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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Tuesday, December 11,1984 Conservatives want their voices heard in the Reagan White House O Hvrald-Zeitung pinions Dave Kramer, General Manager Robert Johnson, Editor James KilpatrickWe have no right to criticize South Africa For a couple of days last week, until the TV crews got bored and moved away, pickets were shuffling back and forth near the Embassy of South Africa on Massachusetts Avenue. A couple of local black dignitaries exhibited their talent for bad manners and good publicity by staging a sit-in within the embassy. The Washington Post regurgitated its Old No. I editorial about apartheid. Once again it’s bear-baiting time in Washington, South Africa being the bear. There is something revolting in all this — something so monstrously hypocritical, so unabashedly arrogant, that it ought to produce a sense of nausea in observers w ith any sense of perspective. Who are we Americans we of all people — to say to the despised South Africans, “We are so very much holier than thou"? What sanctimonious 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 Africa. These are impressive qualifications. They go back to the early 1600s. That was when our forebearers began importing slaves. The practice flourished. We Americans did not regard the blacks as human beings but as property. We bought a sold them on the auction blocks. When it came to writing the U.S. Constitution in 1787, we counted a slave as three-fifths of a white man, but that was for purposes of representation only. We wrote into that Constitution a provision compelling the return of runaway slaves. Ours is an inspiring history, is it not? North and South fought the bloodiest war in our history over the intertwined issues of slavery and states’ rights. On paper, blacks won both their freedom and their right to vote in the Reconstruction amendments. In reality they won neither. Especially in the Southern states, our immediate ancestors practiced every ingenious form of trickery they could devise to keep the black vote dow'n. Until just yesterday, relatively speaking, great parts of the United States exhibited to the world an image of pervasive segregation and discrimination — in schools, parks, theaters, restaurants, libraries, jobs. I am a Southerner. I know. Like my father and his father. I was a party to it. I know our homegrown apartheid was wrong. 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 color-blindness that w e virtuous Americans have reached todav. In its recent editorial, the Post expressed the hope that if enough pressure is exerted on South Africa, “apartheid will yield." Yield to what? To a political system of "one man, one vote"? Let us search our hearts. Suppose the situation were reversed. Suppose our population were roughly 41 million white and 189 million non-white. Suppose, moreover, that many of our non-whites had little education, that their loyalties were more tribal than national, and that they spoke such tongues as Pedi, Venda, Tsonga and Xhosa. Ah, my picketing friends, 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 man, one vote took hold? Would we gracefully surrender the White House, the Congress and the courts to illiterates who sign their names with an X? Humbug! If my white liberal friends in Washington were in the fix of my white conservative friends in Johannesburg, they would be defending apartheid at the very top of their lungs. They would be finding reasons why the time is not right for one man, one vote. They would be advocating gradual measures of remediation, such as the integration of sports, the elimination of reserved jobs, the legalization of black labor unions and the extension of black political participation to town councils and county commissions. All of this is happening in South Africa now It has taken us more than 300 years to achieve the degree of integration we have reached in a nation that is 12 percent black How long do you suppose it would have taken us if we had been 82 percent black instead?,., if i sum Pie Beme I wrne, Ifs UMH CARBONS NEXT MISTAKE. Mailbag Resident concerned about pit bulls, water Dear Editor : Isn't it amazing how the city council and die City Manager Joe Michie can w rite 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 llarza St. is shocking, but win was the original plan for three dogs changed to four dogs maximum per household’’ Could it be someone around Garza St. has four dogs-' I ain sure that there must be an ordinance on the books that could have taken care oi the pit bull kennel without ain new laws needed. And speaking of ordinances. City Manager Joe Michie said the problem with pollution in Urn da I -ake and the Comal River might be* coming from septic tanks draining into the river. It seems to me that there is a city ordinance against septic tanks in the city limits. We are paying for public sewer and water and everyone should be connected to the sewer system. Perhaps Mayor Barbara Tieken could have one of her committees look into this problem. Why hasn t the city tried using dye in the sewer lines near luanda I .ake" Using smoke would only find a leak if it were on top of the sewer lines The City of Austin had a similar problem rn Barton Springs and it was cleaned up in a matter of weeks, but then, Austin worked on the problem seriously and they realize how much their water is worth. May be this pollution of the Comal River is just what our anti-tourist mayor and a few councilpersons want, if the river is polluted, then people will stay away from New Braunfels, lf you are concerned about our river, give the City Manager or the mayor a call Tom Corbin Jack Anderson Conservatives planning assault on Reagan Some unreconstructed conservatives, unhappy over President Reagan’s failure to live up to their expectations, plan to stir a series of mini-furors. They will accuse Reagan of giving lip service to issues dear to their hearts while he plays the politics of I palliatives and postponement. The center of the coming confrontation • between conservatives and moderates will bt* the Heritage Foundation, which will fire the first shot in a few days. The foundation is about to release a report that will contain a i tough assessment of the Reagan ad-! ministration's performance in the Middle > East • In language reminiscent of Walter Mon-dale’s campaign attacks, the report will ; charge:    “The administration failed to , develop a clear policy on the Arab-Israeli, I lebanese and Iraq-Iran conflicts, or on ! relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia. I Persistent confusion in policy has been the i result." My associate Buvette Lagnado has obtained an advance copy of the report, which was prepared by Daniel Pipes, a former {Heritage Foundation associate who is now a professor at the Naval War College in {Newport. R I. s It faults the president for failing to stick to $iis guns He "came to office with an overall foreign policy mandate to strengthen pro-American forces, counter Soviet expansion jfrnd promote free trade," the report states. jS'owhere was the failure more evident, it Charges, than in the Middle East. Here are more highlights from the report: $ __ lebanon: "The U.S. military effort in lebanon from August 1982 to February 1984 fcas probably the darkest foreign policy gxperience of the Reagan administration," the report states. "Washington’s policy was hamstrung by:    11 uncertain domestic political backing for an ambitious military assignment; 2) deployment of troops without a specific mission; 3i inadequate understanding of the factions w ithin Lebanon ... as well as the goals of the Syrian government." Despite this “unfortunate experience" the report declares, “The United States must not abdicate its role there." — Saudi Arabia: "Unnecessary gestures to retain good will characterize relations with Saudi Arabia," the report says. "This explains why the United States has sold sophisticated arms to Riyadh that the Saudis are incapable of maintaining by themselves." The report deplores U.S. dependence on the Saudi government for political influence in the Middle East, noting that "it is in fact a defensive and weak regime." — Syria: The administration should adopt a tougher stance and “take steps to isolate Syria and reduce its influence on the Arab states." — Israel:    “Deepen    and extend the strategic relationship with Israel as it relates to the Soviet Union and its proxies." Try to de-emphasize the West Bank controversy. — Ubya: “The U.S. should pressure its allies, particularly France, to help contain Ubyan adventurism.” — The Iraqi-Iranian war: In one of its few passing grades for the Reagan ad-riumstration’s Middle East efforts, the report says approvingly: "American policy has been consistent through four years of war; condemn both sides’ aggression, maintain strict neutrality and quietly give military help to whichever side is losing. This stance is proper in a conflict where both belligerents are governed by anti-Western regimes." Your representatives Sen. John Tower Gov. Mark White Rep. Edmund Kuempel United States Senate Governor's Office Texas House Room 142 Russell Bldg. Room 200 State Capitol of Representatives Washington D.C., 20510 Ausitn, Texas 78701 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Sen. John Traeger Rep. Tom Loeffler United States Senate Texas Senate U S. 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