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    There is a country I would like to tell you about. It is a country like no other on
    the planet. Many of you, I am certain, would love to live there.
    It is a very free-thinking country. Its citizens are strong supporters of workers' rights.
    They believe that corporations are up to no good and should not be trusted.
    The majority of its residents strongly believe in equal rights for women
    and oppose any attempt by the government or religious groups who would seek
    to control their reproductive organs.
    In this country nearly everybody wants to have the strongest protections
    necessary to ensure a clean environment. And they take personal responsibility
    by doing a number of things every single day to cut down on pollution and waste.
    This country is so far to the left that 80 percent of its people believe in
    universal health care and racial diversity on college campuses.
    This country I know of is so hippy-dippy-free-love and all that jazz that
    only a quarter of its people believe that drug users should go straight to jail¡ª
    perhaps because, as their president has, 41 percent of the citizens have
    admitted to using illegal drugs themselves! And when it comes to holy
    matrimony, the number of people who live together and don't get married is up
    72 percent in the past decade, and 43 percent of them have children.
    I'm telling you, this country is so commie-pinko-weirdo, its conservative
    party can never get more than 25 percent of its recurring voters to join it, while
    the vast majority of its citizens define themselves as either members of the
    liberal party, or worse¡ªindependent or anarchist (the latter just simply refusing
    ever to vote).
    So, where is this utopia I write about, this land of liberal-lefty, peacenik treehuggers
    (and how soon can you and I move there)?
    Is it Sweden?
    Tibet?
    The Moon?
    No! You don't have to go to the moon because . . . you're already
    there! This Land O' Left paradise I speak of is none other than . . . the United
    States of America!
    Surprised? Don't believe it? Finally convinced my last screw has come
    loose? I don't blame you. It's hard to think of the U.S. of A. as anything but a
    country that is ruled by a conservative majority, a nation whose moral agenda
    seems set by the Christian Coalition, a people who appear to be cut from the
    cloth of their Puritan ancestors. After all, look who's in charge at the White
    House! And look at the approval ratings he gets!
    But the cold bitter truth¡ªand the best kept political secret of our time¡ªis that
    Americans are more liberal than ever when it comes to both the lifestyles they
    lead and the positions they take on the great social and political issues of the
    day. And you don't have to take my word for it¡ªit's all there in the polls, just the
    facts and nothing but.
    Now, say this to any liberal and they won't just snicker (liberals stopped
    laughing a long time ago, which is part of the problem), they'll shake their heads
    and repeat the mantra they've learned from a media with a vested interest in
    making them believe they're on the losing side every miserable day of their lives:
    ¡°America has gone conservative!¡± Ask any liberal-leaning person to describe this
    country and you'll hear a series of invectives about how we live in a nation of
    pickup trucks and gun racks and flags flying everywhere. They will speak with a
    tone of defeat about how much worse things are going to get, and resign
    themselves to four more years of whatever crap we've been eating for the last
    four (or fourteen or forty) years.
    The right must rejoice every time they hear this surrender¡ªand then
    they reinforce it with whatever sledgehammer they can grab. Yes! America
    supports the war! Yes! America loves its Leader! Yes! All of America was
    watching The Bachelorette last night! So, if you are not part of the All-of-
    America, then just shut the **** up and go crawl into that phone booth with the
    Noam Chomsky fan club, you miserable loser!
    The reason the right is so aggressive in trying to squash any and all
    dissent is because they're in on the dirty little secret the left doesn't get: that
    more Americans agree with the left than the right. The right knows this
    because they look at the numbers, they read the reports, and they live in the real
    world that has become increasingly liberal in the last decade or so. And they
    hate it. So, in the tradition of all propagandists, they lie. They create an
    opposite truth: AMERICA IS CONSERVATIVE. They they pound away with that
    false message so hard and so often that even their political opponents come to
    believe it's true.
    I want everyone reading this book to stop repeating this Big Lie. And to help you
    break this habit, I am about to share with you the simple, indisputable facts.
