FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio
WHO’S THE NEXT NINOY?
Lou Dobbs, a CNN anchor and managing editor of his own talk show Lou Dobbs Tonight, whose anti-immigrant incantations brought a spell to some 40 U.S. legislators to move against President Bush’s temporary workers program, was born in Idaho. Idaho is the birthplace of the Aryan Nation, a White Supremacist movement that hates Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Jews. Put 2 and 2 together and you’ve got a Neo-Nazi in our television screen.
The Filipino people are still waiting for the blood of another high-profiled political personality to be spilled out in the streets similar to the Ninoy Aquino assassination back in 1987 before they would launch an all-out movement against the killers. They do not consider the wasted blood of hundreds of low-level journalists and civil right leaders as worthwhile enough to go en masse after the perpetrators. In other words, it seems that the only way Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will fall is when one of her prominent political opponents is assassinated. Remember, history keeps repeating itself.
Any volunteer from the prominent opposition?
Immigration enforcement agents cannot just pick up any illegal alien and deport them. They are still entitled to a day in court where available relief from deportation may apply on a case to case basis. The government of the United States is a government of law, make no mistake about that.
In New York, the Philippine Independence Day festivities that include a street fair and a parade do not attract the media and the politicians that make news. Why? It seriously needs a promoter and a marketer. These things require money. It’s lack of funds that make the yearly Filipino community event in June a big joke. Or perhaps there may be funds collected but not reported. It is a good reflection of what’s happening back home in the motherland where the government is being run by cheaters, thieves, and liars.
At this year’s recent Republican Senatorial Inner Circle Conference held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., a couple of “fat cats” told me that they are involved in a separate political club that gives money only to Republican candidates with true conservative views. By conservative view , they actually mean anti- immigration reform bill. When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was the guest speaker asked the conferees and several Republican senators to support President Bush’s guest worker program, I clapped my hands loud enough but not strong enough to influence the two “fat cats” seated beside me. Then they told me Giuliani cannot win if he runs for president. They are rooting for Sen. Bill Frist from Tennessee. Tennessee is another state where the Aryan Nation dominates. That’s the reason why I did not get any financial support from these so-called conservatives when I ran for Congress in 2004.