The differences in what most liberals and Progressives believe and what the everyday Americans believe is, contrary to public opinion, like the difference between night and day. While the "New Left" seems almost joyous about the recent setbacks of the Bush administration, they should not lull themselves into believing that the majority of people are, because they don't support Bush, supporting the Left, they are not. In my family I can not approach my own brothers on the subject of what is happening to our democracy. From their perspective, everything is "just fine" and there is really nothing to worry about. They are disenchanted with Bush's constant mistakes, but they still believe that Iran is out to build a bomb and send it here. And that because Iran and Al-Qeada are both Islamic entities, they are working in tandem with each other. Most people don't realize that Sunni Al-Qeada and Shitte Iran are anathema to each other, that cooperation will never happen, that in 2003 Iran offered peace with Israel if the US would negotiate with them. They don't realize that Iran ships 90% of its oil overseas and buys gasoline at market prices because it doesn't have the refineries to supply gasoline to its people, and that building more refineries is not cost effective because Iran will run out of oil around the year 2015. It really does need nuclear reactors. The average person doesn't realize that there is so much we could negotiate with Iran. They don't know that their president Ahmadineejad is only a figurehead with no real power.
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