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America Nears El Tipping Pointo – With Ignorance

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In a recent articles in both the Huffington Post and  Latina magazine online, Ann Coulter is highlighted as attacking hispanics.  You can read her entire musings here.  As always, Coulter  serves as the conservative right’s “in your face “attack dog”.   The fact that she’s considered pretty perhaps makes it easier (and more scary) for some to sit there and listen to her ignorant pronouncements; pronouncements that serve to stir the emotions of many on both sides.  We’ve all heard snippets likes “Our Blacks are so much better than their Blacks.”  Snippets meant to incite, meant to gain publicity, divide, and meant to get her paid.

Coulter does not care about this country.  She may argue differently, but ultimately, her words and rhetoric speak far louder.  She is paid to be hateful, something that she seems to enjoy doing when you watch her on conservative news programs. The sad part in all of this is that Coulter will often mix in “facts” without citing the sources; this means that more often than not, her facts are pure fiction. I continue to submit to those who bother to pay attention to her diatribes that rather than have an emotional reaction to her statements, it’s important to understand the purpose of the statements and dissect them appropriately.

I refer back to my November 17th blog where I critiqued and discussed the need for the Republican party to evolve and become more inclusive.  Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal have both moved forward in publicly decreeing the need for Republicans to move past this election cycle. These men along with the McCain women have noted that the party must diffuse  the perception that it cannot move past this election loss with grace and dignity.  The party itself has to take the long view to ensure its sustainability by no longer pandering to extremist. In fact, this notion was bolstered more so by Speaker of the House John Boehner’s decision to remove Tea Party Republicans from key financial committees in the House.

In fact, in spite of Coulter stating clearly on the Sean Hannity Show  that the Republicans should cave to Obama on the issue of taxes because “We lost the election“, she and the most conservative among the GOP can’t seem to let this election go.  So they write what they write without any real logic or reasoning…  just emotion.

And while that is good for rallying up the crazy crew, it provides no value or service to the citizens of this great union.  In fact, Coulter’s recent musings about Latinos is straight out of Lee Atwater’s 1981 Southern Strategy play book with respect to using her scribes to speak to her constituency in code.  The underlying message is that by 2024 “you” (Whites) will be the minority and that is a scary thing.  Why? Could it be because connected to that message is the subliminal and irrational fear that “they” may treat “us” like “we’ve” treated “them”?

Let’s take a moment and really look at what Ann Coulter is saying.  After all, she is no Rachel Maddow, when she talks, it’s more like verbal vomit and not necessarily factually based.

“What the youth vote shows is not that young people are nitwits who deserve lives of misery and joblessness, as I had previously believed, but that America is hitting the tipping point on our immigration policy.  The youth vote is a snapshot of elections to come if nothing is done to reverse the deluge of unskilled immigrants pouring into the country as a result of Ted Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.  Eighty-five percent of legal immigrants since 1968 have come from the Third World. A majority of them are in need of government assistance.”

  • Ok, let’s look at this. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act was passed and we saw it’s implementation in effect by 1968.  This means in a 44 year period (1968-2012)  Coulter can’t speak to which ethnic groups have come here during that time?  Ms. Coulter said a majority of them are in need of government assistance but there are no facts as to how many received any assistance.  There is no data to support how many received assistance in 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, or even 2008.    This matters because while Mexicans were Latin America’s largest immigrant group after the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, there was also an influx of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrant groups as well.  However, Coulter speaks of no other immigrant group.  Why is that?
  • Further, according to data provided by the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, over 9/10 of “subsidies” go to the elderly, disabled, and working households. “Federal budget and Census data show that, in 2010, 91 percentof the benefit dollars from entitlement and other mandatory programs went to the elderly (people 65 and over), the seriously disabled, and members of working households.  People who are neither elderly nor disabled — and do not live in a working household — received only 9 percent of the benefits.” (Source: CBPP) So how much actually goes to immigrants?
  • Additionally, according to a 2008 article in Bloomberg Businessweek entitled, “Immigrants Are More Likely to Be Entrepreneurs”, there is conclusive evidence based on a survey of 2.054 companies, that immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurs by establishing a small business niche in local communities.  50% of Silicon Valley engineers and tech startups were founded by immigrants in comparison to 25% nationally. “Now, a November 2008 study by Robert W. Fairlie, a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, gives the strongest evidence to date that critics of open-immigration policies have misjudged the impact of immigrants on the U.S. economy.” (Source: Bloomberg Business Small Business, Immigrants are More Likely to Be Entrepreneurs-  on November 25, 2008)
  •  Coulter completely fails to define “third world”.  Are we talking third world in terms of political and civil rights? Or in terms of economics and the country’s Gross National Product (GNP)?  Or perhaps she defines third world in the context of human development, poverty, or freedom of the press.

