Re: Child Protection Act Fact Sheet 1993-12-20 (fwd)
JOAN E. UPHAM (UPHAMJE@SNYPOTVA.BITNET)
Wed, 22 Dec 1993 11:11:00 EDT
>Perhaps BSA is being intentionally SNUBBED by this administration?
>We know this past summer was the FIRST BSA jamboree NOT visited
>by any representative of the White House, and we also know this
>administration is OPOSED to organizations that exclude GAYS.
>Just some thoughts as to WHY BSA was EXCLUDED ! ?
This is most likely why, Don. I was "appalled" by the total LACK of
Presidental or Vice Presidential visits...after all Bill could have
sent Hillary (he has her take care of lots of other things) and if she
was too busy, maybe Chelsey could have made the 50 mile trek (although
she isn't really the cutest teeny-booper who would have the boys
swarming down to see her). We didn't even have a visit from our Senators
or our Congressman -- they'd probably say they were busy or on vacation
but they have staff members...they could have sent some of them!!!...After
all, many of these boys will be voters by the next Presidential election
year and the rest by the one after that...haven't these guys (supposed
politicians) heard of pressing the flesh of potential voters. Even if
"Johnny" is not old enough to vote at the next election...isn't he
bound to come home saying, "Gee (Mom & Dad), guess who visited us at
the Jambo and I got to shake his hand! I even have a picture with
him/her that Tommy took for me with my camera." Our Jambo troop had
two Mongolian scouts and their SM; and the Mongolian ambassador and
2 staff members came to visit on the last day of the Jambo...I have
the video tape that I made of their "official" visit. But...NO ONE
...not even a lowly staff member of ANY of the people who were voted
in to represent us took the time to make a 50 mile trip to say HI
to the boys...and "I" will remember that the next time I see the
names of these guys on the ballot!!!!
As for the "snubbing" of BSA by the Pres. and Vice Pres...I think that
is part of it but I think another part is their complete "lack" of
knowledge of the social and political graces.
We had a boy who made Eagle in our troop last spring and we sent letters
requesting letters of commendation to the usual list - including Bill
and Al. Bill and Hillary's response made it in the last mail before
the ceremony and it was a little weird and stilted as if they didn't
know what should be done or how. Yes...I know that they were trying
to set up a new administration and a whole new White House staff; but
these congradulatory letters are needed for all administrations and
(I would think) as much a part of the planned turn-over as the keys
to the front door and the code for the red phone in the Oval Office.
I can't tell you exactly what it said because the Eagle scout has the
Clintons' congradulatory response but it left a lot to be desired
when compared to Regan and Bush cards to Eagle scouts (we've had
Eagles under those administrations too).
Then, there was the Vice President! Well, I sent the letter to the
same address that I had used for Bush and Quale and it came back...
stamped "MOVED...NO FORWARDING ADDRESS" and it was initialed by
a real person (this was NOT a machine sending it back for lack
of a proper zip code). This was only one and a half months into
the new administration and it left questions in my mind..."Had Bill
and Al had a serious falling out already?"..."Did no one really
have any idea where the Vice President was and how he could be
reached?"...Would Gore go down in the history books as THE MOST
anonymous VP we had ever had???" It was mind boggling to think
that V. P. Gore could not be located in Washington a mere 45 days
after he took office.
I did locate another address...this one was the same as the one I had
used it just added the word "Old" to the "Executive Office Building"
line. I sent the letter off again...not really understanding "why"
it hadn't been delivered the first time. After all, if I was a
postal worker and had no other idea on how to deliver it, I would
have put it in a mail bag going to Capital Hill. It would be able
to be delivered to him there because he does preside over the
Senate and I'm sure someone could have found him there! Anyway, we
did get a letter back but it wasn't from Al...it was from Tipper's
Secretary and the letter says she is considering coming and they'll
let us know!!! (My reaction -- Good gravy! We just wanted a letter of
congradulations...not a real person attending! Yes...of course you
invite them but you know and they know they'll never come to the event
and that you'll just get the congradulatory letter that you wanted
all along. Of course, we knew that Tipper wasn't really coming but
it was just the idea of it that was enough to make you wonder.)
That's right -- Tipper didn't show up, nor Al, nor any congradulatory
letter either. It was about 2 months "after" the court of honor when
an envelope arrived from the V. P. office (it had the seal in the
corner and everything). I thought...aha...finally, Al has gotten
around to sending a letter. It wasn't from Al...it was from Tipper...
a letter of congradulation from Tipper (no mention of Al). So...it
is my conclusion that Tipper is running the V. P. office and since
we have never heard from Al, I am not sure he actually exists (he might
be a robotic android - which could account for the stiffness - just
All kidding aside, I really feel that the administration is probably
snubbing the BSA because of their policies but I also think there
is an element of not having a knowledgable staff who know the
proper prodicals for various events and situations.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City