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Republicans Continue War On Women, Hispanics

August 17, 2015

No matter where one sits there is no way not to be shocked for what is passing as political dialogue among the candidates running for the Republican Party nomination.  The problem for the party is that it all is so damaging for the general election in 2016. One has to almost feel bad for the establishment part of the GOP who understands what it takes to win elections—and what we are witnessing is not the way for the GOP to secure the Oval Office.

After all we have seen this play out before.

First there is Donald Trump who is making a mockery of the seriousness of our national elections. He has made every attempt to undermine any attempts to make inroads with Hispanic voters.   As of this morning he has even released his vision of what he would try to do as president in regards to the immigrants who do the work for so many businesses in this land.

In a 6-page report titled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship, saying it “remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”  Trump again repeated his commitment to build a wall on the United States’ southern border.  He would also increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which our country issues about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year.

It is all deplorable.

But not to be outdone are the candidate clowns who still do not understand that women’s health issues are not to be messed with—especially in a general election when young single women are a powerful voting constituency.

There is the soft-spoken and clearly out-of-his element Ben Carson who this weekend maintained his opposition to abortion, saying he believes life begins at conception, but he declined to say whether he feels there should be any exceptions, such as when a woman is impregnated during a rape.

Now there is a champion for the women who have just suffered a violent crime!

But when it comes to crazy responses none shined a more harsh light on one of the candidates than Mike Huckabee who firmly defended his no-exceptions position to abortion when asked about a 10-year-old Paraguay rape victim who was denied access to the procedure.

When it comes to cheap theatre the Republican candidates are providing a great summer season of entertainment.  But the ones applauding now in the conservative camps will not be chipper once the final votes are cast in November 2016.

And they will only have themselves to blame.

6 Comments
  1. Solly permalink
    August 20, 2015 10:38 AM

    Sounds like Marco Rubio is an anchor baby

  2. August 19, 2015 12:04 PM

    You are certainly welcome to have a theoretical debate on any issue and question everything under the sun. But let me remind you of a lesson that I repeat endlessly on CP–and that is turning off Latino voters ensures defeat in the general election.

  3. tom permalink
    August 18, 2015 7:32 PM

    look, I believe in “birth right” citizenship, but I think we can still question it. What is the value of holding beliefs if they are not questioned? I will also remind you that “birth right” citizenship is not the norm in the world.

    As for abortion, shouldn’t this also be deeply questioned? You assert that this is a matter of “women’s health” and suggest that “as a man” the question is beyond the scope of what I should comment on. This is not an argument, but rather something abortion proponents just say without ever explaining. I suspect that this is just because they know that any detailed examination of abortion in its reality will shatter the “women’s health” rhetoric. Abortion is predicated on the belief that a fetus is not a person. This has nothing to do with “women’s health” which is just a rationalization–the kind one uses to hide from a painful truth. There is tremendous moral danger in deciding what is and is not a person. The morally safe position is to define life and personhood expansively. To do so is the “liberal” position, by the way. While it may be politically unpopular to criticize abortion, one will note it was very recently unpopular to support gay marriage.

    Why are these arguments not to be taken seriously?

  4. August 17, 2015 10:50 PM

    Tom,

    Nicely put, your last comment here is why I find it hard to take you seriously. None—-I repeat NONE of what Trump advocated for immigration will ever come to fruition. It is simply a ploy from a candidate with no ability to get the GOP nomination trying to stir folks like you up–all the while making it harder for your party to prevail in 2016. And you seem to be falling for it. There is no way the U.S. Constitution is going to change because Trump wants to own a few news cycles.

    And as for you–a man–telling women what their health concerns should be……come on!

    Now there plenty of issues where your party can take a stand and even make points and broaden your chances at election. But when it comes to these two demographics you are only working at your own defeat if you buy into this nonsense some of your candidates are tying to feed you.

    Consider it this way–how can a liberal such as myself recall with such true respect for the likes of Dick Lugar and Pete Domenici who while I often disagreed with always trusted them to be smart and capable and wanting to make government work. There is no way that folks with my temperament and desire to see compromises struck can ever agree to the wack-jobs your party seems to elevate.

    That is why I find it hard to take everything you write seriously. You seem to care about issues and then allow the crazy uneducated crowd to drive the GOP car. It makes no sense to me–or much of the country.

  5. tom permalink
    August 17, 2015 7:55 PM

    There is nothing wrong with questioning “birth right” citizenship. A wall on the border is a good first step to border security. This has to be the first time you’ve ever complained about higher fees for ceo’s. The cost of border crossing cards should reflect the cost required to maintain the system.

    Anyone who has seen a twenty week old baby via ultra-sound knows the abortion question has nothing to do with “woman’s health.” Why are you upset about a lion who gets killed and not outraged at the abortion industry? There are some messed up priorities.

  6. August 17, 2015 10:20 AM

    Yeah, I know. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio hate hispanics. So do governors Sandoval, R-Nevada, and Martinez, R-New Mexico. And Carly Fiorina hates everybody. But Hillary is a uniter!

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