    What I am about to share with you is not information that comes from liberal
    think tanks, the pages of the People's Daily or my handlers in Havana (to whom I
    report on an hourly basis). It is from sources that are as straight and
    mainstream as the Gallup Organization and as American as the members of the
    National Rifle Association. The polls were taken by organizations including the
    Harris Poll, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Harvard
    University, National Opinion Research Center, PBS's Newshour with Jim Lehrer,
    The Los Angles Times, ABC News and, yes, Fox News (for the complete list of
    poll sources, see Notes and Sources).
    Please, allow me to introduce you to your fellow Americans:
    Fifty-seven percent of the American public believes that abortion
    should be legal in all or most cases. Fifty-nine percent think abortion should
    be decided between a woman and her doctor, while 62 percent don't want to see
    the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. In fact, a solid 53 percent think the
    legalization of abortion was a GOOD THING for the country (compared to just 30
    percent who thought it was bad), and a full 56 percent of us want to leave a
    woman's access to an abortion as it is now or¡ªget this¡ªmake it easier!
    No wonder the right has lost its marbles¡ªTHE MAJORITY OF
    AMERICANS ARE BABY-KILLERS!
    Since it became legal in 1973, there have been 40 million abortions in
    this country. One in three women will have an abortion by the time she's 45, and
    of those who do, almost half will have more than one.
    What does this mean to conservatives? It means that women are
    deciding when life will be brought into this world. Women are in complete control
    of this decision. That is a tough pill for conservatives to swallow; after all, it's
    only been eighty-three years since women were even allowed to vote. To give
    them the power to decide which of us will get to be born¡ªwhoa! That means
    the next Sean Hannity might be getting flushed down into some medical waste
    jar right now as we speak! Imagine how helpless this makes right-wing men feel.
    We Impregnate, You Don't Decide. That's the way it always was until just a few
    years ago. A multi-millennial change takes some getting used to.
    A whopping 86 percent of the American public say they ¡°agree with
    the goals of the Civil Rights movement.¡± Four out of five Americans say ¡°it
    is important for colleges to have a racially diverse student bodies.¡± Hell,
    even the U.S. Supreme Court has come around on this one! And more than half
    of us believe affirmative action is necessary to help those who have been
    historically denied these opportunities. Seventy-four percent disagree with this
    statement: ¡°I don't have much in common with people of other ethnic groups and
    races¡±¡ªwhich puts us ahead of Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia,
    when the same question is asked in those countries. Seventy-seven percent of
    us would adopt a child of another race, and 61 percent say they have friends or
    family members who are dating or are married to someone of another race.
    And, in fact, in the last twenty years, the number of interracial marriages has
    more than doubled, from 651,000 to 1.46 million.
    THAT'S RIGHT! WE AMERICANS ARE A BUNCH OF RACE MIXERS
    AND RACE TRAITORS!
    Oh, you can just see the conservative blood boiling, can't you? What
    happened to everyone knowing their own place and sticking with their own kind?
    J.Lo! That's who's responsible for this! Taking all the good, white men with her.
    Next they'll start having kids and we won't know how to identify them by race,
    and if that happens, we might realize how ridiculous race is and start working
    together on the problems that really matter. And that, my friends, does not
    include much that is on the right wing's agenda.
    Eighty-three percent of Americans say they are in agreement with
    the goals of the environmental movement. Three-quarters of us think
    environmental problems pose a serious threat to the quality of life in the United
    States. Eighty-five percent are worried about pollution of rivers and lakes, 82
    percent worry about toxic waste and polluted drinking water, 78 percent worry
    about air pollution, and 67 percent worry about damage to the ozone. Eightynine
    percent of the people recycle and 72 percent check the label to avoid
    buying toxic products, while 60 percent would rather see the government push
    for more energy conservation than an increase in production of oil, gas and coal.
