What do 86 Republican Representatives
have to say about immigrants?
Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County, CA Republican, introduced a bill
that would deny emergency medical treatment to thousands of illegal
immigrants. H.R. 3722 would also force doctors and nurses to enforce
immigration laws, by having them fingerprint illegals seeking treatment
at an emergency room.
As draconian, as inhumane as this bill might sound,
it managed not only to be put up for a vote on the floor of the
House of Representatives (compliments of Speaker Dennis Hastert,
and the Republican leadership), but it received the support of 86
President Bush campaigned in 2000 on making the
Republican Party the “party of inclusion.” And after
four years of silence on the issue, the president is once again
trying to appeal to Latino voters (whom he desperately needs for
reelection) by offering yet another form of guest-worker proposal,
similar to the one he abandoned once it was politically permissible
to do so.
The president is yet again using Latinos as a political
tool, paying lip service to proposals that he knows his Republican
Party will never carry out. If President Bush truly believes that
the Republicans are the “party of inclusion,” he might
want to let his friends in the party know – it would certainly
be news to them.
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WHILE ELECTION officials,
lawmakers and critics in Maryland and other states squabble over
the reliability of electronic voting systems, a small group of computer
scientists and engineers has been developing one that might actually
John Kerry is endorsed by Hispanics in Maryland.
The Small Hispanic Business Women and
their leader Maria Welch have taken the initiave to gather the Hispanic
community behind Senator John Kerry. Behind them, the community
is rallying to support the senator and bring about the defeat of
the Republican administration of George Bush. Many Hispanics who
formerly backed other candidates are now coming to the obvious winner
of the Democratic primary to support his candidacy.
Sen. John Kerry made his first campaign
stop in Maryland today, meeting a throng of 500 at Morgan State
University, rousing an audience a day before the presidential primary
on Super Tuesday with a speech giving President Bush failing grades
on the economy, the war on terror and the public schools.
"All across this country people are beginning
to understand that the real deficit of our nation is not just the
money, it's not the million dollars a day," Kerry said at Morgan
State University in Baltimore.In the audience were most of Maryland's
elected officials who took turns to praise the Senator and offer
their support. Chief among them were Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes,
Congressmen Cummings, Hoyer, Ruppersberger and Cardin, County Executives
Smith and Duncan and assorted councilmen and woman.
Hispanics interested in helping the Kerry campaign
should contact Maria Welch at 443-200-0055 or coloquio.com at 410-440-3747
is running for Congress.
JEWS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
(submitted by Arnold Knepfer, San Francisco)
The Democratic field: a Jew, a half-Jew, a quarter-Jew
and an almost-Jew. Is that good for the Jews? by Julia Gorin
The race is on. Not for the presidency, but for
the Jewish presidency, and the Jewish vote. Joe Lieberman aside,
we recently heard that Wesley Clark whispered to a supporter concerned
about his stance on Israel, "Did you know my father was Jewish?"
Not to be outdone, within days Democratic front-runner Howard Dean
made sure we all found out about his devout Jewish wife and Jewish
kids. John Kerry, however, had almost a year on either of them,
because he found out back in February that his paternal grandfather
was Jewish and his grandmother had "Jewish roots." But
perhaps they are all just following the lead of Hillary Clinton,
who in 2000 got a boost to the Senate after the Forward, a Jewish
newspaper, reported on her Jewish step-grandmother.
"That's the big thing this season, Jewish ancestry,"
Mr. Clark said recently. I wish I could say that the votes of American
Jews aren't so easily won. But I would be wrong. Forgetting that
there is actually a Web site called Jews4Clark.com and headlined
"The Jewish Connection," I recall how in 1988 my friend
Steve's mom voted for Michael Dukakis, who had a Jewish wife, because,
as she said, "I want a Jew in the White House."
Just last week I heard the following gem from Jay,
another Jewish friend: "The only Republican I would ever vote
for is Colin Powell. He speaks Yiddish."
This brought forth flashbacks to 2000, when Joe
Lieberman became the first-ever Jewish vice presidential nominee,
and Jews squealed that this was great. I remember doing stand-up
comedy soon after the Gore-Lieberman defeat, to a roomful of Bud
guzzlers in the working-class town of Niantic, in Mr. Lieberman's
home state. "You almost put a Jew in the White House!"
