RNC FL Hispanic Director is Now a Democrat

Note from Editor Kevin Cate:

I’ve known Pablo Pantoja for years. We were both in the same graduate program at Florida State University. We bonded because we were both also state employees at the time. However, Pantoja had another, another job. He was a National Guardsman, having already served in Iraq and Kuwait, winning numerous accolades.

I have a lot of respect for Pantoja, and that respect didn’t diminish one bit as he climbed the ladder of Republican politics. On my list of things I don’t do in politics: try to persuade military men and women about whom to support in the free elections they provide us.

Pantoja has a long, impressive political resume, but most recently he was the State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee. Not any more. Pantoja is now a Democrat.

In his own words (shared with permission):

From: Pablo Pantoja
Subject: From Republican to Democrat
Date: May 13, 2013 5:57:11 PM EDT

Friend,

Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party.

It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.

Studies geared towards making – human beings – viewed as less because of their immigrant status to outright unacceptable claims, are at the center of the immigration debate. Without going too deep on everything surrounding immigration today, the more resounding example this past week was reported by several media outlets.

A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “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.”

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality.  Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.

When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.

Although I was born an American citizen, I feel that my experience, and that of many from Puerto Rico, is intertwined with those who are referred to as illegal. My grandfather served in an all-Puerto Rican segregated Army unit, the 65th Infantry Regiment. He then helped, along my grandmother, shatter glass ceilings for Puerto Rican women raising my aunt to become the first Puerto Rican woman astronomer with a PhD in astrophysics (an IQ of a genius as far as I’m concerned). Puerto Ricans, as many other Americans still today have to face issues of discrimination in voting and civil rights.

Regardless of what political affiliation people choose, my respect for some remains. I don’t expect all Hispanics to do the same (although I would hope so) but I’m taking a stand against this culture of intolerance.

I am also making a modest contribution (here: http://bit.ly/12uF3g8) to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the efforts in helping protect the rights of immigrants and civil liberties in general.

With warm regards,

-pablo

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92 thoughts on “RNC FL Hispanic Director is Now a Democrat

  1. soren says:

    Hey Pablo Pantoja, I googled you… you are a white guy with blue eyes… There is no bigger privilege today than “white hispanic priviledge”.

    “My grandfather served in an all-Puerto Rican segregated Army unit, the 65th Infantry Regiment. ”

    Of course it was segregated… Puerto Ricans speak Spanish and even till this day are not very good with English.

  2. Olivia says:

    It is amazing how every time I read comments, I find someone so filled with vile and incredibly ignorant about Puerto Riquenos and Hispanics in general. Looking “white” with “blue eyes” does not take precedence over our culture and heritage. With attitudes like these, the GOP will never get anyone – white or not – to think of them as anything more than racist, prejudiced, and ignorant.

    Welcome to the Democratic party Mr. Pantojas. We have a very large tent.

  3. Jen says:

    News flash, Hispanics can come in every variation of the rainbow, including the blackest of black and the most white with flaming red hair and green eyes. The fact that a Hispanic person has blue eyes and white skin means nothing , sure they may have had less encounters with racism since they can “pass” in some situations, but it doesn’t mean they are less Hispanic than anyone else. What a completely ridiculous comment to make!

  4. Neyda says:

    WTF ??
    LMOA ….
    “white hispanic priviledge” ?? OMG… LOLOLOL I can’t stop..laughing.. Soren, what freaking planet did u fall out of?

    Well, most Latinos are highly educated, but like in every group, we get a few that fall off the wagon (like Soren…LOLOLOL).

  5. Thomas says:

    I’m guessing Planet Mississippi

  6. Bryan says:

    Did you have to google him because you didn’t notice that there’s a picture of him at the top of the article? With your powers of observation, I suspect there’s a lot of information you glaze right over. Wipe the crust out of your eyes. It’s the 21st century.

  7. Abad says:

    Amen to that.

  8. Anduine says:

    LOL!! You’re such a douche bag, Soren!! You just proved his point, you idiot!

  9. Daphne says:

    haha exactly!! these kinds of comments bring me past the point of anger…it’s so idiotic that it’s hilarious

  10. Becca Helen says:

    Nice try at the old Palin GOTCHA thang. Problem is, that picture of him has been all over the place. So, what’s your point. You think a hispanic can’t have blue eyes? WOW.

  11. Dorrene says:

    Most people who are critical of other ethnic groups use of the english language have not even learned to master the english language themselves. The Puerto Rican’s are brave, loving, intelligent people who usually speak at least on other language well. I am tired of the Klu Klux Klan attitude that so many Republicans have been demonstrating for far too long.

