Posted by parhad on July 12, 2001 at 17:27:01:
In Reply to: Touche! posted by Melody on July 12, 2001 at 16:20:35:
I was hoping you would ask. The honest answer is, "I don't know". But honesty isn't always the best policy.
The Elian Gonzalez case was an eye-opener for me. I'd been saying before that we needed more public exposure, that we had to educate the general public about us...that was the basic reason for the monuments.
Then the little Cuban boy washed ashore and something
clicked. remember how powerful the Cuban exile
Yet so convinced is the American public of this 'communist'
threat that they even went along with Reagan's preposterous raid on, Jeez...I
can't even remember the name of that tiny island in the Carribean
where rich dumb American kids go to "finish" medical school..of YEAH,
When Elian's relatives from Hell tried everything in their
power to keep him here, it was a goldmine for the exile community...a chance to
show how much happier every kid would be who could trade his father in for toys
and an exclusive visit to
Thirty years ago it WOULD have. The same Supreme Court which
sent Japanese Americans to concentration camps...later reversing itself...can do anything the public demands. To their credit
the legal system and Immigration kept to the letter of the Law and the
relatives were ordered to turn the boy over. They didn't and were able to keep
Janet Reno, the country's most powerful Legal
Officer...who had just ordered a strike in
Not she, not the courts, not Immigration dared to go against the public's perceived notion that Castro was evil and the Cubans of Miami "good". There things stood, at stalemate because the polls showed the American public uncertain of which place was better for the boy...Laws be damned.
At last the relatives "blinked"...overconfident,
they taped Elian wagging a finger at his father..."demanding" he be
Janet must have been watching all indicators for the next
polls showed a shift in public opinion away from the relatives and towards the
The lesson for us in all of this is that politicians...those
people OUR people are dumb enough to think love them IN Spite of the money they
give...can do anything for us...that and any of the usual suspects who promise
power and influence. Not all the wealth and majesty and might and main of the
It is that "public will" we have to play to. We must tell our story and become a player on the field of those whom the people of this country, including ourselves, hold dear enough for whatever reason, to protect in some small measure. The Hutus and Rwandans and Tutsis and Kurds learned this valuable lesson...go for public opinion and the rest will fall into place, neglect that, and you don't exist.
If we can get the attention and the interest of the American people, we'll have our best shot...for if anyone ever needed powerful friends, ON THIS EARTH, it is us. Each of us knows from personal experience how compelling and fascinating our story is when told to those who previously knew little or nothing of us. I've seen with just the reception these monuments have received that we have our greatest asset in the one thing we seem to desperately neglect. As Christians we hardly matter to anyone...there are plenty of those...but there are NO Assyrians except us! This is what the church and our "leaders" DON'T want us to do for we'll swim away from them.
It's a good start, I think.