Supporters of the administration are beside themselves over President Clinton's recent remarks
blasting the Bush regime on everything from the economy to Iraq.
"He's breaking protocol!" they lament.
Despite that a generalized proposition that presidents have not criticized their predecessors is a myth, to the extent any practice of restraint is observed, naturally it should be limited to elected presidents.
Any and all respect afforded the President of the United States is rooted in the fact that he was elected by the people
. Traditions such as former presidents withholding aggressive criticism and not publicly second guessing current presidents, or senators generally confirming a president's judicial nominees, are demonstrations of reverence and respect for the office of the presidency, derived from the idea that a president is the embodiment of American democracy.
George W. Bush is an enemy of democracy. He fought actively to defeat the will of the American voters and install himself into office against their will. This uncomfortable reality persists, despite a failed national media's resentment over the fact that it cannot be shoehorned into their predetermined narrative. It isn't "old news" and it has not been altered by the media's failure to acknowledge it or by the attacks against America by enemies of democracy on 9/11/01.
The circumstances resulting in the appointment of George W. Bush remain suspect still today, and until the will of the people is expressed without suspicion at the ballot box, this man deserves none of the consideration traditionally granted elected presidents like President Clinton. All decent Americans who honor the memories of those who died for this democracy necessarily regard Bush and his illegitimate regime with contempt and disrespect and consider it their duty to criticize his disastrous policies on all fronts.