When you grow up in the diverse South, you should learn to put yourself in the other guy’s shoes, walk in his moccasins or generally imagine life and government from his perspective. No one wanted to be slaves, current senior citizens should be barricaded in their homes from fear of young thugs and American foreign policy should respect the cultural richness and history of others around the world. If the Native Americans had a better immigration policy…..
To me, it’s all about political options and agendas. Elections are for selecting the leaders who will govern in a reasonable manner but the cart is in front of the horse or the tail is wagging the dog. Today, the campaign process and year-round activism are more lucrative than serving in office. For example, Sarah Palin status in the game reaps millions more than being governor, vice-president or president and I can’t blame her for staying paid.
My friends and I pragmatically thought our community should explore positive political options that reflect the sizable African-American demographic that is moderate to conservative. Our agenda grows from concern that all of our political eggs are in one basket. In reality, the aggressive agenda of those who love fear overshadows the few efforts toward governing with bridge building and understanding. Their facts are sound but their methods are detrimental.
During this primary and general election season, southerners should ask themselves if candidates have a good comfort level with citizens across the political spectrum. Do you see the candidates meeting and listening in areas where few votes can be found because the actions of people there create governmental spending for everyone? In clearly liberal or conservative areas, the direction is obvious but swing areas or statewide is different.
On election night in November, we shouldn’t learn that a new group of leaders will govern next year and we never talked with them. A sad fact about southern living is that we have much in common with the other side of town but never had a conversation. National groups that relish division and conflict between Americans should be ashamed because that energy and attention should be focused on supporting our troops in two major theaters of war and completing their missions safely—remember we have troops in the field.
While the far-left and far-right are vocal, the sensible center is larger and sways elections. I want to see Blue Dog Democrats continue listening to conservatives in their areas and Republican challengers who are comfortable explaining their positions to centrists, moderates and even liberals. Centrists outnumber extremists from both sides overwhelmingly.