The right is very fond of tossing out the "S" word, which decodes to "a bunch of damn commies"
Of course the alternative (that the those on the left are too wimpy to come out and say is that the prior administration was a nearly perfect definition of the "F" word. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
I don't mean Fascism in the "I'm an idiot radical that doesn't even know what the word means, but we all know it's bad." I mean it in it's original sense. Bush/Cheney (and the Republican party in general) are a near perfect example to explain just what Fascism is. And the R's have done a masterful job of controlling this argument. Shucks, I've even heard the right try and toss both the "S" word and the "F" word at the left simultaneously. They do a much better job of controlling the discussion.
But, in the end, the Republicans and the Democrats are two horns on the same devil, in my opinion.
I wonder about Strawman's comment regarding looking forward to the VA system being imposed on everyone. Maybe that would be the best thing in the world. If everyone had to put up with the crappy treatment our sons and daughters who go out in defense of our nation receive, maybe as a nation we'd wake up and fix the problem and stop treating so shabbily those brave kids of ours who have suffered so much after honorably serving their nation. Maybe we'd stop treating each other so shabbily too.
The right-wing is very big on lip-service about respect for the military, yet under Bush/Cheney our wounded were being treated in rat-infested decaying hospitals.
Remember, in the USA, when you talk about "The Government" don't forget to look in the mirror and remember that each and everyone of us is part of "We the People"
If our government is a failure, it's because we, as a people, are failing.