Monday, January 18, 2010


No speech in my time has so influenced me as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. Brownsville is so in need of the speech. It’s children need to know why Dr. King was the moral compass of this country then and now. It is sad that this racist school Board continues to refuse to recognize this holiday. This is not a holiday celebrating a black man, but a holiday founded in hopes and dreams.

Simple minded people find each battle as a win or loss. Had Dr. King thought this way whites would still have separate water fountains from browns and blacks. His assassination was not in vain. It mobilized the majority of this country to see and understand his message.

I am still unwilling to endorse Farouk Shami for governor, but on a daily basis I am taken back to his message of faith and religion.

“Farouk's Official Statement On His Personal Religious Beliefs 1/11/2010
Jan 12, 2010 -

"I want to clarify what has been reported in the press concerning my religion. I was born in the land of Abraham, believing in Moses, Jesus and Mohammad, and believing in one God. I grew up with members of my family and friends practicing multiple faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. I was also educated at a Quaker school. All of these things contributes to my relationship with God. To say simply ‘I'm a Muslim’ or ‘I'm a Quaker’ is to ignore major parts of my faith. I know it seems complicated that I do not have a pat answer to questions about what religion I am, but without my exposure to many different cultures and religious beliefs I wouldn't be the person I am today.

Although I'm not a member of any specific religious tradition, I do begin every day with prayer and meditation and have a strong personal relationship with God. I respect those who practice all faiths because I believe God gave us life to help one another, the poor, the sick and the oppressed. It is through God we can achieve peace, freedom and bring justice to the world. As Governor, I know, with God's help and guidance, I will be able to help every Texan have access to the American Dream just like I did—a good job, access to healthcare, and an excellent education for their children. That's why I feel called to run for office”

I am not saying Mr. Shami is even close to being on the same platform as Dr .King. But there is a message of peace and unity in his words Our country is so divided right now that it scares me. We need elected officials who can unite us and not use our differences to divide us.

On this day, I ask my readers to listen to Dr. King’s speech and think about it. It is as important today as it was the day it was first delivered by Dr. King. We need to consider his message when approaching politics and how we choose our elected officials.

While I may favor universal healthcare, I am pragmatic enough to say, I will be happy if we can simply expand universal healthcare to all veterans and begin the process of building federal clinics as an option for those on medicare who choose the federal clinic with no deductibles, and federal clinics to be used by those on medicaid. The federal VA clinic in Harlingen in my view delivers the best healthcare available in the LRGV. It is a success and getting better by the day.

It would be a first great step towards universal healthcare. I am convinced properly handled these three areas of expansion would actually see a decrease in federal expenditures to run these three programs. If this is so it allows the government to prove its ability to handle universal healthcare. A step at a time is how a pragmatic person solves problems. This approach makes it easier for people to unite because it does not increase the federal budget or impact private health insurance. Unity is the message here. Through unity Dr. King was about to bring about a revolution in race relations which a civil war could not. Lincoln’s civil war was a failure which needlessly divided the country.

On the election issue, Bill White refuses to accept the basic message urged by Dr. King - judge all men based on the content of their character. Bill White has now been pressured by many sources to denounce those who support his campaign who are seeking to play the religion, race and gay (there is not evidence Mr. Shami is gay - Bill White’s people simply want people to think Mr. Shami is gay) issue against Mr. Shami. Bill White refuses to denounce these people because he does not believe in the message of Dr. King. The blacks and browns in Texas better be real mindful of Dr. King’s message and Bill White’s refusal to honor that message.

In my view you cannot claim to be a real Democrat if you are unwilling as a matter of principle to denounce anyone who judges another person based on any variable other than the content of their character.


Anonymous said...

"Had Dr. King thought this way browns and blacks would still be drinking from separate water fountains. His assassination was not in vein."

FYI: Browns and Blacks drank from the same fountain, separated from where the Whites drank. And the spelling of the word is "vain," not vein.

