Thursday, November 18, 2004

Things I Need to Research More...

I am sure you are all aware of the bill, introduced by Orrin Hatch, to allow individuals not born in the United States to run for the highest office in the land (once they have been citizens for 20 years). I wanted to look into whether any other countries allow foreign born Presidents/Prime Ministers. This proved to be a problem due to my lack of geographical prowess...for instance:
Malaysia: The Prime Minster is Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi...and he was born in Kampung Perlis, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang...now is that in Malaysia? I have NO idea. Yes, I could do more research and find out...but for every country? Believe it or not people, I do have a life...
I'm not quite sure what I think about this. Should we really be opening the door to foreign white men when we have yet to have a Black President, a Jewish President or a Woman President? In a country with a population of 294,778,412 that has a birth every 8 seconds...do we really need to look outside to find a President? ...not to mention the added consideration from the threat of Al Qaeda 'sleeper cells'...
Forget about foreign-born, Can you be the President of the United States of America with pictures like THIS out there?

The second thing is the recent treatment of Condoleezza Rice. Actually, not just Condi, but all minorities in the Bush Administration. Why is that horrible little troll, Al Sharpton, elevated as some Black icon while Colin Powell is called Uncle Tom? Do people not remember Tawana Brawley? The feces spread all over her...that HE did? I want to research if ANY other Secretary of States have experienced this much scrutiny from the press. Where is Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem and Rosie O’Donnell? Why aren't they extolling Condi for being the first female African American Secretary of State? She is no 'Uncle Tom' -she was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She was in the same kindergarten class as those four little girls that burned in that infamous church bombing of the 60's. President Bush has put more minorities and women in positions of power than any President in history...including the 'first Black President', Slick Willy. Why is that? Compare what the parties have to offer...Jesse Jackson vs. Colin Powell - Al Sharpton vs. Condoleezza Rice - Louis Farrakhan vs. J.C. Watts...not really a contest is it...? How can the 'party of the minority' be letting the GOP strip them of this title so handily...and in DEED not in WORD?

These are the two of the many things that I want more information about and collaborating statistics for...but like the ever-growing stacks of 'policy' books accumulating around my house --I am not sure there will ever be the time...

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