I yelled--to self-approving nods, whistles and some applause.
"What's wrong with you people?" I demanded.
I always thought it was too obvious to spell out,
but apparently it isn't: A Jew in the White House would not be good
for the Jews. Because the tendency of Jews in power is to bend over
backwards to prove evenhandedness--an opportunity that most often
presents itself in the context of the Middle East. It becomes the
Jewish politician's complex to prove that a Jew is capable of governing
without favoring the "Jewish side"--the first result of
which is an unobjectively paranoid policy that sells Israel down
We saw it in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War, when
Henry Kissinger advised President Nixon against a massive arms airlift
to Israel (advice Nixon declined). We saw it again under the Clinton
administration, which included half-Jewish Defense Secretary William
Cohen, as well as Jewish National Security Adviser Sandy Berger
and once-Jewish Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. It was the
policy of this guilt-ridden group to forge ahead with the peace
process "no matter what"--a euphemism for making only
the Israeli side accountable for its concessions in the Oslo agreement,
regardless of how many Jewish corpses such an approach produced.
This, after Candidate Clinton in 1992 offered the following story
in answer to how he would handle Israel: He was at yet another deathbed,
this time of a dying Baptist minister, who supposedly made Clinton
promise that whatever he did, he was not to let Israel down. The
Jews ate it up; the story didn't even have to be true.
Today, the very fact that the Jewish-ish contenders
have chosen the Democratic Party within which to realize their ambitions--a
party where anti-Semitism is troublingly common and includes pandering
to anti-Jewish Arab-American groups--is telling. Despite the old
adage, "Ask two Jews and you get three opinions," one
thing remains uniform about the Jewish mind: It is confused enough
that it can both root for Israel and yearn for "a Jew in the
White House." The only break in the mold and only Democratic
hope for such Jews may be Joe Lieberman, who has been a steadfast
defender of Israel. Still, there is no telling whether as president
he would be so unequivocal. He has been known to do 180s on other
vital issues for political advantage. What's more, Mr. Lieberman
treats Al Sharpton with respect and in 2000 offered to meet with
Louis Farrakhan after the latter questioned whether he would "be
more faithful to the Constitution . . . than to the ties that any
Jewish person would have to the state of Israel."
What we have in Election 2004 are a full Jew, a
half-Jew, a quarter-Jew and an almost-Jew (Messrs. Lieberman, Clark,
Kerry and Dean, to recap). These candidates sound like Russians
trying to cough up a Jewish gene so they can immigrate to Israel.
Maybe they're getting their inspiration from Vladimir Zhirinovsky,
the Russian lawmaker who on a trip to Israel last January--despite
his anti-Semitic reputation--said how happy he was to be there,
that he loved the Jewish people, and that his father was Jewish.
(Mr. Zhirinovsky's original last name was Lieberman.) Previously,
he would admit only that his mother was Ukrainian and his father
was a lawyer.
So now it's up to Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley
Braun to reveal their Jewish roots. In this day and age, it wouldn't
be such a stretch. Recall that in 2002 Bill Clinton told a Jewish
group in Toronto that if Israel were invaded, "I would personally
grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die." So not only
was he the first black president; he was also the first Jewish president.
Sorry, folks, we already had a Jew in the White
House. And it brought us Intifada II.
Ms. Gorin is a contributing editor of Jewish
World Review and a comedian starring in the monthly show "Republican
The recent Newsweek poll says 86% of Republicans will vote
to re-elect Bush and 10% will not; among Democrats the percentages
are precisely reversed. Which means the election will be determined
by the Independent vote. The independent vote (with no actual
Democrat candidate) is 50% against Bush, 43% in favor. There
is the Democrats' opening. If the Democrats can forget about
their liberal base for a while and start thinking about how
to appeal to the Independents, they will actually have a chance.
Howard Dean was right when he tried to reach out to working-class
Southerners, only to be slapped down by John Edwards and the
other Democratic candidates who are desperately searching
for any stupid trick to slow down Dean. Even tricks which
shoot the entire Democratic Party in the foot. But Dean was
on to something, and it is vitally important to the future
of the Democratic Party. Keep