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Latino Leaders -- Not!

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They are Hispanic, and they are elected leaders. But seeing as the new crop of Latino Republicans mostly were elected by non-Latinos — because majorities of Hispanics often voted against them — can we call them Latino leaders?

If they have vowed to follow conservative Republican/tea party agendas that are clearly anti-Hispanic, can we really call them Latino leaders just because they have Hispanic surnames?

We need to examine the definition of "lider" in the Hispanic community. And our new, emerging Tios Tomas should not qualify!

For example, no one calls Clarence Thomas an African-American leader, because that Supreme Court justice is known to stand against his own people on many issues.

The same unwritten rule should apply to the newly elected Latino Republicans who have campaigned on anti-Latino platforms. Until they stand up for the interests of their own people, they may be Republican leaders, but lideres latinos they are not!

Por favor! Don't let the GOP propaganda machine insult your intelligence. If you let it, it will have you thinking that because a bunch of Latino Republicans were elected, most Latinos actually think like them. We don't!

How could we possibly support a movement that wants to take this country back to a time when our civil rights constantly were violated? How can our votes not be influenced by all the harsh rhetoric we've heard from Republicans, especially their ruthless assault on undocumented immigrants we know to be hardworking and decent?

Even if some of us wanted to abstain from voting for Democrats — to express our dissatisfaction with their inability to create more jobs, pass immigration reform legislation, improve the economy, etc. — the Draconian Republicans made it impossible for many Latinos to stay home on Election Day. Despite many predictions of low Latino voter turnouts, in many races more Latinos turned out than expected and made a huge difference for Democrats.

For the record, in most of the top races across the country, among Latino voters Democrats beat Republicans by nearly a 2-1 margin. Only in Florida, where Cuban-Americans traditionally favor Republicans, were some GOP candidates able to surpass Democrats among Latinos.

In many races in which the Republican winner was a Latino — with one exception being the Florida U.S. Senate race, in which Cuban-American Marco Rubio was elected with 55 percent of the Hispanic vote — the majority of the Hispanic vote went for the Democrat.

It happened in New Mexico, where Republican and immigration hard-liner Susana Martinez was elected governor — the first Latina in that position — without the majority of the Hispanic vote. It happened in Nevada, where Brian Sandoval — another anti-immigrant advocate — became the first Latino governor, without the majority of the Hispanic vote. And it happened in various congressional races in which Latino Republican candidates sold their souls to the racist and xenophobic anti-immigrant movement just to get elected.

"More Hispanics in the political world of the United States doesn't necessarily mean more support for immigration reform, because many belong to a new tendency of Latino politicians who want to reinforce anti-immigrant laws, including some who support the Arizona law," reported Univision newsman Jorge Ramos on "Al Punto," his prominent Sunday morning talk show.

"What we are seeing is a new phase."

It's true. We are dealing with a new phenomenon. These are people who openly put the interests of their party before those of their own community. I say it won't be long before many in the Hispanic community (including some who voted for them) call them everything but leaders. Just remember, you read it here first!

After all, most Latino voters were not fooled by Hispanic surnames wearing sheep's clothes. A large majority of Hispanic voters not only rejected conservative Latinos but also stopped some of the most prominent anti-Latino politicians — from Sharron Angle in Nevada to Tom Tancredo in Colorado — from winning the positions they sought.

It's only logical; the more the candidates scapegoat and attack Latinos the likelier they are to be thrashed by Latino voters.

In U.S. House races across the nation, despite the Republican tsunami that overturned the balance of power in that chamber, Latino voters favored Democrats — 64-35 percent — over Republicans.

In fact, it was the Hispanic vote that probably enabled the Democratic Party to retain a majority in the U.S. Senate. In California, 65 percent of Latinos voted for Democrat Barbara Boxer, and only 28 percent favored Carly Fiorina. In Colorado, the Democrat, Sen. Michael Bennet, was re-elected with overwhelming Latino support, 81-19 percent, over tea party favorite Ken Buck. In Nevada, Latino voters re-elected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over Republican Sharron Angle by a huge margin. One exit poll said he beat her 68-30 percent among Latinos. Another one said it was 90-8 percent. Either way, it was a well-deserved shellacking.

Also receiving a well-deserved beating — with the assistance of the Latino voters, who have been the victims of his moronic diatribes for years — was Tancredo, a former Republican congressman who ran as an independent for governor of Colorado. And California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, a Democrat, clearly owes his return to Sacramento to Latino voters, who favored him — 64-30 percent — over Republican Meg Whitman, an immigration hard-liner (and exposed hypocrite) who lost an undocumented housekeeper on her way to losing the race for governor.

Although a group of angry Latino Republicans issued a statement challenging the Pew Hispanic Center's analysis of election results, the center is absolutely right for concluding that "Latino voters continued their strong support for Democratic candidates nationwide." Nevertheless, the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles claims Republicans made "modest, but important gains ... with Latino voters in the midterm elections." Obviously, the GOP propaganda machine is on overdrive.

