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Has someone convinced you that the last 6 years have been a Republican success? Looked around at what they've accomplished lately?

I guess that depends on what your expectations were and what you define success as.

Regarding Iraq, getting Saddam out of power and giving the Iraqi people a fresh start was the expectation. That has happened. Granted it hasn't gone perfectly, but perfection isn't a realistic expectation. I certainly don't see it as an utter failure.

Regarding the economy, it's growing. Not every part of the country is taking part in the growth, but there's usually a localized political reason for that (the inept governor of Michigan, the inept political machine in Detroit, etc.)

The national budget is a mess, though I place more blame on domestic spending than military spending. It's still bad news in either case.

I've been quite pleased with the judicial appointments thus far, I'd consider that to be a success. I like Rumsfeld. I liked Ashcroft. I like Rice. I even like Delay (still) and Rove! Sure, they're controversial as hell, but I'd only be upset if I didn't agree with them! If it upsets the correct people, then it's a plus in my book.

I wouldn't even give Bush a failing grade on civil rights issues. He has been far more supportive of the second amendment than Clinton, a huge plus in my book. I see the concern with wiretapping, though I think it is misplaced considering the situation. I'm not worried about it.

Quite frankly, I'm not seeing this utter destruction of the country that is supposedly happening. I'm seeing it chug right along and even getting better in some not insignificant ways. It isn't perfect, but it's far better than the alternatives and, as I said before, expecting perfection is futile.

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