New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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U.S., Japan on collision course over allegation of spying, servicemen on trial
' When did relations between the United States and Japan turn so sour?
The latest incident to stir up Japanese sentiment against the U.S. involves allegations of spying during recent auto talks between American and Japanese representatives.
According to a report from the New York Times, the U.S. was eavesdropping on conversations between Japanese negotiators.
Those conversations were they transcribed and given to chief U.S. negotiator Mickey'Kantor.
And how are the Japanese taking these allegations?
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Sonoda was quoted as Saying, “If true, I’m afraid this is a matter of grave concern that might seriously affect our diplomatic relations.”
1 Of course, there’s no word as to what the Japanese intelligence services have been up to during trade negotiations between the two ’economic superpowers.
\ But this latest revelation comes on the heels of the arrest of three U.S. servicemen on the island of Okinawa. Those men are charged iwith the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
I Since the crime was committed, residents of Okinawa have been protesting and calling for the removal of U.S. servicemen and mili-jary bases from Japanese territory.
i And now, with allegations of spying clouding the diplomatic picture even more, Japanese citizens will be even more adamant in taking some kind of action against U.S. interests in Japan.
. Whether the spying allegations prove true or not, the damage has Already been done.
* (Today s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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Some experts, including many in the media, said that California Gov. Pete Wilson’s presidential candidacy would succeed chiefly because of his “moderate” views on abortion and gay rights. Wilson’s withdrawal, just one month after announcing, has forced those “experts” to regroup. Now they say his pullout had nothing to do with the social issues, but rather with his “harshness” on immigration and his broken promise not to mn for President if he won reelection as governor.
What is a “moderate”? Reading the definitions is instructive. They include: “having average or less than average quality ; mediocre; limited in scope or effect; of medium lightness and medium chroma.” Could there be a better description of Pete Wilson? The moderation that some supposed would attract so many voters, presumably disenchanted with the “extremes,” didn’t. Wilson’s standing in the polls was negligible. His fund-raising fell far short. The New York Times says Wilson “only months ago had been widely viewed as Sen. Bob Dole’s toughest rival for the nomination.” Widely viewed? By whom? Will the Times now say that Dole is the better or best candidate? Not likely. They’ll search for another “moderate” to push to the front of the pack or, if none emerges (other than Sen. Arlen Specter, whose campaign isn’t going anywhere either) begin painting those with convictions as “extremists.”
The Times admits its reading of Wilson’s tea leaves was dead wrong: “...his fiscally conservative, socially moderate brand of Republicanism ignited no
real enthusiasm...” Why, then, are some conservatives moving in the direction of “moderation” when it ought to be clear they should remain where they’ve been?
William Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues,” says, “There are pro-choice candidates I could support.” Bennett, Jack Kemp and even Newt Gingrich have had only kind words for Colin Powell, the pro-choice, pro-affirmative action, pro-gun control, more-Democ-rat-than-Republican possible presidential candidate. Even the Christian Coalition’s Ralph Reed says he’s “reserving judgment” on Powell. What is going on?
Pragmatism without principle equals Pete Wilson.
Are Republicans so desperate for the White House that they will sell their souls for the place? Are they saying that 30 million dead babies can be forgotten if the next White House occupant wears a Republican label and makes the trains run on time?
Bennett once said, “Let’s be strong. Let’s be principled...political leadership is telling people what you think they ought to hear, and this itself is one of the influences on how the public thinks on any issue.” Addressing the 1990 GOP Governors’ conference, Bennett continued, “If you’ll futz around on something as serious as life, you’ll futz around on any-
Former Reagan domestic policy adviser Gary Bauer got it right when he said, “The GOP must not send a message to an already cynical public that a Republican nameplate at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue matters more to it than having a core philosophy,.”
Republicans have been down this road before. When the GOP was created in the mid-1800s, Republicans rose to power and kept it for years because of their strong opposition to slavery—a moral issue.
They lost power when they put the economy first, sinking into the corruption of the Gilded Age.
