Monday, July 12, 2004

Many of the opponents of President Bush are not satisfied to merely disagree with him. Working to defeat him in the upcoming election isn't enough for them either. For some, hate is the only answer.

A FEMA employee was sent home for wearing a shirt that read "Love America, Hate Bush". Hollywood luminaries at a recent fundraiser for the Kerry/Edwards campaign engaged in a Bush bashing fest where:
-Paul Newman said that the Bush tax cuts are "borderline criminal".
-Jessica Lange called the Bush administration “a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence.”
-Chevy Chase said of the President: “This guy is as bright as an egg-timer.”

Why all the hate? Whatever happened to honest disagreement? Maybe Eric Hoffer's study of mass movements might offer us an answer:
Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents.

Even more telling is this:
Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil.

George W. Bush as the devil? If he never existed, the Movement would need to invent him.

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