The Angry Left and Bush Hatred

Peter Berkowitz is one of the most solidly insightful essayists around. I especially learn from him on topics for which I have only impressions, not rationales.

Here Peter explores the extent and downsides of Bush Hatred.

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.

And he ends by stating:

The conflict between more conservative and more liberal or progressive interpretations of the Constitution is as old as the document itself, and a venerable source of the nation’s strength. It is wonderful for citizens to bring passion to it. Recognizing the common heritage that provides the ground for so many of the disagreements between right and left today will encourage both sides, if not to cherish their opponents, at least to discipline their passions and make them an ally of their reason.

Passion in the service of reason. I like that formulation. Let’s give it a try.

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