    When given the choice between ¡°economic growth¡± or ¡°environmental
    protection,¡± assuming you couldn't have one without the other, Americans
    choose environmental protection. Even two-thirds of Republicans in one poll
    responded by saying they would vote for an environmentalist candidate over a
    non-environmentalist. Four times as many Americans trust environmental
    organizations to know what's better for the ecology than they do the government.
    THAT'S RIGHT, AMERICANS ARE ECO-WACKOS! They would
    actually put the survival of some spotted snail fish over having a few more
    dollars in their pocket each week. How misguided is that? Don't they get it¡ªthis
    is OUR planet and we can do with it what we damn well please! Give these
    Americans a chance to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles (industry experts expect
    hybrid cars to soon make up 10-15 percent of America's annual car sales), and
    they flock to the showroom floor! What's the world coming to¡ªthe world?
    Ninety-four percent of the American public want federal safety
    regulations enacted on the manufacture and use of all handguns¡ªand 86
    percent want this even if it makes guns more expensive! Seventy-three
    percent of Americans want a mandatory background check on anyone buying a
    gun. They want a five-day waiting period before you can actually get a handgun.
    They believe you must have a police permit before you can own a handgun, that
    guns should be childproof, and that if you beat up your spouse, you shouldn't be
    able to own any gun. And in states like New York, 59 percent want an outright
    ban on all handguns.
    In the 2000 elections, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    was able to defeat nine of the twelve candidates on their ¡°Dangerous Dozen¡± list
    of elected officials who were deep in the pocket of the gun lobby. The NRA
    spent more than $20 million that year, focusing most of it on two of the largest
    hunting states in the country¡ªMichigan and Pennsylvania¡ªin the hopes of
    electing pro-gun governors and defeating Al Gore. What happened? Gore won
    both states, and the people of Michigan and Pennsylvania elected governors
    whom the NRA labeled as ¡°anti-gun.¡± This came two years after the NRAbacked
    Republican incumbent in Michigan, U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, was
    defeated by anti-gun forces.
    The NRA is so out of touch with even their own members, that, when
    NRA members in Michigan were polled, this is what the Lansing-based marketresearch
    company EPIC-MRA found out:
    ¡ñ 64 percent of NRA members favored mandatory reporting of private
    handgun sales;
    ¡ñ 59 percent favored regulations requiring that guns be stored unloaded;
    ¡ñ 68 percent supported creating uniform safety standards for domestic
    and imported guns;
    ¡ñ 56 percent supported a law requiring a five-day waiting period before
    purchasing a gun;
    ¡ñ 55 percent were in favor of banning high-capacity magazines that hold
    the ammo.
    AMERICANS WANT THE GUNS PRIED FROM THEIR COLD, DEAD
    HANDS! Only 25 percent of us own a gun. Why is this? Because more than a
    million of us have been killed by guns since Kennedy was assassinated. We
    couldn't have killed that many of our countrymen if we'd fought the Vietnam War
    another fifteen times! That means everybody knows somebody who at one time
    or another was shot with a gun. And you know what happens when that many
    people see firsthand the tragedy of gun violence¡ªthey end up hating guns! And
    that's the majority of the country.
    Eight in ten Americans believe that health insurance should be
    provided equally to everyone in the country. And 52 percent say they would
    be willing to pay more in taxes or insurance premiums to see that happen. It's
    not surprising we want national health insurance since, per capita, we spend
    $4,200 a year on it already, while countries with universal health care pay far
    less: $2,400 in Germany; $2,300 in Canada; and $1,400 in the United Kingdom.
    YES, AMERICANS ARE SOCIALISTS AND THEY WANT SOCIALIZED
    MEDICINE! Why? Because they get sick! Who doesn't get sick¡ªand who
    doesn't want to get better? C'mon, this one's a no-brainer. So many millions by
    now have seen their life savings go up in smoke because of one accident or one
    horrible illness. They don't give a damn what it costs at this point. They just
    want it fixed. As the baby boomers' joints start to ache with arthritis and they
    lose a testicle or two, watch how quick we get universal health care. The only
    reason we don't have it already is that the politicians who oppose it are all
    covered 100 percent by very generous health plans. They've rarely paid a
    doctor bill in their lives and they don't intend to have you stop paying your bills
    now. Nothing seems crueler¡ªor more ironic¡ªthan these upper crusters who
    never pay a dime for their high-priced shrinks or reflexology sessions to call
    those who just want that tumor removed from their uterus a bunch of commies.
