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Immigration In America. The Past; Grass Is Always Greener copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org During this Thanksgiving Holy Day observance, we, the citizens of this nation say grace for all that G-d, and country, have given us. We celebrate the harvest. Our countrymen venerate the Native Americans that kindly shard their food and grain-filled lands with our European ancestors. We revel in what we reap. With thanks to our ancestors, the mavericks of the past, we, the children of immigrants, grew gloriously. Yet, while white Americans, descendants of the foreign born, rejoice, the darker complected grieve. For many citizens more native to the terra firma, than the pale skinned emigrants the traditional Thanksgiving memorial is a National Day of Mourning. To some, the "First Thanksgiving" presents a distorted picture of the history of relations between the European colonists, their descendants, and the Native People. The total emphasis is placed on the respect that existed between the Wampanoags led by the sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth, while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented. Aggression and repression are American legacies. However, menacing misrepresentations of this nation’s past are touted. In this country we speak of a “melting pot” and call ourselves the “United’ States of America. Americans read, hear, and believe what we see as the beauty our fore-bearers. We embrace the documented accounts learned in Elementary School. Caucasian countrymen wholeheartedly endorse the legends passed down from mother to daughter, father to son. We, the citizens glean the gems grandparents bestowed upon us. The yarns are as gold, woven into a tapestry that is his story, hers, and now ours. In our youth, we clung to the narratives Nana and Zayde told. These were and are still treasures. For most who reside in...
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Once Upon A Clinton Time; Bill Opposed Iraq War From The Beginning GMA - Bill Clinton Says He Was Against the Iraq War? copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org We heard his message. The die was cast and many would perish. The safety and security of citizens within the United States was threatened. A defiant Saddam Hussein and arms in Iraq were the issues of import. Iraqi despot Hussein would not comply with demands to disarm. The Commander–In-Chief proclaimed Americans were patient; however, we could wait no longer. The President decided it was time to take mattes into his own hands. He addressed a world audience and proclaimed. Good evening. Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world. Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq; why we have acted now; and what we aim to accomplish . . . The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again. The United States has patiently worked to preserve [United Nations weapons inspectors] UNSCOM as Iraq has sought to avoid its obligation to cooperate with the inspectors . . . So Iraq has abused its final chance . . . The decision to use force is never cost-free. Whenever American forces are placed in...