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Bloggings: Newt Gingrich is now at the top of the Republican polls. Is this because of his tolerance toward Latino immigrants or his hatred of Muslim Americans? By Roger Algase

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Not only Newt Gingrich's opponents in the presidential campaign, but also commentators in the mainstream media who ought to know better, have jumped all over him for advocating "humane" treatment for (some) "illegal immigrants" (a phrase which should always be used with quotation marks, not because it is wrong in the technical legal sense, which it is not, but because its normal meaning includes any foreign born person who has a brown skin or speaks Spanish).


As soon as Gingrich uttered the words "humane" and "immigrants" in the same sentence, this was treated a a huge gaffe, on the order of Perry's memory lapse about which federal agency he would like to abolish, or Cain's equivocations about sexual harrassment accusations (now mostly forgotten by the media - after all, degrading behavior toward women is unforgivable, but suggesting that even one "illegal" should be allowed to remain with his or her family in the US instead of being electrocuted is even worse).


Therefore, it may say something important that Gingrich, who is coming over as the least bigoted toward Latino immigrants among the Republican candidates, has suddenly jumped to the top of the polls. Is it possible that Republican voters are actually less full of hate towards Latinos than the Fox News propagandists and the mainstream media pundits think?


Or might Republican voters, just as their Democratic and independent counterparts are doing, actually care more about how they can find jobs, pay their mortgages and put food on the table for their families than about how many Spanish-speaking families our politicians want to break up? Is Newt on to something? Are voters in both parties actually more interested in dealing with our economic problems than in promoting anti-immigrant hate? And if this is the case, is there not a lesson in this somewhere for Barack Obama and his fellow deportomaniacs in the White House?


Of course, this is not to say that Gingrich is yet ready to burn the bridges of bigotry behind him completely. Few, if any, public figures in America have been more vocal and consistent advocates of hatred against Muslims. Therefore, voters who cannot stomach the idea of having a president in the White House who really believes in diversity and tolerance will still have a lot to like about Newt Gingrich.

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  1. Don Miller's Avatar
    This entry typifies my gripe with virtually all of the contributors to this site. "Immigration" is automatically equated with "hispanics", which in turn equates to Mexicans. Of course Gingrich is correct in his proposal. Someone who has lived here for 25 years, kept clean, raised a family (I don't care about going to a church), will have demonstrated the qualities we should value as a citizen. But why is it always limited to hispanics? Why is there never a mention here about the possible Irish or British or Polish illegal? This site is all about Mexicans and only Mexicans and I suggest that this is wrong and damaging to the overall cause that motivates (or appears to motivate) the contributors.
    Of course the overwhelming majority of illegals are Mexicans (diversity, anyone?) and overwhelmingly the majority of Americans, white and black, oppose our country being swarmed, invaded, occupied, whatever, by hordes of Mexicans. We object to having to "press one for English". We are disturbed by having every sign and public notice printed in Spanish for the "benefit" of people who are mostly illiterate in that language anyway.
    I daresay there would be more public support for immigration in general if there were more "diversity" (never thought I'd say that) in the nature of the immigrants and not such an almost total dominance by Mexicans.
    As for Gingrich's position on Muslims...he is exactly right and they have no one but themselves to blame. They as a group are responsible for most of the violence that plagues the world everywhere they live, which would be fine if they confined it to their own miserable countries. But it is not enough that other countries have stupidly provided them asylum, the Muslims then turn against those very countries and start the violence all over again. There is not one country, not one society, where Muslims live in peace with members of other faiths and nationalities; they have clearly demonstrated that they are not to be trusted and any Western nation is folish to continue to admit them!
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Don Miller does not seem to care for either Latinos or Muslims very much. Therefore, he should be at least 50 per cent in favor of Newt. I am in rare agreement with Mr. Miller on one point, however. Going to church or not has zero connection with whether someone should be given relief from deportation.
  3. Don Miller's Avatar
    I am more than 50% in favor of Newt, who is one of the two GOP candidates able to utter coherent thought. But you, as so often, have totally misinterpreted my statement: whom I personally like or dislike is of no relevance to the topic. What I do like, and want very much to preserve, is my country. You see, unlike perhaps you but certainly many other residents of the US, this is my only country. I am not a "hyphenated" American. English is the only language ever spoken in my home and the homes of my family. There is for me no "old country" to which I can skip if things go sideways here and where a loving exended family will embrace me on my arrival..This is it for me! I have lived in several foreign countries, including Mexico for three years and El Salvador for four and I am convinced that, as Thomas Sowell has written, and I paraphrase...the reason Mexico is the way Mexico is is because it is inhabited by Mexicans! El Salvador has an excuse, but Mexico is a potentially very rich country...long coastlines, mineral wealth, mild climate, moderate population density, etc... and it is and has been, a total loser since its independence because Mexicans have been in charge of other Mexicans. Why is it that the increasing number of Mexican enclaves being established here due to your precious "immigration" all rapidly take on every external aspect of towns and urban settings exactly like those in Mexico itself?
    I have not the slightest animosity toward Mexicans or Muslims...IN their own countries. I am totally indifferent about what sort of government Iraqis or Libyans live under or whether or not girls in Afghanistan go to school. Their countries...their laws and customs! I have absolutely no interest in Mexican corruption and incompetence, in Mexico. But I do not want those customs brought into and established here and I certainly do not want my Government to force me to "respect" or adapt, to those laws and traditions.
    Since the revised INA in 1965 this country has undergone totally unprecedented demographic upheavals, which are still on-going. At no time have those most affected by these changes ever been given an opportunity to express our opposition/support for those policies. Without exception they have all been imposed on us by small cabals in Washington and their hi-volume ethnic and legal supporters. Finally, after seeing our country disappear while we watch, the American people have begun to voice their opposition to all these changes...we don't like them and we're letting Washington (and others) hear of our anger and resistance. Personally, I hope someone is paying attention.
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