I'm not so sure we need to rehash the McCain thing. Unfortunately not enough conservatives stood up during the primaries to make a difference. It could have been that liberals crossed the isle to elect McCain for us or it was more likely that there are enough moderate republicans who wanted an amnesty bill that voted for McCain. I think once he was nominated you did the right thing to vote for him. At that point you had to fight for the lesser of two evils. Fred Thompsom had some flaws too. He was my favorite but some things that I read about him and his support for the League of Nations were a little troublesome. I guess there's no such thing as a perfect candidate. I liked Romney but being from Massachusetts I found his handling of the gay marriage issue downright cowardly and his healthcare bill in Mass was unconstitutional.
We have problems with all of our boarders, but drugs and criminals come across our southern border in staggering numbers. Millions of illegal mexicans are currently in this country using illegal SS #'s and working for substandard wages. My parents live in a neighborhood in Florida that was once a nice quiet place for elderly people to settle in and retire. Now there are only a handful of Americans left there and my parents can't sell their house. The neighborhood has deteriorated and my mom substitutes at a local school where the Mexican children joke around about never have to work because they can live on American welfare now. You can read my other post to see more of my feelings on immigration. We need immigration, it needs to be legal and limited. I'm only against a migrant worker program in that they must come here to work if they want then go home when they are done.
Mark I am against immigration that is not legal. But our system and geopolitical circumstances at times have created these problems. For instance, under the Reagan administration we were fighting the Sandinista government and the FMLN in El Salvador and many Nicaraguans and Salvadorians moved to the U.S. to escape the war. Many of these immigrants were of legal status and some had temporary work permits that allowed them to work legally, but they were not legal permanent residents, and remained for almost 12 years. Others followed their families and came with out proper documents. Many of them have children that are born here and many have children that came with them that are in their teens and have the same problems their fathers and mothers have (they’re here legally but they are not legal permanent residents or some others are undocumented). I have an uphill battle to convince the Latino population that the Republican Party is the party of inclusion, that the Republicans are people with feelings and good heart and that we are fighting for equality for everyone.
When you see a Latino what do you see? Do you see a person, or do you see an illegal immigrant? That’s the question that I can answer to anyone. Usually I am perceived by others as an illegal immigrant, even though I am an American citizen. Most of the times when I am talking to vendors or people that sell a product that my company requires, I am confronted with people that don’t understand my heavily accented English or don’t want to understand my English ( I use my wife Deborah to talk most of the times). I have been discriminated to the point that hate has been expressed to me. I am who I am and nothing is going to change that fact. Who is going to change the perception that almost forty million Latinos have against the Republican Party and the people in that party? I’m determined to do it? Are you game? I don’t want anyone to be politically correct. I prefer the truth to my face rather than hypocrisy.
Look at this report written before the recent elections and check the reality of the Latinos in the U.S. (www.pewhispanic.org). I would also like for people to check the American History years 1852 and the “Native Americans Beware of the Foreign Influence”. Immigration between 1870 and 1910, during the “Industrial America” 35 % of the total population were immigrants or children of immigrants. “The American Protective Association,” “America for Americans” in the 1920. The perception of the Latino community is not in favor of the Republican members and they might relate us Republicans with past histories.
I know what I have to do and I will continue to fight for a real solution to immigration, one that integrates immigrants to American values, history and culture, the other to integrate immigrants to the values and philosophy of the Republican Party. I know what I am going to do.
PS: I proudly voted for McCain because of national security.