- The Washington Times - Monday, November 27, 2000

'Republican goons'?

"As amazing as this sounds, it is distinctly possible that the 2000 election will be decided by a bunch of riotous thugs, operating under the direct control of the Republican Party.

"The most significant outrage occurred Wednesday, when … Republican operatives … sent in busloads of hooligans to shut down by force the court-ordered Miami-Dade recount ….

"The mob chased down Joe Geller, chairman of the local Democratic Party, because they falsely believed he had tried to steal a ballot. He required a police escort to escape. Louis Rosero, a Democratic aide, says he was punched and kicked by Republican goons… .

"When it was over, the rule of the mob was triumphant. The three canvassers voted to walk away from the recount whose tally would likely have led to Al Gore's victory over George W. Bush in Florida and in the presidential election. One of its members, David Leahy, acknowledged the protests were a factor in his decision. The other two, perhaps fearful of their safety, declined all interviews."

Eric Alterman, writing on "Winning by intimidation," posted Friday on MSNBC's Web site at www.msnbc.com

Voluntary minority?

"Whites will be an ethnic minority in Britain by the end of the century. Analysis of official figures indicate that, at current fertility rates and levels of immigration, there will be more non-whites than whites by 2100.

"It would be the first time in history that a major indigenous population has voluntarily become a minority, rather than through war, famine or disease. Whites will be a minority in London by 2010.

"In the early 1950s, there were only a few tens of thousands of non-whites in the UK. By 1991 that had risen to 3 million 6 percent of the population… .

"New immigrants … tend to have higher fertility rates. In contrast, the population of white British citizens is static. Their fertility rate is very low at under 2 children per woman… .

"The analysis of the figures showed that if the population of ethnic minorities grows at 4 percent a year, whites will become a minority before 2100. The demographer who made the calculation wished to remain anonymous for fear of accusations of racism."

Anthony Browne, writing on "UK whites will be minority by 2100," Sept. 3 in the (London) Observer

JFK's ideal

"Thirty-seven years ago today, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy stripped a nation of many things, not the least of which was the burgeoning idealism that was JFK's hallmark … I was struck most by the words Kennedy the candidate spoke during the 1960 election … his words on the separation of church and state …

"In the primaries, he even went on television to tell the voters of West Virginia that 'when any man stands on the steps of the Capitol and takes the oath of office of president, he is swearing to support the separation of church and state.' To which he added: 'If he breaks the oath, he is not only committing a crime against the Constitution, for which Congress can impeach him and should impeach him but he is committing a crime against God …'

"Many of the ideas that President Kennedy expressed changed our nation, but none was more powerful than when he set in stone the idea that religion and state are somehow mutually exclusive. What Kennedy argued for was a kind of public atheism by default. In the noble attempt to fight discrimination, he succeeded in advancing the terribly ignoble idea that religion and state were somehow like chemical components that, should they ever combine, would create something so toxic as to destroy the nation."

Pete Winn, writing on "The Power of Words" in the Nov. 22 issue of Citizen Issues Alert

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