Eric Holder, the Attorney General-designate of the Obama Administration is drawing a lot of fire from Republicans. They are trying to bluff and bluster, in order not to appear patsies to the mandate of the President-elect and the Democratic majority in Congress. One of the “issues” they are going to try to get him on is his role in the Elian Gonzalez case.
Elian Gonzalez was a young Cuban boy who left Cuba with his mother in a boat trying to escape Fidel Castro’s regime. His mother, though, died on the journey, and he was picked up by the US Coast Guard, and brought to his mother’s family in Florida. When all this came to light, his father, still in Cuba, asked that he be returned. After months of very public grandstanding and pleas from entertainment and political figures, the US government raided his mother’s family’s home, and pulled the crying youngster from his mother’s family at gunpoint. The Senate Republicans want to know “exactly what Mr. Holder’s role in the affair was in his capacity as the Assistant Attorney General.”
I firmly believed then, as I do now, that Elian should have been returned to his father without any qualms, and that the United States government should not have been beholden to a group of wealthy ex-patriots who were trying to prove a political point instead of worrying about what was best for Elian. That being said, I began to wonder what else I would have blogged about, had blogging been around at the time.
Here’s my list:
1. The fall of apartheid in South Africa
2. The Tienamen Square Uprisings and suppression
3. The Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984
4. The election of Bill Clinton (my first presidential election as a voter)
5. The persecution of President Clinton
6. The real reason he should have been impeached
7. Tupac, Biggie and the real meaning of assassination
At this point, blogging was around, but I wasn’t doing it!
8. Bush v. Gore and the Supreme Court
10. The invasion of Iraq
11. John Kerry and John Edwards? Seriously?
12. The recall of Gray Davis in California
13. Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention
14. Rodney King, OJ Simpson and Reginald Denny
This list was just off the top of my head, and I was staying in the frame of time I have been walking the earth and aware of the outside world. Otherwise, I would have blogged about Jefferson and Hemmings, Frederick Douglass, Lincoln’s “Show me the spot!” speech, and Plessy v. Ferguson, too.
Since you’re here, what would you have blogged about?