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I am posting this in response to the misinformation campaign being waged against the most qualified SC nominee in 100 years.  Yes she is a latina and a damn proud one, but as you know she has been called every name in the book by the right wingers and now they are trying to paint her as an extremist because of her affiliation to "La Raza" a group that actually fights for human rights for all as it traces its origins to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

This is what loud mouth Tom Tancredo has said about the group:

"If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case... which is from my point of of view any way... nothing more than a ... Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that's going to convince me and a lot of other people that it's got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is "All for the race. Nothing for the rest." What does that tell you?"

Lets see how this group reacted to the death of Republican Icon and 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagans passing.



Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) extends its condolences to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, the Reagan family, and the millions of Americans who today are mourning the death of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. President Reagan’s boundless optimism and his unshakable faith in what this country is – and what it could be – resonated deeply with many in the Hispanic community. After all, Ronald Reagan was responsible for the first Hispanic Cabinet member in our nation’s history, when he appointed Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education in 1988.

Hispanics also appreciated that President Reagan’s vision of America as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all included immigrants, millions of whom he helped to become Americans. Not only did he sign the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) – which included two highly- controversial legalization programs – into law in 1986, his administration worked diligently to implement these programs.

It may not be widely known but the nation’s largest and most successful antipoverty program – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – was also created in tax reform legislation signed by President Reagan. After a subsequent major expansion successfully promoted by President Clinton, the credit is now worth more than $1,800 to the more than one-third of low-wage working Hispanic households who benefit from the EITC.

But my main memories of President Reagan are about the man himself. He was always courteous, even “courtly,” in his dealings with people from all walks of life. In this sense, he exuded respeto – respect – in a way that connected powerfully with the Latino community. Many of those involved in the highly partisan, divisive debates that characterize all too many issues today might benefit from following his example.

We may not have always agreed with the Reagan Administration’s policies, but there is no question that President Reagan had a profound influence and impact on the American political process, the nation, and the world. May he rest in peace.

I have no further comment as you all know that is only possible when the FACTS speak as loudly and as clearly as they do in this instance, the right wings desire to smear and distort is driven by HATE and FEAR the only two things Americans should be fearful and hateful of are of those who try to tell them not to judge any group on person based on the FACTS but to do it out of unsubstantiated FEAR and resorting to HATE to make their case.

Originally posted to DFutureIsNow on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:20 AM PDT.

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  •  I love this sort of stuff. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, Nica24

    The stuff from the Alito and Thomas hearings, in fact anything where yesterday's GOP contradicts todays GOP in a blatent manner.

    The Gipper was eulogized by La Raza and Tancredo burned.  HAH!

    You're better off reading Josh Marshall in the first place.

    by Inland on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:25:06 AM PDT

  •  Que Viva La Raza! (6+ / 0-)

    for shaming racists everywhere.

    •  & Tancredo is a disgusting, xenophobic racist. (1+ / 0-)
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      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:58:47 AM PDT

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      •  And those are his best points... (0+ / 0-)

        When in doubt, tweak the freeqs.

        by wozzle on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:24:49 AM PDT

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        •  his comment about NCLR's logo is a complete lie, (1+ / 0-)
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          an utter fabrication.

          ...  the logo of La Raza is "All for the race. Nothing for the rest."

          He needs to be called out on this. There is NOTHING remotely like this anywhere on NCLR's web site.

          In fact, NCLR has an Open Letter to the Public in which it fully debunks exactly the kind of venomous lie that Tancredo put forth yesterday. They go into great detail to explain the meaning of their name:

          Many people incorrectly translate our name, “La Raza,” as “the race.” While it is true that one meaning of “raza” in Spanish is indeed “race,” in Spanish, as in English and any other language, words can and do have multiple meanings. As noted in several online dictionaries, “La Raza” means “the people” or “the community.” Translating our name as “the race” is not only inaccurate, it is factually incorrect. “Hispanic” is an ethnicity, not a race. As anyone who has ever met a Dominican American, Mexican American, or Spanish American can attest, Hispanics can be and are members of any and all races.

          The term “La Raza” has its origins in early 20th century Latin American literature and translates into English most closely as “the people” or, according to some scholars, as “the Hispanic people of the New World.” The term was coined by Mexican scholar José Vasconcelos to reflect the fact that the people of Latin America are a mixture of many of the world’s races, cultures, and religions. Mistranslating “La Raza” to mean “the race” implies that it is a term meant to exclude others. In fact, the full term coined by Vasconcelos, “La Raza Cósmica,” meaning the “cosmic people,” was developed to reflect not purity but the mixture inherent in the Hispanic people. This is an inclusive concept, meaning that Hispanics share with all other peoples of the world a common heritage and destiny.

          To call an organization whose goal is to promote inclusiveness, understanding and civil rights "the Latino KKK" is beyond egregious. I am an anglo, and I am utterly and completely outraged and disgusted by Tom Tancredo.

          I publicly call on Rep. Tom Tancredo to produce some factual basis for his comments, and in the absence of his ability to do so, I call on him to issue a full public apology. Failing that, I call on Tom Tancredo to resign from Congress, as unfit to represent decent citizens.

          p.s. I am also joining NCLR with a generous donation today.

