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Is it me? Or have the right been far more sensible and gracious to Barack Obama since his election then the left ever was to George W. Bush when he was elected? Immediately with Bush, he “stole” the election and he was “selected not elected.” That didn’t go away, even after winning all the recounts, the media recounts, and winning re-election four years later. Bush has been widely praised for his graciousness during the transition, and McCain’s concession speech was very classy. But it’s even happening on that evil talk radio. An Ohio paper ran a story about local republicans, where Glenn’s response was mentioned: With a photo of vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin still sitting atop a meeting room table at Ed Pickens' Cafe on Main, (Richland County Republican Chairman Mark) Arnold urged Republicans to support the incoming administration. He quoted conservative talk show host Glenn Beck from a recent show, in which the Fox commentator chastised a Georgia man who'd called in to say he refused to accept Barack Obama as president. Explaining that this same attitude caused problems for President George W. Bush in 2000, Beck said, "How very un-American of you. He is the American president. ... this is the way our system works." Link It’s not like Glenn is changing any of his ideals—it’s just that their guy won, fair and square. The country is bigger than the party. Also, Rush Limbaugh said: "Barack Obama is my president of the United States. I couldn't care less where he was born, what his name is, how old he is, or the color of his skin. He's not black. He's not white. He's not Asian-American or Mexican. He's not Chavez's brother or Islamic. I don't see Americans as members of groups. I see individual human beings. It is his ideas I am terrifically, tremendously worried about." These are the quotes that don’t make their way into the liberal blogs. Why is there such a massive difference between the left and the right’s response? My guess is a combination of: 1) The right generally starts with the assumption that this country is good, and it works. We respect it--even when it doesn’t go our way--and we tend to blame ourselves for not being competent before blaming the other side for being unfair. Some of that is a form of personal (and somewhat blind) patriotism, at least for me. This country is bigger than one candidate. The flag wavin’ side of me doesn’t think that Obama could ruin this country even if he tried. The constitution and capitalism won’t let him. (Of course, if he ignores them…) Plus, I refuse to let politicians affect me that much. 2) We really hated the way Bush was treated. He wasn’t given a chance, and we remember that. It pisses us off. Much like Sarah Palin, Bush was viciously attacked from the second he appeared on the national stage---most of the time unfairly. Part of this response (at least for me) is a promise I made to myself years ago—that if Kerry (or now Obama) was elected—they would get a clean slate from me. So today, I give Barack Obama a 100% approval rating. If and when he screws up, I’ll deduct points. Let’s make it a maximum of 10 points for each individual annoying event. If he does something great—I’ll add points. I’m that kind of guy. Let’s see how long he stays above 50%. I don’t think Obama will be a good president. But I HOPE for a CHANGE in that opinion. I hope he’s the greatest president in history. I hope the pre-election promises of perfection are realized. I doubt they will be, but I want to at least give him a chance to screw it up before I say he screwed it up. Regardless, he’ll be my president until he leaves office---even if his nationwide approval rating is zero (which will be impossible unless the on air staff of MSNBC is left out of the sample.)
Anonymous, who dares not speak his name:"Is it me? Or have the right been far more sensible and gracious to Barack Obama since his election then the left ever was to George W. Bush when he was elected?"Yes, it is just you. The right has been spewing vicious hate-speech against the left since the 1980’s. After 20 years of that, the left finally decided to fight fire with fire, and the right suddenly started whining about how offended they were. Hypocrites.“Immediately with Bush, he “stole” the election and he was “selected not elected.” That didn’t go away, even after winning all the recounts, the media recounts, and winning re-election four years later.”You must be joking. It's common knowledge at this point that Bush did steal the election. In 2000, when Gore won the popular vote, there were serious election anomalies including the Republican practice of illegally removing eligible voters from the rolls. Bush didn’t win the election: his lawyers sued to stop the recount, so he was never elected – he was installed by a conservative court (this is the guy who ran in 2004 villifying “trial lawyers”). And he did not "win all the recounts." Gore actually won the election (link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4).In 2004, he won through election fraud which included, among other things, the Diebold voting machine fiasco (link). His “sweeping mandate” was 1%, just enough to make sure it didn’t look obvious. And I’m just glossing over the details.“But it’s even happening on that evil talk radio. An Ohio paper ran a story about local republicans, where Glenn’s response was mentioned… It’s not like Glenn is changing any of his ideals”Glenn who? Glenn Beck? He is one of the worst hate-mongers out there. If he has received his marching orders to suddenly play nice, it’s because FOX has to reinvent themselves appear relevant.“Also, Rush Limbaugh said:”Oh, please. Rush Limbaugh? He's a proven liar, a racist, sexist, drug-addled hatemonger of the worst kind (by the way, he said Obama is an Arab). There are so many examples of his repugnant, venomous hate-speak out there that just by citing him as an example, you have irretrievably thrown your credibility down the crapper.“Why is there such a massive difference between the left and the right’s response?”Because you are a victim of rightwing propaganda.“We really hated the way Bush was treated. He wasn’t given a chance, and we remember that. It pisses us off. Much like Sarah Palin, Bush was viciously attacked from the second he appeared on the national stage---most of the time unfairly.”Yeah, right. The Bush administration did things that were ranged from merely stupid to full-out treasonous, and I'm not just using that word as a figure of speech. The Bush administration ruined the economy, destroyed our reputation worldwide, defiled on our constitution, committed war crimes, violated international law, and committed mass murder (and in some cases, worse than murder). They were complicit in the 9/11 incident, and the damage they wrought on this country will take generations to repair. But when we point those things out, the right starts whining again. Well, cry me a river, treasonous mass-murderers.Then you have all the other republican slimeballs: The ones who proclaimed themselves to be morally superior to us all while engaging in all sort of disgusting debauchery; child molesters, closeted gay-bashing hypocrites, etc. I wish I had a nickel for every republican pervert who's been caught; I'd be a rich man now.As for Palin, all we did was report the truth: Her constant lies, her ignorance, her incompetence, and so on. She did most of that herself, and that fact that she was selected as the republican VP candidate demonstrates how they would rather win elections than serve our country.Anonymous, if you really think the right has been the poor little victim of the big bad left, you are sadly delusional. Get help.
Anonymous, your mirth at writing inflammatory rhetoric merely to provoke a response, rather than to engage in productive discourse, is nothing short of Troll behavior. You are banned from my troll-free blog.
Hey! The new header reminds me of Bewitched!
Especially the one with the first Darren!
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