August 31, 2004 | Republican National Convention
Lt. Gov. Michael Steele
Good evening. Is this a great party or what?
I had planned to give a moving defense of the conservative principles of
the Republican Party tonight.
But there was only one problem; Barak Obama gave it last month at the
I am the first African-American ever elected to a statewide office in
Even more amazingly, on a ticket with Governor Bob Ehrlich, the first
Republican Governor in Maryland in 40 years, I became the first
Republican lieutenant governor in my state.
Together, we made history.
I am proof that the blessings of liberty are within reach of every
We have come an incredibly long way since the first Republican
President, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
We have come a long way since another Republican President, Dwight
Eisenhower, sent the National Guard into Little Rock to open the school
doors to black and white children alike.
And we have come even further since a majority of Republicans in the
United States Senate fought off the segregationist Democrats to pass the
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
My journey to this moment has been inspired by men and women who
remained forever vigilant in their pursuit of equality and opportunity.
Individuals like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan
and Maebell Turner, refused to accept the poisonous path of complacency.
They each had dreams, but more important, they all had plans for turning
those dreams into an American reality. The promise of America is the
promise of endless possibilities.
America remains that place President Reagan called "a shining city on a
But while the promise of America is real, the challenges we face to
secure that promise for every American are no less real.
We must continue to be vigilant in our fight against the blight of
poverty, poor education and lost opportunity.
What truly defines the civil rights challenge today isn't whether you
can get a seat at the lunch counter.
It's whether you can own that lunch counter in order to create legacy
wealth for your children. We heard one word over and over again at the
Democratic Convention: Hope.
But there is a problem, my friends: Hope is not a strategy. Hope doesn't
protect you from terrorists, hope doesn't lower your taxes, hope doesn't
help you buy a home, and hope doesn't ensure quality education for your
As the book of James reminds us "it is not enough just to have faith.
Faith that does not show itself by good deeds is no faith at all." You
see, it's results that matter; and President Bush does not just talk
about hope, he stands on a record of putting hope into action for
President Bush knows that a competitive marketplace will require
providing our children with a first-rate education.
He knows that too many of our children are headed for the state pen
instead of Penn State. He knows that the "soft bigotry of low
expectations" is today's version of blocking the entrance to the
schoolhouse door. President Bush didn't just hope for dramatic education
reform, he turned that hope into No Child Left Behind, and our children
are learning again. He didn't just hope for economic recovery, he turned
that hope into action by returning money to the people who earned it --
Today, over 111 million taxpayers are keeping more of their own money.
And the President is committed to making that tax relief permanent.
President Bush didn't just hope for increased home ownership in America,
he put his hope into action.
Today, more Americans own homes than ever before and for the first time
ever, more than half of all minority families are homeowners. This is a
powerful and transforming time in our nation's history. I am, like many
of you, a 20th century parent trying to raise 21st century kids.
I realize that my responsibility for them doesn't end when I bundle them
up, kiss their foreheads and send them off into the world.
If we expect to succeed, if we expect our children to succeed, we must
look to ourselves and not to government to raise our kids, start our
business, or provide care to our aging parent.
What government can do is give us the tools we need and then get out of
the way and let us put our hopes into action!
Yet, this requires strong leadership. Senator Kerry's leadership is
illustrated best by the Senator himself when he said, "I actually voted
for the 87 billion dollars before I voted against it."
He also recently said that he doesn't want to use the word "war" to
describe our efforts to fight terrorism.
Well, I don't want to use the words "Commander-in-Chief" to describe
Just a year after the first attack on the World Trade Center, most
Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats rejected an amendment to slash
our intelligence budget by $6 billion. But not John Kerry.
It was his amendment. Most Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats voted
to give our combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan the funding necessary
for things like body armor. But not John Kerry.
When Vice President Gore urged the Senate to "Reinvent Government" and
reduce the federal workforce, most Republicans and Democrats voted for
it. But not John Kerry.
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate voted to reform the product
liability system that was making trial lawyers rich while causing
playgrounds and small businesses to close. But not John Kerry.
Most Senators in both parties voted to protect the institution of
marriage with the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by President
Clinton. But not John Kerry.
Enough about him.
Now you may remember I mentioned Maebell Turner as one of the great
inspirations in my life. Maebell is just one of many faces in America
who struggled to raise a family and believed that she could offer
something more for her children.
She grew up the daughter of sharecroppers and had to quit school in the
fifth grade to work a farm. She married a man who died from alcoholism.
She worked forty-five years in a Laundromat, making minimum wage and
still managed to send her kids to parochial school.
