February 27, 2001
No ordinary congressman
Mr. Mirfendereski did the right thing contacting Barney Frank ["Petition
by one"]. But Barney Frank is no ordinary congressman. If he
was my congressman (which he used to be) I too would certainly write to
him. He is not just a Democrat. He is a very open-minded, outspoken
and liberal Democrat. In fact if you live in his constituency, all your
life you won't ever feel like a foreigner.
While I would much rather take Mr. Mirfendereski's approach I would
like to point out that those of us who live in ultra-Republican constituencies
do not have a Barney Frank to write to. He is literally a needle in the
hay stack of the Congress. If only all of Congress were Barney Franks!
It is also necessary for us Iranians to see that despite the gaffes
of President Carter, the Democrats are more minority-friendly.
One thing is for sure: The tone that the Persian
Watch Cat (PWC) takes would certainly not have received as swift and
civil a response. I suggest that the PWC invite Mr.Mirfendereski to be