August 18, 2004

In which I rant about politics.

I'm going to post more positive things about politics soon. But I want to get this out there...

I do not understand the hatred of the left side of the American political spectrum (and a good deal of politically-minded people abroad) for George W. Bush. It completely boggles my mind. He simply is not that conservative. He's to the right-of-center of course but he's pursued a strictly centrist domestic policy.

And yes, the war, the war. Look, there are two stories that the Left and the Right tell about the effect of the US's foreign policy over the last fifty years. Neither is really all that simplistic, and to me the story the Right tells makes more sense. Anyway I'm not going to argue that here: my point is that I don't understand why people hate Bush SO MUCH.

I've had two friends (from here in MI) tell me they'd move to Canada if Bush were re-elected. They're apparently that afraid that somehow in four years GWB will enact a totalitarian fascist state in a country that has been a functioning Republic for more than 200 years. I don't like John Kerry too much, but I don't doubt that he (and even, say, Ralph Nader) don't value the freedoms we've held for centuries (ok, not gun rights, but anyway...). I'm pretty far over here on the right but I just don't see more than a handful of stupid racists and commies in this country who would actually try to turn this nation into a police state. But I guess if you thought the 45 percent of Americans who make up W's base were totalitarians, you would be rather paranoid. Sigh.

I think the problem is that, for too many people in our Western societies have made politics into their religion (warning: I may be echoing Prof. Koyzis here). Look, if the Republicans or the Liberal Party of Canada or the National Front for the Promotion of Stupidity wins... it's not the end of the world. Politics is not everything. We trust not in the vagaries of the voting public or the benevolence of politicians, but in a God who is surely and steadily making everything in this broken old world new again.

And that's something I'm learning too.

Posted by Tim at August 18, 2004 02:23 AM

You and I should start a club.

Posted by: Steve M. at August 19, 2004 04:03 AM

Having suffered through 8 years of President Clinton, I can sympathize with what the Bush-haters are going through.

Posted by: Steve at August 20, 2004 11:29 AM

Um, which Steve are you? (or are you someone I don't know in RL)....

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