    Well, the revolution is at hand and let's hope all those uninsured commies give
    the rich such a headache that a whole bottle of Advil won't be enough to take
    away the pain.
    Sixty-two percent of the people you share this country with support
    changing current laws so that fewer nonviolent offenders are sent to
    prison. That's right, they want criminals roaming the streets! Eighty percent
    want more community service for those who break the law and 76 percent
    believe that offenders would do better being on the outside making restitution to
    their victims than by being locked away. Seventy-four percent prefer treatment
    and probation for nonviolent drug users.
    AMERICANS ARE SOFT ON CRIME! They are a bunch of bleeding
    hearts! And they are dopers themselves! Ninety-four million Americans have
    used illegal drugs at least once in their lives. No wonder they want to let the
    potheads run amok!
    Eighty-five percent of Americans support equal opportunity in the
    workplace for gays and lesbians. And 68 percent want laws enacted to
    punish anyone who would discriminate against homosexual employees.
    Seventy-three percent support hate crime laws and banning discriminating in
    housing. Half now say that gay and lesbian couples should receive the same
    benefits enjoyed by married couples, and 68 percent think gay couples should
    be entitled to Social Security benefits while 70 percent support employeesponsored
    health insurance coverage for gay spouses. And half of us have no
    problem with gay and lesbian couples adopting children.
    AMERICANS ARE A BUNCH OF LIMP-WRISTED PANSY-LOVERS!
    The country has gone to the fags! The U.S. Supreme Court has just legalized
    sex between consenting homosexuals. What's next¡ªgay priests?! How are we
    going to get all macho for the next war if all our man have gone soft on the soft
    men? Not everybody can have David Crosby's baby!
    According to a 2002 Gallup Poll, 58 percent thought labor unions
    were a good idea. An AFL-CIO poll put union approval ratings at 56 percent
    and even a fair and balanced poll from Fox News (Oops! Don't sue me! No,
    sue me!) showed that half the country had a favorable impression of unions
    (while only 32 percent were opposed). With only 13.2 percent of the country's
    workers belonging to a union, all this extra support must be coming from half of
    the non-union workers who would join one if given the choice. On top of all that,
    72 percent believe that Washington gives too little consideration to working
    Americans.
    The average working American has come to completely distrust
    Corporate America: Eighty-eight percent have little to no trust in corporate
    executives; 68 percent think these executives are less honest and trustworthy
    than they were a decade ago; 52 percent have very little or no trust in corporate
    accounting, while 31 percent have only some trust; 65 percent think there needs
    to be major reform of Corporate America; and 74 percent think the problems in
    Corporate America are due to greed and a lack of morals. They know that these
    bastards are constantly up to no good and should be watched every single
    waking moment of every bloody day.
    AMERICANS HATE THE MAN! Especially the boss-man! They believe
    they should get their fair share of the pie. They believe that the workplace
    should not be the place where they die. They believe that the employers must
    be forced to behave properly.
    As you can see, we live in a nation of people who believe in racial equality,
    women's rights, labor unions, a clean environment, and fair treatment of gays
    and lesbians. Even on the one issue where Americans skew conservative¡ªthe
    death penalty¡ªsupport for capital punishment has dropped dramatically in the
    past five years (thanks, in part, to the work of those students at Northwestern
    University who found at least eleven innocent people on death row in Illinois).
    While over 80 percent of the public used to believe in the death penalty, that
    number has dropped to 64 percent. When asked how they felt about capital
    punishment if it was guaranteed that a first-degree murderer received a
    sentence that would never let him out of prison, support for the death penalty
    drops to only 46 percent. This is a stunning drop of support of one of our
    nation's weirdest and cruelest activities, one that is practiced by no other
    Western industrialized country on this planet. In fact, a recent CNN poll found
    that 60 percent of Americans now support a nationwide moratorium on
    executions while a commission studies whether the death penalty is applied
    fairly.