She never took public assistance, because as she put it, she didn't want
the government raising her kids.
Maebell always saw the hope that her kids would be better off than she
was, and she channeled her hope for that legacy into action.
Today, Maebell Turner has a daughter who is an accomplished pediatrician
and a son who is Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.
A lifelong Democrat, she once asked me how I could become such a strong
Republican; I simply replied "Mom, you raised me well."
You see, she raised me to understand and appreciate the words of Abraham
Lincoln, who said: "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging
thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You
cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot
further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot
help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot build character and
courage by taking away man's initiative and incentive. You cannot help
men permanently by doing for them what they should do for themselves."
These are the beliefs of our Republican Party. These are the principles
that drew me to this Party 28 years ago.
And today, the standard-bearer of these convictions is George W. Bush.
So, let's continue to work to re-elect a compassionate man who
understands people's yearning for freedom, a man who knows that families
make better decisions than government, a man who turns hope into action,
and moves us all toward that Shining City on a Hill: PRESIDENT GEORGE W.
September 02, 2004
Ladies and gentlemen, the story I'm going to share goes back nearly a
quarter of a century.
It's the story of an unlikely friendship between an African-American man
from the other side of the tracks in Midland, Texas, and a Harvard
graduate building his career in the energy business.
I'm speaking about the friendship between me and a man named George W.
Bush. From the time we first met, it was evident to me that George saw
America as a land of opportunity.
And more than that, he felt a personal stake in creating opportunity not
just for some, but for everyone.
He was willing to work against the odds to help somebody realize the
promise of this great country somebody who could do nothing for him.
You see, twenty years ago, Midland had never had an African-American
elected to office.
When I decided to run, George W. Bush didn't just agree to vote for me.
He agreed to be my campaign manager.
I have to admit, he's proved himself a far better President than
campaign manager. We got stomped!
But with that defeat, he didn't lose faith in me. He also didn't lose
faith in his vision of America.
After he appointed me to the energy commission in 1998, I became the
highest ranking African-American elected official in Texas state
Today, President Bush has one of the most diverse cabinets in American
I'm here to tell you first-hand that his commitment to inclusion goes
back to a time when nobody was watching.
It goes back to a time when we drove around Midland in his Oldsmobile,
baby seats in the back, scattered with toys for the twins.
It goes back to a time when he did everything he could to avoid the
dance floor at my wedding reception.
It goes back to a time when we rolled up our sleeves, grabbed our
hammers, and put up the walls of a home for a Christmas in April project.
And to a time when we chewed on sunflower seeds and visited with folks
at the ballpark in the hot Texas sun. America has been a land of
opportunity for me because George Bush believed in me a quarter of a
And you know what? I believe in him, too.
Bush Administration = Most Diverse + Most Qualified
* National Security Advisor Dr. Condaleezza Rice
* White House Counsel (and former Texas Supreme Court Justice) Alberto
* U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman
* U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
* U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton
* U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell (and former Chair of U.S.
Joint Chiefs of Staff)
* U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige
* U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Alphonso Jackson
* U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Racist Ted Kennedy Murdered His Pregnant Mistress
Kennedy Calls Bush Minority Nominees 'Neanderthals'
Sen. Ted Kennedy called President Bush's judicial nominees
"Neanderthals" on Friday, a group that includes Hispanic lawyer Miguel
Estrada and African-American Judge Janice Rogers Brown.
Boasting of his party's resolve in the face of GOP attempts to stop the
Democrats' filibuster, Kennedy told the Senate, "What has not ended is
the resolution and the determination of the members of the United States
Senate to continue to resist any Neanderthal that is nominated by this
president of the United States for any court, federal court in the
Kennedy's overtly racist language stunned even liberal CNN correspondent
Jonathan Karl, who reported, "Strong words from Ted Kennedy suggesting
that some of these nominees are Neanderthals."
Karl said Kennedy's harsh tone was "exactly what Republicans point to
when they say it is the Democrats that have been the extremists on this."
Demon-KKK-Rats + dirty muslims Terrorize African-Americans
In King's name, profile the profilers
By Debbie Schlussel
Martin Luther King Jr. is turning in his grave.
His own son -- Martin Luther King III -- Arabs and Al Sharpton are using
his name in vain.
While many celebrated the civil rights leader's memory yesterday,
Sharpton, King III and Arab leaders desecrated it -- repeatedly using
King's name to denounce "profiling" of Arabs and Muslims.
