I am reading my emails this morning and when I saw the title of George Will’s rant of the day, “Anger Is All The Rage”, I could see where it was going. But, I really found the final paragraphs classic Will…forgive the rant on a Sunday morning
The politics of disdain — e.g., Howard Dean’s judgment that Republicans are “brain dead” and “a lot of them never made an honest living in their lives” — derails politics by defining opponents as beyond the reach of reason. The anger directed at Bush today, like that directed at Clinton during his presidency, luxuriates in its own vehemence.
Today, many people preen about their anger as a badge of authenticity: I snarl, therefore I am. Such people make one’s blood boil.
I am sorry George Will, but I take pride in my anger at George W Bush. It predates his run at the White House by a good number of years. It isn’t partisan, I am an equal opportunity hater. My hate for George Bush goes back to the very first time I heard him insult my intelligence by trying to spin the past I knew into his own version of reality. As he has continued the spin, I have continued the hate. Call it a mutual dis-respect compact…I’ll quit hating the man the minute he shows me enough respect to quit lying to me.
So George Will, if you think I do this for show you’ve missed over a decade of the show, because that’s how long it has run…ever since Karl Rove spread his brand of political smear in Texas to get George W elected Governor. I found it hateful then and I find that same behavior hateful now. As the old saying goes…You reap what you sow. And if there has ever been a political party that deserves the harvest of it’s own sowing it is the Republican’s. Who but the Republican Party has run on issues that are nothing but hate…from gay marriage to flag burning, from school prayer to abortion the republican party of the past 15 years has done a memorable job of farming divisive, hateful issues. Let them continue to reap the harvest they have sown. Just don’t try to blame the liberals for the taste of the crop…