Archive for December 13th, 2008

The Cancer of Hatred

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m no fan of George Bush. I DO believe he qualifies as “The Worst President in History” and suffers from a lethal combination of arrogance, ignorance, and non-tolerance – but I don’t hate the man. He now leaves office with a long string of failures and denounced by a majority of the American people who put him in the Oval Office – twice.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Bush blundered badly and refused to change course despite growing evidence that he listened to people much smarter and more experienced than he who had their own vile agendas. Of course we now see how dumb that was – but it certainly wasn’t nearly as clear at the time.

Bush is now being blamed for everything from a world-wide economic meltdown to the hatred in the Mid-East which has gone on for centuries. He’s been accused of everything short of kidnapping the Lindberg baby. Worse, he’s bringing out in people an ugly, blaming, hate-filled side that is best left beneath the surface in a civilized society. That isn’t his fault – it’s ours – at least some of ours – and I see it spreading.

The ideals of peace and love from my generation did not include kicking a person when he’s down nor hating a person who’s made horrendous mistakes but is more naïve than evil. Sometimes the harder it is to try to understand someone – the easier it is to shove that person into a superficial stereotype we can understand. That is an ugly personality trait of which we should not be proud. That’s the mind set of a modern day lynch mob and I want no part of it. We must be better than that.

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