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Is the time ripe for a McCain race speech?

With all the lambasting by Democrats, or more specifically the presumptuous Democratic nominee, shouldn’t Sen. McCain offer his own speech on “Race in America?” Republicans are not racists. I say this in confidence because we are the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan.

For those of you not familiar with American History, LINCOLN (aka Republicans) freed the slaves. The DEMOCRATS fought against it tooth and nail. (Need I add any links for justification? If so, the liberals/dem’s were effective in eliminating that from your school curriculum).

I will add one link to this diary. Teddy Roosevelt, who I believe was channeling what our founding father’s intent, said the following: “The one being abhorrent to the powers above the earth and under them is the hyphenated American—the “German-American,” the “Irish-American,” or the “native-American.” Be Americans, pure and simple! (emphasis mine) If you don’t act on the theory that every man who in good faith assumes the duties and responsibilities of an American citizen in a spirit of true Americanism is an American, and is to be treated as such, …you are yourselves unfit to take part in managing our government and you are bound to make a failure if you try to better the condition of our cities.

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He also is reknowned for the following: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. (emphasis mine) He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

Finally, Ronald Reagan said the following: “More than 20 years ago, President Kennedy defined an approach that is as valid today as when he announced it. “So let us not be blind to our differences,” he said, “but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.” (emphasis mine) Well, those differences are differences in governmental structure and philosophy. The common interests have to do with the things of everyday life for people everywhere. Just suppose with me for a moment that an Ivan and an Anya could find themselves, oh, say, in a waiting room, or sharing a shelter from the rain or a storm with a Jim and Sally, and there was no language barrier to keep them from getting acquainted. Would they then debate the differences between their respective governments? Or would they find themselves comparing notes about their children and what each other did for a living? Before they parted company, they would probably have touched on ambitions and hobbies and what they wanted for their children and problems of making ends meet. And as they went their separate ways, maybe Anya would be saying to Ivan, “Wasn’t she nice? She also teaches music.” Or Jim would be telling Sally what Ivan did or didn’t like about his boss. They might even have decided they were all going to get together for dinner some evening soon. Above all, they would have proven that people don’t make wars. People want to raise their children in a world without fear and without war. They want to have some of the good things over and above bare subsistence that make life worth living. They want to work at some craft, trade, or profession that gives them satisfaction and a sense of worth. Their common interests cross all borders.

I cannot think of any better “whitey” to do this than John McCain. First and foremost, John McCain is a Republican and we have a history embedded like stone regarding equality for ALL men (and women). Next, I cannot think of any individual that has made greater sacrifices in the name of this country other than him. Finally, while many conservatives lament over the McCain_X bills, did he not reach across the aisle in an effort that all may have satisfaction and a sense of worth?

Senator McCain, race does not belong to colored peoples alone. Our party has a strong tradition of reaching out and asking ALL to become part of this one-ness we call America. The time is now, let’s have that discussion about race.