ADDRESSING CONGRESS IS AN HONOR WHICH HAS BEEN DIMINISHED - HON. TOM DELAY (Extension of Remarks- June 26, 1990)
HON. TOM DELAY in the House of Representatives
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1990
• Mr. DeLAY. Mr. Speaker, I am saddened to learn that the Members of this body are diminishing the value of the honor of addressing the U.S. Congress.
• Today, Mr. Nelson Mandela addressed a joint meeting of Congress. He is not a head of State nor has he been victorious in his struggle. This is
unprecedented in the history of our Congress. What’s more is that while all of us in Congress want to see an end to apartheid, I doubt that any of our Members would support the kind of governmentally oppressive society that Mr. Mandela would seek to impose.
• Keep in mind that Mr. Mandela still actively supports Marxism. Keep in mind that Mr. Mandela still refuses to renounce violence and terrorism. Keep in mind that Mr. Mandela still publicly praises and admires tyrants and terrorists like Fidel Castro, Mu’ammar Qaddahi and Vasser Arafat.
• In fact, Mr. Mandela recently stated that he supported the terrorists who in 1954 attempted to assassinate Members of Congress right here in the hallowed Chamber of the House of Representatives. He praised the terrorists at a rally in New York City and considered them to be comrades.
• As recently as 1 month ago, Mr. Mandel a declared that Cuba ‘stands head and shoulders above’ the other nations of the world ‘in its love for human rights and liberty.’
• Fidel Castro is a tyrant and despot and Mr. Mandela’s praise of him is greatly misplaced. It is precisely for this reason that five Cuban-American mayors in South Florida have denounced Mr. Mandela for refusing to condemn the human rights violations in Cuba.
• The United States of America and the U.S. Congress have been a beacon of leadership for the principles of liberty, democracy, and human rights for more than 200 years.
• Mr. Speaker, make no mistake, Nelson Mandela is no friend to liberty,
democracy, or human rights. He is the deputy president of the African
National Congress. Their support for liberty and freedom is feigned. The ANC has announced their own constitutional guidelines which call for democracy, the freedom to form political parties, and freedoms of association, thought, worship, and the press.
• However, all of these rights are subject to the direct approval of the ANC which could ban any and all state or social institutions which do not ‘take active steps to eradicate, speedily, the economic and social inequalities produced by racial discrimination.’ Further, the ANC would reserve the right to ban any or all groups which the ANC believes is ethnically or regionally exclusive.
• The ANC does not respect nor defend human rights. Our own Defense
Department has appropriately labeled the ANC a terrorist organization. Nelson Mandela even admitted last April that it is a practice of the ANC to torture and execute its own members when they try to exercise freedom of thought and not obey the directives of the ANC. In fact, throughout Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of imprisonment, Amnesty International never recognized him as a political prisoner because he was not jailed for his political viewpoints, but for his personal involvement in violent activities.
• Mr. Speaker, by allowing Nelson Mandela to address the U.S. Congress
without renouncing violence, terrorism, or tyranny we have done an extreme injustice to all of those persons who have come to address Congress before him.
• I deeply regret the decision to invite Nelson Mandela to speak at a joint
session and cannot participate under these circumstances.
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