07/25/13

Morsi constitution modification will sabotage pro-democracy efforts

By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts

Islamic constitution

Adly Mansour, Egypt’s Interim President, has chosen to begin Egypt’s conversion to democracy by reinstating and modifying ousted President Morsi’s controversial 2012 Islamic Shariah constitution. Finalized just five months ago and widely rejected by Egyptians (more than 70 percent) but somehow approved through a referendum vote, this dream-come-true for Islamists was the leading cause of Morsi’s overthrow.

Remember as well that a historic verdict by Egypt’s judiciary dismissed the constitutional assembly working on the 2012 constitution draft because the assembly was dominated by Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi mainly interested in a religious agenda.

This time around, there is no debate that Egypt must have a new constitution before elections are held. This is a good sign. However, using Morsi’s constitution indicates that religionists and possibly terrorists are already at the table. Compromises at this level to please Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and jihadists show a disregard of the commitment to honor the Egyptian goals of liberty, equality, and human rights.

Building on a foundation of religious bias, sex discrimination and denigration of human rights is a rejection of liberty and equality and obstructs democracy

The 2012 constitution is based upon the supremacy of Egypt’s majority religion and its penetrating influence of the daily life and livelihood of citizens. Religious mandates by clerics turned into civil law and enforced by the police negate freedom and individual rights, the basic precepts of democracy. So why start with Morsi’s constitution?

Repeating SCAF’s same mistake

The miraculous second chance Egypt has now to do it right means that leaders right now must abstain from doing what SCAF did after the overthrow of Mubarak. SCAF listened to Islamist factions; some, like the Muslim Brotherhood, covering up their real views with democratic slogans, and some, like Salafi, directing anti-democratic religionist concepts to become part of the democratic process. Please do not burden us, Mr. Mansour, with any wasteful pursuits brought about by compromises with political-religious factions. This particular task is above religious politics.

Egyptians have suffered immeasurably to create this path for democracy in Egypt. Egyptian citizens are not power-seekers like those who seek to adulterate freedom’s first principles in the construction of a democratic constitution.

Best for no faiths to take part — no religious representatives in Egypt’s new constitutional assembly for a fresh start

Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour would be wise to start from scratch the process of writing a democratic constitution bringing together pro-democracy Tamarud representatives and others interested in realizing the objectives of their freedom-seeking goals without adverse influences. The religious in Egypt will be equally free to worship once a secular constitution with democratic freedoms is put in place. This should happen as soon as possible.

Another option: Egypt’s 1923 constitution as basis for Egypt’s new constitution

Any Egyptian constitution prior to Sadat’s 1971 constitution would be better suited for building upon because in the earlier constitutions Shariah law has no mention or reference. Modern Egypt was built on a foundation of separation of religion and state until Islam began to seek political status through developed doctrine rooted in its origins and projected by the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s 1923 constitution in particular stresses Egyptian human rights and freedoms.

We call for Mr. Mansour’s immediate intervention and halt of the use of Morsi’s 2012 religious constitution

Voice of the Copts demands that Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour carry out the responsibility invested in him by the people to oversee production of the democratic framework for a modern Egyptian state. He must not allow any serious lapse in this regard.

Meanwhile, freedom protesters in Egypt must stand their ground, increase their voice, and continue to rally. With firm action, uphold the right to a new constitution that will achieve the dream of a democratic state.

Attention democratic governments: leaders and citizens

Through social networks Egyptian freedom seekers have reached out to the world during months of peaceful protests keeping us informed of their battle against tyranny. We urge democratic governments and citizens and leaders around the world to embrace the Egyptian freedom movement and their unwavering dedication to democratic reform as we observe their progress day by day.

07/25/13

Communists Push “Immigration Reform” – Only the Tea Party Can Stop Them

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Though the Communist Party USA is way smaller than the Tea Party movement, they have the unions in their pocket and are focused and disciplined.

They fully intend to take back the House and hold the Senate for the Democrats in 2014.

Another huge priority for the communists is passage of immigration reform through the House.

Communists, immigration reform/May Day rally, Los Angeles, 2011

Communists, immigration reform/May Day rally, Los Angeles, 2011

The Party intends to target vulnerable Republicans to pressure them into voting for what is effectively amnesty and voting rights for illegal aliens.

From a Communist Party National Committee report July 1, 2013:

What is the best immediate contribution the Communist Party and YCL can make?

A Time for Unity in Action

Joelle Fishman, Chair Political Action Commission, Communist Party USA

On the front burner in Congress are immigration reform….Every battle is being fought out in the context of the 2014 elections.

The tea party depends on the 99% being divided. They attempt to create divisions between the labor movement, racially and nationally oppressed, women and youth. They depend on fear and confusion.

A strategic contribution of the Communist Party and YCL is showing why class solidarity and unity are essential to win victories, and helping bring people into action before the 2014 elections.

The decision by AFL CIO and SEIU to join with immigrant rights organizations and organize May Day marches opened an educational process and resulted in a new level of unity. It strengthened the pressure for passage in the Senate and for the ongoing struggle in Congress to enact comprehensive reform that includes legalization and a way to citizenship. That unity is even more necessary to maintain in order to challenge further militarization of the borderlands and to stop deportations.

The Immigration Task force of the Political Action Commission is preparing a list of vulnerable members of Congress who have taken anti-immigrant positions and may be subject to pressure based on the population in their district.

Why is the Communist Party so hell-bent on “immigration reform?”

Because they understand that Latinos vote a least 70% Democrat. That 12 million more Latino voters will turn the entire Southwest, including Texas, into an impregnable Democratic Party stronghold.

That will effectively turn the United States of America into a Democratic one-party state – for all time.

As the communists and socialists effectively control the Democratic party, it will be game over for liberty.

Every Tea Party group needs to be pressuring every wavering Republican in the House to ensure absolutely no amnesty for illegal aliens.

Even if you don’t know your own strength, the communists certainly do.

Without the Tea Party, immigration reform would have long been a done deal.

The Tea Party CAN AND MUST stop this treasonous deal going through.

07/25/13

Frank Gaffney on Closing Gitmo: “Are You Feeling Lucky?”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

One of my favorite patriots, Frank Gaffney, interviewed me today for his radio show. We had to delay the taping for 90 minutes because he had to testify before a Senate Committee (chaired by far leftie Dick Durbin no less) on why Gitmo should be kept open.

Frank did a great job. He’s a pleasure to listen to.

Isn’t it great to listen to someone who puts his country and his principles first?