The Tea Party extremists are revealing their game plan little by little. They had their targets set on a fine statesman such as Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana. Apparently Lugar was not extremist enough for them in much the same way the Tea Party supporters viewed Senator John McCain of Arizona when they backed JD Hayworth who was within 5 points of McCain at one time during the 2010 elections.
What was the difference?
The Latino population in Indiana is not as high as it is here in Arizona. Mexican-American voters were the key swing vote for McCain that ultimately got him re-elected in the Senate preventing the Tea Party nativist JD Hayworth from winning that seat. The same was true in the State of Nevada when Hispanics saved Senator Harry Reid’s position when Sharron Angle depicted Latinos as criminals.
Does this mean Latinos should never have tried to rock the Latino vote in the State of Indiana in support of Senator Lugar?
Latinos did the right thing in utilizing resources, talents and energy to support Senator in every way that we could. We owed it to Lugar to give it our all because he voted for our youth via the DREAM Act. The Democratic Senate Candidate via Joe Donnelly did not vote for the DREAM in 2010 as a Congressman, and now he is collateral damage to the Democratic Party for the upcoming 2012 Presidential elections as Latino leaders and immigration leaders become hawkish — particularly in key swing Presidential states.
Just as we viewed the dixiecrats during the Civil Rights era in American history, and Civil Rights Act supporters in the 1960′s … we will view Senator Lugar as one of the few and last Republican leaders who supported immigrant youth and children in our current struggle and era. Both Richard Mourdock and Congressman Joe Donnelly are the modern-day dixiecrats and both will be remembered as such as politicians continue to cast votes that are recorded and remembered by the fastest growing demographic in our Nation.
Senator Lugar will be remembered to Latinos as an amigo, because he was one of the few who had courage to do the right thing while the others cowardly demonized immigrants in December of 2010.
We want to thank Lugar from the bottom of our hearts. And if he ever wants to run for the President of the United States of America, he will be remembered as an amigo that did not betray us or use us for political expediency when all others jumped on the bandwagon to demonize Latinos and immigrants.
The results from tonight’s Indiana race confirms one thing to us: We must continue to focus on states with high Hispanic population where our political leverage is the best.
The Tea Party will ultimately be the demise of the GOP as the Republican Party has allowed Kris Kobach, the Heritage Foundation, American Works, Americans for Tax Reform to be the face of their Party. The Party of “Hell No” can only get them so far and it is simply unreasonable to believe politicians cannot work from across the aisle.
Thank you, Senator Lugar. You are the epitome of a boyscout.
Matthew Tully of Indystar.com said it best when he wrote:
For Sen. Richard Lugar, this isn’t the way it should have ended.
A revered and reasonable statesman shouldn’t lose in a low-turnout election marked by voter anger and non-voter apathy. His career shouldn’t end with an ineffective campaign that turned desperate and even sad in its final days. Most important, a lawmaker who spent decades diligently addressing big issues and tackling looming crises shouldn’t be treated as a pariah simply because he viewed the other side as fellow Americans, and not enemy combatants.
Público que asistió al evento de “tequila party” en la primera fila vemos a los integrantes de Indiana’s Dream Initiative.
DeeDee Blase García, presidente y fundadora del National Tequila Party.
Javier Barrera, integrante del Latino Youth Collective de IUPUI. Explicando que un número no tiene que detenerte en tu sueño.
Tambien comparó la situacion de la gente indocumentada a la de la gente indigena en méxico, los cuales son rezagados de la sociedad.