Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Idiot of Tom Tancredo

Today I was watching Univsion's Al Punto, a Sunday morning news show. Some liberal Hispanics wanted to portray Republicans as anti-Hispanic, which is incorrect. The majority of Republicans support Hispanics and have similar values. The reality is there are stupid out of touch idiots in the GOP, and one is running for president (aka Tom Tancredo) , but this a minority in the party. The reality is his presidency is a HUGE long shot says alot about our country and the GOP.

Tom Tancredo is an idiot. This is proven by statements like these:

"Bilingualism is a great asset for any individual, but it has perilous consequences for a nation," Tancredo said.

Que CM!

While I completely belive that EVERY person planning on working and succcedding in this great nation MUST learn and speak English, Tancredo's statement of the evils of being multi-lingual is ridiculous.

America must compete in a global world. We must prepare ourselves to speak many languages. You can see how our lack of languages is even hurting us in the war on terror, where we do not have enough Arabic speaking Americans. YET this person who wants to run for President prefers we keep our heads in the sand and only speak English while the rest of the world competes against us. Bilingualism is not a peril for our society! Keeping ones culture is not a peril of our society! Ignorance is the problem. We in the Hispanic community must make sure we learn American culture (which we do! example ME) and and master the language, as do does every ethnic group in this country.

Speaking at a Spanish debate is not pandering, it's called communicating and using every opportunity. Maybe if Tancredo tried it, he wouldn't be in last place on every poll. But then again, his substance speaks for itself, and clearly the American people are not enchanted by this one trick pony.

And while I wanted to scream at some people speaking on "Al Punto," (and still do) I will focus now on watching the Univision debate tonight and relish in my happiness that I don't have to listen to the likes of Tom Tancredo. Instead I will focus on all the candidates who care about EVERY American voter, while still standing against illegal immigration and finding a real solution to the problem, care enough to talk directly to Hispanic voters.


Henry Gomez said...

Wow, welcome back after a long layoff. Tancredo is a jackass. This anti-immigrant bent the Republicans have taken is so short sighted it's ridiculous. Hispanics are religious, conservative people who aspire to the American dream and in surveys say they hope to own their own businesses at a higher rate than non-Hispanics. In short, a perfect audience for the Republican vision of small but reliable government that protects a level playing field without confiscatory taxes.

The GOP was gaining ground with Hispanics until 2004. Now? Fuggetaboutit

Robert said...

Welcome back indeed!

Agree about Tancredo. He gives Republicans AND conservatives a bad rap. However, I'm just as disgusted at the Hispanic MSM types (cough cough, Jorge Ramos, cough cough) who seem to show an anti-Americanism that is just below the surface but palpable. These are the people that give the impression that they don't give a crap if you don't learn English AND have the nerve to demand that Americans learn Spanish. Case in point: the recent Republican Debate on Univision. That was an embarrassment for me as a fully bilingual Hispanic and proud American. Another example was their coverage of the recent immigration demonstrations in cities such as Los Angeles where a loud and boisterous minority of Hispanics snubbed their noses at Americans and the USA. This I believe is the root of the backlash you see amongst some folks who were already inclined to be xenophobic and have been given free reign to act that way in front of all of us.

Raul said...

Hola Sirimba,

I know you posted this a while ago but just wanted to say, estoy de acuerdo.

This was a very good post and in fact, USA has always been multilingual.

The native American languages precede all other languages here and have full co-official status. Spanish preceded English in Florida and in all Southwestern states prior to the Mexican War-- and by law, has equal status to English. Aleutian languages are protected in Alaska, Hawaiian within Hawaii.

IOW all Americans in Florida and the Southwest, not just Latinos, should be able to communicate español.

It's interesting that among the GOP candidates, John McCain by far has been the most respectful and alert to this fact. He was also the only candidate in the GOP to agree to the earlier Univision debate for the party. It's one reason that among most Florida Cubans that I know, John McCain is their candidate.

Tenemos que reconocer y dar respecto a los Latinos en este país, estamos el futuro aquí y especialmente en Florida y los estados del Suroeste!