Today's conference presented by Center for Social Cohesion addressed how Americans can live together harmoniously.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor summed it up like this: "Just cook Mexican food".
"I'd get everybody together and cook mexican food and we'd sit around outside and drink beer and make friends with each other, said O'Connor while addressing a Center for Social Cohesion event at the National Press Club today.
"That works", said O'Connor.
Suffice it say, she'd have to buy a lot of 'beer', and cook a lot of 'Mexican food'. Luckily she said she was open to other suggestions.
O'Connor's home state of Arizona is one of many implementing tough immigration laws towards its Latina residents.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into law, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants.
She made the comment when asked how to reach an accord on national issues.
Other sessions on the day included discussions addressing social issues like What's Dividing Us?, What's America's Deepest Fault Line?, and What Are We Loyal To?
It's pretty easy to sum up the answer to all three questions with these three answers: Greed (capitolism), disrepect for differences (racism), and intolerance (not in my back yard).
If America could put a 'cohesive' healing salve over those ailments, I think we'd be on to something.
I'd also throw in lack respect for humanity, resources, and God, but hey, we'll take baby steps.
The What's Dividing Us? session was paneled by Gregory Rodriguez, Executive Director, Center for Social Cohesion; Bill Bishop and Michael Lind. Panelists for other sessions included Arizona State University president,Michael Crow along with Harvard Law School professor of Law, Michael Klein and James Gimpel.
Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. President Ronald Reagan nominated her in 1981.