The Deep and Irreconcilable Differences Between the American and Iranian Political System


‘Some people think that only they are Iran,’ said Saeed Majidi, who had driven for hours on his 125cc motorcycle to hear Ahmadinejad speak Thursday at Tehran’s Grand Mosque. ‘But those with jobs and money only represent 30 percent of the population.’


‘We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. … We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.’


Since his surprise election in 2005, he has constantly attacked Iran’s post-revolutionary elites, contending that they long ago gave up fighting for the ‘barefooted’ masses and began doing business deals from their villas on the slopes of affluent North Tehran.


As Fred Barnes wrote in his book, ‘Rebel-in-Chief,’ Bush ‘reflects the political views and cultural tastes of the vast majority of Americans who don’t live along the East or West Coast. He’s not a sophisticate and doesn’t spend his discretionary time with sophisticates. As First Lady Laura Bush once said, she and the president didn’t come to Washington to make new friends. And they haven’t.’


[Ahmadinejad] derides economists who blame him for high inflation and unemployment, saying that they are tied to the higher classes and that his goal is to ‘spread justice.’


‘John McCain has professed disdain for ‘so-called economists’, and for some the feeling has become mutual,’ says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.


But his support does not come solely from the downtrodden. He is also backed by a small group of hard-line Islamic clerics and leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps who share his resentment toward the West, his calls for Iran to occupy its rightful place as a world power and his championing of Iran’s nuclear program.


His campaign barely had time to sweep up the confetti last Nov. 3 before the victorious President got a congratulatory bouquet of praise, threats, warnings and demands. ‘In your re-election, God has graciously granted America—though she doesn’t deserve it—a reprieve from the agenda of paganism,’ wrote Bob Jones III, president of the namesake South Carolina university that his grandfather founded to foster ‘Christ-like’ character. ‘Don’t equivocate. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing.’

It’s gratifying to live in a country whose system of democracy stands as such a profound beacon of civilization to the world. If only those evil Iranians could replicate our unmatched ability for enlightened political discourse.


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