Articles filed under Navarrette, Rueben

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  • Preaching to the choir Sep 21, 2012 5:32 PM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: You'll never hear any criticism of the deferred-action policy from so-called immigrant advocates. They tell only half the story: the part that makes Democrats look good and Republicans look bad. But, in reality, on immigration, both parties look awful.

  • Ambivalent in Charlotte Sep 7, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: What's a liberal to do when the person you voted for has taken up policies that you've railed against or been leery about? It's no wonder that the Democratic base — union members in particular — are less than enthusiastic about Obama's re-election.

  • Emanuel’s about-face on immigration Jul 19, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: If Chicago follows Cook County's lead and puts more restraints on local law enforcement, it could wind up facing punishment of its own by the Obama administration. That would be awkward, to say the least.

  • Harry Reid and the race card Jul 18, 2012 10:55 AM
    Let’s peek into the kindergarten classroom known as the U.S. Senate, where mischievous Harry Reid is playing with his colors again. What if everything that Americans thought we knew about race and politics was upside down? Republicans spend a lot of time and effort trying to prove they’re not racist. It’s a hard sell, particularly when running against the first African-American president. It doesn’t help that the GOP has dirty hands. The party benefited from Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy,” which had the effect over 30 years of courting white Southern voters by exploiting their fears of African-Americans. More recently, the party has hitched its wagon to a Southwest strategy where some Republicans use anti-Hispanic sentiment and anxiety over immigrants to scare up support from white voters in states such as Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. But what if some of those who exploit racial fears are still in the same place that many of them were just 60 years ago during the civil rights movement — the Democratic Party? And what if the Democratic brand of racism is better camouflaged because it shows itself not so much as a tendency to mistreat minorities but a desire to manipulate them? What if some Democrats think so little of African-Americans and Latinos that, at election time, they believe all they have to do is push certain buttons to get them to do their bidding? This sort of thing is hard to detect. Luckily, there is Harry Reid, who plays the race card out in the open. It happened again last week when the Senate majority leader made a not-so-subtle pitch to minorities by saying that wealthy businessmen are trying to buy the presidential election for Mitt Romney — except that Reid was more descriptive. “If this flood of outside money continues,” Reid warned on the Senate floor, “the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they just bought the country.” That’s Harry. After a statement like that, you’d hope that — somewhere in Nevada — at least one old angry white man would wake up and realize he’s just helped divide the country. Reid has traveled this dirt road before. In 2009, during the health care debate, he accused Republicans of being on the wrong side — just as they were “when this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery.” (Not to ruin a perfectly good slander with inconvenient facts, but it was actually Southern Democrats who were on the wrong side of slavery and firmly advocated segregation for a century after the Civil War.) In 2010, a few years after he had helped scuttle comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate to please organized labor and keep Democrats from being called soft on illegal immigration, Reid tried to shift the blame by accusing Republicans of being hostile to Hispanics because “their skin’s a tone darker than ours” and then said he couldn’t imagine “how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.” Having to put up with Democrats who are presumptuous, dishonest and condescending would do the trick. Sometimes, when Reid goes racial, he insults fellow Democrats. According to the book “Game Change” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Reid said privately during the 2008 election that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he is “light-skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” And once in a great while, Reid gets it right. In 2006, after the Republican-controlled Senate took a nativist detour and passed an amendment to an immigration bill that declared English the national language of the United States, Reid astutely called the amendment “racist” and said it was “directed basically to people who speak Spanish.” Still, the Senate majority leader’s fixation on race and racism is not good for Reid, Democrats or the country. The liberal media can ignore it, and Democrats can excuse it. But too many times, the senior senator from Nevada has shown an eagerness to advance his own agenda by dividing Americans along racial lines. It’s a disgusting habit. Never mind the 17 white men. When it comes to Reid and his race games, every American should be angry. Ruben Navarrette’s email address is © 2012, The Washington Post Writers Group

  • Get used to stalemates Jul 26, 2011 5:00 AM
    Leading up to the 2012 election, both political parties have trouble with their bases. Republicans must contend with The Dissatisfied, and Democrats with The Disappointed.

