LatinaLista — The 2008 Presidential race has officially begun.
There was no clearer indication of this than in last night’s CNN-sponsored televised debate among the 8 declared Democratic hopefuls running for the Presidency.
Tomorrow night, it will be the Republican candidates’ turns.
In the meantime, the inevitable push to “get out the Hispanic vote” has begun in full force as well. But it’s almost laughable to hear Republican party leaders say they want the Hispanic vote when just a quick look at the roster of declared candidates already reveals this party is out of touch with reality on several fronts .
Looking at the Democratic line-up, no one can argue that it is refreshing to see a selection of candidates that do reflect our society: a woman, a Latino, an African-American, married, unmarried, a mix of relatively young, and older candidates.
The Republican roster of candidates are mostly late middle-age to older white men.
If this was the cast of a television sitcom, there would be plenty of protests calling for program diversity.
And it’s always struck me odd that a party, that on the one hand, says they are united and that they respect Latinos and want us to feel a part of their party, has subsidiary organizations that still advocate such divisive rhetoric as: “Keep the Heat on the Senate! No Amnesty! Close the borders!”
Yet, maybe it’s not so surprising when we hear stories of Republican justice officials trying to defraud minority voters.
On June 13, 2007 Justice official Hans von Spakovsky, will appear before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee to defend accusations that he was a “key player in a Republican campaign to hang on to power in Washington by suppressing the votes of minority voters.”
Hans von Spakovsky
In the 21st Century, in this country, there should be no place for stories like these, nor even a hint of stories that would suggest that one party doesn’t value all members of society.
To me, it sounds like political suicide.
But for that to be the case, people of color need to be listening — not to the debates between Republican and Democrats, but to the arguments that are taking place between same-party members.
Something tells me that those debates are far more revealing.