Latinos Vilified by Republicans and Ignored by Democrats

August 12th, 2010 · 6 Comments

By Pablo Manriquez

Last night, Keith Olbermann reported that Nevada State Senate candidate Sharon Angle (Republican) is shutting out Hispanic media from her campaign, refusing even to send Latino media outlets her campaign’s press releases. In the same clip from MSNBC’s COUNTDOWN, Olbermann shows a clip of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying yesterday, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”

Olbermann also interviews Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (Democrat), one of the only staunch, active, & public advocates for Latino civil rights that we have in our Congress. Grijavla says that the Republican Party is guilty of vilifying and demonizing Latinos.

As much as I dig Grijalva and agree with his remarks about the Republican Party’s outrageous anti-Latino messaging of late, I wonder…

As the Republican Party midterm election strategy increasingly includes vilifying Latinos, the Democratic Party’s strategy continues to include ignoring us. Which is worse? Well, politically, I suppose I am more-offended by Republican messaging this election season. That is not to say, however, that I believe that the Democrats are thereby the obvious policy ally of Latino voters in 2010.

The question here, unfortunately, is whether it is better to be vilified by Republicans or ignored by Democrats. In politics, the latter may be preferable. However, in policy — and in particularly in the most pressing policy issues facing Latinos in 2010 — the result is the same. No comprehensive immigration reform. No path to citizenship. No DREAM Act. No Ag Bill. Etc. Nada. We get nothing but a vote. And that apparently matters not at all to Beltway politicos.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Aug 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    All Latinos are not ignored by the Democrats. Immigration reform has not been acted upon, but that is not tantamount to ignoring all Latinos.

    The immigration issue needs to be resolved one way or the other because I am sick and tired of our civil liberties being used as a political football.

  • 2 Wakeup // Aug 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

    The real truth of the matter is that neither party represents our interests. The Democrats talk the talk but are still beholden to the same special interests as the Republicans (minus Abortion & Gun Control advocates). The Democratic Party likes the status quo since it appeases their benefactors & keeps Latinos on a short leash.

  • 3 Pablo // Aug 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

    @Anna. re: political football. My thoughts exactly. The Democratic majority needs to step up but hasn’t and, it seems, won’t. “They lack the political courage,” Univision’s Jorge Ramos says…and I agree. And so Latinos are ignored.

  • 4 HispanicPundit // Aug 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Its actually worse than you present here. Its a fact that the Obama Administration is deporting more immigrants than the Bush Administration.

    So as far as actions goes, the Democrats are far worse than the Republicans. So that alone should push supporters of immigration towards Republicans. But its even worse than that.

    Remember, Latinos went for Democrats by a 2-1 ratio over Republicans. So atleast Republicans can blame lack of political support for their decisions. But what can Democrats say for theirs?

    Personally, I find the Democrats far worse.

  • 5 chalan // Aug 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Remember not to long ago when we thought that Obama was going to be a big help to Latinos and finally we were going to have some help addressing Latino issues? Well Obama and the Democrats were waylaid by the Republican far right wing (Limbaugh-Beck), the Latinos in Congress took a permanent holiday, and the Republican Party continues to trash us in the name of patriotism and national security (Arizona, Nebraska). When did I become a security risk? I feel as if we are in that biblical story where the prophet was sent out to find 10 wise men and had to settle for 1. Are there a few Latino leaders in Congress who are willing to stand up as a group and speak out for our community? Are they so afraid of not being elected that they have thrown us all under the bus? Did they lose their spine, sense of direction/community values and honour? While the Republicans in this Congress will go down as the party of no, the Democrats go down as the gang who couldn’t get it right. Latinos in this Congress will go down as “los perdidos”! I’ll makeit easy, not 10, but is there 1 among this elected cabal who will provide some leadership?

  • 6 Jaango // Aug 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    There is much to be said here, but I promise to keep it short.

    Chicano military vets advocated “open access” to the VA, Medicare, and the Indian Health Services for our medical care delivered. Nada.

    We advocated for immigration reform, and nada.

    We advocated for Jobs and done within the historical systemic for OJT contracts for the unemployed, given that historical stats demonstrates that the taxpayers get their invested monies returned within 18 to 24 months. Our battlecry was “Jimmy Carter Cared and Barack Obama Doesn’t”. And nada.

    Therefore, come this January, we expect the Senate Democrats to implement the “Fifty-Five Max” for reforming the filibuster. Additionally, we expect these Democrats to create a “Progressive Caucus” and thusly, we will come to know and concretize just who among these Democrats are really our “friends” and “political allies”. And if not, “all bets are off!”

    Consequently, President Obama will walk off the national stage in November of 2012, with all his failed political trappings for having willingly surrendered his agenda and legacy to these reprehensible Democratic Senators.


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