Former researcher for the Heritage Foundation, the right wing think tank, Jason Richwine, has received a plethora of angry comments. But, does he speak for the Republican Party?
His allegation, that integrating eleven million undocumented immigrants into society would cost taxpayers billions of dollars, was proven to be erroneous. Either he was blatantly lying, or he used some very creative math.
The Washington Post made another telling discovery. The thesis Richwine wrote for his Ph.D at Harvard, was even more racist. In the document, he asked a reprehensible question: “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
It needs to be explained, that although there is no question about Mr. Richwine’s racial attitude, Hispanic is a generic term including many nationalities, not a race.
The broader question here is, does Richwine represent the majority of Republicans? The Heritage Foundations is a right wing staple, and often leads the way in speaking for Republican causes and ideals. Adding to his comments are the Republicans in the House of Representatives. They have indicated that they will virtually destroy the Senate’s version of comprehensive immigration reform. The only thing they want to change about the present situation is in relation to border security. If they received everything they want, there would be a five hundred foot high electrified fence between the entire border of the United States and Mexico.
Attitudes of racism and bigotry are being exposed inside the Party, and they extend beyond the TEA Party faithful. Pablo Pantoja, was the Republican Outreach Director. He publicly quit his post and said he was joining the Democrats. In a letter to a “Friend” the day after he resigned, he explained he did so because, “It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today.”
Mr. Pantoja spoke of a deep seeded air of intolerance within the Party. He says that continued apologies are not consistent with the underlying bigotry.
To better understand what the Heritage Foundation is all about. The following is its mission statement:
“To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”
In other words, they speak for the Republican Party. Half-Term Congressman Jim DeMint left his elected post earlier this year to head the Heritage Foundation. I am aware that he did it for financial reasons, but he is a TEA Party standard bearer, and as the head of THE conservative think tank, speaks for the Republican Party.
There was a great deal of rhetoric from the Republican National Committee after the 2012 election. They claimed to understand the need for change, for a modernization of the GOP. Much of it was based on the statistical fact that they lost the vast majority of Hispanic voters to Democrats.
But when the CPAC had its meeting early in 2013, as speeches were given, and comments were spoken to reporters, there was a continued air of “we are the party of old white men”.
There exists more than a single serious argument in our nation, none of which are Benghazi, the IRS, or the phone records obtained from the AP. All those problems are easily solved, and are far from “scandalous”.
We must solve our budget problems, gun control, and immigration reform. Not one of these is and easy fix. What bothers me is that no one is talking about them, or seriously seeking solutions.
The Guardian Express