It isn't hate

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 9:52 p.m.

I am skeptical about Jake Fuller's cartoon depicting the Democratic donkey at a bar with another patron and making a New Year's resolution to, in effect, destroy himself through his hatred of President Bush.

I think Fuller mistakes criticism with hatred. I also think hatred is a loaded word.

Is to be dissatisfied with Bush's presidency the same as wanting to destroy a whole race of people or not allowing someone to vote because of the color of his skin?

The Republicans surely did not like Bill Clinton from the very beginning of his two terms in office, some calling for his impeachment in his first year. It clearly seemed they were out to get Bill Clinton and a great deal of money was spent to finally do the same.

I heard very little cry of "hate" from the political cartoons of that day, many of which I am sure were drawn by Fuller. Let's not distort what we are truly feeling. Distrust, dislike and political opposition are surely not the same as "hate."

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