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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas 4 Niw 8r Hef December ive warn theif volets the ite House O pinions Manager James Kiipatrick We have no right to criticize South Africa For a couple of days last until the TV crews got bored and moved pickets were shuffling back and forth near the Embassy of South Africa on Massachusetts A couple of local black dignitaries their talent for bad manners and good publicity by staging a sitin within the The Washington Post regurgitated its Old 1 editorial about Once again its bearbaiting time in South Africa being the There is something revolting in all this something so monstrously so that it ought to produce a sense of nausea in observers with any sense of Who are we Americans we of all people to say to the despised South We are so very much holier than What sanc timonious bilge Shall we recall one or two facts of life about our own blissful land Shall we discuss our own perfect record of brotherhood and equality Let us review our qualifications for dictating to South These are im pressive They go back to the early That was when our forebearers began importing The practice We Americans did not regard the blacks as human beings but as We bought a sold them on the auction When it came to writing the Constitution in we counted a slave as threefifths of a white but that was for purposes of representation We wrote into that Constitution a provision compelling the return of runaway Ours is an in spiring is it not North and South fought the bloodiest war in our history over the intertwined issues of slavery and states On blacks won both their freedom and their right to vote in the Reconstruction In reality they won Especially in the Southern our immediate ancestors practiced every ingenious form of trickery they could devise to keep the black vote Until just relatively great parts of the United States exhibited to the world an image of pervasive segregation and discrimination in I am a I Like my father and his I was a party to I know our homegrown apartheid was I know something else I know how painfully long it has taken the United States this previous United States that now lectures South Africa for immorality how long it has taken us to reach the point of equality and colorblindness that we virtuous Americans have reached In its recent the Post expressed the hope that if enough pressure is exerted on South apartheid will Yield to what To a political system of one one Let us search our Suppose the situation were Suppose our population were roughly 41 million white and 189 million that many of our nonwhites had little that their loyalties were more tribal than and that they spoke such tongues as Tsonga and my picketing what then Under such circumstances would the ruling white establishment in the United States submit lovingly to a Civil Rights Act of 1964 Would we nod benignly as the rule of one one vote took hold Would we gracefully surrender the White the Congress and the courts to illiterates who sign their names with an X r Humbug If my white liberal friends in Washington were in the fix of my white conservative friends in they would be defending apartheid at the very top of their They would be finding reasons why the time is not right for one one They would be advocating gradual measures of such as the in tegration of the elimination of reserved the legalization of black labor unions and the extension of black political participation to town councils and county All of this is happening in South Africa It has taken us more than 300 years to achieve the degree of integration we have reached in a nation that is 12 percent How long do you suppose it would have taken us if we had been 82 percent black instead IF ISMUlt ME WfORB 1 UNKW CAWPR NWT Mailbag Resident concerned about pit water Dear Editor Isnt it amazing how the city council and the City Manager Joe Michie can write new city ordinances that put such a strain on our already overworked police department and ignore public health No doubt the pit bull problem on Garza is but why was the original plan for three dogs changed to four dogs maximum per household Could it be someone Garza has four dogs I am sure that there must be an ordinance on the books that could have taken care of the pit bull kennel without any new laws And speaking of City Manager Joe Michie said the problem with pollution in and the Coinal River might be coming from septic tanks draining into the It seems to me that there is a city ordinance against septic tanks in the city We are paying for public sewer and water and everyone should be connected to the sewer Perhaps Mayor Barbara Tieken could have one of her com mittees look into this Why hasnt the city tried using dye in the sewer lines near Landa Lake Using smoke would only find a leak if it were on top of the sewer The City of Austin had a similar problem in Barton Springs and it was cleaned up in a matter of but Austin worked on the problem seriously and they realize how much their water is Maybe this pollution of the Comal River is just what our antitourist mayor and a few councilpersons if the river is then people will stay away from New If you are concerned about our give the City Manager or the mayor a Tom Corbin Jack Anderson Conservatives planning assault on Reagan Some unreconstructed unhappy over President Reagans failure to live up to their plan to stir a series of They will accuse Reagan of giving lip service to issues dear to their hearts while he plays the politics of palliatives and j The center of the coming confrontation between conservatives and moderates will be the Heritage which will fire J the first shot in a few The foundation is about to release a report that will contain a tough assessment of the Reagan ad i ministrations performance in the Middle j In language reminiscent of Walter Mon j dales campaign the report will charge The administration failed to develop a clear policy on the j Lebanese and IraqIran or on I relations with Israel and Saudi Persistent confusion in policy has been the My associate Lucette Lagnado has ob Jfcined an advance copy of the which prepared by Daniel a former Foundation associate who is now a at the Naval War College in 4t faults the president for failing to stick to He came to office with an overall policy mandate to strengthen pror counter Soviet expansion promote free the report here was the failure more it than ia the MiddjLe f tttgbUgbis from the report The military effort w Jftpn fxgflB August 1982 to February darkest foreign policy yjg Reagan admioistratiojo Washingtons policy was hamstrung by 1 uncertain domestic political backing for an ambitious military assignment 2 deployment of troops without a specific mission 3 inadequate un derstanding of the factions within as well as the goals of the Syrian govern Despite this unfortunate ex perience the report The United States must not abdicate its role Saudi Arabia Unnecessary gestures to retain good will characterize relations with Saudi the report This ex plains why the United States has sold sophisticated arms to Riyadh that the Saudis are incapable of maintaining by them The report deplores depen dence on the Saudi government for political influence in the Middle noting that it is in fact a defensive and weak Syria The administration should adopt a tougher stance and take steps to isolate Syria and reduce its influence on the Arab Israel Deepen and extend the strategic relationship with Israel as it relates to the Soviet Union and its Try to deemphasize the West Bank Ubya The pressure its particularly to help contain Libyan The IraqiIranian war In one of its few passing grades for the Reagan ad mMstrations Middle East the report ssys approvingly American poiipy has been consistent through four years 0 war condemn both sides maintain strict neutrality and quietly give hejp to whichever side is This sjtance is proper in a conflict wfeere twto are governed by antiWestera Your representatives John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell Washington 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 JohnTraeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 we you BOOKIE FKQM WHAT IM YOURE ONE OF WHOTtWl KXJN6 ACTRESS HANPLtS ALL THAT ATTENTION START MTHTH5 ING A OF TIME WITH MY 1211 LIKE MY REALLY WAS HOW SOUHPSLIKB POYOUWAM TOPOIT W MOWS RIGHT NOI4J1 ALLTHE ANYTHING ON YOUJPLIKf TOTAPeiT WAS THtKP 6IRLIN SHOWER
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