Peter Mehlman, writing at the Huffington Post, is so paranoid about President Bush, the Bush Administration, and the entire Republican Party that he insists that dictators like Hitler and Stalin were actually better because, according to Mehlman, at least they meant well:
As much as Republicans loathed Clinton, they had to know he cared about people. Amazing how his “I feel your pain” quality became such a disdainful joke. That sounds like a good quality in a president.
Even with the low poll numbers, liberals still feel stymied in conveying just how bad this administration is. It’s been the ultimate frustration to consider the people who don’t see Bush’s malevolence: In 2004, rural America cited national security as their number one reason for voting for Bush. But people in the major cities, where there’s actually a chance of being victimized by terrorism, people voted against Bush. Frustrating. In the cities, where most people are utterly at two with nature, people cited Bush’s raping of the environment as a major reason to vote against him. In rural America, where people fish and hunt and generally do things outside, they voted for Bush. Sooooo frustrating. On Sutton Place and in Harvard-Westlake, where kids go to college after high school, they vote against Bush. In rural America, from where the majority of tragically killed kids in Iraq soldiers come, they vote for Bush.
You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc. Only the Saudi royal family is driven by the same motives as Bush, but they were already entrenched. Bush set a new precedent. He came into office with the attitude of “I’m so tired of the public good. What about my good? What about my rich friends’ good?”
Tom Elia at The New Editor explains how really whacked Mehlman’s points is:
Nothing supported by Bush is well-meaning; it’s all evil: Efforts at improving education in “No Child Left Behind,” the prescription drug benefit for seniors, Social Security reform — no matter how one feels about their relative merits or efficacy — none of these things were done with good intentions.
The increase in spending to combat AIDS in Africa, the stated dream of a manned mission to Mars — all selfish acts not meant to achieve some benefit for people. Of course the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq are both inspired by pure evil.
Of course what Mr. Mehlman writes is completely crazy, so much so, in fact, that his post reads like rantings of a paranoid schizophrenic who’s off his meds.