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11-19-2012, 05:41 PM #1
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GOP lets a few scare minorities to Dems' side
GOP lets a few scare minorities to Dems’ side
Hub Opinion | Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:00 am
Hard-line Nebraska conservatives, this message is for you, and it was drafted by the 52 percent of Americans who sent President Barack Obama back to the White House for four more years.
The message: Conservativism could perish in this nation unless the Republican Party learns to play nicely. That means muzzling outspoken xenophobes — the party members who fear and demonize people who aren’t like them.
A prime national example is Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., who built his career coming down hard on illegal immigrants. Closer to home, state Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont has made a name pushing proposals with similar underpinnings, such as a voter ID law or requiring police officers to check people they suspect might be in the country illegally.
Such laws are discriminatory, even though their supporters might argue otherwise.
Also close to home are the Nebraskans who characterize their president as the outsider-in-chief. They describe Obama as a closet Muslim without a birth certificate who flirts with socialism.
We all desire that our officials hold their positions legitimately and that foreigners are here legally, but there are constructive as well as divisive ways to address such issues. By allowing a few in their ranks to be divisive and outspoken, well-meaning Republicans have rolled out a “you’re not welcome” mat for minorities, even though their party seriously needs a growing presence among non-white Americans.
Mitt Romney’s biggest mistake may have been adopting a hard-line stance on immigration. By making Hispanics feel unwelcome, he also may have scared away blacks, Asians and other minorities.
The result: 93 percent of blacks voted Democratic, as did 73 percent of Asians and 71 percent of Hispanics.
Romney won three out of five white votes, but that wasn’t enough. The results of 2012 signal the diminished sway of the white majority. Republicans who passed third-grade math must realize by now they’ll never win another national election banking only on the white vote.
If Republicans want conservativism to survive, they’ve got to embrace diversity.
That doesn’t mean billboards with elephants wearing sombreros. What it really requires is muzzling the party’s xenophobes so minorities can begin feeling as if they are welcome in the neighborhood. Eventually, more will want to hear the Republican message, which is rooted in basic values, such as family values and personal responsibility, which many diverse people understand and appreciate.
11-19-2012, 06:27 PM #2
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I'm sorry, but I dont see a name on this. Exactly who is this talking crap to Republicans on behalf of illegal alien invaders? We need a name please.
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11-19-2012, 09:23 PM #3
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It's an editorial. The Kearney Hub has had editorials like this one before with of course no name! I assume it's the editor, Michael Konz, that writes these. Here's another recent editorial from ths paper:
Latinos gave Obama big boost; is reform next?
Hub Opinion | Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:00 am
President Obama’s re-election victory shows the road to the White House winds through Hispanic neighborhoods, but will Obama lead the way to immigration reform during his second term?
Championing reform would solidify Obama’s appeal among Latinos and set the stage for more Democratic victories in 2014. However, considering what’s at stake politically, it’s possible that Republicans will acknowledge their vulnerability on immigration and take a strong look at proposing reforms of their own.
Election returns show that the Latino vote has become a force to be reckoned with. Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and were essential to Obama’s win over Mitt Romney, who advocated the GOP’s hard-line stance on immigration. He paid the price for that mistake.
The Latino vote was a major change-maker, but how much will Obama champion reforms if doing so risks political capital — namely, the Democratic Party’s support from organized labor?
The president’s record on immigration is mixed, especially in view of the enormous number of deportations during his first term. In 2011 alone, the Obama administration deported 397,000 immigrants. The sum of Obama’s deportations is more than his predecessor, George Bush, who pushed Congress unsuccessfully for reforms in 2007.
Although Bush couldn’t get his reform proposals through Congress, Obama might have a better chance.
The mood among lawmakers could be shifting more in favor of reform, even among Republicans. Their party desperately needs to win friends among Latinos and other minorities. The GOP’s hard line on immigration is attractive to the party’s base, but it’s a deal killer if the party aims to connect with Latinos.
For Democrats, old guard labor unions could be a political roadblock. In 2007, the AFL-CIO was furious with Bush’s reform agenda. Obama and Democratic lawmakers will be looking for ways to appease big labor if they agree to attempt reforming the nation’s counterproductive immigration policies.
It is time for lawmakers on both sides to acknowledge that current laws leave the United States economically vulnerable. Reforms are needed so our nation can attract the world’s brightest scientists, engineers and researchers.
Additionally, the United States needs to ensure that the immigrants who fill so many positions — construction, janitorial, kitchen and agricultural laborers, to name a few — are able to continue working in the various service industries.
Latinos now comprise a powerful voting block, just as they also underpin major sectors of the economy.
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