all this racial black/white/Hispanic/Asian/etc. talk... we're all Americans, we're all U.S. Citizens, and we're all human.
Shouldn't we all want what's best for ourselves and the country? How is one's skin color supposed to affect this?
I think that the average American -- regardless of skin color
-- wants the following out of life and their country:
-Liberty (freedom of speech, the press, assembly, etc.)
-Security (from both regular criminals, terrorists, and acts of war in the U.S.)
-Economy (whether liberal or conservative, both sides want everyone that can work to have a job, and be able to pay bills and [when necessary] support
-Education (everyone, from high school dropouts to PhDs, can keep learning to adapt to changing times)
-Environment (we have to balance manufacturing with environmental safety, but we can't give up one for the other)
I'd add relations with other countries as an issue, because I think that most U.S. citizens want the U.S. to be friends with every country possible,
but as Lincoln (I think it was him?) once said, "You can please all of the people some of the time, or some of the people all of the time, but
you'll never please all of the people all of the time." I think the U.S. should be friends with every country we can, but without
sovereignty and security while doing it!
That being said, I think the issue is mute from a racial point of view. The average person, regardless of color, wants the same things out of life;
and the average politican, regardless of who they are or which party they're from, wants everyone's votes.
Finally, I think that what Bush said in his speech at the Urban League applies to everyone! Certain politicians assume they have certain types of
peoples' votes. No matter who you are, you should ask yourself, "Did this guy earn my vote? Or does he just assume he's already got it?"
P.S. -- The way this debate has gone also has me asking the question: Since liberals are socialist and conservatives are capitalist, but both want all
of the things I listed above (but have different approaches to reaching those goals), is a debate even possible between the two sides? The two
philosophies are totally divergent from each other, and no one on one side will ever be able to convince anyone on the other side that their side is
the "right" one.
I guess that's why we go to the voting booths! LOL