"Why do you hate him?" she asked.
I stared blankly as the question hung in midair. At first, I was dumbstruck. Speechless. "How do I answer a question like that?" I wondered. I didn't know what to say.
Is it right to hate someone you've never met?
Is it fair to judge so harshly?
Is it acceptable to 'hate'?
But the truth is that I do hate George W. Bush, and I don't say that lightly.
- I hate that big oil and pharmaceutical companies are more important that you or I.
- I hate that my country is fighting the world rather than leading it. We need real allies, and no, 14 guys from Moldavia don't count.
- I hate that I am embarrassed by my president every time he opens his mouth, and I hate that we're so accustomed to his mangled words that we don't even seem to notice anymore.
- I hate that clean air and water aren't as important as lobbyists.
- I hate that a man who avoided serving his country in war because he was rich can send poor kids off to die in a war of his own choosing.
- I hate that war has become his political strategy.
- I hate that gay marriage was on my ballot because he and his party needed something for voters to focus on other than his failures.
- I hate that he can take away my civil liberties by attaching a clever name ("The patriot act") or harm our land with a feel-good lie (giving away our forests to logging companies in order to "prevent massive wildfires")
- I hate that he chooses to divide his own country for political gain.
- I hate that I could make this list ten times as long and still have left items off of it.
I hate that history will not look kindly on this era, but I hope that future generations can learn through our mistakes.
This era is a mistake, and the rest of the world knows it.
Why don't we?
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