What I get from the comments I put in bold font is that women would have no clue how bad they had it unless Obama started telling them that Romney was going to eliminate Roe v Wade and, failing that, eliminate their right to choose. Your statement about blacks is ambiguous. You state that they have been underachieving compared to the rest of the population (which is true) but without placing this in context I kind of had to fill in the blanks for you. A lot of Republicans (I'm not saying you specifically) insist that the struggles blacks have in America are due to the fact they simply don't work hard enough. This is not true and they are out of touch; there is a whole complex system in place designed (it feels designed; things like this don't seem to happen by accident) to keep them from succeeding.
I feel like conservatives believe in the "myth of the selfmade man". There is no such thing as a self made man. He doesn't exist. Future success in life is determined by things like the school system you went to growing up, coming from a two parent home, and a lot of other factors. Some of those factors are self determined; a lot of them are not. I feel like conservatives emphasize the self determined factors while minimizing the non-self determined factors. Of course hard work plays a significant part, but hard work doesn't always guarantee success. Hard work does not always meet up with opportunity to produce success and that is the problem.
Okay. Now we are having a conversation.
If I were president, my belief system would be to make the path easier for people to succeed. I totally understand what you are saying about things determining your trajectory in life.
I know that a 2 parent home is better for kids, teens, etc than a one parent home. These are facts. I have said in pasts posts that there is nothing stronger as a unit in our society than a black father and mother. I have said that they blow away white parents in general. Sadly, for 60 years, the gov adopted programs under the heading of helping, which discouraged marriage. It might not have been their intention, but those were the results.
Again, you and I both mentioned schools. I totally agree with you that if you are in a school that sucks, nobody cares and is dangerous, then the chances are way diminished for your success.
I do think however that a desire for success is paramount. I also think of the verse in the bible which says "hope deferred makes the heart sick" We are not that far off in our beliefs, just that political parties need us to be divided.
And Delhommey on the sidelines continually whispering the normal liberal mantra.
He cares, if you don't believe him, just ask him.
My point is that conservatisim is not perfect but not the devil as many project.
I hope your studies and diligence land you a good job and again appreciate anyone who served the country through all the crap we have been doing with the military. I don't think you "need" a political party, they need you. Much luck