Today's GOP ,The Party Of "Simpletons"

You are not welcome in my state.

It just dawned on me I owe the xenophobes and bigots in the republican party an apology.

A recurrent comment on the part of the people who oppose the dream act, or any kind of compassionate solution to the situation of millions of illegal aliens in the US, or even the discussion of comprehensive immigration reform is the fact that most countries have even harsher immigration laws than those of the US,including our neighbor to the south, Mexico where millions of illegals actually come from.Mexico according to these people does not allow any of their neighbors to the south to enter their country illegally and if they do and are caught are immediately deported no if, and's or buts.Another one of their favorite questions is to ask what would you do if people came illegally into your country?Well here is why I feel I have to apologize to the bigots, the xenophobes and the racists because I come from a country where nobody in the history of the country has been asked "papers please". The country where I was born is Uruguay ,a tiny country in south America surrounded by Argentina to the west,which is 15 times larger, and Brazil to the east, which is 45 times larger.The population of the country is entirely of immigrant descent similarly to that of the US.Being born and growing up in such a country where everybody is different but equal, where it wouldn't cross anybody's mind to think if someone came into the country legally or not(simply because the concept doesn't exist , you come in , you like it you decide to immigrate you request permanent residence and unless you are a criminal it is granted), or if they had"papers" or not ,that is why the notion of there being people who are so fearful and hateful towards people who come from another country is so incomprehensible to me.

The xenophobes don't know any better.

So I would like to extend my apology to the hordes of bigots, racists , and xenophobes who share those narrow-minded views, they don't know any better.When I came to this country back in the early 1970s, we came to the state of New Jersey, in my school and in my neighborhood there were people from many different backgrounds, races,cultures , religions, and I was blessed to grow up in such a community that allowed me to have the life experiences in which you don't look at people in terms of what church they go to, or what country they come from or how dark or light their skin is.It's sad, though, that people who know better are constantly instigating and promoting discrimination against anybody who is of a different race or country, or sexual orientation, or religion preying on the ignorant to obtain sometimes political sometimes economic benefits and many times both.It is no coincidence that those more vociferous against gays are also the most fiercely opposed to immigration reform , and employing dog whistle and coded language against the black community.Thank god as loud as they are, they are the minority,and as soon as the engines of the economy start rolling again , as they will because we are the economic engine of the world, they will be seen as what they are,dogs barking at the moon.

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mio cid 3 months ago from Uruguay Author

thank you for a very accurate comment.I believe the problem for the GOP is that the people in control of the base are not really republicans they are right wing extremists like Limbaugh Hannity and Coulter who they don't care if the party is destroyed because they believe then they can rebuild it to their liking.


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peoplepower73 3 months ago from Placentia California

Our culture is changing. There are more interracial marriages and relationships. Conservatives don't know how to deal with that type of change. They call themselves compassionate conservatives, but I don't think they are wired to be compassionate when ir comes to racial differences. In my experience, they have always been self-righteous to the extreme. However, I believe when one is extreme, they can't help but be hypocritical. That's why the wheels are coming off of the GOP wagon.


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mio cid 3 months ago from Uruguay Author

What you express is very important ,because all too often we see people who are themselves the descendants of immigrants who have the opinion that they are already in so now they don't care if the door is closed for today's immigrants or worse yet they are willing themselves to help close the door.


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

I have a sign up in my home (an original from 1911) to remind my family that in America, we were all immigrants (well, I guess, except for the American Indians, whose land we stole). Anyhow, the sign says, "Help Wanted - No Irish Need Apply." My grandfather and his brothers were fresh off the boat from Ireland and family stories have been passed down of bias, prejudice, and discrimination. The family was incredibly poor because of it but in several generations have risen up and contributed much, as we are professionals, tax payers, and strong community leaders. At one time, Irish were a highly disfavored group. Now it's "the Mexicans." Who knows who it will be tomorrow?


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay Author

Yes .I grew up surrounded by all different political views and I wish people were able to separate their personal relationships from their politics and not have one interfere with the other just as a person's religion and politics should remain separate.I can perfectly be a socialist politically and a Catholic.


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jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

I smiled when you talked about your Grandad and your daily talks with him. We have daily discussions with our 15 year old Grandson Zac,luckily he seems to have a very progressive teacher ,between the teacher and us ,he has become very aware and after football (haha) he loves politics..

jandee


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay Author

The right has a very successful strategy of convincing enough people not to vote because allegedly all politicians are the same ,and politics are a waste of time,in that voter depressed environment they manage to win elections where with a very high percentage of the population being engaged they wouldn't be able to do so.Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Pam Ryan 2 years ago from Manchester, England

Excellent read, mio cid. The Repugs sound every bit as scum baggy as the UK's Tories (AKA the Stupid Party).


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

If the republican party can be defeated conclusively in november chances are the crazies will be pushed aside and the grown ups can regain control of the party which will be a plus for the country as a whole.


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HLPhoenix 4 years ago

I loved your Hub... and I am not sure when it happened but the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln has changed into the Party of Hate... and you are helping in the fight against them...

I am new at this, and as you commented on my 1st Hub I (of course) had to check you out. :) I too was an immigrant. I grew up in a very mixed neighborhood... and somehow I also didn't get the 'R' Hate Gene... I used to love to go to the Airport in San Diego, just to see all the different people arriving for the various holidays... White, Black, Brown, Yellow... Pink, Tangerine... no one seemed to care, I miss it so...


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

I love politics and political discussion, it's my favorite sport right after soccer.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

You are absolutely right. You have such a way with words, especially when it comes to politics!


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

Well we must keep in mind that these people are not the majority of the population they are just a small minority that have managed to overrun a less politically combative sector of the republican party and try to advance petty policies and discriminating legislation.And we must not let bigots and xenophobes deprive us of the pride of being an american.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

It's people like them that make it hard to be proud I'm American. This was a great read Mio! Thanks, voted up.


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

Hi jandee, it's such a pleasure to see your comment.The reason why i mention that is because my grandfather who politically was a right winger, although more in the way of William Buckley not at all in the way of the worshipers of ignorance of the current conservative movement, used to tell me that all of us lefties were like dogs barking at the moon , meaning we were wasting our time not obtaining any result. until the day he left this world we used to have political discussions at least once a day, and I think we still do . every day something he told me comes to memory on any kind of subject, and that's what happened when i wrote that in the hub.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello mio cid,

also a mystery to me why people are so messed up!!

You presented this in an enlightening way but leave the

dogs alone eh!

best to you from jandee


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

you're right for the most part they hide behind code language and dog whistle rhetoric but although they are vociferous and encouraged by the right wing loons they are still a small minority.


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay Author

As much as they would like it, mass deportation of illegal aliens is very unlikely, eventually a solution to this problem will have to be found , and the way things are going the republican party will have lost the hispanic vote forever by then.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a wonderful hub. We do have a lot of racists, bigots, and people who hate foreigners in this country, but they hide it.

Voted up.


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steveso 4 years ago from Brockport, NY

Thumbs up for a powerful Hub. Have you ever wondered where the parents, grandparents or great-grandparents of all of these racists, bigot and zenophobes come from? They probably haven't got a clue. The only people who should be complaining about immigration are Native Americans!

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