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UNITED STATES: Mexican American voting bloc, etc...

Henry Levin of Columbia University comments on the speech President Bush gave to Mexican Americans:

"Yes, it turns out that he is as good at pandering as was Bill Clinton, perhaps even better in the long run. But, as with Clinton there are consequences. If 3,000,000 undocumented Mexicans are given citizenship, what are the incentives for others to cross the border in violation of U.S. policy? How about all of the other undocumented groups in the U.S.? Pandering can be dangerous."

My comment: The next day Bush gave a speech to a military-veterans group. Again, he gave abundant promises, stressing more pay and perks for the active military and veterans and more money for modernizing the armed forces, including the anti-missile defense system. Naturally every promise was greeted with a burst of applause. There was the usual reference to the finest fighting force in the world, but how real is the will or willingness to fight?

Unfortunately the basis of our democracy is not sacrifice but gimme. The rest is mostly oratory. When President Kennedy made his stirring remark "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country", there was the usual loud applause. But suppose he had gone on to say "We must do more to help the destitute, and therefore I am increasing your taxes by 10%".....

Ronald Hilton - 8/21/01