The need and rise of the Latino/Hispanic Independent Voter in 2012
By DeeDee Garcia Blase
This will be my last entry as “Arizona Hispanic Republicans” for the Tucson Citizen. I will now be writing under the HISPANIC POLITICO.
As many of you might already know, I have stepped down as President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS – the largest Hispanic Republican group in the nation. It became the biggest because we grew out of crisis and we were the only ones in the nation who advocated for Immigrant and Latino Rights. SOMOS became nationally known when we rebuked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and State Senator Russell Pearce for demonizing immigrants and Latinos. SOMOS remains in good hands as I have ensured that the organization will not be hijacked by Tea Party extremists and anti-Immigrant supporters.
It’s time for me to divorce the Republican Party, and go an Independent and new direction.
As many of you might already know, I am an Independent registered voter now. I will vote in the Republican primaries for the sole purpose of weeding out the worst Republicans. As an Independent voter who will vote in Republican primaries….I get to vote for the most immigrant friendly GOPers as feasibly possible. Before you laugh at that, realize what effect we could have as a bunch of Latino Independents and how we could actually bring about some upsets for restrictionists and isolationists in both parties.
THE NATIONAL TEQUILA PARTY MOVEMENT.
I am ready to unleash my passions within the National Tequila Party Movement. That’s where the real power is at because I get to work with the broader political spectrum and people across the nation during a time in which Latino Republican voter strength continues to dwindle. Little do people know how the Tequila Party (where most members and leaders are of Mexican descent) will turn into a type of an American Party because we are the compassionate ones who remember that immigrants made this nation great. We are the ones who still believe that the United States is that Shining City on a Hill and we still believe we are a beacon to the whole world. The Tequila Party will prove that Latinos are just as patriotic as any other ethnic class because we know we have shed our blood, too, in American wars. It is not the fault of Hispanics for leaving the GOP. Latino Republicans are dwindling because of Republican extremists like Tom Tancredo, J.D. Hayworth, Russell Pearce, Jan Brewer, Pete Wilson, Joe Arpaio, Marco Rubio (Latino Republican who is anti-immigrant), Lamar Smith, Steve King, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Sharron Angle, Virgil Peck, and so one.
THE POWER IS WITH THE PEOPLE.
I have known it all along: The key to 2012 is to motivate Latinos to vote. In fact, I believe 2012 will be the year of the Hispanics when we vote in droves because we are fed up. They should not feel disgruntled about the status quote, but instead be glad with the rising population numbers in our class as we look ahead and take matters into our own hands. We have the power to change the course of this country. We want to revive the American Revolution and we are not afraid of immigrants because we know immigrants made this country a great one. We are in control of our destinies to a point. We should continue to change what is in our power to change, and that means we need to vote more assertively. If Latinos don’t vote, it is our own fault for the situation that we are in. If only Latinos could play the political game the way we play soccer and how passionate and strategic we are about futbol.
Being an Independent voter puts us in a “free agent” type of status. Both parties have to work harder to woo us and this is a good position for us to be in, particularly when the Party we might have ‘believed in’ took advantage of our votes. As more of us become registered Independent voters, both parties will tread carefully on issues that are near and dear to our hearts like the broken immigration system and our wanting to fix it. It doesn’t stop at immigration, we look ahead at securing our interests via redistricting issues, and ensuring fairness to that regard.
More importantly, an Independent voter recognizes how the far right and the far left are truly ruining this country. There needs to be more Independent voters to moderate policy discussion so that we can bring this nation back on the right course. The right course is being able to work across the aisle. Federal lawmakers need to take care of American business. We need to be united on the tough issues and not be for government shut downs and etc.
We ought to learn a small lesson from Malcolm X specifically regarding his views during Civil Rights era for African-Americans to become Independent Voters. But, substitute Civil Rights era with the Immigrant / Latino Rights era in today’s climate.
Little did I know how accurate X was on pushing for the Independent voter to influence POLICY ISSUES. Latinos should should learn from this specifically as it relates to the immigration issue and fixing what we all know is broken.
In order for Latinos to push for IMMIGRATION FIXES, we must get more involved. As more of us register as Independents. This will force R’s and D’s in a position to work harder for our votes and they will not be able to predict our voting behavior. This is good for them not to predict and take advantage of us. Both sides must work on fixing the broken immigration voters.