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  •  The tremendous fallacy here... (7+ / 0-)

    is that if, as Krauthammer and others note, Latinos' entrepreneurship and family values actually made them conservative, they would be voting Republican RIGHT NOW.  Luckily for us, there are so many layers these dolts don't understand.

    First, the "entrepreneurship" and "family values" these guys see in immigrants, etc., isn't what they hope they see.  Fact is, people everywhere will do what it takes to survive and will provide for their families first.  Even if it sucks.  This obviously doesn't make everyone on earth a sexually repressed Calvinist in the modern-day Republican mold.  This certainly doesn't make everyone happy with the way things are.  Just because I will try to do my best under the current rules doesn't mean I think those rules are fair and that I don't strenuously want those rules to be changed in my favor.

    Second, and moreover, Krauthammer and his ilk fail to understand what we all clearly see---that the Republican Party is an overtly racist organization with overtly racist members and a platform in which racism is a central and necessary feature.  Sure, the story they tell themselves is that they don't hate anyone per se, they just hate lazy minorities (I have actually heard this in relatively polite conversation---"I don't have anything against blacks, but I hate n*ggers."  WTF are you saying?); and if minorities want to "work hard" and "play by the rules," they're okay.  So therefore, they're not racist, you see?  But if your acceptance of other people is contingent upon their being exactly like you (or rather, how you would like to see yourself) and knowing their place, you are a huge fucking racist and a dick to boot.  The Republican Party is a suburban and rural Christian whites-only organization that will accept the occasional Uncle Tom (and his Latino, Asian, Jewish, etc., equivalent).  No one wants to vote for people who hate them; no one wants to be ruled by people who will demand they apologize for their culture and history.

    •  Superbly Put (2+ / 0-)
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      I was going to comment, but you've said all I wanted to say and said it more effectively than I ever could.

      This belief that Latinos are a natural fit for the GOP is both condescending and delusional.   They have really been hurt by their one positive Latino experience (the old anti-Castro Cubans), which they continue to use as an all-purpose, culturally insensitive, template for Latino outreach.  They want to believe there is a large cohort of Marco Rubios out there (in contrast to all the bad, lazy Latinos) and they will search in vain to find enough of them to win elections.

      Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

      by Fatherflot on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:32:30 PM PST

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