  12. G says:

    oh dear irony how I love you so…It’s the Democratic Party that started the KKK. Ever hear of a guy by the name of Robert Byrd? I suggest you google him.

  13. Al says:

    Yes, the Democrats were the racist party that long ago. Since then, the Dixies jumped the Democrat ship when their homeboy LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, and Nixon picked them up for free votes instead of letting them fade into history. For all your Googling, try “Southern Strategy” — it goes a long way to explaining how us Republicans got hijacked by the same loonies they had.

  14. Mitch says:

    Ah yes, LBJ, who famously said “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” and “there’s more niggers voting there than there are white folks.”

    http://youtu.be/r1rIDmDWSms

  15. Bob says:

    The Anne Coulter revisionist squad is gonna come down on you hard for that one. In their mind, if any Democrat was ever racist, then all Democrats are all racist forever. The fact that their party is racist RIGHT NOW, demonstrably, undeniably, unreservedly, well that’s just nothing we should discuss because, duh, Lincoln….

  16. Angela says:

    Al, you made me heart happy! A+! :)

  17. Arthur John says:

    In the early-late 1960s I was a member of the Georgia Young Republicans. At that time, we were the “Liberal, educated ” party, making overtures to the newly, and only partially, enfranchised African American voters. The other party, although nominally Democrat, were more in tune with the Dixiecrats, that is, white, undereducated segregationists. Unkindly, we referred to them as “Rednecks”. After the ’64 loss of Goldwater, a new crop of home office Republican leaders showed up with what was called the “Southern Strategy”. It was recognized that the bulk of the actual voters were the very rednecks we despised. It was surmised that it would be wiser to cultivate this group rather than attempt to educate them. We started out with philosophical points which we shared: States Rights issues for instance. To the Conservatives of the national party, that had meant as little as possible national interference with state policies on all issues. To our new found constituency it meant only one thing: NO Integration. Second Amendment rights moved from the right to join “a well regulated militia”, to the right to shoot any undesirable whether they were “after our women” or if they were out of state “agitators”. More and more we were trained on how to counter “The nigger block vote”. What I had been brought up by a Southern mother to believe was merely being polite had become the epithet, “Politically Correct” By the election of 1972, I had had enough but there was no viable alternative. Education was and is the key. The horribly education starved African Americans are digging their way up and out. The children of the previously bigoted white middle and upper class are more knowledgeable of social matters and the real causes of poverty. Oh, it’s not cured, not yet, but there is hope. I try to do my part through my boy scout troop, although I am hampered by the designation “ivory towered, over educated Liberal”, the boys are receptive. Keep trying.

  18. Teri says:

    G, Robert Byrd died in 2010. Name another Democrat who come near to Byrd’s OLD stances on race and maybe you have some credibility. I think he was the last. They’re all with the GOP now, ever since Civil Rights legislation was passed. Al below has it right. I love how the right wing always tries to rationalize their party’s racism by throwing out the old Dem/KKK past. What’s past is past, present is NOW!!

  19. Teri says:

    Mitch, LBJ was a Texan (remember Gov. Rick Perry’s camp stone?) Don’t know if LBJ would have been elected, rather than take over when JFK assassinated, but he was strange. Gave press conferences from the john!! Beyond all the negatively he still did the right thing signing civil rights law no matter his motives! (Let’s not forget our beloved founding fathers who all had slaves!!)

  20. Ron says:

    Read some history. The KKK was started in Tennessee during reconstruction after the civil war, long before Byrd was born. Yes, the Democrats were the party of most KKK members because LINCOLN was a Republican. For years, southern Democrats sided with Republicans to block civil rights, interpgration, etc. After LBJ signed the civil rights act in 1965, he knew he had lost the south for Democrats for generations. He was right, which is why the GOP owns the south. Not all Republicans are racist, but the vast majority of racists are Republicans.

  21. Mike says:

    You people keep repeating this like it’s a great revelation. It apparently is to you, and the fact that it is displays your ignorance. Liberals have always known that the Democratic Party in the south was racist and conservative until the Republican Party took over that job after the passage of the civil rights laws.

  22. Karen says:

    That’s why we shouldn’t have even tried to keep the south in the union. Here’s an idea. Why don’t you and all you racist friends go down there with your confederate flags and crap about starting a revolution because we don’t want your guns killing our kids. See how long you make it without the intelligent people in this country. Then you can just start slavery back up like you want. Don’t worry about the immigrants, we will take them, they are what built this country and keep it going every day. Ou can also send us all the gays if you want or wait until they, the minorities, and everyone else who isn’t an biggot rise up and crush you antiquated idiots.

  23. Steven says:

    Dorrene, just for the record it’s Ku Klux Klan. I used to think there was an L in the first word too.

