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  • The Green party is pretty far left of center in America. They ran Ralph Nader for president in 2000 and polled almost 3%, far more than the ultra-right Buchannon.

    I think you have a stilted view of American politics. I think most Democrats don't say "God Bless America" very often in public. Some would sometimes, perhaps, when they are trying to get votes.

    You are right that Americans are, as a whole, pretty far to the right of Europe, as a whole. I'd say that the more liberal Democrats are right about in the center of European politics, against the Iraq War, for Socialized Health Care, etc. The Greens are certainly far to the left of center, even for Europe.

    You are right that the Republicans and Democrats are not far apart, really. George Bush was viewed at one time as being not conservative enough for the Republican party by many Republican stalwarts. George Bush is actually pretty middle-of-the-road for a Republican. He raised taxes when he was Governor of Texas, for example. People like to paint his record in Texas as far right, citing the number of Capital punishment executions, but the previous fairly liberal Democrat Governor, Ann Richards, had almost as many executions on her watch. That's just Texas. Now he often panders to the right because that's where a lot of the energized Republican base is found.