Debate is still legal, last I checked
Posted by aogMonday, 10 September 2007 at 21:54 TrackBack Ping URL

This is dumb

But when Univision–the Spanish-language network with the top-rated local newscast in 16 media markets–scheduled an historic GOP debate on Latino issues for Sept. 16 in Miami, a week after a similar forum for Democrats, only Arizona Sen. John McCain accepted.

I am adamantly opposed to pandering to ethnic groups by sacrificing the ideals and laws of our nation. However, I can’t see how participating in this debate, even though its in Spanish, does that. This is the kind of outreach the GOP should be doing, instead of accomodating law breakers. It would be an excellent venue to argue that illegal immigration isn’t good for legal Hispanic immigrants either. A candidate might even promise that once we have the border under some sort of control, he will support increasing immigration quotas (I still favor the “1%” solution). I think it’s a missed opportunity show that opposition to open borders is not the same as racism.

[via Brothers Judd]

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Boyar Tuesday, 11 September 2007 at 09:19

Yeah, that’s a smart take on it— the Republicans should definitely participate in this, just for the reasons you say. The language is just a medium to communicate something to the audience, and Republican ideas transfer just as well into Spanish as any other language. It’s a bad idea to just forfeit this debate, it hands over a lot of votes to the Democrats. They have been using Spanish in many states since around 1820 or so, the country’s done just fine. It’s not the language used that matters, it’s the ideas that are communicated. The GOP should be in this debate.

Rick Tuesday, 11 September 2007 at 18:09

The first responsibility of our federal government is to defend the borders and citizens of the United States of America. The founders of this nation wrote the Bill of Rights and the constution of the United States for the leagel citizens of the United States not for the World or other countries. As a member of A-BUS (American Born United States Citizens) I ask people who would like to become part of a private group dedicated to eliminating the anchor baby, building the fence and providing a document that will ID all of the leagle US Citizens please e-mail m-abus@yahoo.com with your address and contact information to join this new group dedicated to US citizens and jobs for us and providing services among us to each of us.

Thanks

Rick President of A-BUS

Michael Herdegen Tuesday, 11 September 2007 at 20:38

The borders are being defended EXACTLY as well as the vast majority of A-BUSes want, i.e., enough to keep out invading armies but not enough to keep out cheap labor.

The recent Congressional debate over immigration reform drove home that point, in spades.

It should be noted, however, that although the majority of U.S. citizens don’t much care about illegal immigration, they do seem to want to keep it illegal; there’s strong opposition to cracking down on illegal immigration, coupled with vastly larger legal immigration quotas.

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