LatinaLista — Rep. Tom Tancredo’s withdrawl today from the Republican race for president was not surprising. What was surprising was that he was so honest in confessing that it really wasn’t the presidency he was interested in, but rather forcing the issue of illegal immigration.
Tancredo speaks before a group of his supporters at a rally.
In his announcement, he couldn’t pat himself on the back enough times for what he terms “great progress” in the immigration debate.
In fact, according to Newsweek, the Tancredo campaign has already won. And just this month, The Economist, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and even The New York Times have grudgingly accredited our campaign with forcing the issue of immigration to the forefront of the national debate and, more importantly, with forcing nearly every Republican presidential candidate to commit themselves to an immigration plan that calls for securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws.
But it’s one thing to force an issue, it’s another thing entirely to be responsible for orchestrating and perpetuating a hate campaign against a defenseless demographic, especially when no real resolution was sought or given serious consideration.
Tacredo’s admission that he used his candidacy to promote his “pet cause” mocks the serious pursuit of all the other candidates for president.
And it exemplifies how this small Washington group that Tancredo heads, who are against undocumented immigrants, did and can manipulate the system to push their hysteria onto a public that was forced to believe the country was under attack from undocumented migrants.
When in reality, the truth is there is no attack and these migrants have been here all along working and living and raising families without any complaints, until Tancredo decided â€” for the country â€” that these people were no good.
To label Tancredo an extremist in the immigration debate is an understatement. If he was so right about his platform, then why didn’t more of the Republican electorate embrace him?
Even with Tancredo’s endorsement, Gov. Romney is cautious about appearing to even be on the same page with him.
In an email to Latina Lista, Governor Romney said:
“Congressman Tancredo ran a spirited campaign focused on issues that are important to many Americans. I thank him for his support. While we don’t agree on every issue, we agree on the need to keep America strong. I look forward to working with him and other Republicans to achieve that end.”
A country’s strength lies in its unity as a nation and the health of its economy. It’s not language or birthplace that determines this strength but the contributions and relationships the people have with one another in supporting communities and businesses.
Until the hate and suspicion set in against the undocumented, it was an ideal that fortified the strength of the United States.
Thanks to Tancredo and his supporters, this country has devolved to a place in time where fear, intimidation and intolerance rule(d).
The three biggest factors in the undoing of any country â€” and Tancredo wants a pat on the back for bringing us to this point?
The question everyone should be asking themselves is who is going to give him the boot from politics once and for all?