever people start locking up enemies because of national security without much legal care, you are coming close [to fascism]," warns Robert Paxton, emeritus professor of history at Columbia University and author of the upcoming book "Fascism in Action." We're supposed to hate fascists--or has that changed because of 9/11?

Bush bashers hate Bush for his personal hypocrisy--the draft-dodger who went AWOL during Vietnam yet sent other young men to die in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iraq (news - web sites), the philandering cocaine addict who dares to call gays immoral--as well as for his attacks on peace and prosperity. But even that doesn't explain why we hate him so much.

Bush is guilty of a single irredeemable act so heinous and anti-American that Nixon's corruption and Reagan's intellectual inferiority pale by comparison. No matter what he does, Democrats and Republicans who love their country more than their party will never forgive him for it.

Bush stole the presidency.

The United States enjoyed two centuries of uninterrupted democracy before George W. Bush came along. The Brits burned the White House, civil war slaughtered millions and depressions brought economic chaos, yet presidential elections always took place on schedule and the winners always took office. Bush ended all that, suing to stop a ballot count that subsequent newspaper recounts proved he had lost. He had his GOP-run Supreme Court, a federal institution, rule extrajurisdictionally on the disputed election, a matter that under our system of laws falls to the states. Bush's recount guru, James Baker, went on national TV to threaten to use force to install him as president if Gore didn't step aside: "If we keep being put in the position of having to respond to recount after recount after recount of the same ballots, then we just can't sit on our hands, and we will be forced to do what might be in our best personal interest--but not--it would not be in the best interest of our wonderful country."

Bush isn't president, but he plays one on TV. His presence in the White House is an affront to everything that this country stands for. His fake presidency is treasonous; our passive tolerance for it sad testimony to post-9/11 cowardice. As I wrote in December 2000, "George W. Bush is not the President of the United States of America." And millions of Americans agree.

Two months after 9/11, when Bush's job approval rating was soaring at 89 percent, 47 percent of Americans told a Gallup poll that he had not won the presidency legitimately. "The election controversy...could make a comeback if Bush's approval ratings were to fall significantly," predicted Byron York in The National Review. Two years later, 3 million jobs are gone, Bush's wars have gone sour, and just 50 percent of voters approve of his performance. If York is correct, most Americans now consider Bush to be no more legitimate than Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), who also came to power in a coup d'état.

And that's why we hate him.


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1 posted on 09/25/2003 7:33:40 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Wow. Ted has got to get over his man-crush on W. ;)
2 posted on 09/25/2003 7:35:20 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." --P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: presidio9
Bush bashers hate Bush for his personal hypocrisy--the draft-dodger who went AWOL during Vietnam yet sent other young men to die in Afghanistan <p. Then they must really love Dean who was a Ski bum during Vietnam
3 posted on 09/25/2003 7:36:59 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: TheBigB; Constitution Day
I think Ted and Mark Morford should just get it over with and move in together.
4 posted on 09/25/2003 7:38:08 AM PDT by presidio9 (If [the French] are providing passports, Iím going to ask for Pellegrino)
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To: presidio9
The fact that Bush irritates this raging arsehole so totally, amuses me and gives me great satisfaction. :))
5 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:11 AM PDT by veronica (http://www.PetitionOnline.com/bombings/petition.html - Homicide bombings = war crimes - sign this!)
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To: presidio9
Amazing, Bush is hated by RATS more than Nixon and Reagan. This should make the 2004 election interesting.
6 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:11 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: presidio9
Stolen election...ROFLMAO! Ya, that damn electoral college has got to go. Stupid dim-o-crappers!
7 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:11 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: presidio9
Ted Rall is an overrated, no-talent assclown.

And I bet he's ALREADY Miss Morford's hunka-hunka-burnin' idiot.

8 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:40 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: presidio9
Everything he believes is a lie. Sad, in a way, how his hatred has blinded him.
9 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:40 AM PDT by Ramius (--> Post No Bills <--)
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To: presidio9
"I glance at the headlines just to kind of [sic] a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read [sic] the news themselves."

I said in the live thread that that comment is going to bite him in the arse. Why wouldnt he keep abreast of current events? Im assuming he is trying the athlete cliche of "I dont pay attention to the papers". Well Bush is no Pro athlete.

I find it discouraging that he needs to get fed news from his staff than get it himself. Middle of the road people will feel the same.

10 posted on 09/25/2003 7:39:58 AM PDT by smith288 ("The key to our success will be your execution." -Scott Adams)
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To: presidio9
Ted, if you're reading, I point at you and laugh. :)
11 posted on 09/25/2003 7:40:13 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." --P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: presidio9
They hate him because unlike the last coward that lived in the White House, a man they held in high esteem, Bush has integrity and honor!
12 posted on 09/25/2003 7:41:31 AM PDT by God luvs America
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To: presidio9
Bush stole the presidency.

In other words, the left still lacks a basic understanding of the Electoral College and the mechanisms involved in winning a plurality of the Electoral Vote.

Ted, go find a political science or history text, then come back once you've figured out reality as opposed to the fantasy world you live in.

13 posted on 09/25/2003 7:42:14 AM PDT by mhking (Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back...)
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To: presidio9
Why give Rall more exposure than he already gets...
14 posted on 09/25/2003 7:42:26 AM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: Ramius
You have that right. Working class people see GWB as a smug, effeminate frat boy? If that is the case, what do they see Al Gore as? The Rock?
15 posted on 09/25/2003 7:43:05 AM PDT by AngieGOP
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To: presidio9
So, if I prevent something from being stolen from me I am a thief?

Sorta like defining "greed" as "wanting to keep your own money" rather than as "voting for a third party to steal someone else's money and give it to you."

The Left is unencumbered by the dictates of Logic, but, then, so are most children. ;)

16 posted on 09/25/2003 7:45:16 AM PDT by Mr. Buzzcut
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To: presidio9
These pansy-a$$ lefties don't know what the word "hatred" means.


17 posted on 09/25/2003 7:45:36 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("What is a left-wing socialist but a Marxist without a gun?" -- Don Feder)
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To: smith288
You can NOT be serious!! Bush gets FACTS from all kinds of sources...why would he waste time reading second hand stuff??? That's the sign of a good manager and smart person. It would be like a CEO reading The National Enquirer.....geesh.
18 posted on 09/25/2003 7:45:45 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: smith288
The President gets a news briefing every morning. I'm glad he's not wasting time reading the paper. All Presidents get their news that way. Been that way for a long time.
19 posted on 09/25/2003 7:45:52 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Cyanide, mercury, and botulinum toxin are medically and industrially useful friends to mankind.)
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Do not use Yahoo. This is typical.
20 posted on 09/25/2003 7:46:15 AM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (Celebrate Globalism)
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