In 1884, Republicans nominated James Blaine, a “moderate,” for President Radical Republican leader Carl Schurz announced: “I yield to none of you in pride of the spirit and the great achievements of the Republican Party in the past...Remember how, under Republican guidance, the American Union was washed clean of the stain of slavery?...And now after 24 years of uninterrupted ascendancy, what has the party come to?
Look at it, the party of moral ideas...now dodging and squirming around that record as something too hot to touch...Those of us who are truly proud of the good this party has done will be too proud to consent to its degrading perversion.”
That’s conviction, not “moderation.” Lack of conviction killed Pete Wilson’s candidacy. Other Republican leaders can follow Wilson’s way to irrelevance, or they can stick to their principles.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Backers liked Clinton’s message on race
Associated Press Writers
AUSTIN (AP) — President Clinton’s challenge to Americans to work together to end racism was the right message at the right time, his Texas supporters say.
"It’s untradilional Democratic: government’s not going to solve this problem. He said you Americans are going to solve it,” said Land Commissioner Garry Mauro.
“It was balanced and it called on Americans and Texans to solve the race problems that we have in this country. I think they’re the only people who are going to solve it,” said Mauro, who heads Clinton’s re-election campaign in Texas.
In a Monday speech filled with references to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Clinton told a University of Texas audience the time had come for all "to take personal responsibility for reaching out to people of different races.”
He praised Johnson’s commitment to educa-
(ion for all and his signing into law the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.
‘It was balanced and it called on Americans and Texans to solve the race problems that we have in this country. I think they’re the only people who are going to solve it.’
— Garry Mauro Texas Land Commissioner
Mauro said the president’s speech was one only a Southerner could make.
“I don’t think anybody but a Southern politician
can address race. We grew up with it. We understand the problem so much better than other parts of the country. So I think Bill Clinton’s probably the only high, elected official in the country that’s qualified to deal with the issue,” Mauro said.
Gov. George W. Bush lauded Clinton’s message of personal responsibility.
“I was pleased to see the president emphasize the solution to racial divisions lies not in a new law or a government program, but in the hearts of individual Texans and Americans,” Bush said.
“I applaud the president’s recognition of the importance of personal responsibility,” he said.
Clinton’s speech was part of the annual Liz Sutherland Carpenter lecture series at UT, named for the former White House correspondent who later served as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson.
Ms. Carpenter said she found Clinton’s speech moving.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 1995. There are 75 days left in the year
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 17, 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American trtxips in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1919, the Radio Corporation of America was created.
In 1931, mobstei Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. (He was released in 1939.)
In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United Stales as a refugee from
In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearney was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Iceland. Eleven people died.
In 1945, Col. Juan Peron staged a coup in Buenos Aires, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.
In 1957, French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
In 1965, the musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” with a score by Burton Lane and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, opened on Broadway.
In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back on oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.
In 1978, President Carter signed a
bill restoring U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and caus ing $7 billion worth of damage.
Ten years ago: Italian Premier Bel-tino Craxi resigned in the wake of a dispute concerning his handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking. French author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Five years ago: In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State James Baker said that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein "must fail if peace is to succeed.” The Cincinnati Reds opened up a 2-0 World Series lead, beating the Oakland A’s 5-4.
One year ago: Leaders of Israel and Jordan initialed a draft peace
treaty. Negotiators for the Angolan government and rebels agreed to a peace treaty to end their 19-year-old civil war.
Today’s Birthdays: Playwrighi Arthur Miller is 80. Actor Tom Poslor is 68. Newspaper columnist Jimm> Breslin is 65. Daredevil Evel Knieve is 57. Actress Margot Kidder is 47 Actor George Wendt is 47 Astronau Mac Jemison is 39.
Thought for Today: “Those wht nobly set out to be their brother’s keep er sometimes end up by becoming hi jailer. Every emancipation has in i the seeds of a new slavery, and ever truth easily becomes a lie.” — LF Stone, American journalist (1907. ' 1989).