hundreds of thousands voted for ralph nader, probably millions. They are still fringe in a country of 280 million plus. Your views should be mocked more. It would be a better America if more people in the mainstream exercised their first amendment rights to mock those of you who hate what we have built. agreed. Thanks for admitting it. I never said that I could "understand black people". I said I could understand many of those Blacks I saw at the protest. There's a big difference. If you can't see that difference, I suggest professional help. Maybe they were real Black Panthers, I don't know. They weren't dressed like Black Panthers, no berets, not wearing the right clothing, but still chanting the same things. I will reiterate. You are a damn fool if you think what I have said is racist in any way. I know you do not appreciate your rights because of the views you take. The positions you have taken against war bear this out. If you had a specifically pacifistic view, it would be one thing. You do not. You have an irrational hatred of George Bush, and this has clouded your thinking on the matter. I'm not defending Whites. I don't care about "whites" as a group. I care about Americans. Those people who love our country, fear what is happening to it, and will defend it to the last drop of their blood. I believe in a completely color blind society. You cannot say the same. Who is the racist? I can assure you it isn't me. Furthermore, do not embarass yourself by bringing up the events of 9-11 as some sort of a defense. I lost people I knew on that day. You almost lost your brother. So what? I was then and still am in more danger than you. You indirectly have compared George Bush to Hitler. I would guess that none of your relatives or friends lived under Hitler's regime. You have gone too far. If you really think Bush is so bad, leave the country. No one as enlightened as yourself could possibly stand to live under such an oppressive regime. But of course you still can leave, something that many in Iraq, Cuba and other regimes you wish to maintain cannot do. The majority of Americans think Bush is doing a good job. They approve of what he is doing. A larger majority thinks what he is doing is not so bad that it requires protesting. Think about that and see where you really fit in the American spectrum. Your understanding of diplomacy is either clouded by partisanship or sadly lacking. I tend to think the latter. Our ties to most of Europe are as strong as ever. France and Germany do not support us. So what? Central and Eastern Europe, those people in the western world who have most recently felt the oppression of totalitarianism, support us. Britain, Spain and Italy support us. Russian ties are stronger than ever, regardless of differences on Iraq. Bush and Putin are friends. China hasn't been a friend since before WWII, and I don't see things as that much worse even considering the major incident that happened in the first months of Bush's presidency. China is not any sort of representative democracy, so their voice must always be taken with a grain of salt. Keep thinking that your fundamental freedoms are under attack. Keep protesting. File some lawsuits. And reap in the reward that is an America changed to suit the needs of the madmen terrorists of the middle east. Then we won't need to worry anymore.