This distinction matters.  It matters because  when you attack an ethnic group and set them up to essentially have to defend itself against lies and distortions, you need to be prepared to support your lies with facts.  While snippets and sound bites sell books and get you a place on television, the truth always comes to light. However, I suppose the ignorant and extremist will cling onto the mistaken notion that Hispanics and Latinos are the same. Immigrants from another country of origin who speak the same language, have babies out of wedlock, lacking in formal education or civility… Except we aren’t.  That’s like suggesting all eastern Europeans are essentially one in the same, especially if they share a common language.  Except, they aren’t.

“That profile has nothing to do with recent Hispanic immigrants, who — because of phony “family reunification” rules — are the poorest of the world’s poor.  More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate. As Heather MacDonald has shown, the birthrate of Hispanic women is twice that of the rest of the population, and their unwed birthrate is one and a half times that of blacks.”

  • Again, facts are skewed and distorted.  Heather MacDonald’s 2006 article can be found here .  The fact is that she focuses on the Mexican population and uses the term “hispanic” interchangeably with Mexicans.  Additionally, the reasoning (fear) behind the MacDonald report is in part a concern for family values and structure but more importantly to bring home the notion of fear with respect to a White minority in America. “The dimensions of the Hispanic baby boom are startling. The Hispanic birthrate is twice as high as that of the rest of the American population. That high fertility rate—even more than unbounded levels of immigration—will fuel the rapid Hispanic population boom in the coming decades. By 2050, the Latino population will have tripled, the Census Bureau projects. One in four Americans will be Hispanic by mid-century, twice the current ratio. In states such as California and Texas, Hispanics will be in the clear majority. Nationally, whites will drop from near 70 percent of the total population in 2000 to just half by 2050. Hispanics will account for 46 percent of the nation’s added population over the next two decades, the Pew Hispanic Center reports.” (Source: Heather MacDonald – “Hispanic Family Values”, City Journal, Autumn 2006)

The reality is there are disparities among Latinos related to class, culture, politics, policy, and socioeconomic status. and immigration reform.  Similar to that of other immigrant groups who came here, including Germans, Polish, Jews, the Irish, the English, Italians, etc.  Things change with the passing of each generation.  For example, contrary to the claims of Coulter and MacDonald, a November 30, 2012 Pew Research Center study has shown that birth rates among Americans have in fact dropped with Latinas showing the largest decline.

Coulter claims that by 2024, America will have a white minority.  It is inevitable.  And not something to fear.  The factors that will bring about this reality aren’t just a growing Latino population, but an increase in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial relationships that have produced non-White babies, including Barack Obama and my own child.  By in large, many of these households consider themselves progressive households because at their core, their relationships have been considered “progressive” in a society that so long been seeped in institutionalizing racism.

Ms. Coulter, in your article, you skew your facts in order to form a more perfect distortion that Obama won because the majority of our fellow Americans voted for him.  Now it is time for you and your extreme right to consider working with the party moderates to determine how to better at engage the party and diversify the membership. Again, as you acknowledged on Sean Hannity’s show, “We lost the election, Sean.” So get over it and move on with it.

Until then, this married with one child American born legal Latina with a Master’s degree thanks you for the amusing chuckles you provide and the opportunity to respond with data to your insidious claims.

Respectfully,

Akilah Rosado-McQueen

Sarah Palin? Oh no!

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Today, I decided to get acquainted with Gov. Palin. I figured, no matter what, she’s the first woman who was nominated by a major party to serve as VP on a presidential ticket. I figured I owed it to her to look at her state’s website, browse through her newsletters, her accomplishments, etc. You know, its what we should do, be informed voters.

However, the problem I encountered was that I could not access any of her newsletters even though there were links that should have taken me as far back as December 2007. I kept getting a “Object Not Found!” on all the Alaska First newsletters. Hmmm, I decided that would not deter me, I want to know who Sarah Palin is. I mean, if she is there to represent mothers and women in politics, if she is the second coming of Hillary Clinton, then, hey!, I really want to know this woman.