  • No kids? No kidding Jul 18, 2011 3:00 AM
    In your private space, you can do what you want and ask anyone who comes into that space to do what you want as well: “Before you enter my home, please take off your shoes.” But when you step into a public space, you have to give up any expectation that you’ll be able to control the behavior of others to make yourself more comfortable.

  • Hollywood’s Latino snub Mar 9, 2011 9:30 AM
    Ask any of the small but growing number of Latino writers, directors, producers and actors who don’t get a fair shot at jobs in show business even though the industry is based in a city that is nearly 50 percent Latino. The latest insult was the casting of Depp to play Francisco “Pancho” Villa

  • In praise of leaders with backbone Mar 3, 2011 11:52 PM
    In politics, the norm is spineless politicians who avoid tough subjects that could jeopardize their jobs by stirring the masses.

  • Where are the Latino journalists going? Feb 24, 2011 12:53 PM
    What some critics call the media “brownout” is happening at a most inconvenient time. The big story outside the newsroom is the phenomenal growth of the Latino population in the United States over the last 10 years.

  • On immigration, actions louder than words Feb 14, 2011 11:27 AM
    And the problem is not just that Obama broke his promise to make immigration reform a top priority in his first term. From what I’m hearing, what really concerns many Latinos is that Obama is moving in the opposite direction.

  • Education reform being left behind Feb 9, 2011 1:07 PM
    The new Arne Duncan seems to be trying to save his job in a second term — if there is one — by placating his critics. And what better way than to engage in one of their favorite pastimes — bashing the education reform law that teachers unions love to hate: No Child Left Behind.

  • Let's stop ignoring the fire next door Feb 3, 2011 10:56 PM
    The American people can't seem to focus on Mexico, even though their fingerprints are all over the drug war. We consume the narcotics that keep the cartels flush with cash, and we supply the guns and bullets that drive up the body count.

  • The curse of good intentions Jan 27, 2011 10:57 PM
    Polls over the years have shown that the top three issues for Latinos are always the same: education, jobs and health care. Those aren't Latino issues but American ones.

  • A rush to judgment — again Jan 19, 2011 9:31 AM
    We live at a time when Latino immigrants are made into scapegoats for everything from street crime to traffic jams to failing schools. Why not a murder spree?

  • Wrongheaded again on illegal immigration Jan 3, 2011 1:52 PM
    California and Arizona share a common border and a common destiny, despite the reluctance of each to admit it and best efforts of each to avoid it.

  • A plot twist in demise of the Dream Act Dec 28, 2010 9:23 AM
    The Senate works just like any crime drama. First comes the murder. Then comes the cover-up intended to throw sleuths off the trail. So, who really killed the Dream Act? The liberal media, immigrant advocacy groups and Latino Democrats assure us it was the Senate Republicans.

  • Obama's Jekyll and Hyde routine Dec 20, 2010 10:08 AM
    President Obama can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to work with Republicans or fight with them. One minute, he wants compromise. The next, he forces confrontation.

  • For Obama’s critics, grow up Dec 13, 2010 9:48 AM
    This is how bad things have gotten in Washington, and how broken our politics has become. President Obama is being unmercifully and unfairly pummeled by congressional Democrats, labor union leaders and liberals in the media for brokering a deal with Republicans that gave up something and got something in return.

  • How GOP could win over Latinos Dec 6, 2010 11:06 AM
    Republican elected officials could use coaching on how to talk about the immigration issue and, just as importantly, how not to talk about it. There’s a huge need. When talking about immigration, some Republicans deserve encouragement. Some deserve scoldings. And some deserve a trip to the woodshed.

  • GOP has a potential new star Nov 28, 2010 8:51 AM
    Poised to make history by becoming the first female governor of New Mexico and the first Latina to be a governor of any state, Susana Martinez will easily be one of the country’s most consequential elected officials. But, as you learn from talking with her, she is also one of the most fascinating.

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