We all know how the politics of race are used today. If a conservative suggests a policy several things follow. First the liberals attack the policy as cold and heartless. Second, the media run storys about the policy with headlines like “New Republican policy to impact nation: Women and minorities hardest hit.” Lastly, conservatives either fight back, pushing the policy through or more often than not they buckle and go back to the drawing board.
This is what makes this issue concerning the UAE company overseeing six ports so interesting – the Democrats have staked out the “racist” position.
Now I do not think the Democrats who oppose this deal are racists, xenophobic or any of the other names conservatives are so often called for our stances on affirmative action and other issues.
I do find it odd, however, that the same people who scream the loudest about racially profiling Arabic men in airports see no problem with racially profiling Arabic companies.
Can someone tell me how allowing a British company to be bought out by an UAB company is any worse than stopping a guy named Muhammed in airport?
Bush has been changed with racism so many times, I have lost count. (Does anyone still remember Katrina and Bush’s dismissal of all the people in “Chocolate City?”) Yet, he seems to be one of the few people who actually believe that Muslims (Afghanistan) and Arabs (Iraq) are capable of establishing and maintaining a functioning democracy. He is now in the minority of people who think an Arabic nation writing the paychecks to the longshoremen will not cause nuclear weapons to suddenly appear in our ports.
The reason so many Democrats are taking the “racist” position this time is because they see an easy opportunity to make a move in the polls.
The public has consistently viewed Democrats as weak on terrorism, causing their losses in elections since 9/11. They can find no real issue where they can both seem strong on terrorism, but still appeal to their base.
They think this is their golden goose. They can disagree with Bush (check), not offend the crazies in their base (check) and seem stronger on national security (possibly check). I’m not sure how this will play out. I think postponing the deal is a wise move for domestic politics, but I worry that this will increase the negative impression many Arabic Muslims in ally nations have of America. But because of the ignorance of the actual facts and the media-driven controversy, this is probably the best possible move.