          "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

          by flitedocnm on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:37:08 AM PDT

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  •  Socialist is their new code for "Non-White" male (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, Nica24

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:28:19 AM PDT

  •  N.B.: "boundless optimism". (5+ / 0-)

    President Reagan’s boundless optimism and his unshakable faith in what this country is – and what it could be – resonated deeply with many in the Hispanic community.

    But the Cheney/Rush/Newt nihilist death cult currently runnng the country think were all going to die unless we become more like Al Qaeda.  It's not just on immigration. Their very concept of america differs.  

    Can we say who has boundless optimism about Americans?  Yes we can.

    You're better off reading Josh Marshall in the first place.

    by Inland on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:31:21 AM PDT

  •   Only qualification conservative want (1+ / 0-)
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    Captain Antelope

    Is that you be white and male,something that she is not,they even quote the founding fathers ,if you were not white and male and did have wealth or property ,the founders  of the country look down on  others white as being no more than trash

  •  good diary (4+ / 0-)
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    Nica24, DFutureIsNow, XNeeOhCon, imamish

    but I'm afraid that reagan's memorial won't make a difference. I'm not sure that ronald reagan (the real one, not the idealized version the wingnuts worship. That's zombie reagan, not ronald reagan) could win in a modern publican primary. I'm not sure he could pass the rush qualification test. I'm not sure that glenn beck wouldn't sermonize against him as a former union man and not a constant church goer. Nope, I don't think he'd get out of a modern publican primary.

    Not only that, but wingnuts tend to ignore past support that their leaders gave to any organization that is currently in disrepute among them. Hypocrisy means nothing if you don't acknowledge the first action.  Wingnuts are truly shameless.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:39:10 AM PDT

  •  Nice find (1+ / 0-)
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    but it's not exactly "Breaking."

    Conservatives love America like four-year-old kids love their mommies. -Al Franken

    by leftilicious on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:39:23 AM PDT

  •  It's called a motto and that's not their motto. (0+ / 0-)

    That's for a different organization that Sotomayor is unaffiliated with.  Typical Republiconartists.  But it feels nice to pronounce Tancredo's name as if it's Spanish.   Rolls off the tongue.  As in Senor Tancredo, gracias por el voto latino.

  •  Gee, I Didn't Know Reagan Was In Cahoots (1+ / 0-)
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    with the KKK

  •  Hell, Tancredo may be right. If they had anything (0+ / 0-)

    good to say about Reagan they may be evil

    Repent. The end is extremely f*cking nigh.--28 days later

    by voroki on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:02:16 AM PDT

  •  Breaking: Ronald Reagan dead. nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Well, that was classy (1+ / 0-)
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    which explains why Rush, Newt, et al, don't even comprehend it.

    Smiting trolls on the tubes since 1977!

    by blue aardvark on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:16:08 AM PDT

  •  The most qualified in 100 years?!? (2+ / 0-)

    No, I don't think so.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes was nominated in 1902, so I guess we can't count him, even though he served until 1932.  

    However, Louis Brandeis was nominated in 1916, and Sotomayor's resume is simply not comparable.  Yes, she is an experienced, though not resoundingly remarkable, jurist.  Brandies, on the other hand, is responsible for the right to privacy, modern life insurance, minimum wage laws, preventing Morgan's railroad monopoly, and the modern legal brief.  He was also involved in the creation of the FTC and the Federal Reserve Act.

    Others to be considered include Benjamin Cardozo (a Democrat nominated by a Republican, unanimously approved by voice vote of the Senate), Thurgood Marshall (NAACP Lead Counsel, Solicitor General), Felix Frankfurther (creator of the ACLU), and William Brennan, Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, and even Earl Warren.

    She is qualified.  To say she is the most qualified in 100 years, though, is silly hyperbole, and ultimately retracts from our arguments.

    Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Two Days per Bottle.

    by dhonig on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:31:55 AM PDT

  •  GOP doesn't even listen to Nancy Reagan on stem (0+ / 0-)

    cell research. Even if Saint Raygun came from death and told them to change, they will call him a socialist.

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:39:33 AM PDT

  •  Did you know (0+ / 0-)

    that john mccain addressed the latino KKK in 2008?

    so what does that make him?

    Tancredo is a racist nutjob.

    by GlowNZ on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:39:43 AM PDT

  •  Ronald Reagan? You mean the candidate ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... who vowed in 1980 that if he was elected, his first appointment to the Supreme Court would be a woman?

    Two things to remember:

    - If a Democrat appoints anyone but a straight white guy, it's affirmative action and that's bad.

    - If a Republican openly vows that he'll select a nominee based solely on gender, that's just fine.

    See?  It all makes such perfect sense ...

  •  If NCLR is the Latino KKK (0+ / 0-)

    Why do Republicans like US Senator John McCain or even good ole Karl Rove agree to speak at this group's annual convention?  

    McCain has done it more than once, most recently at the 2008 convention, and he has been recognized by the NCLR.

    Rove spoke in 2006.  

    I guess both men pal around with racists.

  •  Jeff Sessions just heard about this (0+ / 0-)

    He says he doesn't have a problem with La Raza being the "Latino KKK", except that means they probably smoke pot.

    And that's just not right!

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