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Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Real American Story

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” — Abraham Lincoln

Rob Schwarzwalder writes in; “The Republican Party is no longer near-monochromatic. For strictly political reasons alone, this is good news for the GOP. By about 2040, whites will be outnumbered by the aggregate number of African-, Latino- and Asian-Americans.”

“For Democrats, this demographic shift once would have been welcome political news, since minorities – especially African-Americans – were considered among their most reliable voters.”

“No longer: This week, roughly twice as many blacks voted Republican as in 2008. Latino Republican voters also increased, albeit more modestly. Slowly but with deliberate intentionality, the Grand Old Party is succeeding in breaking the hold of the Democratic Left on persons of color.”

“The progress is not rapid enough, but it is unmistakable and growing.”

“This is chilling to those on the Democratic side terrified by the notion of a multi-hued Republican Party. It was out of a sense of political fear that Bill Clinton, under the auspices of President Obama, pled with Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to withdraw from his race in order to prevent the election of Marco Rubio, an electrifying candidate of Cuban heritage. Rubio’s ascendancy represents the new reality that people of color are being actively welcomed into the Republican Party.”

One of those success stories is that of Republican Susana Martinez, who won New Mexico’s gubernatorial race by running as a conservative and vowing to boost security along the Southwest border during her campaign. Martinez is the first Hispanic woman to become governor in the history of the United States.

In a state that is more than 40 percent Hispanic, Martinez took 54 percent of the vote on Tuesday, beating her Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, by eight points.  She was endorsed by Sarah Palin.

Martinez will replace Democrat Governor Bill Richardson, who is nearing the end of his two-term limit. She will be the first female Hispanic governor in U.S. history.

Martinez, a prosecutor in a county that borders Mexico, made her stance against illegal immigration one of the most visible parts of her platform. New Mexico shares 180 miles of border with America’s southern neighbor.

“While it is critical to preserve the rule of law and take reasonable steps to secure our border, we must also never forget that we are a nation of immigrants,” Martinez’ campaign Web site said.

“We must enhance our security systems along the border and prosecute those who violate our laws, but we must do so while recognizing that legal immigrants, who follow the rules and come to America seeking to improve their lives, and the lives of their family, strengthen our nation.”

In July, The New Mexico Independent reported that, according to her campaign manager, Martinez does not support the so-called “pathway to citizenship” proposed by President George W. Bush. She says illegal immigrants who are in the U.S. should first return to their home countries before applying for legal citizenship.

Her goal as governor is to repeal laws enacted by her predecessors that she says makes New Mexico attractive to illegal immigrant and trump border security.

She wants do away with a law that allows unauthorized immigrants to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license because it “encourages illegal immigrants to come to New Mexico and makes it more difficult for law enforcement officials to determine if someone is here illegally,” her Web site says.

Martinez also opposes New Mexico’s taxpayer-funded tuition scholarships for illegal immigrants.

“Not only does this provide further incentive for illegal immigrants to come to New Mexico, it is simply wrong to provide free scholarships to illegal immigrants when members of the military stationed in New Mexico are not eligible for the same benefits,” her Web site says.

Martinez says she is guided by “conservative values and principles,” which were instilled in her from a young age. “She believes in less government, lower taxes, and personal responsibility. She’s pro-life and strongly supports the 2nd Amendment,” her Web site says.

In her Tuesday night victory speech, Martinez vowed to bring fiscal order to a state that currently faces a budget shortfall. She also promised to improve New Mexico’s public education system and boost transparency and accountability in government. “Together, we have taken a decisive step toward bringing bold change to New Mexico,” said Martinez, according to her prepared victory speech.

She called for a “new direction in our economic policy” so small businesses will be better able to compete.

Martinez has been the District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District of Doña Ana County, which borders Mexico, for 13 years.

Her campaign platform was focused on “pledging to cut wasteful spending, lower taxes to create more jobs, end ‘pay-to-play’ practices and other corruption in government and fight to reform education,” according to her campaign Web site.

Born and raised in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Martinez moved to Las Cruces, N.M., in the 1980s. Martinez comes from a middle class family, which reportedly started a small business with only $400. She worked for her family’s business as a security guard while going to school at night.

New Mexico’s governor-elect is a graduate of the University of Texas-El Paso. She later earned her law degree at the University of Oklahoma. Her husband has been in law enforcement for three decades and is currently the Doña Ana County Undersheriff. Her stepson is serving in the U.S. Navy.

Martinez was previously a Democrat, but she officially switched to the Republican Party in 1996 when she ran against her former boss in a District Attorney race.

With all of that said it proves the point that America is not a racist, anti Hispanic nation. We just are not in favor of illegal immigration. What will organizations like LULAC and The National Council of La Raza play this event? I visited the LULAC Web site and they gave mention to Martinez’s victory but did not expand on her life or qualifications. They did, however, play up the wins of the Democrats.

I have friends living in Albuquerque who absolutely hated Bill Richardson. I have yet to speak with them regarding Martinez’s victory, but I am sure they are pleased and voted for her. Along with the election of Francisco Canseco – Texas 23, Lincoln Diaz-Ballart – Florida 21 Mario Diaz-Ballart – Florida 25,  Bill Flores – Texas 17, Jaime Herrera – Washington 3, Raul Labrador – Idaho 1, Devin Nunes – California 21, David Rivera – Florida 25 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – Florida 18, Tim Scott – South Carolina 1, and Lt. Col. (ret) Allen West – Florida 22 along with governors Nikki Haley – South Carolina, Bobby Jindal – Louisiana, Brian Sandoval – Nevada, and Susan Martinez – New Mexico the Republican party is quickly becoming the “big tent” party when it comes to minorities. While the Democrat Party holds sway with minorities in he large urban centers it’s the Republicans who are picking up conservative minorities and women in the heartland.

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