how everybody hates Bush these days? Well, everybody except Uncle
Dick, Godfather Rummy and Tony Snow. Oh, and let's not forget
Rockey Vaccarella. And the arms dealers. But enthusiastic Bush
supporters who aren't directly on the Bush-Cheney payroll are
dwindling down to a sliver of a minority.
These are the reality-challenged few that still expect rose petals
and open arms to embrace us in Iraq, maybe, if we "stay the course,"
by the 22nd century. Basically, these few frightened, lock-step
individuals, corporate representatives, Legionnaires and paid
performers are the ones we see the President chatting up on TV.
more and more people from all points on the political spectrum
are coming out of their closets, bombed out homes and garden parties
with their Bush Hate. According to most polls, a widening majority
of Americans disapprove of the job the President is doing (and
only a wavering third approve). His record-low numbers are even
worse when it comes to specifically how he's handling Iraq. Hey,
even my most right-wing Republican sex therapy clients, the ones
with mahogany framed photos of themselves posed with the Gipper
on their mantles, say they hate G.W. Bush. Hate him!
lefties, liberals, peaceable libertines and ethical hedonists,
those of us wearing the "I Hated Bush Before It Was Cool" t-shirts,
have deplored the Shrub since he was born again as a political
favorite son after failing dismally as a businessman. We stewed
as he stole and smirked his way into the White House, with the
judicious assistance of Uncle Nino (Scalia).
When his "response" to 9/11 was to cluster-bomb Afghanistan, murdering
over 3,500 civilians (according to a study to be released December
10 by University of New Hampshire Economics Professor Marc W.
Herold) while letting Osama and Mullah Omar slip free, we seethed,
but were far outnumbered in America by the battle-cheering hordes.
First Cheerleader and his Goon Squad committed a series of appalling
rapes - some virtual, others physical - of various individuals
and entities. First, the Patriot Act, sneaking up on our private
lives and civil rights, like a rapist who sticks it to you from
behind in the locker-room when you're bending over to put on your
pants. Next, the torture-rapes of the Guantánamo "detainees."
his "response" to 9/11 was to
murdering over 3,500 civilians
(according to a study to be released
December 10 by University of
New Hampshire Economics Professor
Marc W. Herold) while letting Osama
and Mullah Omar slip free, we seethed,
but were far outnumbered in America
by the battle-cheering hordes.
the Rape of Iraq; both the rape of the country (falsely blaming
it for 9/11 the way a rapist facetiously blames his victim for
seducing him), and the rapes of the people (most notoriously,
the rape/murder of a Mahmoudiya girl and the slaughter of her
family), plus Abu Ghraib's POW Porn and more murder (Iraqi casualty
rates are now soaring), even as the rape of the land goes on,
leaving seeds of cancer in Iraqi cities and villages from America's
spent radioactive ordnance.
Bush was perpetrating a different kind of rape on American people:
the nonconsensual voyeurism of his pet domestic spying program.
Then there's the Rape of our Mother the Earth, with environmental
policies that virtually tell Global Warming to "bring it on,"
from rollbacks of ecological protections to the tragic bungling
of Katrina. Then there's the tragic bungling of our future, with
Bush vetoing stem cell research, advocating teaching "intelligent
design" alongside evolution in public schools, baiting homophobia,
force-feeding faith-based abstinence-only gibberish to young people
who need real sex education, and the list goes on.
George II and his cronies have gone on so long and so badly in
so many different directions that for many of us, Bush Atrocity
Fatigue has set in. There are just too many rapes, massacres,
disasters, blunders and lies to keep count, let alone protest
conservatives are also building up a big gob of Bush Hate that
they might just have to discharge into the nearest spittoon. After
all, Dubya's turned the government into the most bloated mess
it's ever been, tossing no-bid contracts to his buddies, spending
hundreds of billions on loser wars that do nothing for Americans
but make their gas prices soar, leaving us with the biggest debt
in American history and a looming housing crash.
It makes even some diehard Republicans wonder if this President
actually works for America. Despite all the obsessive flag-waving,
Bush's actions tell us his real bosses are international corporations
and weapons manufacturers, not the American people. Of course,
every President pimps for business, to some extent. But Bush overspends
the U.S. budget like a trophy wife with a high-maintenance lover,
economically cuckolding the American people.
or he's an idiot. Year after signs appeared at Bush protests saying
"A Village In Texas Has Lost Its Idiot," former Republican congressman
Joe Scarborough turned his conservative MSNBC talk show into a
referendum on whether "Bush is an Idiot." While other presidents
have been called stupid, Scarborough said: "I think George Bush
is in a league by himself. I don't think he has the intellectual
depth of these other people... George Bush's lack of gravitas
is hurting America at home and embarrassing us at home. I hear
that from congressmen, I hear it from senators, I hear it from
National Review editor Rich Lowry, American Spectator executive
editor Quin Hillyer, Washington Post columnist William M. Arkin,
pundit George Will and conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr.
