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American Muslim vote in the last Presidential Election

Salah Feteih reports "Many people do not know that in the last presidential election, American Muslims decided to vote in for the Republican ticket as one bloc. I for one voted Republican in the state of California, but the Democrats won California.

The story was different in Florida where 65,000+ American Muslim voted for the Republican ticket. Given that Florida delegates decided the presidency, and the whole state was decided by less than 2,000 votes, the American Muslim vote did make a difference. It helped the Republicans make it to the White House and George W. Bush to become the 43rd President of the USA.

Minorities and small parties usually use swing vote to get their voices heard and to impact and affect the policy of the nation where they live. This last election was the first time for the American Muslims to exercise their civil right of voting not as individuals but as a block".

My comment: This makes me very uneasy. I feel like Teddy Roosevelt did about hyphenated Americans. Is ethnic minorities vote as a bloc, Mexican Americans will swamp the rest, and Pat Buchanan has eloquently stressed the danger of that. Florida is an example of the problem. Cuban Americans, like the Muslims, voted Republican, whereas the Jews voted Democratic and complained that their votes were not counted properly. The US Supreme Court has come under severe criticism for stopping the recount.

We hear little about the Muslims of Florida, which has a large Jewish population. The 9/11 terrorists were based in Florida. The situation deserves studying.

Ronald Hilton - 1/20/02