Got my Census form today and the majority of the questions deal with race. Are we “American”? “Human”? “White” (looks more pink to me)? Divide and conquer is the method being used.
And why are they breaking Asian and Hispanic down into all these categories? Why is Colombian or Korean or Japanese more valid than Irish or German or French or English or Italian or Irish or Scottish or Swiss or American? Are “Whites” just inter-changable? What about people who’s ancestors came from Afghanistan? India?
I thought we were all American. I guess not, some people are still “Chinese” or “Japanese” or “Vietnamese”. “Whites,” well, they are just “whites”.
Skin color or what portion of the Earth your ancestors came from are about as useful as eye color and hair color – except to racists.
So much for being “post-racial.” I’ve never owned slaves, neither did my ancestors, neither did they sell their comrades into slavery, but who cares?
How about: I am part of the human race, from Earth. Sounds much more uniting that all the rest of the b.s. coming out of Washington. It is called “racial profiling” when it is done at the airport.
How times have changed. Senator Byrd (D), 4/5/2001 (video), transcript:
The Democratic Leadership pleaded with me at length to agree to support the idea that the Clinton Health Care Bill should be included in that year’s reconciliation package.
They came to my office on the floor below. President Clinton got on the phone and called me also and pressed me to allow his massive health care bill to be insulated by reconciliations protection. He called me on the telephone.
I felt that changes as dramatic as the Clinton health care package which would affect every man, woman, and child in the United States should be subject to scrutiny. I said Mr. President I can not in good conscience turn my face the other way. That’s why we have a Senate, to amend and debate freely. That health bill, as important as it is, is so complex, so far reaching that the people of the country need to know what’s in it. And moreover Mr. President, we Senator’s need to know what’s in it before we vote.
And he accepted that. He accepted that and thanked me and we said goodbye.
I could not, I would not, and I did not allow that package to be handled in such a cavalier manner. It was the threat of the use of the Byrd rule. Reconciliation was never, never, never intended to be shield, to be used as a shield, for controversial legislation.
“On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum. The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.” – Chief Justice John Roberts, March 9, 2010
“ Prevention, prevention, prevention—its about diet, not diabetes. Its going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the Presidents economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation. ” Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010
Senator, most people prefer to know what is in a bill before their representatives vote on it. What happened to transparency?
The health insurance socialization bill is like one of the packages you see in horror movies that you just know you do not want to open! Kind of like Pandora’s box since we knew of the evil in there!
The “funny” thing is that this article says there are “14.9 million jobless Americans” and there are approximately 12-15 million ILLEGAL immigrants (some say 11 million, some say 20 million). You do the math. Legal immigration is what built the country, do we really want to make people who start out as criminals citizens? Or do we want people who are law-abiding citizens?