From NYT’s political writer Bob Herbert’s column today.

“When Mr. Bush officially takes his leave in three weeks (in reality, he checked out long ago), most Americans will be content to sigh good riddance. I disagree. I don’t think he should be allowed to slip quietly out of town. There should be a great hue and cry — a loud, collective angry howl, demonstrations with signs and bullhorns and fiery speeches — over the damage he’s done to this country.”

I second that with a revisit to my Dec. 2006 article ‘Beyond Bush’

I remember how much our generation hated Nixon and that hate galvanized the issues into real action, not just mud-slinging. But to many, Nixon’s bigger crimes and misdemeanors was his mishandling of an immoral war and his sacrifice of American soldiers in abstruse concept of ’peace with honor’ in Vietnam. Nixon’s war lies were stifled by the Watergate flood. I say this as a gay liberal pacifist (for lack of a better political label) who disagrees with the President on just about everything.

After he got in, Bush made it clear that any pro-gay stance by his administration was off the table. It was very difficult for me not to despise the President after he courted the gay vote in 2000, then endorsed the rabid anti-homosexual agenda for the next 6 years. And there is no forgetting the vitriolic attitudes his administration held against opponents of the war in viciously questioning their patriotism.