But, in the heart of Arab and Muslim America -- the Detroit area -- it's
Arabs who are doing the profiling. Blacks aren't just being profiled by
them, they're being senselessly murdered, kidnapped and assaulted.
Just ask Kalvin Porter of Detroit. If only he could answer. He was
beaten to death in May 1999 by Adel Altam and Fadhel Mazeb, Muslim Arabs
from Yemen, in front of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Crystal. Porter's
"crime" was buying items at the Arab-owned Sunoco station where they
worked -- and defending his stepdaughter's honor. The Arab Muslim clerks
made lewd comments about the young girl. When Porter responded, "Why did
you call my daughter [a lewd name]?" they beat Porter -- a father of
five -- to death with a tire-iron, escaping justice at an O.J.-style
It wasn't the only incident of Detroit-area Arab-on-black violence. In
July, a sexagenarian grandmother was assaulted at another Arab-owned
Detroit gas station. Also in July, Adeeb J. Haddad, 58, was charged with
assaulting a 13-year-old black boy at a gas station in Southfield, a
Detroit suburb. A black customer was intentionally locked in a Ferndale
gas station after arguing with an Arab attendant. Black customers were
told by Arab owners of a South Lyon station that the bathrooms were out
of order, which was false. Prosecution resulted.
Clearly, Arabs -- who own over 80 percent of all gas stations in
Metro-Detroit, according to figures provided by the Arab-American
Chamber of Commerce to the Detroit News -- are the ones guilty of
profiling here -- without hijackings or national security at stake. But
when terrorism is involved and the shoe is on the other foot, the
American Arab community is suddenly into civil rights instead of our
Dr. King dreamed of the day when his children would be judged by the
content of their character, not the color of their skin. Clearly, one of
his progeny -- King III -- has never entered an Arab-owned gas station
in Detroit, where the term often used for blacks is "abad" -- slave.
Arab activist Terry Ahwal told the Detroit Free Press, "Arabs believe
blacks as people will steal from them or even kill them."
That's why Heaster Wheeler, NAACP Detroit's executive director, when
asked to denounce Arab-profiling, wrote, "There is no question as to
where we stand on profiling. ... The question is where do so many of the
others stand? ... American children of families patronize [Arabs']
stores ... and few of these merchants ... even provide safe passage in
and out of their businesses." NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony told
the Free Press, "We cannot spend all of our energy concerned with our
Arab-American brothers when at the same time they do not express the
same concerns about us."
Because of these incidents, Sharpton and his Michigan-based associate,
Rev. Horace L. Sheffield III, were boycotting Detroit's Arab-owned gas
stations. Their "B-Gas Strategic Buying Campaign" -- complete with
late-night TV commercials urging gas purchase at black-owned stations --
has suddenly disappeared now that Sharpton has hypocritically determined
that a renewed alliance with Arabs is more advantageous to his
Equally hypocritical, the same Arab leaders who expressed little remorse
over Arabs' poor treatment of black customers are now waving the Martin
Luther King Jr. flag, just as easily as they waved the American flag
after Sept. 11. In August, Imad Hamad, Michigan regional director of the
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was attacking the black
boycott, threatening that it would "escalate tensions." But in October,
in a Detroit News article decrying Arab profiling, Hamad was
photographed holding documents "for a Martin Luther King scholarship
program." Ironically, the INS opposed U.S. citizenship for Hamad, a
Muslim Arab, because he's a suspected Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine terrorist -- exactly the type of person we should be
Sharpton, who just months ago protested Arab profiling of blacks, is now
joining hands with his profilers in the "civil rights" industry's latest
juggernaut, blaspheming all King stood for.
King demanded freedom for "our brothers in Africa ... to live in peace
under our own sovereignty," not just in the United States. But Islamic
and Arabic leaders with whom Sharpton is allying himself are supporters
of Arab Muslim enslavement, gang rape, torture and murder of blacks in
Arab leaders now allied with King III and Sharpton opposed the rescue of
Ethiopian black Jews to freedom and opportunity in Israel. They oppose
Zionism and the existence of a Jewish State in Israel.
But Dr. King was definitive on Arab Anti-Semites like Hamad and their
civil-rights fakery. In his "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend," he
wrote, "Anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so.
... It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we
justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other
King recognized that those who "feel as I do, a deep love of truth and
justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice and discrimination ...
have been misled ... into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet
remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share."
Dr. King wasn't fooled by these racist profilers and their newfound
commitment to civil rights. Shame on them for hijacking his good name.
Debbie Schlussel is a political commentator and attorney. She is a
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