re: #207 Splatt
also, I would argue that the anger of the left was not quite as baseless as the anger of the right is now.
The left believed that the Bush administration had forced them into a war pointing to one rationale, while really being motivated by other reasons. They believed that Bush politized the political institutions like the DoJ and appointed clueless people to crucial positions to please the religious right, resulting in incompetent officials in crucial positions. They thought that the administration, driven by Cheney, relaxed the standards on torture and on the rights of habeus corpus and concerns of privacy. They believed that the governement botched the handling of post war Iraq and the aftermath of Katrina. And they thought that Bush was pretty stupid and not really up to the job of governing America. And all the while for years after 9/11, all critics were liable to be called traitors in all the major networks, leaving them to rely on the internet and the daily show.
One can argue these points, but I don’t think one can argue that if someone saw evidence of these things, they would be justifiably mad.
Now, I may be overlooking a lot, but it seems to me that the right is mad because of things they believe Obama is planning to do, or because of some secret hidden identity of his, or else because some democrats think their President is the greatest thing ever. And they have the biggest news network of the nation cheering for them. I don’t consider these equally good reasons for a proper political rage, which tends to include Nazi-imagery on the edges, and should include calls for impeachment.