The opinions and observations are of people in my town, and representatives of both political parties which are in the media. They're not by any mean meant to represent the view of every individual Republican or Democrat, just a growing trend among the ones I'm aware of. Before the whole terrorist threat was huge (bassically pre 9/11), it seems the republicans and democrats both acted bassically inversely of how they act now. Before 9/11 and the war in Iraq, Republicans largely acted like buisnessmen when considering human rights etc. in the sense that they were egocentrical, and didn't care that much unless something effected them, and Democrats acted like hippies, showing care and consideration for everyone, regardless of the situation. The Democratic view of Republicans was that they wouldn't make a fuss about human rights violations unless it would effect them some way. Many dictators were installed to replace communists, or supported to keep down communists. Most of these dictators were horrible violators of human rights, opposed democracy etc. However, repubicans largely ignored these harsh dictators unless they prevented trade or were some sort of military threat. Meanwhile, Democrats were worried about helping everyone, everywhere. Social security for everyone, get the homeless off the streets, send aid to every third world country in need of help and propagate democracy throughout the whole world, nevermind how. Currently, the positions are changing. I'm sure everyone's heard Bush's speeches about needing to turn Iraq into a stable democracy and an ally. The people (largely republicans), who are demanding we stay in iraq, are all (overtly), trying to accomplish a hugely noble goal. They want peace, democracy and freedom in a place like Iraq. It's almost unimaginable, but these Republicans seem willing to do anything to prevent another ruler like Saddam Heussein from coming into power, and they're willing to sacrifice a few hundred american lives for the cause. The war in Iraq has turned a large amount of Democrats from self richeous do-gooders, into the hard-asses Republicans have for so long played. Over 600 Americans have died in Iraq since major combat ended, Saddam Heussein is out of power, and for most democrats, that's good enough. I was just in the car with my friends mom, and she was arguing that we needed to get out of Iraq now, Saddam's out of power, "our boys" are dying over there and we're bassically done. When I asked her if she would just leave it to turn into a harsh, opressive, anti-american theocracy which would likely breed terrorists that would attack the USA, she responded with "who cares?". When confronted with the realities of war, Democrats just can't deal with people dying for a noble cause, even if it means creating an unprecedented Democracy in a highly instable part of the world, and making the lives of millions of people exponentially better. Has anyone else noticed this/cares to comment on it? I just find it so interesting how down right egotistical and cold many democrats have become over this war. P.S. Sorry about the poor writing, I ramble something aweful.