In watching the three-ring circus that is American politics these days, I have noted that the Republican and Democratic nominees use one phrase repeatedly: "We need to unify the party, we need to unify America." Well, gee, that's nice, but isn't that backward?

If I don't vote for Sen. John McCain and he wins, I have to wait till he gets around to those "other Americans"? Sen. Barack Obama, how 'bout you? If I vote for your opponent, does this mean I am not part of your "message of hope"? This country, to my eyes, is not divided by the white/black color lines. It seems to be more red/blue, and I wish I were talking about a Utah rivalry game. Were Americans first, our parties should take the back seat to that.

Robert Simmons