This nation has a new president that could bring about real change. The Democrats hold a larger majority in the House and Senate. We are fighting two wars, are facing a recession, have lost much of the world's respect, and are crippled by divisive politics. Now is the time for everyone to work together. I'm a far left liberal. I want socialism, and end to the prison-industrial complex, a Dept. of Peace, and end to criminal wars (Iraq) or poorly planned wars which become military quagmires (Iraq and Afghanistan), corporate crime and welfare, national health care, the best education for our people (k-12 and college), and end to extravagant wealth, far better social security, and end to wasteful spending (25+% of the defense budget), less authority for the Police, an end to the Patriot Act, the right for women to choose, equal rights for all Americans including gay marriage and equal work-equal pay for women, and a true separation of church and state. But, I sure as hell am not going to get much, if any, of that. However, I am willing to give and get what I can. Compromise is the name of the game and I would rather get some of what I think is best for this country and its people and enjoy real change than to bicker over all of it and get nothing. Obama doesn't represent me. But he is educated, understands oppression better than any white person does, and has made promises with which I can agree. There were other candidates running who I thought had great and better ideas as well. McCain didn't represent me but he and Obama have a lot in common i.e. alternate fuels and ending our dependence on foreign oil. I respect McCain and wouldn't have bashed him anything like I did Bush. And although I hated Bush, the Texas-oil/Halliburton-war profiteering complex, and Rove's divisive politics, I now have real hope that true change can happen. But it can only happen if liberals and conservatives come together to make it happen. I started this thread because I would love to have a real and constructive conversation with conservatives about ideas they have for change and for compromise between what they want and what liberals, like me, want. And I would love to debate the details of the ideas without partisan bickering and name-calling (of which I am just as guilty as the next person). So please join me and let's generate some common ground, some great political ideas and discussion and maybe all of us can enjoy the others' points of view and be, if not politically, at least united as citizens of the United States.