First of all, if you need to know my posting history where political stuff is concerned, feel free to search me. Second of all, I generally want to say up front that my intention was not to belittle or insult the OPs of the kinds of threads I refer to. That said…
I’m starting to get a little weary of the volume and tone of the anti-Bush threads around here, ESPECIALLY in Great Debates, where the titles and OPs are just invitations for everyone who agrees with the OP to file in and pile on the President. It’s gotten to the point where I really think you could consolidate every single one into some kind of monster superthread and not lose any readability. I realize that this is an election year, and feelings are running high and all, but for some reason, I just can’t agree with this impulse to just post every time you hear about something Bush did that disagrees with you, (again) ESPECIALLY in Great Debates, which is supposed to be about debating, not just “come in and tell everyone how evil you think Bush is!” No matter what you think of him, I’m not sure anyone can see him sitting in the Oval Office, twirling his Snidely Whiplash moustache, cackling with glee as he and his devil-horned Cabinet plan the simultaneous invasion of Syria, Iran, and North Korea with Bible-brainwashed ex-gay soldiers armed with assault weapons purchased fromt he corner drugstore run by the wealthy oil exec who can’t get an abortion.
I’m also getting pretty weary of the tone of some of the replies, like the idea that if Bush wins, the country will inevitably slide into economic, theocratic, and terrorist chaos. I already groan when I hear a conservative say that a vote for Kerry is a vote for “Islamofacist rule over the U.S.,” so can you blame me for doing the same on the other side? It’s not that I disagree that Bush isn’t a great president, and that he could very well do more harm than good with another term. It’s just that the sheer hopelessness and terror that people sometimes express really turns me off - and I generally agree with these people on most issues! I’m sure they have good reasons for thinking such, and I’m glad they feel free to talk about it here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t think it’s a little extreme and unfounded. What good will all that do if Bush gets reelected? Should we move? Or just sink our heads in our hands, moan in despair, and wait for the violent end of the grand experiment that is the USA to come?
Maybe it’s because I’m paranoid and worrier, and I’m trying to find reasons to suppress my own natural tendencies. Maybe it’s BECAUSE I’m paranoid and a worrier that I can more easily detect such impulses in others. I dunno. But my reactions lately to these kinds of threads have been a mix of worry and mild disgust/anger. Thus this post. Hope I’ve expressed my feelings clearly. Thank you for the opportunity to vent.