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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bush Bashing "Comical"

Perhaps the neatest thing about the Herald's new BlogNet is that you can peruse all sorts of local blogs without having to go into the sites themselves. That way, if you see a post that looks to be a stinker right off the bat, especially at some of our "favorite" blogs, all you have to do is keep scrolling down and it's gone, c ya.

It's through the Herald's BlogNet that I discovered this post by Reid Blog on the difference between Obama Derangement Syndrome (how original) and Bush Derangement Syndrome. It's not necessarily the fact that there are a few deranged and sick individuals out there who want to do real harm to Obama, but Reid's assertion that personal criticism of Bush "tended to lean more toward the comical" was the real eye-popper. You see, the harshest criticism of Bush was actualy targeted at his policies.

Brace yourselves:
In other words: "Bush Derangement" if you want to call it that, was based on a loathing of Bush administration policies. Attitudes toward Bush himself, if you have to characterize them broadly, tend to lean more toward the comical. And while derision of Bush as a dunce bugs those on the right, it's hardly the same chilling talk that derides our current president as tantamount to a Marxist, Socialist, anti-American Muslim terrorist. [Left: a leaflet distributed in Dallas on the day of JFK's assassination. Courtesy of Prose]
Ahhhh, so that's what it was all along. Too bad this dunce of a conservative missed it. After all, calling Bush a Nazi, a murderer and a war criminal was indeed funny to many liberals, especially when it was comedians and skilled entertainers delivering the punch lines. The fact that many average folks I know freely participated in this type of ridiculous defamation makes it even more legitimate, Reid would probably make you believe. It's all about the policies, not the person, remember?

This is truly a bizarre era we're living in, folks.


Blogger Rick said...

Robert: Of course there were people from the far left calling Bush a Nazi, a murderer and a war criminal. And there were some even joking about him when using these references as Reid suggests, but I challenge you to find one news network or one syndicated progressive radio show that used that language seriously and on a continuing basis.

Fox News and some of it's programs are littered with examples and do we really need to mention Beck and Limbaugh who are listened to by millions every single day?

No, there's a difference. A real difference. Actually, you can start right at the other blog you contribute to and look up references to the black Fidel Castro or a menagerie of photoshopped images or any number of conspiracy theories of Obama's supposed socialist, Marxist or communist leanings.

Some of which, to this day, some of those people will argue are accurate.

In fact, turn on your radio tomorrow and listen to Rush as I do almost every day. Listen to the host clearly and calmly articulate how Obama's purpose is to destroy this country and her ideals. This message is broadcast to millions for 3 hours every day, 5 days a week. No one, no where did the same thing to Bush with a similar audience with the same frequency. And perhaps you can refresh my memory with examples, but I just don't see it.


7:53 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Robert said...

MSNBC. Keith Olbermann. Unfortunately, I've watched him enough to know.

I have yet to observe Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity or Limbaugh refer to Obama in anywhere near the same language. Socialist? Marxist leanings? Sure, those comments have been made, but to insinuate or downright state that it's the equivalent to referring to Bush as a murderer and/or a war criminal is just flat out ridiculous. Strident criticism of a president's policies is one thing, calling a president a murderer is something totally different. And, no, they're not the same as Reid wants us to believe.

8:37 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Rick said...

You're right, I did hear Olbermann use that language on at least one occasion.

I guess my point is that you don't have to be calling someone a Nazi or a Hitler or a murderer to be pushing hate.

Again I reference you to your other blog as a prime, local example. On a national level, you really need to listen to Beck and Limbaugh more often. You would swear that they are talking about a subversive agent rather than the President of the United States.


8:56 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Robert said...

The main point of Reidblog's post is that criticism of Bush wasn't personal. Obviously, being called a Nazi, murderer, etc., goes way into the personal and is far from comical. That's my beef with his post.

BTW, I disagree with people and posts directly comparing Obama to the castros and Che (for obvious reasons), whether from Babalu or anywhere else. But the post was a reaction to treatment of Bush, not Obama.

Regarding Beck, Limbaugh and "hate", I listen to them enough to know that they intensely disagree with Obama's policies and believe our country will be greatly diminished because of them. Is that the same as hating the man? I'll conclude with this: the "comical" derision of Bush by many on the left, from MSM journalists to the entertainment industry to bloggers, is much more indicative of true personal hate than anything Beck and Limbaugh have said about Obama the person.

9:25 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Fantomas said...

Robert, it is called Racism. Obama better educated than Bush, well spoken , assertive. Bush not near the intelect Obama possess

11:52 PM, June 14, 2009  
Blogger Robert said...


Von Brann killed the guard because he's an extremist nutcase who hates everybody. Abdulhakin Muhammed killed Private William Long because he's an extremist nutcase who hates Americans. That's your parallel, and at the same time, we would be blind and foolish not to see the significance of the Muslim shooting of two American soldiers on US soil. The media was lukewarm in reporting this incident and it's significance, IMO, while they jumped all over Von Brann because of his nutcase racism which doesn't represent any mainstream ideology in this country. Those that attempt to equate him with right-wingers or place the blame on conservatives have a deep-seeded dislike of conservatives that prevents any kind of rational discourse from taking place.

7:31 AM, June 15, 2009  
Blogger Rick said...

Yeah, these two comment threads are mixing, Robert, but in regards to your last comment, I think you need to study the profiles of both shooters because what has been learned about their backgrounds simply contradicts what you're saying.

And regarding this post and your comment saying that Reidblog was claiming that BDS wasn't personal. Here's what she said to lead off the post...

"Stipulated that people on my side of the aisle had no love for George W. Bush. But dislike of Bush was different from the current, truly scary, Obama hatred in a couple of significant ways."

You cherry-picked one of the "significant ways" and ran with it. There's much more in that post that you chose to overlook, in my opinion.

But I will take a step back and concede that there are more similarities between the two than Reidblog lets on. I have to caveat that, however, in that I still believe that ODS is being pushed much more heavily in the conservative media. Yes, you had Olbermann spouting off and calling Bush names a couple times. And, yeah, a couple comedians also contributed to the discussion, but it's my belief that ODS is being pushed much more consistently to a larger audience.

I'm listening to Rush this afternoon. Maybe I'll have a few more examples.


8:27 AM, June 15, 2009  

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