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Pay Attention to Politics

Nov. 30, 2011
By Duke Machado
(As Published in Tiempo Newspaper)

I don’t know how many Hispanics are paying attention to politics these days, but if you’re not, you should be.  Right now, the Republican Party is preparing to defeat President Obama.

Barak Obama, the man who promised everything and delivered nothing, is getting ready to run for his re-election, and he’s going to try and convince you to trust him one more time.

Don’t be fooled.

Last election, Barak Obama asked for your vote in return for passing legislation dealing with Immigration reform.  Hispanics thought Obama would make things right, but he didn’t.  Now that he has a track record, we can judge for ourselves.

I imagine the trust-factor is pretty low for Obama, and based on his lack of action; Hispanics are looking for another option.

We’re supposedly a “free-thinking” demographic, proud of our “independence,” right?  If so, then I’m confident we will support a candidate who isn’t afraid to develop bold solutions while working within the framework of our Constitution.  We will look for someone who believes this country is worth fighting for…worth dying for, not someone who traveled the world apologizing for America’s principles like Barak Obama did when he first took office.

And just as in the past, we will choose a Republican when that person has a message that resonates with the people.

I haven’t endorsed a candidate, and I’m still undecided, but based on last week’s CNN debate on Foreign Policy, Newt Gingrich said things Hispanics should focus on.  He mentioned the need to develop a solution for documenting the 11 Million people living illegally in America.  He talked about working to solve this nightmare, and he did it knowing his own Party would attack him because of his position on this issue.

He didn’t over promise like most politicians do, saying anything you want to hear to get your vote.  Unlike President Obama, who made promises he knew he was never going to keep, Gingrich explained the problem and gave options for a plan to “legalize” certain Illegal immigrants.  He’s the only one willing to say what needs to be said, and we need to understand there are Republicans who want this resolved, contrary to what the Liberal media would like you to think.

Many say Hispanics are not as committed to President Obama as they were in the past.  Can you blame them?  Like the old saying goes, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  I don’t think Hispanics will take the “bait” this time…what do you think?

(Duke Machado is the Director of, an Auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas)

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