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Fool Us Once, Mr. President…

President Obama tries another go at pandering to Hispanic voters to save himself and Democrats from mid-term disaster, goading them to "punish" their "enemies." Chris Salcedo writes that he's fine with that — but President Obama won't like getting what he wished for.

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Chris Salcedo

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October 26, 2010 - 2:52 pm

In one of his most politically transparent and pandering moves to date, President Obama recently made yet another promise to the Hispanic community. For historical context, this YouTube video chronicles at least seven promises that President Obama has made to the American people, but failed to keep.

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Believe me when I say I’m being charitable by assigning the word “failed” to this president.  Most conservatives say he out and out lied. But his latest whopper, directed toward Latinos, is a real laugher.  The New York Times political blog chronicles a radio interview that aired on left-leaning Univision on Monday. In that interview Mr. Obama tried to reassure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections. “I’m gonna keep my promise on immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said. And this time we’re to believe he really means it.

Either the president is woefully uninformed or he thinks everyone with brown skin is. In the interview the president tried to deflect frustration over his ignoring of the illegal immigration issue onto Republicans.  This Latino will be all too happy to remind the commander-in-chief of what happened with the illegal immigration debate. It started with a Republican, George Bush. He tried to get a so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress. When the majority of the country cried foul on that “reform,” Republicans, coming up on the 2006 midterms mind you, listened to the people and dropped the issue. During the 2008 campaign, Obama and other Democrats hammered Republicans as being anti-Hispanic and promised immigration reform. Mr. Obama won the White House. Democrats expanded huge majorities in both houses of Congress.  And the table was set. They were ready to tackle the illegal immigration problem. The Republicans couldn’t stop them. So Democrats got right to work…passing a nearly trillion dollar stimulus package and conducting a yearlong debate on socializing medicine in the United States.  Soooo, all you clear thinking Latinos out there that think we have an illegal and legal immigration problem, save some of that frustration for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. They set the agenda, but chose to put you in the back of the proverbial legislative bus.

Oh, but the president wasn’t done. “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November second,” Obama said.

Rush Limbaugh calls the president a “man-child.” In this last quote Mr. Obama earns that title. I don’t know where to begin with this juvenile attempt at political blackmail. In essence Mr. Obama is saying, if you don’t turn out and save liberal Democrats from the earned ire of your fellow citizens, he may not be able to get immigration reform done?!?! Please. As mentioned, he could have gotten it done with super-majorities in both houses after 2008. And what is this “friends” and “enemies” business?

Well, with all due respect to the president, I’m an educated Hispanic man. I tend to know who my enemies are. My enemies target Texas dams for destruction to settle a score with a rival drug cartel. My enemies target U.S. law enforcement officers for assassination. They are those that killed an AZ rancher and a man riding a jet ski on Falcon Lake, a body of water that sits on the U.S.-Mexico border. In short, the drug cartels are a menace and the real enemies to all Americans. And how odd, border security is another issue this president chooses to ignore.

President Obama and many liberal Democrats assume that the only issue Latinos care about is getting amnesty for the estimated fifteen to twenty million illegal immigrants in the United States. Obama assumes Hispanics look at these folks as “our” people.  And some far-left wing loud mouths and hate groups like La Raza and the Nation of Aztlan do. But an ever-growing number of us in the Latino community get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see an American. We see an American with a rich culture and language to offer our fellow citizens that will enhance the fabric of America. We recognize that our forefathers fled nations that fell far short in founding a government of, by, and for the people. And a majority of Latinos love and respect the United States and its laws. Mr. Obama wants Hispanics to vote against their “enemies”? If that’s how he wants to play it, fine with me. But be careful, Mr. President. You run the risk of educated Hispanics taking another look at you, a man who  has deceived Latinos on more than one occasion.  We may see any one of the following:

-Your job-killing policies.

-Your spending our children into mountains of debt.

-Your killing off of the best medical system in the world.

-Your nationalizing of whole industries.

-Your practice of picking winners and losers in business.

-Your intentional neglect of Fannie and Freddie in your so-called financial reform bill.

-Your placing of legal/illegal immigration reform on the back burner.

And after a careful review of your broken promises and your not-so-stellar two-year record, Hispanics may decide that it’s you who is the enemy, President Obama.

Chris Salcedo is a former anchor, news reporter and current talk show host.
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