    How did this happen? It happened because the American people have
    a good heart and an active conscience. The majority will never support the
    killing of an innocent human being, even if they still believe in the death penalty
    as a concept. That is why we will see an end to capital punishment in the not
    too distant future. As people become educated about how we may be putting
    innocent people to death, they will not continue to support such a risky endeavor.
    This goodness that I believe is at the core of most of my fellow
    Americans is what leads them down the liberal road more often than not. They
    do not want others to suffer. They want everyone to get a fair break in life. They
    want their planet to be around for their grandchildren to enjoy.
    Conservatives know this is the real America¡ªand it drives them crazy to
    live in such a liberal nation. You can hear them any day of the week on talk
    radio or the Fox News Channel; screaming, foaming-at-the-mouth right-wingers.
    Have you ever wondered why they're all so angry? I mean, listen to them. They
    spend all day, every day, just spewing so much bile about traitors, liberals,
    ******s, liberals, weasels, liberals, the French, liberals¡ªI sometimes worry that
    they are going to choke on their own venom and then someone is going to have
    to invent a Heimlich maneuver for hate. Here are a few examples from our
    scared airwaves:
    ¡°OH, YOU'RE ONE OF THE SODOMITES. YOU SHOULD ONLY
    GET AIDS AND DIE, YOU PIG. HOW'S THAT? WHY DON'T YOU SEE IF
    YOU CAN SUE ME, YOU PIG. YOU GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO
    THAN PUT ME DOWN, YOU PIECE OF GARBAGE? YOU HAVE GOT
    NOTHING TO DO TODAY, GO EAT A SAUSAGE AND CHOKE ON IT.¡±
    ¡ªMichael Savage
    ¡°ANYTHING [liberals] CAN DO TO BRING DOWN CHRISTIANITY
    AND JUDAISM IS GOOD FOR THEM. BECAUSE THEIR MINDS ARE
    WARPED, BECAUSE LIBERALISM IS NOT A PHILOSOPHY,
    LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.¡±
    ¡ªMichael Savage
    ¡°GOD SAYS, 'EARTH IS YOURS. TAKE IT. RAPE IT. IT'S
    YOURS.¡±
    ¡ªAnn Coulter
    ¡°WE NEED TO EXECUTE PEOPLE LIKE JOHN WALKER IN
    ORDER TO PHYSICALLY INTIMIDATE LIBERALS, BY MAKING THEM
    REALIZE THAT THEY CAN BE KILLED, TOO. OTHERWISE THEY WILL
    TURN OUT TO BE OUTRIGHT TRAITORS!¡±
    ¡ªAnn Coulter
    'WE SHOULD INVADE THEIR COUNTRIES, KILL THEIR
    LEADERS AND CONVERT THEM TO CHRISTIANITY!¡±
    ¡ªAnn Coulter (on September 11 terrorists)
    ¡°I WILL TELL YOU, WHEN MICHAEL MOORE SAYS THAT THIS
    PRESIDENT IS AN ILLEGIMATE PRESIDENT HE CROSSES THE LINE,
    HE CROSSES THE LINE . . . HE CROSSES THE LINE INTO ANARCHY
    ALL RIGHT.¡±
    ¡ªBill O'Reilly
    ¡°IT IS TRUE THAT IF YOU ARE POOR AND CAN'T AFFORD A
    GOOD LAWYER, YOUR ODDS OF GOING TO PRISON SKYROCKET.
    BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? TOUGH!¡±
    ¡ªBill O'Reilly
    ¡°FEMINISM WAS ESTABLISHED SO AS TO ALLOW
    UNATTRACTIVE WOMEN EASIER ACCESS TO THE MAINSTREAM OF
    SOCIETY!¡±
    ¡ªRush Limbaugh
    ¡°YOU GUYS ON THE LEFT, YOU WEREN'T THERE IN THE
    COLD WAR, YOU'RE NOT HERE NOW. IF WE EVER LISTEN TO YOU,
    WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE BOWING AT THE FEET OF SOME
    DICTATOR SOMEPLACE ELSE!¡±
    ¡ªSean Hannity
    ¡°THEY'RE A BUNCH OF GUTLESS, SPINLESS COWARDS!¡±
    ¡ªSean Hannity (on Hollywood leftists)
    ¡°CANADA IS A LEFT-WING, SOCIALIST BASKET CASE. WHAT
    KIND OF FRIENDS ARE THEY?¡±
    ¡ªSean Hannity
    One day, I was talking to the actor Tim Robbins¡ªoften an object of the
    right's bellicose babbling¡ªand he said, ¡°Why is it that they are so mad and
    angry all the time when they already control the White House, the Senate, the
    House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, Wall Street, all of talk radio, and
    three of the four cable news channels? They got their war, they got their tax cut,
    and their commander in chief has a 70 percent approval rating! You'd think
    they'd be happy, but they're not.¡±
    It does seem pathological to be unhappy when you are in charge of just
    about everything. Imagine how we would behave if Jesse Jackson were
    president, the liberal Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, Mario
    Cuomo and Ted Kennedy sat on the Supreme Court, and The Nation had the
    biggest news channel on TV. Man, we would be in seventh¡ªno, eighth!¡ª
    heaven, and you'd hear the joy in our voices and see the smiles on our faces.
    And that's when it hit me: The right wing is so upset precisely because
    they know they are in the minority. They know Americans, in their hearts, do not
    really agree with their side, and they never will. Americans, like most humans,
    don't want to be around people who are filled with hate and meanness of spirit.
    And that is why they are so angry, because they know they are a dying species.
    They know the chicks and spics and the fags are taking over and so they are
    trying to get as much damage done as possible before their political breed
    becomes extinct. They howl the howl of a dying dog and they wail as the
    dinosaurs must have in their final days. Instead of fighting them, we should pity
    them.
    Of course, most Americans would never describe themselves as
    ¡°liberal.¡± In the last two decades, it has become the dirtiest word in American
    politics. All a Republican has to do is to brand an opponent ¡°a liberal,¡± and that's
    supposed to be the end of that loser. It hasn't helped that liberals have played
    right into their hands, first by stopping their own use of the word and then by
    acting as minimally liberal as possible. Liberals have acted and voted
    conservatively so often that they have redefined the term ¡°wimp.¡±
    This is why Americans usually hate to vote for liberals. A ¡°liberal leader¡±
    is often an oxymoron¡ªliberals don't lead, they follow. Conservatives are real
    leaders. They have the courage of their convictions. They don't bend, they don't
    break, and they never give in. they are relentless in pursuit of their ideals. They
    are fearless and they take **** from no one. In other words, they actually believe
    in something. When's the last time you ran into a liberal or a Democrat who
    stuck to a principle just because it was right?
    That is why most Americans don't trust liberals. You never know which
    way they will bend. At least with Republicans and conservatives, what you see
    is what you get, in in these scary times, that reassurance is comforting to
    millions.
    The other problem is that many liberals aren't much fun and they
    certainly don't look like they're having a very good time. Who wants to hang out
    with that crowd?
    But Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines the work liberal this way:
    ¡°Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish¡± and ¡°not bound by orthodox tenets
    or established forms in political and religious philosophy; independent in opinion;
    not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the institution or administration of
    government . . .¡± Liberal is also defined as generous, ¡°and implies largeness of
    spirit in giving, judging, acting, etc.¡±
    And that is exactly how the majority of Americans think, act, and behave
    these days. Though they won't use the word itself, they are the living, breathing
    definition of liberal in their everyday words and deeds. Just as most
    independent, free-thinking women rarely used the word ¡°feminist¡± anymore; their
    actions speak louder than their lack of a label, and feminist is exactly what they
    are.
