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We are often enslaved by memories, sometimes of things that are good, but more so by bad. To make it worse, we carry these memories like a camel that’s bearing its burden, until the last straw breaks its back. These memories may impact on our current lives and all who happen to be in it. So you better beware how you enter other people’s lives, for you too will become weighed down by their memories. They use the past as an excuse for their present behavior, a reason why they behave the way they do.
If eligible legal permanent residents (LPR) or “green card” holders were already United States citizens, and if they registered to vote at the same rate as other naturalized citizens, counties across the nation would see their voter registration rolls jump dramatically. That’s the consensus from the American Immigration Council (AIC), which last month released a new report titled “Citizenship Day 2012: Realizing the Potential of the Immigrant Vote”. The AIC report, which came less than two months before the Nov. 6 elections in the U.S., should wake up the millions of procrastinating green card holders across the country who are eligible to become citizens but don’t.
During our 50th anniversary celebrations, I was struck by how many of our leaders seemed to blame the British for Jamaica's failings. Jamaica had a strong foundation in 1962 on which to build a prosperous nation, unlike many countries which have left us pointing fingers from the dust. Every one of Jamaica's top-tier high schools was built pre-Independence, and none equivalent has been built since. Maybe the Government was well intentioned when it took over these prominent establishments, which were mostly run by the churches, but instead of building on the strengths of these world-class institutions, 50 years later, not one is at the academic level it was in 1962!
As we enter the last weeks of this election cycle, we are inundated with the toxic collision of money, politics and desperation. Unfortunately, the Jewish community is now the target of some of the worst offenses of dirty politics, as our vote is deemed crucial in Florida and other swing states.While the vote in November may only affect the outcome of one election cycle, the fall-out of being prey to false advertising and divisive practices jeopardizes the long-standing strength of the Jewish community. For many elections we have seen various attempts to peel off the traditionally Democratic Jewish vote. The recently released video “Perilous Times” is perhaps the most insidious and misleading effort to date to use propaganda to divide the Jewish community. The video is designed to make Jewish voters feel insecure about President Obama’s commitment to Israel by distorting and misappropriating the truth about the president’s and, indeed, America’s, unwavering alliance with Israel.
The President:  Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.  (Applause.)  It moves forward because of you.  It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression; the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope -- the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family, and we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one people.  (Applause.)  
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