Fairway in your opinion what does it mean to be conservative? We are all Americans aren't we. I don't want to demonize anyone for their beliefs. The government doesn't do much of anything at all except give tax breaks to the wealthy and take care of the elderly and the poor. We can't all be winners.
State governments are just as corrupt as any so I wouldn't invest much hope in them. We've had strong State's rights and that lead to a civil war, Jim Crow, segregation and the continued oppression of people of color to this day. Now the White Supremacists were just waiting for a POTUS to give them legitimacy so they could come out of the shadows. He blew their dog whistle and they came to attention. We don't seem to learn from our mistakes of the past. Last night he condemned White Nationalists, but didn't apologize for his own racist statements. He cannot put the genie back in the bottle.
I am as disenfranchised as you are, but we cannot wish it weren't so. We live in a duopoly and that will not change any time soon.
I agree that state governments are just as corrupt, as are many municipal governments. I suppose my statement was more based on idealistic principle. People in New York live much differently from people in Wyoming, hence it does not always make sense for them to be subject to all of the same laws.
"continued oppression of people of color to this day" do you mean from a cultural perspective? Otherwise, I'm not sure how current state laws continue to oppress people of color.
One of the ugly things about racism as well as other forms of hatred are that they have existed since the fall of man and will continue to exist until the end of our time. They will exist regardless of the law, who is in office, or the cultural news of the day. This does not justify racism or racists by any means. It doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out against it and hold racists accountable. But unfortunately, racism as well as other forms of hatred will continue to exist. Sad, but true. We can each do our part to overcome hatred with love.
That said, many liberal leaders need to stop playing the "race" card on issues that have nothing to do with race. It's just another tactic to distract and manipulate their sheep.