May 7, 2013
I guess that Gov Richardson would not call me a Hispanic either
Now I know just how Justice Clarence Thomas feels. Many blacks don't think that he is a black because he is a conservative and doesn't dance to the rhythms of Jackson & Sharpton.
Gov Richardson, the son of an American man and Mexican woman, does not think that Senator Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant and American mother, is Hispanic.
What am I missing here?
Governor Richardson said this on Sunday:
"ABC News: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?
"No, no. He's anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don't think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He's a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas' choice. But what I don't like is... when you try to get things done, it's okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But I've seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington."" (ABC News)
Again, what is Gov Richardson talking about?
I think that he is saying that Senator Cruz does not qualify as Hispanic because he is a conservative.
So is that the new standard for being a Hispanic now?
Actually, it is Gov Richardson who is "demeaning" and violating "civility".
He is saying that Hispanic is a political ideology not an ethnic group. In other words, we are all Hispanics if we voted for Obama and "not-Hispanics" if we had the good sense to vote for Romney.
This is insulting and sends the wrong message to young Hispanics. It's the "plantation" thinking of the old South. Play by the rules or we will send the dogs out for you.
So why would Gov Richardson say something like that? The answer is to change the subject from the total and complete indifference of the Obama administration toward Hispanics.
It is politically more convenient to distract Hispanics with Senator Cruz's ethnicity than to explain the very high Hispanic unemployment rate under President Obama!
Or, to explain why President Obama did not propose immigration when he had control of both the Senate or House.
Or, why the Senate Democrats have never put an immigration reform bill to a vote.
President Obama and the Democrats have never delivered on immigration. Gov Richardson, and many Democrats, are hoping that "hispanos" will forget about that with senseless attacks on the authenticity of another Hispanic.
I guess that keeping Hispanics distracted with nonsense is the mission of the Democrat Party these days.