Tom, Mr. Tucker's letter was addressed to the current political situation; not the historical. The Republican party has a noble tradition in the areas which you have mentioned but that noble tradition is not in evidence today. The party has marginalized the diversity in America (a diversity which has existed since the very first days of our country) by failing to either learn and/or appreciate issues important to the various voting sectors. And let's face it, just as not all white voters have the same political preferences neither do black, Hispanic, Asian or any other ethinc American.
The Republican party (or maybe it's just the talking heads on Fox and Rush Limbaugh and fringe representatives - hard to tell the difference) has reduced Conservative values to abortion, the 47% parasites sucking at the government teat, don't tax the rich folks, and those liberal Democrats will be the death of our country! Your own statement, "diversity, races, cultures, or social groups. These are the Liberal terms used by Democrats to confuse us as to what we as Americans believe in", feeds on the illusion that someone's core beliefs may be altered by a differing presentation by a political party. I don't believe it works that way and that's why the Republicans lost - their apparent callousness and disregard for the concerns of "other" demographic voting blocs.
As to immigration, I too believe that everyone immigrating to America should embrace our ideals of freedom and equality and justice. But, except for things in comflict with American law, I certainly do not believe they should abandon their traditions, beliefs and culture, simply to become the 21st century version of the Cleavers. Those differing cultures (a term I feel you mislike) add to the diversity (oops, another one) that is part and parcel of our American heritage. I guess I'm an assimilationist pluralist.
Ironside both you and Bryant make some very good arguments for what is wrong and what is going right in America. The US is a country of immigrants and to me the greatest mistake the Republican party makes is not taking the lead on real immigration reform; God knows the Democrats have not really done anything productive with it.
On the issue of race I do have one question for you Bryant.
Why am I a raciest? I work in an office with three dozen others some of whom supported Romney and some supported Obama. In the days leading up to the election several times I overheard some of the Obama supporters talking and one of the recurring topics of their conversation was how white people who were not voting for Obama were doing so because they were raciest.
Now I am white and I was a Romney voter. Why am I a raciest? I do not support racism and I have to say overhearing these comments caused me great anxiety. But I just didn't hear them at work. I heard them from the media, from Hollywood and just on the street. Yet Obama being black had nothing to do with my vote. My vote was not against him but for Romney who I thought would be a better leader.
From this attitude which was repeated over and over again can I then assume that 90% of Black People are racist? After all the President took 90% of the Black Vote! Therefore the only reason you voted for Obama (if you are Black) was that you were a raciest!
Flowmaster, I don't know why you're a racist. I'm not even sure you are. Anyone, Democrat or Republican, who paints the opposition with a broad brush - be it "you are a racist" or " you are a progressive socialist Democrat" - is a fool. And I would sorrowfully characterize your co-workers as fitting in that category.
Bryant: Those who have come to our country from other lands created the American fabric. The quilt of America. They also, until the past 40 years immersed themselves into our political system which was the reason they came to America. Not to change her but to strengthen her. They became a part of the great melting pot that was American values. They wanted their children to learn about the greatness of America. To learn it's values, it's form of government. They wanted their children to be Americans. The same would be true for the current ones comming here if they were not being told by the Democrats that they are being discrimmated against, by the Republicans that insist that they come legally. I don't understand how anyone can support a Party that protects law breakers and tell the group of law breakers that it not them that is the problem, it'
a bunch of racist Americans that are the problem.
Ironside, who is them? What Democrat or other personage is telling immigrants "they are being discrimmated (sic) against"? And in that statement you're not differentiating between legal and illegal. So are you saying legal immigrants are being told they are being discriminated against? How is the Democratic party protecting "law breakers" - and I presume you're describing illegal immigrants?