BobbyWC said...

you are correct on both accounts. the first sentence I should have ended with "from whites." as to vain I have been checking it and could not think of the "vain" spelling. Unfortunately a lot of web pages are spelling it as I did and that does not make checking my spelling any easier.

In the end I am the editor and must take 100% responsibility for my mistakes. Teh corrections will be made.

Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

Does Religion Matter? - Culturally and Politically – Farouk’s religion DOES matter, not as to where or how often he practices or not, but what he believes in. According to Islam, one is not allowed to convert to any other religion; it would be a ‘death sentence’.

Farouk Shami is a member of the board of the American Task Force on Palestine, as was Tareq Salahi, the Whitehouse party crasher.

Regarding the Palestinian Right of Return, the ATFP states on its website that "The right of return is an integral part of international humanitarian law, and cannot be renounced by any parties”.

There is no Palestinian constituency of consequence that would agree to the renunciation of this right. There is also no Jewish constituency of consequence in Israel that would accept the return of millions of Palestinian refugees.

Now decades later, the number of refugees has grown from the initial 726,000 to 4.6 million. With the exception of Jordan, no Muslim country has allowed permanent resettlement of Palestinian refugees. Israel tried to do so in Gaza, but was forbidden to interfere with the camps by the UN.

Did you know that Palestinians have received more foreign aid per capita than the entire Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after WWII? What is there show for it? Where is the money? In the private Swiss bank accounts of the select leaders, and nobody in the Western World seems to care!!!

Nobody is talking about 900,000 Jews who were forced to leave their homes in Arab countries when Israel was formed.

The Right of Return would result in the end of Israel, only by different means than Hamas, PLO, Fatah, Hezbollah or Iran are promoting. Not only the Fatah, but Arab leaders and media have unabashedly admitted that the refugee issue and right of return are being used as a means to destroy Israel. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser told an interviewer on September 1, 1961: “If the refugees return to Israel, Israel will cease to exist.”

Anonymous said...

don't look up webpages. look up the song.

BobbyWC said...

On the long comment - same old bukllshit - you cannot comment on anything specific which this man has done - you go anti-muslim - anti-Palestine -

you know I wanted to play your pathetic game I could run links to Bill White and make it appear to be something it is not.

The majority of my readers and the America people have long ago rejected this game - but nice try

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Farouk Shami (as his late farther) is an active member of Palestinian organizations and promoter of Palestinian causes. What he believes in is a major factor in his decisions, thus relevant to the election process.

BobbyWC said...

So because I favor a two state solution such as Shami I am unelectable?

You can keep your stupid comments going but people with an IQ higher than that of morons do not bite.

They played this game with Obama and lost.

Now how about posting your proof he belongs to these organizations and the name of the organization so people can make a meaningful connection.

We both know that will not happen because your cause is to promote ignorance and hate.

So people know where I think this is coming from - a man who use to work for Shami, who is himself from Finland, is all over the internet posting garbage on Shami. Nothing like a mad former employee.

In Palestine there are organizations which have as their members, Jews, Muslims, and Christians. They work together to bring peace. Are these the bad people you want to silence.

Now stop your stupid ignorant bigoted statements. If you can provide proof he belongs to some group which promotes violance or hate let me know. the hate at this time is coming from you.

As millions of Americans do, I stand with Israel and Palestine - peace is an option - but not so long as ignorant morons like you continue to spew your hatred and ignorance.

Dude get help - your days are numbered - the American people are tired of this nonsense - go back to Finland - oh wait I know the Finnish people I am certain they grew tired of your ignorance a long time ago.

Bobby WC

Fred D said...

Just a note - BISD must have got a little respect as there is no school today, now how about Veterans Day! Or even Fiesta de San Patrico in honor of the Irish that helped in the Mexican war. The few survivors settled in Churabusco, NY (last battle of the war) near my home town.

BobbyWC said...

Fred, BISD has had this day off for a while - it use to be to celebrate the Board Members - now it is a day for in service of something like that for teachers - there remains no recognition for MLK

Fred - e-mail - your page is down and I need to ask you something

Bobby WC