If you think all black people are criminals and can't be trusted, you are A) brilliant, B) a bigot.
If you think all Arabs are criminals and can't be trusted, you are A) brilliant, B) a bigot.
The ports deal appears to be a good one involving allies of the United States. If Congress was surprised by it, it's because it didn't do its job. It was announced last October and investigated under rules set by Congress to ensure confidentiality.
There were 64 similar investigations conducted last year to approve foreign nations investing in the U.S. economy. Every investigative agency declared this a good deal with good people.
But here come the bigots who claim Arabs are criminals and can't be trusted. We are trying to strengthen ties with the Arab world. Economic ties stop wars. Bigots see only that Arab equals bad guy. That view is ignorant and bigoted.
Since 9/11, the Republican Party and conservative columnists have been preaching to us to be very, very afraid. There is no sacrifice too big in fighting terrorism.
We have been told we are soft on terrorism if we don't want our phones tapped and don't support our rights being taken away through the Patriot Act. But we are xenophobic isolationists if we think turning our ports over to the same people who helped the 9/11 terrorists is bad for our country.
I thank it's time for a handbook so we will all know when we are good Americans