Stop the hate


Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 11:12 p.m.

"Hate" is the latest word to be overworked to the point it's in danger of losing all meaning. Day after day, I see Republicans in the media wailing and gnashing their teeth over the "hate" Democrats are showing toward President Bush.

Are the Republicans truly unable to recall their own words and actions throughout the 1990s?

It's illuminating to consider that the Democrats are showing Bush infinitely more respect and courtesy than the Republicans ever allowed former President Bill Clinton, and that the Republicans are interpreting better manners than their own as "hate."

It is not "hate" that makes us concerned about how much of the federal treasury will be wasted merely to service the interest on the deficit.

There is no "hatred" behind pointing out that unless Bush puts some serious money behind his No Child Left Behind idea, it will only be an empty political slogan, instead of a real program.

One need not "hate" Bush to see that his reasons for invading Iraq turned out to not actually be there.

Sometimes it is love of country that motivates opposition to the president.

If the Republicans truly cannot understand that, then what did motivate their own unrelenting attacks against the president 10 years ago?

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