Perhaps it's true that the GOP has made important gains with Latinos — especially when co-opting a group of Uncle Toms to do its dirty work — but will Latinos make important gains with the GOP?

Judging from the way many Republicans have campaigned, don't bet on it!

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Miguel Perez - Americans elected Americans. You continue to be devisive with your bigoted, hypenated, cowardly, hateful nonsense.
Comment: #1
Posted by: David Henricks
Tue Nov 9, 2010 7:40 PM
This guy is just awful. All rage and bluster and slavish devotion to a party line. Get a professional in this slot.
Please.

Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:39 AM
The title of this article nicely fits the author, as if it were a tailor-made fit.
If I want a real "political analyst," I'll read the work of the great Patrick J. Buchanan.
Comment: #3
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:57 PM
Mr. Perez,
You are no better than so called leaders like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, that continue to promote divisiveness and racism in order to remain relevant. You continue to misrepresent enforcement of the laws of the land as anti-Latino and in doing so actually harm the very people you say you are trying to defend.
Es un insulto categorizar a todo aquel que prefiere seguir una agenda diferente a la suya como un tío tomas.
You don't speak for me and Latinos that seek paths of true freedom and self-reliance. I prefer a system of government that facilitates and promotes self-reliance to one that subjugates it's citizens with permanent dependency to the whims of government,
Comment: #4
Posted by: Gilbert Levy-Garrriga
Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:13 AM
I suppose that Mr. Perez would consider Secretary Napolitano a Prominant Latina Leader since she was appointed by a democrat and she is against the Arizona Anti Immigration Racist Law.

But yet, under her direct supervision - Homeland Security ICE - has deported more Latinos in 2009 then former President Bush's first year. And according to her ICE director, she plans to only deport another 400,000 undocumented immigrants by the end of 2010 because the current mechanism doesn't allow for more deportations.
If anything, she is the leading anti-immigration women of Mexican decent currently in the president's cabinet. So I can't call her a Latina Leader, according to Mr. Perez' guidelines.

Let us add to this list - Senator Menendez - a Cuban politician from NJ - that up to this date has not been in the forefront of prescribing any substantial immigration legislation but yet hands the ball over to Senator Reid - a non-Latino Senator - that was unable to clearly delineate his position on Comprehensive Immigration Reform during the debates and campaign in 2010.

There is a biblical philosophy that I prescribe to when looking at these types of criticisms by extremist of any side - remember the same ruler you use to measure your enemy will be used to measure your friends. So Mr. Perez' has set up a high standard that not even his Latino Democrat General could measure up to as Latino Leaders.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Eliud Gautier
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:46 AM
Methinks Tom and David do protest too much. Nobody wants to recognize the elephant in the room--namely that Latino voters are coming of age. Because when they do, the conservatives and Republicans who have abused Latinos so much will get theirs. Indeed this is already happening. So it's not about race, gentlemen, it's about justice and empowerment. Bravo, Miguel, you echo the thoughts of many of us. Adelante!
Comment: #6
Posted by: Mark
Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:46 PM
Oh Miguel how dare you tell the truth! I know you know you would be blasted by the racists among us! Thank you for your courage in writing the truth!! Great job as usual your column is honest, timely, and I agree with you completely! People may think the finge elements and extremists among us will dictate what happens in my country but they will not!! Soon the Republicans will realize they will be answering to the Latinos and the White Power and White Privilege will be a thing of the past! Thank you again for a wonderful column. I am your biggest fan.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Cindy Garcia
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:04 PM
Racists Proclaim the "Last Gasp of White America"


YouTube - Aztlan Reconquista
Oct 29, 2007 ... Reconquista haranguer declares America is part of Mexico.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuNNXcnnD70 - Cached

Comment: #8
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:27 PM
Re: Cindy Garcia
Americans answer to no one, despite Mechista wish-fulfillment that they do so.
Comment: #9
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:57 PM
Your words regarding “justice” and “empowerment” ring hollow, especially in light of the fact that Attorney General Eric H. Holder of the Department of Justice, deems it wise to dispense a double standard of justice, whereby the citizens of Arizona are forced to eat the Mexican crime wave rolling over their state, while the New Black Panther Party remains exempt from prosecution by the DOJ, for voter intimidation of white people at polling places.

This selective enforcement of the law by the DOJ, in favor of the Mexican invader, is an obvious dereliction of duty in the eyes of the American people, who see the illegal alien usurper, posing as president of the United States of America--along with his DOJ head-- as a direct impediment to enforcement of the will of the American people in their struggle for justice against the Mexican interloper.

What about the “justice” for the Anglo woman whose husband was murdered by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake in Texas? What about “justice” for Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, who was killed on his own property by Mexican nationals, who broke into this nation to prosecute an illegal alien crime wave?