    So let's not get hung up on the terms. Most Americans don't approach
    the world with labels, but with common sense. To the majority of Americans it
    just makes sense that the air and water should not be trashed, that the
    government has no business poking around an adult's bedroom or genitals, that
    it isn't right to deny people a chance simply because of the pigmentation of their
    skin. Americans don't define these as political issues, but as basic logic. While
    this attitude may actually be a textbook definition of ¡°liberal,¡± who don't we start
    to look at it and define this cultural shift in an entirely different light?
    Let's start saying the following: A new Common Sense Majority rules the
    land. Is it common sense to have 75 million people go without health insurance
    for most, if not all, of the past two years? Of course it isn't; that makes no
    sense. Is it common sense to let just five companies own all the major sources
    of information and news in America? Absolutely not. Is it common sense to see
    that every person has a job and makes a livable wage? You bet¡ªthat makes
    good sense.
    What decent-thinking person wouldn't be for these things? We need to
    set the common-sense agenda and start calling the shots. The small group of
    right-wingers who now control most facets of our lives are the No Sense¡ªor
    nonsense¡ªMinority. They do not represent the vast bulk of this country.
    You may be thinking, ¡°Yeah, well, if that's true, then why does Bush
    have such high approval ratings?¡±
    To me, the answer is simple. America was attacked. More than 3,000
    people died. It's basic human nature that if you have been attacked, you will
    rally behind your leader¡ªno matter who that leader is. The high ratings for Bush
    are not an endorsement of his policies. Rather, it is the response of a frightened
    country that has no choice but to back the man charged with protecting them.
    America has not fallen in love with Bush¡ªit's more like ¡°love the one you're
    (stuck) with.¡±
    Let me say it again: The overwhelming support for the war in Iraq only
    came after the war began. Before the war, the majority of Americans said that
    we should not be invading Iraq unless we have the backing and participation of
    all our allies and the United Nations. But once the war began, the average
    American wanted to support the troops, and wanted the troops to come home
    alive. After all, it is their children who were sent over there. What else were they
    going to say to the pollster on the phone when it was their son or daughter or
    their neighbors' kids who were in harm's way?
    Support for Bush is actually very weak. The economy is in the crapper.
    People are struggling every day. And there is no way Bush can keep them and
    his rich buddies happy at the same time. Although the citizens of America love
    their country, and want to support it, if they don't have a job¡ªor one that pays all
    the bills¡ªthat is what will be on the minds come Election Day.
    So, take heart. And take a look around you. You live in a nation full of
    progressive-thinking, liberal-leaning, good-hearted people. Give yourself a pat
    on the back¡ªyou won! We won! Let's take a victory lap together and then get
    to work on fixing the Great Disconnect¡ªhow it is that, in a nation of lefties, the
    right hand control everything. They do not represent the will of the people, and
    that has to change. Start acting like the victors you are and get out there to
    claim the country that is truly yours.


    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Abbey
    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

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    Michael Moore, right?

    Check out a book called "The emerging democrat majority". Its talking about swings in voting blocks between the two major parties, and its saying the US is starting to swing to the left again. There are a lot of independant voters that voted for reagan and bush despite dislking their religious tendencies because they though they'd handle the economy better, but they don't have that card anymore.

    I read Bush is going up in the polls again, so I'm waiting for november to see if the above is really true. He's polarized the nation and pople are focused on the issues (and a narrow range of them at that. More than any other election this is going to be a liberal vs. conservative thing.

    If Bush gets in again, it'll be a moot point if most of america is really liberal at heart. If America votes Bush in again after all this, they'll tolerate anything from the right.
    Funny is when a fat lady walks around while someone plays the tuba. Once you've seen that, you'll never laugh at anything else. Except maybe a skeleton dancing around while someone plays the xylophone, which is almost exactly the opposite of a fat lady walking around while someone plays the tuba. Well, a skeleton is the opposite of a fat lady. But is a xylophone the opposite of a tuba? History will decide.

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