Posted by on November 09, 2010 in Blog

by David-Imad Ramadan

Republicans are back in control of the House of Representatives with a majority truly representative of America's diversity and greatness. The Tea Party movement energized folds of the GOP base and drew accusations as outrageous as having ties to white supremacists, anti-immigration groups, "birthers" and other "extremists;" thus leaving many ethnic and religious communities including Arab Americans and American Muslims with doubt and concern of what to come!

The accusations are baseless. Republican candidates for federal offices included a record 14 African Americans, Arab Americans, Cuban Americans, Indian Americans and many others of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Tim Scott is the first black Republican elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction. Republican Nikki Haley, daughter of Sikh immigrants, is South Carolina’s first female governor, and the United States’ second Indian American governor, after Bobby Jindal (R). Republican Marco Rubio, son of Cuban exiles, was elected to the US Senate from Florida. Both Scott and Rubio were backed up by the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

Republican Arab American Congressmen Darrell Issa and Charles Boustany won another term and are expected to hold leadership roles. Issa is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform and is expected to Serve as Committee Chairman. Boustany is a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee; the committee’s jurisdiction includes upcoming key issues such as tax, trade, healthcare & social security. Two new Republican Arab Americans joined the House: Justin Amash of Michigan and Richard Hanna of NY. Other Republican candidates included Suzanne Sareini, an Arab American Muslim from Michigan.

The party of Lincoln always was and always will be the real big tent for Americans of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. GOP staples such as smaller government, lower taxes, family values and faith are some of the reasons why Americans of ethnic and religious backgrounds should be joining the party on all levels: federal, state and local. Much has been said and more will be said of the GOP in the next few months. If you want your voice heard and if certain sentiments or trends concern you then join, vote, and/or run for office. The Republican Party is open and welcoming to all Americans who share our values and want to serve. God Bless the GOP and God Bless America.

David-Imad Ramadan is the Vice Chair of Ethnic Coalitions for the Republican Party of Virginia