The support I am speaking of is the basic attitude and voice with which we speak in our everyday lives. What we do as citizens in our daily discourse has an effect on what other people think. The cryers and whiners, and when Clinton was in I was certainly a bitcher, who actively campaign against everything President Bush has done have certainly not helped our country by their constant negativity. The people who wait for the slightest appearance of a misstep to pounce on their opponent weakens them and thus the nation when that person is President.
There is a difference between being the loyal opposition who will have their say, but then fall in with the troops on the march (i.e. Wendell Willkie in WWII, who was pretty sure Roosevelt was a socialist, but supported him during the worst parts of the war with Pearl Harbor, Kasserine, the uncertainty at Guadalcanal) and being the people that work actively to undermine what the President is doing.
Our expressed attitudes and opinions, and the manner in which they are put out has an effect on other peoples confidence and decision making. It affects our political will, our economy, and other nations and peoples' opinion of us. It also lends aid and comfort to our enemies when we give them reason to doubt our resolve by denigrating the office of President and the holder of that office. The people who sought to cast President Bush as illegitimate due to the court battles after the election, even after the media recounts were held a year after the election showed Bush won, hurt us byt helping our enemies hold hope that we would middle and wallow instead of being resolute in our pursuit of our enemies.
I will still defend a persons right to say that with which I disagree, to the death if need be....but that does not obviate our responsibility, defined by the Supreme COurt a long time ago, to not yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater.
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?