It is a happy thing that your humble commentator can report that Ted Cruz came to McAllen to address a minor fundraiser. This was one of those X amount for a table operations, in this case 500 Yankee greenbacks for a table of eight. It is a rather strange charging formula, but the tables all sold out. There were many Border Patrol poohbahs, like District Commander and District Patrol Commander who either paid for their tickets or, Heaven forbid, bought a table.
Various Hidalgo County mayors and other elected poobahs were present, along with ranchers and farmers, and of course the exploiting class of slave owners and prison labour contractors. The great majority of the attendees were also Latinos. Of all the attendees, the odds are that about 40% were involved in cross-ethnic matrimonies.
Ted Cruz, in English, went through his litany. In a crowd of Anglos who are very comfortable in a Latino environment, and Latins who think some Anglos don't smell all that bad...the laughter, applause, and backslapping, and cheering was overwhelming.
(1) Enforce the immigration laws we have. Secure the border.
(2) No path to citizenship for anyone who has been deported, who has lived illegally in the United States, who overstayed his/her visa, or who has any convictions for misdemeanours or felonies that involve violence or moral turpitude. "What about the people who played by the rules? What about the people who dodged or caught bullets wearing the uniform of the United States Military?"
(3) Abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, first. Then certain other of the well-known obstacles to the development of a self-reliant small business, tradesmen, and professional class should be eliminated. Unleash the genius.
(4) Defund the Obama Socialised Medicine Initiative. Oppose and fight to the end any increase in the United States Debt Limit.
(5) Absolutely no involvement in Syria. If Syria attacks Lebanon, Jordan, or Israel in a sustained and systematic way, we should consider a defence of those friendly countries, but only after a vote authorising belligerence by the Congress.
As a pretty fair minor league sociologist, social and demographic analyst, and blowhard, it is my desire to remind the OROGs and some of the folks who sneak around the edges of this blog that the Republican Party has all the votes it can wring out of the Latin cohort of the electorate.
It is why, sometimes, I want rightwingers who speak in lumpgroupthink to just shut up. When I hear them say things like, "If they are talking that gibberish, they should be rounded up and sent back to eat beans!!!"
Or worse, the lumpgroupthink Country Clubber "reasonable": Republicans who somehow fuse the kinder and gentler images of immigration, "your tired, and your hungry huddle masses", and some notion that the "Hispanic" has been horribly discriminated against for at least ....say 300 years in the United States....hence the term, 'historically under-utilised or under-employed Hispanic community." You can't have it both ways, of course, on the one hand worrying about immigration issues for people who have been discriminated against by Republicans in the United States for the past 300 years when in fact if the immigrants are just now coming in they cannot be victims of historical discrimination in the United States. Please Think....Country Club snooty snoots!!!!!
"The Hispanic vote must be convinced that we are inclusive and that we are sensitive to Hispanic issues".
THOSE LATINS WHO CAN BE CONVINCED HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONVINCED, AS WERE THE NON-LATIN REPUBLICANS. THEY HAVE BEEN CONVINCED BY THEIR OWN CHROMOSOMES AND INTELLECTUAL ACUMEN.
THE REMAINDER WILL BE CONVINCED AS THEY ARE STANDING IN LINE AT THE GROCERY STORE. AND ONE BY TWO, BY ONE BY THREE, THE LATIN VOTERS WHO BEGIN TO SINCERELY CONSIDER THEIR ALTERNATIVES, WILL COME TO THAT OPEN DOOR. JUST LIKE THE NON-LATINS.
That open door does not say "Welcome, people concerned with Hispanic issues." The door is open, and as the person comes through the door he sees an easel with a writing board, and a greeting. The greeting says "Welcome, everyone, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
The point is that, in Texas, we have about 45% of the Latin vote, as best it can be defined with the considerable inter-marriage between nominally Anglo and nominally Latin peoples. These people really are not concerned with "passing immigration reform". We do not even know what that means to the people who speak in "bilge-blather". They, themselves, do not know what they mean, except that they want to drag down the Republic with people that they themselves consider inferior to the task of being self-sufficient. The "immigration reform" originators are almost entirely Marxists who are dedicated to the idea of turning the entire United States into a northern Honduras....or better, a giant favela like around Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Ted Cruz and I, and the people at the meeting in McAllen - Mission the day before yesterday all see something better than that, and we are not anti-Latin or anti-legal immigration. We are pro-Texian, howver, and we know how to do Texas, and we do it very well.
Thanks for your attention.
El Gringo Viejo