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posted: 12/23/2012 5:00 AM

Some Latinos didn't fall for race baiting

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Just finished reading a truly delusional article by Ruben Navarro (Fence Post, Nov. 21), replete with your typical inane anti-immigration straw man arguments concerning Mitt Romney and the Latino vote.

Let's look at reality, Mr. Navarro. Didn't Ronald Reagan reach out to the Latino community in 1986 and pass the Immigration Reform and Control Act granting citizenship to 3 million illegals? And how did the Latino community reward President Reagan and Republicans, Mr. Navarro? Reagan's vice president and Republican presidential candidate, George H.W. Bush, received a whopping 33 percent of the Latino vote. John McCain, a vociferous advocate of immigration reform, much to the chagrin of many in his party, received 31 percent.

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We constantly hear how Latinos are conservative on social issues like abortion. But they voted for the most pro-abortion president in the history of the United States. A majority of Latinos are supposedly loyal Catholics that one would assume to be supportive of the Catholic teachings. They surely would oppose Obama's usurping the separation of church and state by forcing Catholic entities to provide free contraception and abortions. White Catholics voted for Romney by a 60 to 40 margin. Latino Catholic voters voted for Obama by 76 percent to 23 percent.

They voted for the same president that did absolutely nothing about immigration reform for 3-plus years. Yet 71 percent of Latinos voted for Obama? Why?

The answer is obvious to people not looking through the prism of class warfare/race hustling. Obama-Clause. Bob Beckel, a frequent liberal contributor on Fox, summed it up quite succinctly, "Although our hearts were in the right place, we made a generation of people dependent on the government." Kudos to the 27 percent of the well-informed, big picture Latino Americans that didn't fall for the usual race baiting/class warfare bilge from the left.

Steve Toye

Naperville

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