What about the justice for those thousands of American victims of the Mexican crime wave who cry out from their graves to an incurious administration?

Twelve Americans are murdered by illegal aliens every day in this country. Where is their “justice” and “empowerment?”

“La Raza” needs to take the communist slogans home, to march in the streets of Mexico City for the Second Mexican Revolution.

Americans do NOT care about nebulous concepts of “justice” for perpetrators of criminal activity, which is committed the moment they illegally enter this country.

If you think the “broken record routine” of spurious charges of an alleged “racism” against brown people by white people is going to stick, you had better think again.

Americans are not the ones hatching anchor babies in Mexico's nest, for incubation by the Mexican taxpayer.

It is Mexico's race war against America, so look in the mirror and then point the finger of blame with confidence.

Indeed, where is the “justice” for your own countrymen back in Mexico, who have been decapitated by Mexican drug cartels?

You want real justice and empowerment? Why not forge a nation out of that miserable third world cesspit you call a country, which is Mexico?

Justice cannot be stolen; it is something one works toward in one's own country. Empowerment occurs with the successful prosecution of revolution, to change the status quo.
Comment: #10
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:43 PM
Your words regarding “justice” and “empowerment” ring hollow, especially in light of the fact that Attorney General Eric H. Holder of the Department of Justice, deems it wise to dispense a double standard of justice, whereby the citizens of Arizona are forced to eat the Mexican crime wave rolling over their state, while the New Black Panther Party remains exempt from prosecution by the DOJ, for voter intimidation of white people at polling places.

This selective enforcement of the law by the DOJ, in favor of the Mexican invader, is an obvious dereliction of duty in the eyes of the American people, who see the illegal alien usurper, posing as president of the United States of America--along with his DOJ head-- as a direct impediment to enforcement of the will of the American people in their struggle for justice against the Mexican interloper.

What about the “justice” for the Anglo woman whose husband was murdered by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake in Texas? What about “justice” for Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, who was killed on his own property by Mexican nationals, who broke into this nation to prosecute an illegal alien crime wave?

What about the justice for those thousands of American victims of the Mexican crime wave who cry out from their graves to an incurious administration?

Twelve Americans are murdered by illegal aliens every day in this country. Where is their “justice” and “empowerment?”

“La Raza” needs to take the communist slogans home, to march in the streets of Mexico City for the Second Mexican Revolution.

Americans do NOT care about nebulous concepts of “justice” for perpetrators of criminal activity, which is committed the moment they illegally enter this country.

If you think the “broken record routine” of spurious charges of an alleged “racism” against brown people by white people is going to stick, you had better think again.

Americans are not the ones hatching anchor babies in Mexico's nest, for incubation by the Mexican taxpayer.

It is Mexico's race war against America, so look in the mirror and then point the finger of blame with confidence.

Indeed, where is the “justice” for your own countrymen back in Mexico, who have been decapitated by Mexican drug cartels?

You want real justice and empowerment? Why not forge a nation out of that miserable third world cesspit you call a country, which is Mexico?

Justice cannot be stolen; it is something one works toward in one's own country. Empowerment occurs with the successful prosecution of revolution, to change the status quo.
Comment: #11
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:43 PM
This LA Race Baiter has it all wrong. I am proud to see so many Latinos figure out just how oppressive the Liberal Dems are. "Latino Politicians elected by Non-Latino" and "Rep/Tea Party agenda clearly anti-Latinos" and Latino voters are "Tios Tomas" ....who's the bigot here?? I say these voters have "got it". They understand hard work and personal responsibility. They understand how people like Perez and his party feed on those that cannot help themselves so they are forever Dependant on the Gov't for food, shelter, clothing and medical attention. They understand that paying their own way and helping others go hand in hand without the aid of Gov't interference. They understand the ideals that make this country great. Perez needs to do what a large number of Latino voters did...FIND A REAL JOB!!
Comment: #12
Posted by: Tag
Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:59 PM
Re: Cindy Garcia and don't forget to get on line for your food stamps. Grow up!
Comment: #13
Posted by: Tag
Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:01 PM
Re: Cindy Garcia
"Soon the Republicans will realize they will be answering to the Latinos and the White Power and White Privilege will be a thing of the past!"
I don't know what you're trying to get across with this, but it doesn't seem like you intend to foster a healthy nation where people work together with other cultures and races to achieve a goal. That makes it seem as if you intend to use a "power-in-numbers" approach to control and dictate, at least in your mind's eye. Your viewpoint has just as much veiled racism as the article claims to flow from the Republican party.
To you and the author of this article I say, we are all people with varying amounts of melanin in our skin. People need to grow up, get past race, and stop looking for something to be offended over. Go out and work to benefit ALL people in what you do.
Comment: #14
Posted by: Karey
Wed Jan 5, 2011 7:44 AM
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