the person of the United States Justice
Department interceded and ruled that
their issue of single member districts was
more important than the people's right
granted to them by the State of Texas.
The City of Houston made a feeble
attempt to have the tax referendum placed
on the ballot with the issue of single member districts but the Justice Department
blocked the attempt in court. It is interesting to note that the Supreme Court has
since ruled against the concept of single
member districts and some cities, notably
San Francisco and other cities in Alabama
and Georgia have reverted back to electing
its council at large.
The second example concerns a simple
cultural event held recently here in Houston. The Houston-Taipei Sister City Committee and the Friends of Free China
jointly sponsored a China Youth Corp
Band from the Republic of China (Taiwan) and two performances were held —
one at the Reflection Pool in front of
City Hall and the other at Miller Theater
in Hermann Park. The United States State
Department complained via City Hall to
this writer that the performances were
political because the band said they were
from the Republic of China. "This," declared City Hall and the state department
"was against the law!" The law they cited
is an agreement signed by President Carter and the communist Chinese that
henceforth nowhere in the United States
would the name Republic of China be
written or spoken by any American —
indeed, even by the people from the Republic of China! Carter, what has happened to your human rights policy? And,
pray tell Carter, what has happened to
our First and Tenth Amendments to the
U. S. Constitution? And all the amendments in between and since.
The only issues domestically that have
any relevance are inflation and taxes. In
politics, as in many other things, 20/20
hindsight is the best. But the 20% unemployment rate that we Americans have
suffered under the Carter Administration
is more than a disgrace, it is a human tragedy — jobs lost, families destroyed,
homes foreclosed, businesses closed, and
personal and business bankruptcies. There
is not a single person reading this article
who has not experienced the higher cost
of just living and who has not suffered
the consequences of 20% inflation.
Most city, county, state governments
and our national Congress are controlled
by the Democratic Party or people closely
aligned with its philosophy. Hence, the
taxes we pay at all levels of government
were imposed upon us by Democrats.
Translated into more realistic terms —
every cent you earned from January 1
to June 14 of this year has gone to paying
federal, state, and local taxes. If the present trend continues, by the year 1985
your day of liberation will ironically be
July 4, and by the year 2000, every cent
you earn to pay these taxes will take until Christmas day! It is time to put a halt
to these oppressive taxes and vote for a
change in leadership. A good place to
start is at the top.
On the national level, our energy problem is as bad if not worse than when Carter took office. Carter's promise of a clean
and honest government has produced more
watergates than Watergate. Our military
capabilities are so inferior that the lowest
of lowly countries can ridicule and mock
us. Need I recite the debacle of our aborted rescue attempt in Iran, nay the very
reason for it.
Carter's promise for national health in
surance is just that — another broken
promise. When was the last time you heard
Carter speak of his promise for a better
health environment. The one man who
had the temerity to speak out for better
health standards and was attempting to
clean out the waste and fraud in his department was summarily fired by Carter
— yes, Joseph Califano, former Secretary
of Health, Education and Welfare.
The Carter record in the field of international relations shows the same consistent policy of failure and broken promises.
In the war between Iran and Iraq, communist Russia cannot lose while the
United States cannot win. The Soviet
Union, long a backer of Iraq with arms,
money, and advisors is also backing Iran
through its puppet governments of East
Europe. The United States, with the loss
of the Shah and never being friendly with
Iraq can only sit by helplessly while our vital link to the Persian Gulf oil is being cut.
Carter has stabbed us in the back with
his votes in the United Nations on Israel,
the only true democratic friend and ally
we have in the Middle East. Carter has unilaterally abrogated a mutual defense treaty
with our most loyal supporter in the Far
East, the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Carter double-crossed Premier Schmidt
of West Germany on the issue of using
West German soil for the deployment of
United States strategic weapons. When
Premier Schmidt said O. K. and took the
heat from "friend" and foe alike; Carter,
5000 miles away could not, and changed
his mind, leaving the West German leader
without any support.
Carter's boycott of the 1980 Olympics
was unsuccessful. The games went on and
the Russians are still in Afghanistan. Not
only are we not supplying any help to the
courageous people of Afghanistan but the
communist invasion was made possible
by tanks, roads and computers built with
American equipment, technology and advisors.
Because that lesson was not learned,
Carter gave most favorable nation status
to communist China. This will enable them
to build up their war machinery by using
our equipment, money, technology. In
addition, it gives them access to our most
sophisticated and latest weapons. In some
cases, weapons not even available to our
own armed forces.
In essence, our foreign policy under
the Carter Administration is such that no
foreign country will trust us to keep our
word or support them in a crisis, and they
never know when America will aid their
enemies and abandon them.
The United States, once the most trusted, mighty leader of the free world, has
fallen in disgrace and dishonor during Carter's term in office. The United States has
shown itself weak and vacillating in foreign
affairs; unable to control its own economic well-being; its moral fiber exposed as
corrupt, selfish and hedonistic.
It has been said that if one is to condemn, one should provide an alternative.
In this case, one can easily reply "the
simple ABC's will do. That is, Anybody
but Carter." Fortunately, we Americans
have a very viable alternative in the candidacy of Ronald Reagan.
Governor Reagan has a proven record
of leadership in government, in business,
and in labor unions. His honesty and integrity is above reproach. We can demand
no more of a presidential candidate, nor
expect anything less.
Ed Falk is the regional director of the
Texas Gulf Coast Conservative Caucus,
host of a political talk show on KPFT,
and vice president of the Houston Chapter
of Friends of Free China.
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