By Edmond Y. Azadian
The expectations were raised too high for the passage of H.Res.252 about the Armenian Genocide during the last days of 111th Congress, therefore the failure of its passage proved to be equally anticlimactic, certainly disappointing large segments of the American-Armenian community.
When we say “large segments” of the community, we need to qualify the statement because, in reality, the majority of our community is indifferent and it seems that no issue can rise high enough to mobilize large masses of Armenians into action.
Our problem is that the community is too divided to be able to speak with one voice. Every time a resolution is brought to the committee or to the floor the same people are energized while the majority is either indifferent or ineffective. Our enemies, as well as the interested parties can count our voting power better than we can. The legislative and the executive branches of our government would pay more attention to our vital issues if we could politicize larger segments of our community and they in turn could generate more voting and funding power during the elections.
We have two major lobbying groups that sensitize the community about its major issues and rights and send messages to our friends and foes in the Congress; those groups are the Armenian Assembly and the Armenian National Committee (ANC). In addition the clout of certain individuals should not be dismissed either.
This time around the ANC certainly did a fine job in mobilizing the grassroots, and perhaps for that reason has become more vocal in airing the community’s disappointment, frustration and rightful anger. But misguided anger is no policy.