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By Walter Smith, publisher New York Beacon
The US presidential election of 2016 is barely different
from the Douglass Lincoln debates in 1860.

This election is only different because the Black man has
two other “Villains” to share the demonology with: Latinos,
especially Mexicans and Muslims. However,the Black vote
has finally been recognized as the margin of victory for the
candidate who is fortunate to benefit from it.

The Latino vote has been the objective of the GOP for
several years. The Bush dynasty is infused with members
of the Latino community.

Two GOP presidential hopefuls, Ted Cruz and Marco
Rubio, who themselves are refugees from Cuba, opposes
immigration legislation that allows undocumented Latinos to
achieve legalization without being first deported. In the eyes
of their Latino constituents they are both traitors and
without their support will never win the GOP nomination let
alone become president of the United States. The positive
speculation on the strength of the Latino vote in the 2016
election died when Cruz and Rubio turned their backs on
the Latino community.

Donald Trump, who has captured the attention of the angry
segment of the GOP, advocates rounding up all 11 million
undocumented immigrants and deporting them. Additionally
he proposes to build a wall around the border of the US to
keep out illegal immigration. This attitude further alienates
the Latino vote.
The United States is exposed on its northern and southern
borders. The Latinos are contained on the southern border
and Europeans are contained on the northern border. There
never has been any talk about a wall on the northern border
of the United States.

To understand this phenomenon, we have to go back to the
Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the US
Constitution in 1787.

Although Thomas Jefferson is often called the “author” of
the Declaration of Independence, he wasn’t the only person
who contributed important ideas. Jefferson was a member
of a five-person committee appointed by the Continental
Congress to write the Declaration. The committee included
Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert
Livingston, and Roger Sherman all with roots in British
society.
Seven individuals were known as the Founding Fathers of
the US Constitution: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin,
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James
Madison, and George Washington. Adams, Jefferson, and
Franklin worked on the committee to draft the Declaration
of Independence. Hamilton, Madison, and Jay were authors
of The Federalist Papers, advocating ratification of the
Constitution. Washington commanded the revolutionary
army. All served in important positions in the early
government of the United States. Again all with British
roots.
The Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution
was conceived, written and adopted by and for rich white
European Americans.

The only mention of any other ethnic group in the original
US Constitution was the Black slave who didn’t fit the
definition of a man. In creating the apportionment of seats
in the House of Representatives, Black slaves were to be
counted as 3/5ths of a person.

That being said, the conclusion is that the United States has
always been a safe haven for people of European and
especially British decent.
Who’s left to advocate for the Black communities of
America?
Who’s left to advocate for the 11 million undocumented
Latinos in America?
Who’s advocating for me in this election? We do not have a
Barack Obama, nor a Jesse Jackson, nor a Shirley Chisolm,
nor a Ben Carson. We’ll just have to settle for the lesser of
two evils?
The Black Man’s
Dilemma, Who’s
Advocating for Me?
At a rally in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, the Republican
frontrunner referred to the wrong date while recalling the 2001
terror attacks — a flub that was soon trending online. But it
was a story about his own experience at Ground Zero that is
drawing scrutiny.

“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there,
and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell
you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said. “Clearing the
rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what
was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”

The real estate mogul’s anecdote was meant to illustrate his
“New York values” — a phrase that has become a
conservative flashpoint in Trump’s battle with Texas Sen. Ted
Cruz in the race for the GOP nomination.

But his assertion that he helped clear rubble in the search for
9/11 survivors is fraught with questions.

“Did he mean he picked up a few chunks of concrete?” Philip
Bump writes in the Washington Post. “Sent staff to assist? It’s
not clear.”

It’s clear that Trump was at or near Ground Zero in the days
following the attacks.

New York Newsday spotted Trump there on Sept. 13,
according to this excerpt cited in Bump’s report:

The workers are so worn out that they barely glance at the
sight of Donald Trump, every hair in place and impeccably
dressed in a black suit, pressed white shirt and red tie,
walking into the plaza with his cellular phone to his ear.
“No, no. The building’s gone,” he says into the phone.

The same day, standing three blocks from Ground Zero,
Trump gave an interview to a German television reporter who
asked the real estate mogul whether he would be involved in
the reconstruction efforts.

“Well, I have a lot of men down here right now,” Trump
replied. “We have over 100 and we have about 125 coming.
So we’ll have a couple of hundred people down here.”

But there appears to be no evidence to substantiate Trump’s
claim that he helped — even “a little bit” — in the rubble
removal.

The Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for
comment. But as the brash billionaire has already proven in
this campaign, a lack of evidence doesn’t stop Trump from
making claims about 9/11.

‘Thousands and thousands of people’

While defending his call for the surveillance of “certain
mosques,” Trump said he saw “thousands and thousands of
people” in New Jersey cheering the destruction of the World
Trade Center with his own eyes.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling
down,” Trump said at rally in Birmingham, Ala., in November.
“And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands
and thousands of people were cheering as that building was
coming down.”

In a subsequent interview with ABC’s George
Stephanopoulos, Trump doubled down.

“They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down,”
Trump said. “I know it might be not politically correct for you
to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building
came down — as those buildings came down — and that tells
you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now,
I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered
at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were
watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as
the buildings came down. Not good.”

While there were images of people in parts the Middle East
cheering the attacks, there is no evidence that similar
celebrations took place in New Jersey. But the GOP hopeful
didn’t budge.

“It did happen. I saw it,” Trump insisted. “It was on
television.”

‘I watched those people jump’

At a rally in Columbus, Ohio, the following day, Trump made
another 9/11 claim: that he witnessed people jumping out of
the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan — from his luxury
apartment in midtown.

"Many people jumped and I witnessed it, I watched that. I
have a view — a view in my apartment that was specifically
aimed at the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “And I
watched those people jump and I watched the second plane hit
… I saw the second plane hit the building and I said, ‘Wow
that’s unbelievable.’”

Trump has long maintained his residence inside Trump Tower,
which is located more than four miles away from Ground
Zero. But he never clarified how he managed to “witness”
people jumping out of the World Trade Center from his
apartment.

And during a GOP debate in February, Trump said he “lost
hundreds of friends” in the attacks that killed 2,983 people.

But the Trump campaign has refused repeated calls from the
Daily Beast to name one.

In his interview with the German television station, Trump
said he had just come from the site, but made no mention of
the friends he’s since said he lost.

“I just went to what they call Ground Zero,” he said. “I’ve
never seen anything like it. The devastation, the human life
that’s been just wasted for no reason whatsoever. It’s a
terrible scene. It’s a terrible sight. But New Yorkers are very
strong and resilient and they’ll rebuild quickly.”

On the 12th anniversary of the attacks, Trump did, however,
offer some kind thoughts to his Twitter followers.

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters
and losers, on this special date, September 11th,” Trump
tweeted on Sept. 11, 2013.
Trump has a 9/11 problem
and it’s not ‘7/11’