Then I get an email from a colleague which is essentially an open letter entitled “About Sarah Palin” written by an Anne Kilkenny who seems to have really done some research of Gov. Palin. She refers to Gov. Palin’s ability to hold secrets. That doesn’t fit the description of a straight talking, shoot from the hip lady she appears to represent herself as. In fact, Anne says that Sarah (cause we are all salt of the earth women here, we can use first names) wasn’t quite the mayor, but the town was run by a county administrator because Palin’s decision making skills as a legislator and executive were questionable. No, no, they MUST have this wrong because the Sarah Palin I met on MSNBC told me that she was more qualified than Barack Obama BECAUSE of her experience as mayor… I mean, he was only a community organizer while she was mayor… so I said, yes, this must be that sexism thing that McCain’s people were talking about and so I must find out who Sarah Palin is.

Well, I learned that Sarah Palin was born in Idaho and her parents moved to Alaska when she was just an infant. Her high school nickname was Sarah Barracuda because of her intense sports play, her drive and ambition, and her alleged level of aggression and questionable morality when she focused on a goal. I don’t know about anyone else, but in my world, as a woman, its something that we need to do to move ahead and hey, she always led team prayer.
She admits to smoking marijuana, even thought she didn’t like it and participated in a beauty contest or two. Hey, can you be mad at the woman? Her bio goes on to provide the story of Palin’s rise from City Council to Mayor to Governor and ultimately, her being passed over for a US Senate appointment. Notice, appointment, not being voted in, she was also passed over for a Lt. Governor position before ultimately becoming governor.

So what do I know about Sarah Palin, what does my research yield? I found Palin to be a scary woman. She would turn back a woman’s right to choose regardless of circumstances including cases of rape or incest that would result in a pregnancy. I found Palin to have a very narrow view of the world, particularly since she’s never travelled outside the continental US. I found Palin to be a fundamentalist Christian, which is scary since it was the fundamentalist Muslim that gave us 9/11. It leads one to ask, what would be the result of a fundamentalist Christian in the White House and how would that impact our foreign relations, oh wait, I think Bush provides a good preview of that answer. My bad.

I found that Palin distorts the truth. Here are a few examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”
THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”
PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”
THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.
PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”
THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.
Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.
He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise. * Source: Associated Press: Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.

Now, alot of people would criticize Palin for her lack of foreign policy experience. The fact is, she does not need foreign policy experience, for the Republicans, McCain is the man with the master plan for that. But Palin does need a few things as VP. First, a clear understanding of what the job of the VP of the United State actually is. So for all you Palinites, this is for you: “The Vice President of the United States[1] is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president, serving out the balance of that presidential term no matter how much or little time remains in it. Every presidential term ends on January 20 of the year immediately after a presidential election. As designated by the Constitution of the United States, the vice president also serves as the President of the Senate, and may break tie votes in that chamber.[2] He or she may be assigned additional duties by the president but, as the Constitution assigns no executive powers to the vice president, in performing such duties he or she acts only as an agent of the president.” *Source: Wikipedia

Second, most people who reach the executive level of national government, typically have post graduate degrees or experience. This is not a measure of intelligence, rather, the academic rigors really hones your critical thinking skills and provides a measure of professional development that college does not; particularly among those who aren’t quite critical thinkers and problem solvers naturally. Sarah Palin recieved a BA from the University of Idaho, with a minor in political science. I guess it helps to stay in the midwest if you want to run for city council, mayor, and governor in the midwest, but without a clear understanding of the rest of the country, I don’t think Palin is prepared to represent all Americans.

Wars oversees impact the production, costs, and local economy of all states. Palin was not quite clear on that prior to her rehearsal for the RNC since she has been quoted as saying this war is “God’s will”. Separation of church and state for that woman? Not at all. In fact, Palin has made many a quote relative to her love for Jesus and his impact on the local economy and politics impacting Alaskans.

The fact is, Palin is as excessively fundamentalist and facist as some of these so-called terrorists. Her words echo Islamic extremist. Should the McCain/Plain duo reach their goals of becoming the top two executives at the White House, I would think that we would see our country worsen. I think the poor would become even more so. I think the inability to understand other cultures, people, and customs would further erode our standing and respect on the national stage. I think Palin is a sign. A sign that while women have come so far, she represents the very worse of us, she represents everything we’ve fought for through the Suffrage Movement. She represents a step back into time, when a pretty, youthful woman, can act smart and tough, but lacks any substantive character at a time when we need it most. Palin is no Hillary Clinton, she actually should not be mentioned in the same sentance for Clinton deserves our respect for doing this right. Even Emily’s List has issued reasons why she is wrong for this country…

Sarah Palin? Oh no, not at all. She’s all wrong. Wrong for you, wrong for me, wrong for this country.