Berkowitz in WSJ: Insanity of Bush Hatred

Hatred tends to cloud judgment and therefore is a passion a citizen should not be proud of and should avoiding bringing to public debate says Professor Peter Berkowitz.

Berkowitz argues in the Opinion Journal that hatred of President George W. Bush subverts sound thinking and violates the hallmarks of the truly liberal spirit, ultimately compelling those driven by hatred to reduce complex issues to matters of good and evil.

The Insanity of Bush Hatred, Opinion Journal, November 14, 2007. By Peter Berkowitz.

"Hating the president is almost as old as the republic itself. The people, or various factions among them, have indulged in Clinton hatred, Reagan hatred, Nixon hatred, LBJ hatred, FDR hatred, Lincoln hatred, and John Adams hatred, to mention only the more extravagant hatreds that we Americans have conceived for our presidents.

"But Bush hatred is different. It's not that this time members of the intellectual class have been swept away by passion and become votaries of anger and loathing. Alas, intellectuals have always been prone to employ their learning and fine words to whip up resentment and demonize the competition. Bush hatred, however, is distinguished by the pride intellectuals have taken in their hatred, openly endorsing it as a virtue and enthusiastically proclaiming that their hatred is not only a rational response to the president and his administration but a mark of good moral hygiene."

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