Civility contrasts

Vasko Kohlmayer defected from Communist Czechoslovakia at the age of 19. He lives in London and works in the publishing industry. He made note of the current political situation in the US in a column he titled Gallantry: What Liberals can Learn from George W. Bush

A relative few presidents in this country’s history have endured the kind of vicious and spurious attacks that have been leveled against George Bush. Completely abandoning any sense of decorum or statesmanship, some of the highest officials in the Democratic Party have repeatedly called him a liar, a loser, an election-thief, an airhead, and a fraud.

In the last week we have seen a three year old story resurface as new in a misrepresentation about leakage of confidential information. A prosecutor has been humiliated, for at least the second time, by having to change his argument to the court. The WaPo misrepresented a ‘leak’ by putting a minority opinion as if it were the only opinion. Common to all of these episodes? Damage the President. The response?

But no matter how malicious they have been, George Bush has always faced his critics with affability and goodwill. Even his most bitter enemies – hating him as they do – would be hard pressed to fault him for being uncivil or personally unpleasant. He displays none of the unkindness, harshness or anger one would normally expect from someone engaged in a political struggle against those who frenziedly seek his destruction.

One person in the ‘hate Bush’ camp was rather ignorant of basic history such as that behind the US position on Iraq. The advice for this person was to make sure to read more than just headlines and a paragraph or two. In newspapers like WaPo or the NYT you need to pay particular attention to the last quarter of a news story and then to the corrections and errata that is published a few days later.

Dr. Krauthamer named it Bush Derangement Syndrom or BSD. It does seem rather odd.

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