Minorities

The spirit of our founding fathers is needed now more than ever.

Mr. President, 
I heard Barack Obama's speech yesterday.

I cannot fathom how most people would not be moved by it.

More than likely, the same type of people who demonized Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech," would also have a problem with Obama's speech. 

For the time it took Obama to speak those 4,856 words, he behaved more like a true president of the people of the United States than you have during your sorry seven years in office.

Obama bravely put the race issue right out there. He addressed the 800 pound gorilla. True, he was forced to deal with it when his long-time pastor decried the United States and his perspective about the frustration the black community feels. It was indeed inflammatory, but the last I heard, Americans still have the right to present and discuss dissent. 

For example, I despise Rush Limbaugh's rhetoric and constant hate-filled dribble but I do defend his right to speak freely. 

Democracy is not a goal it is a process. The basis of our democracy is an informed public based on the freedom to give dissenting views. 

The people who look at Limbaugh as a kindred spirit are sheep who refuse to be open to other views. They are myopic, racist, dangerous, and a hindrance to democracy.

The same criticism holds true for Obama's pastor Wright's congregation. If his congregation blindly takes his comments as their views without introspection, they are guilty of the same sins as rabid  right-wing hate machine supporters.

One of civilization's problem is that we want to paint all people of the same color, sex, country of origin, with the same brush. 

Lord knows we are lazy beings when it interferes with mundane issues like stretching a paycheck to last until we receive the next one.

The willingness to simplify the ills of our lives by directing our problems to some minority within our midst is as old as civilization itself. 

Fear works. Fear of strangers, fear on new ideas, fear of change are strong motivators to seek the good old days before those "other people" polluted our lives.

It is the same mindset that brought many of the world's notorious dictators to power.

When Hitler and his generals were discussing America's entry into the war, the German dictator exclaimed that America was not to be feared because America was a nation of mongrels. 

It was that diversity that time after time has made America successful.

White European immigrants did not make America great on their own.

Blacks were part of every American conflict from the American Revolution with the death of Crispus Attucks at the Boston massacre  in 1770 and up to the present war in the Mid East. Blacks have fought and died for this country throughout America's history.

Hispanics have also always had a proud tradition of serving in America's armed services, and they have a significant number of congressional medals of honor to prove it. 

Immigrants of every shade and color have helped defend our nation. Navajo code-talkers in WWII were indispensable in the Pacific war. Japanese Americans volunteered to fight for America in WWII even though their relatives were rounded up like animals and penned in camps.

Today, non-American immigrants are serving in Iraq because they still believe America is worth fighting and dying for. Many immigrants have received their American citizenship posthumously.

 It was the inclusion of black soldiers in the Union that many people credited with ending the civil war. The development of California and other western states has the Indian  tribes, Hispanic and oriental immigrants to thank for their wealth.  The Italian, Irish, black, Jewish, Puerto Rican and eastern European immigrants made New York and other Atlantic coast states what they are today. 

Cubans have significantly affected the growth of Miami and other Florida cities.

Polish, Hispanics, Blacks,  Indian, Pakistan, Arab, eastern Europeans, and Asians have all contributed to the development of Chicago and the suburbs.

Minorities do not weaken our nation,  indeed it is the diversity that has always made us innovative and powerful. 

So, let us learn to embrace this diversity and shun those who wish us to hate the people that make us great.

It is a great sin that, not only have you have added nothing to advance the notion of equality, you have divided our nation as severely as southern separatists divided our nation during the civil war. 

The nation is sick of your divisive politics, and I eagerly await a leader who has the mindset to heal the wounds you caused to our once great nation.

Obama was courageous to face the race issue head on. 

Our founding fathers were brave.  At the time of their moment of greatness they were also called naive. But despite their critics they dreamt of something better, a united nation. 

The speech I heard from Obama gives me hope that the same traits our founding fathers had, are still alive today.

It is now March 20, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST and I have not received the standard message from the White House.