are all renouncing Bush in some way.
old-style conservatives are
also building up a big gob of
Bush Hate that they might just
have to discharge into the nearest
spittoon. After all, Dubya's turned
the government into the most bloated
mess it's ever been, tossing no-bid
contracts to his buddies,
spending hundreds of billions on
loser wars that do nothing for
Americans but make their
gas prices soar, leaving us with
the biggest debt in American history
and a looming housing crash.
of the warmongers now see that Bush the Bully managed to muck
up both Afghanistan (losing Osama for starters, and losing the
country back to the Taliban lately) and Iraq, now with far more
"terror," murder, mayhem and downright hatred of America than
past supporters of Bush's Iraqi Adventure are now talking the
taboo talk of cutting and running, that is, coming up with an
"honorable exit plan," including Congressmen Chris Shays, R-Conn.,
Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn, and Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. Most Republican
reelection campaigns just try not to talk about Iraq or Bush.
If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything.
Bush Hate is even more pronounced globally. Dubya couldn't travel
in South America without being confronted by shovels and protests.
As for Muslims around the world, with the exception of the Kuwaiti
royals and certain members of the bin Laden family, most have
long despised Bush and his casual cowboy slurs, calling them any
name to excite his base, from "terrorists" to "freedom-haters"
to "Islamo-Fascists" to "successors to... Nazis."
On the other hand, Osama must love Bush for fanning the flames
of international Muslim hate, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
really ought to blow his Brother-in-Unfounded-Fundamentalism a
big kiss for turning Iraq upside down with the Shiites on top,
something Iran could never do on its own.
Then there's Euro Bush Hate: The genteel ones treat him like the
proverbial bull in the china shop of the world. The rest want
to try him for war crimes. British TV is about to air "Death of
a President," a documentary-style fantasy about Bush's assassination.
Is this wishful thinking?
Israelis are emerging from their bomb shelters and blaming Bush,
as well as their own leaders, for cheering them back into the
sinkholes of Lebanon. Friends don't let friends bomb drunk, and
the American President should have stepped in as soon as Israel,
intoxicated with its own arrogance and glut of fancy American
munitions, started bombing Beirut.
Instead, The Decider decided to let Israel bomb drunk for
38 ghastly days, accomplishing nothing but the murder of hundreds
of innocents throughout Lebanon and dozens in Northern Israel,
the destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure, the transformation
of Hassan Nasrallah into a hero even sexier than Osama, the humiliation
of the Israeli Defense Force before the world, the strengthening
of Hezbollah to the delight of Syria and Iran, and the addition
of a few million more citizens of the world to the burgeoning
"We Hate Bush" crowd.
some Israelis are emerging
from their bomb shelters and
blaming Bush, as well as their
own leaders, for cheering them back
into the sinkholes of Lebanon.
Friends don't let friends bomb drunk,
and the American President should
have stepped in as soon as Israel,
intoxicated with its own arrogance
and glut of fancy American munitions,
started bombing Beirut.
the Neoconservatives owe their cachet to Bush. They can't hate
him; he's their Daddy. But once he's out of office and not in
a position to help them actualize their grandiose nightmare fantasies,
they'll be dissing Dubya too, saying the problem was that he didn't
go far enough.
Bush inspire so much hate? One reason is that hate is a cornerstone
of his administration, the other three keys being fear, force
and bald-face lies. Yes, jocular presidential fart jokes and neck
rubs aside, it's all about the hate with George. A frat
boy hate of the other team. No room for compromise. No room for
the Bonobo Way of peace through pleasure and negotiation. You're
"either with him or against him," and his bullying mismanagement
of America's affairs has, at this point, turned a majority of
folks against him.
a way, all this Bush Hate is cause for rejoicing. Not only have
we ethical hedonists and lefties been proven right about the Iraq
Attack being wrong, but we can feel part of our country again.
Bush Haters are in the clear majority! There's something comforting,
even communal about that. Like we're all in this peculiar Bushite
Hell together, which might mean we'll all help each other get
out of it.
also horrifying. It shows just how low we have sunk. That's how
badly the wars have gone, that's how much credibility America's
lost, that's how much freedom we've given up, that's how polluted
our planet is getting, that's how ominous projections for the
economy are looking, that's how much of a mess our President is
leaving his "successor": us.
And that's what we're going to have to do to dig ourselves out
of if America is to have a future in the world, if we're ever
going to turn hate into love.
Susan Block is a sex educator, cultural commentator, host
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