Saturday, October 25, 2008 on Anderson 360

Our very own James Davermann participated in a panel on CNN Anderson 360 ask African-American panelists for their thoughts.


Hollywood. said...

Respect James. Good representation of an independently minded individual instead of a brainless soldier.

jcheney said...

I just love your site. You guys have the best stuff. I am always sharing your posts.

All of these young people appear to be successful professionals. Are they not living the American Dream?

Division has different definitions. It can be racial, economic, political, gender and religious. Is everybody ever going to believe like everybody else? No, that is the beauty of freedom. This country gives ALL people the ability to do better and succeed. No matter the differences in opinion between these panelist, they all want a good life for their children. I am quite sure they wouldn't want anybody, especially the government, dictating that part of their freedom.

I like the point of having a discussion, but felt the questions themselves only make for more division. They just seemed to try to dissect comments that were meant to reach out to the average person no matter what race, political standing, religion, gender or economic standing.

Most people do not live in big cities and THAT is what makes them the average person. Sarah Palin was talking to that majority because she has lived there. Generally speaking, national news speaks for the minority of America. It is like they are preaching to the choir. I believe there is a bit of frustration the average person feels, a disconnect, in what the news or someone like the NYT says. That type of media just doesn't represent (again) the average person. The connection Sarah Palin made was to the general population that isn't part of the big city community.

Anonymous said...

Is James married?

Anonymous said...

@ jcheney

2000 US Census says:

urban areas = 79% of US (225.9million)
rural areas = 21% of US (59.2million)

Bigger breakdown:

urban areas over 200,000 = 58.2%
urban areas between 50-199,000= 10.3%
urban clusters between 5,000-49,999 = 8.9%
urban clusters between 2,500-4,999 = 1.65%

explanation of rural vs. urban (general terms and Missouri specific):

jcheney said...


Thank you for your response. I believe that there is more to how people vote despite what statistics say about population. You can break those numbers down even further....there are plenty of places you can go to find those distinctions.

There is a pretty good video done by Peter Robinson at the Hoover Institution. It is quite long (26:46) and done prior to the 2004 election. It further breaks down what makes people vote certain ways.

Ironically, it shows the USA Today county by county map done in 2000 (there is another map done after this video was made for 2004) and I guess that is what I was thinking about when I made the statements I made about rural vs. urban. I believe they make the statement in the video that 80% of land mass is rural.

Thank you again for responding!

jcheney said...

The video: