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The New Gangs in Town: Democrats vs. Republicans [03 Nov 2006|01:31pm]
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The following is something I wrote  as a political commentary. I can't wait for the election to be over, so  I can finally rest! 

The New Gangs in Town: Democrats vs. Republicans 

By: Sadiya Ahmed
The numbers are finally coming in and political campaigns are spending record amounts during the Midterm Election, an unusual occurrence during a non-presidential year. With some of the tightest congressional races in Illinois’ own backyard, constituents in the sixth and eight congressional districts are beginning to see the action up close.
 
A plethora of campaign mailers, catchy and colorful ads, and lawn signs can be seen in the sixth congressional district, home of Republican candidate Peter Roskam and Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth. Both candidates are competing for the vacant seat in the House, which has been Republican for years. It seems to be the standard election campaign materials that are being sent out. Look again. The National Republican Committee started an aggressive mailer campaign with one issue: immigration.
 
Constituents are getting mail from the Republican Committee accusing Tammy Duckworth of being soft on immigration. Similarly, overly graphic materials have been mailed out to households, with images of social security cards that read, “This number has been established for illegal aliens.” The Democrats have fought back though. They have come out with ads to counter those of their opponents with a message that says, “We aren’t soft on immigrants.” They have also used the idea of immigration as a dangerous one and defended their position on closing the borders and tightening border security.
 
The mudslinging has not been limited to just the sixth congressional district. The eighth congressional district, where incumbent Melissa Bean (D) has been trying to keep her seat, is facing heavy criticism from the Republican Party with similar ads, saying that Bean’s policies would only encourage terrorism.
 
Given the unique climate of this year’s election, with immigration being at the forefront of debate, both parties are looking for ways to gain points, and more importantly, votes, from constituents. Immigration, as one of the most controversial issues has created a sharp divide amongst the American public and the political parties have been taking advantage. 
 
Mass mailings project images of immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border, Muslims rioting abroad and further still are images of Osama Bin Laden. It does not take a political scientist to figure out the scare tactics of these campaign ads; scare the voter with the unknown. The sentiment these images are supposed to project is a very anti-immigrant one, with immigrants being an economic burden as well as potential terrorists.
 
With such rhetoric it is no wonder that immigrant groups are angered. It is after all, the immigrants that are caught between bipartisan word wars, where each party tries to see who can paint the more convincing picture of the immigrant community as a monstrous one. The rhetoric that is fashioned in this midterm election is anything but fair and equal. It is simply an exchange of bullets between two rival gangs known as the Republican and Democratic parties and the rest of the Americans are bystanders, where certain communities are taking more hits than others. 
 
Images of the mailers: http://www.icirr.org/stories/antiimmigrant.htm
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:::twenty-three years old::: [18 Jul 2006|03:54pm]

I thought Ian forgot my 23rd birthday but I guess he didn't. He sent me an email a few minutes ago to make me laugh.  I won't share the contents but here's the funny part: 

my love

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:::does anyone have any good music?::: [26 Jun 2006|05:40pm]
[ mood | thirsty ]

Does anyone have any suggestions for the mehndi and wedding for music? I'm looking for stuff that dancable and just good to listen to!

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:::i ran to the door waiting for you on the other side but then i realized i was alone, in & out::: [17 Nov 2004|02:37pm]
[ mood | working ]

Rumi is one of my all time favorite writers & lately has become my obsession. 

remnants of inspirationCollapse )

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[19 Jul 2004|06:54pm]
[ mood | awake ]

I haven't really posted anything good in here lately; I've got a new journal for all my short stories and the book that I'm ambitiously writing. I've learned that I need to save it all somewhere and I don't know when I'll get this laptop fixed (I'm hoping for a new one) so I decided to become hidden_ellipsis. Comment there if you'd like to be added. Most of the material is all in the preliminary stages so don't expect too much.

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an alternate reality [05 Jan 2004|01:12am]

                      

 

This journal is FRIENDS ONLY (!) If you’d like to enter my thoughts, leave a comment asking to be added & depending on what you have to say, I’ll add you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy entering my alternate reality.

 

~A Shattered Zephyr

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