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Jose Antonio Lopez - It's Now or Never for the Republican Party

Jose Antonio Lopez - It's Now or Never for the Republican Party

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López: It’s now or never 
 
By José Antonio López
Last Updated: 13 November 2012SAN ANTONIO, November 13 -
In the words of Elvis Presley, “It’s now or never” for the
Republican Party.The party can either continue on its path to self-destruction or return to its roots as the party of Abraham Lincoln. In analyzing voting trends, over 70 percent of Hispanic citizens voted forPresident Obama. The message is clear. Even after facing a record-setting dollar amount innegative advertising, Hispanics soundly rejected the Republican brand. To use a trendy phrase,
Republicans are now “bummed out.”
 The question is why the shock and awe with the results? The fact is that the Tea Party-led
Republicans can’t have it both ways. On the one hand they can’t continue their relentless
campaign of bigotry against Hispanics; while at the same time expect those same citizens to votefor them.
To prove the level of bigotry, retired Col. Larry Wilkerson, Gen. Colin Powell’s Chief 
-of-Staff,
and a lifelong Republican said the following of the Republican Party. “My party is full of racists.
Their hatred toward President Obama has nothing to do with his abilities as commander-in-chief and President. They hate him only because of the co
lor of his skin.”
 
Even Speaker Boehner believes his party is on the wrong track. Following are the Speaker’scomments: “Well I think what Republicans need to learn is – 
how do we speak to all Americans?You know, not just to people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all
Americans?”
 
Those are good questions and are at the root of the problem. While I can’t speak for other 
minorities who also rejected the scary Republican agenda, as a citizen of Spanish Mexican-descent, I can help Speaker Boehner answer his questions. I offer the following suggestions.Learn to accept the re-
 browning of America. It’s going to happen. Deny it at your own peril.
 
Don’t whitewash Hispanics. We are not Anglos. Those of us of Spanish Mexican
-descentcitizens are a blend of both white and brown (Native American) bloodlines. We like it that way.
Kick the Tea Party out of your party. While you’re at it, throw the Southern Strategy rascals out.
They are the ones who from the 1960s have led your party away from the freedom ideals of Abraham Lincoln. In case readers have forgotten, the Southern Strategy politicians now rule the
 
Republican Party. They are the same type of southern racists that left the Democratic Party as a
result of LBJ’s 1964 Civil Rights Act. Quite simply, they don’t realize the Civil War is over.
Republicans, stop your persecution of Mexican-descent citizens in the Southwest. Close youranti-diversity legislation laboratory in Arizona. Reinstate Mexican American Studies programs.
Republicans, stop your English Only oppression. You can’t pretend to want to attract Hispanics
and then prevent them from speaking the language of their Spanish Mexican pioneer ancestors.
Most of all, realize that there’s no such thing as a one
-size-fits-a
ll Hispanic. That‘s why Florida
Senator Rubio was useless to the Republicans in attracting Hispanics. He does not speak forMexican-descent Hispanics of the Southwest; the largest group (30 million-plus). The same goesfor your other token Hispanic surrogates.Republicans (in Austin), stop neglecting South Texas (especially, the Rio Grande Valley). This
region of loyal, extremely patriotic citizens has been punished enough since 1848. There’s a
deliberate absence of permanent economic development. Fix it! Build the full-service RioGrande Valley Veterans Hospital now. Stop the Berlin Wall-type fence on our southern border.Offer to mutually resolve the border violence created by the insatiable drug use on the U.S. side.Republicans, if you dig your heels
in, you’re going to sink. Soften your hearts. Mexican
-descentU.S. citizens only want an opportunity to seek the American Dream. Long ostracized in poverty-ridden barrios, many still need temporary social network lifelines, such as bi-lingual education inthe lower grades, college tuition loans, and career training programs. They seek educationopportunities, jobs, fair wages, affordable health insurance, and safe/secure housing. Their needsare the same as non-Hispanic white citizens. Just because they as
k for a helping hand doesn’tmake them “takers.”
Republicans, stop equating U.S. Hispanics with illegal immigrants. Many have been here longerthan you and your ancestors. Learn about pre-1836 Texas and Southwest history. Read about theconcept behind the Nuevo México settlements. Equally, learn of the Villas del Norte whosefamilies were split in half in 1848. Only then will you learn why the Spanish Mexican threads arewoven so deeply into the tapestry of the Borderlands on both sides of the Rio Grande.In summary, the picture that emerges is not kind to Republicans. Their party is at an intersection.It can either embrace the re-browning of America as a natural process or continue to follow theanti-diversity agenda of the Tea Party. By voting for President Obama, Hispanics are united insupporting a leader who will protect their hard-won civil rights. Clearly, they are no longer onelarge mass of uneducated laborers. They are not intimidated by voter suppression. Their voiceswill continue to be heard during our elections process from this day forward.By the way, for those Tea Party-ers who find it hard to accept that fact and vowed to move toCanada if President Barack Hussein Obama was re-
elected, there’s some bad news. Canadadoesn’t want you
!
 José Antonio (Joe) López was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and is a USAF Veteran. He now
lives in Universal City, Texas. He is the author of two books: “The Last Knight (Don BernardoGutierrez de Lara Uribe, A Texas Hero),” and “Nights of Wailing,
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