Bush May Be Gone, But Expect BDS to Live On
Now that we have seen the back end of George W. Bush, many wonder aloud what his frothing-at-the-mouth detractors on the left will do with all the bile they have accumulated over his time in office. Some conjecture that since they will no longer have W. to blame the vitriolic trashing will come to an end. Others predict that it might continue for some time to distract from Obama's missteps and broken promises.
I have to say that I think that both schools of thought are wrong and that Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) will continue for a least a decade and probably more like two or three. You see, there is precedent for this sort of demonization of a shining leader of the right. And I am not referring to the occasions of Reagan bashing by the knowing left.
For that sort of irrational hate figure, one that inspires loathing on an almost biblical scale, you must look to the UK. The hate figure I am talking about is now known as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. But she will be forever known in the souls of the left as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Not since the mighty lack of social mobility:
At a time when many of their fathers were hit by unemployment, many of the generation that some have called Thatcher's children -- the lost generation -- were sadly denied the chance to progress.
And despite being out of power for 20 years, Thatcher was saddled with the blame for the credit crunch the UK is suffering from:
I know the argument are more complex than that, but for me the problems in this country were born from Margaret Thatcher's housing policy.