  24. Angela says:

    I’ve done a lot of teaching basic writing skills at the college level over the past thirty years (my preference, by the way, because it’s NEVER boring and always invigorating) and I have known this to be true: people who read a lot in their native language, will generally think, speak and write exceptionally well . English as a Second Language learners who are good readers and writers in their own languages need only to get a grasp of the rules in English, and off they go. It makes me cry with happiness to see them run toward me, excitedly waving an A+ on their history or psychology essays. Trust me, I wish I could take credit for their success, but I can’t. The students do the necessary work, and they are so intelligent and determined that the A+ is the inevitable conclusion. This so called “researcher” who wrote, “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.” would flunk my basic writing class for having committed such lunacy to paper.

  25. Slaughter says:

    Soren, this joke helped me break the ice on a trip to Italy a few years ago:

    In English, the word for someone who speaks two languages is bilingual.
    What is the word for someone who speaks three languages?
    Trilingual.
    What is the word for someone who speaks one language?
    American.

    It worked like a charm every time.

  26. How does it feel? says:

    White Hispanic stopped working for you Pablo?

  27. Rohan says:

    Dear GOP,

    If there’s anyone of consequence reading this, then read soren’s post. Simply put, it’s emblematic of your problem with minority voters. THIS is the type of guy to whom your messages are addressed. See the issue?

  28. mike says:

    WOW Olivia

    your ignorance is mind-blowing

  29. mike says:

    sorry
    I meant to say

    WOW Soren
    your ignorance is mind blowing

  30. MJ says:

    Thanks for correcting that! I had to go back to see what Olivia wrote and thought…oh no! ;)

  31. Darcey says:

    “White Hispanic Priviledge” Wow, I totally have never experienced any of this! Maybe it’s because I’m a brown eyed Hispanic. Perhaps I can only experience in winter when I’m less tan. No wait, my brother was a fair-skinned, blue eyed Hispanic and still no benefit. Where does @soren live, so that I can get in on this ridiculous idea?

  32. Angela says:

    Being white and having blue eyes doesn’t mean you are not Hispanic. And guess what? Being black, having really curly hair and dark eyes doesn’t mean you aren’t Hispanic, either. I once had a summer job as a teenager, and my co-worker had very pale white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. She looked like a 15 year old Barbie. When she introduced herself, I was shocked at her accent. She was from Mexico City, and her accent was so thick that it took me three weeks to understand what she was saying.. About eight years later, I was working somewhere else, and one of the ladies looked like she was African American, but she also had a very thick, but different sounding accent. She was from the Dominican Republic. You can’t categorize people according to your stereotypes. You will be embarrassed a lot if you do. Or maybe not. Maybe you prefer your stereotypes over the life’s realities.

  33. Arthur says:

    Wow. What a complete idiot you are Soren. Simply nothing to say about people like you.

    The story of this man is very familiar. It is the unfortunate deep seeded culture of the party that makes this story familiar. The party of Lincoln disappeared long ago….and that is sad

  34. matt says:

    You sir seem to be here to make Pablo’s point even more pronounced and accurate, although you meant to discredit him. You give us white people even more reason to be hated. Do the world a favor and shut your racist mouth. You are not helping.

  35. Rico says:

    This a is a very well written poignant article. Thank you

  36. Orlando local says:

    Pablo is just mad because he couldn’t get local R support in Orlando for a run for office. He just thinks his chances will be easier as a D

  37. Neyda says:

    If GOP didn’t give him support, then for sure he pick’d the right party to go too. Whatever their reason, they continue to prove that they are the party of NO, a minority exclusion. Shhh… I see dead people: the GOParty are walking & talking, but they don’t know their dead…LOL.

  38. Liz says:

    Pft! All he’d have to do for a bid in a Florida race as a republican is basically pick up the massively oversimplified party playbook. A child could do it! Unfortunately, this guy seems to have some integrity, so I guess he can’t deal with becoming an apologist for bigots and sexists and faux Christians.

  39. Pat says:

    Welcome to the Democratic Party, Mr. Pantoja.

  40. Teri says:

    Neyda, that was sadly true and really funny!! :-)

  41. Neyda says:

    There are many Latinos that are conservative at heart, but we as “minority” group members cannot align ourselves with the party of Hate, Intolerance & Plutocrats. Latinos have nothing in common with the Republican Party. Culturally, Puerto Ricans are raised to love each other and help our neighbors (it takes a village), which is more in line with the current Democratic party. However you reached the end of your journey, welcome home to the Democratic Party, Mr. Pantoja

  42. Dee says:

    I may be following you to the Democratic Party soon Mr Pantoja. I’m still registered as a Republican but I cannot identify with their extreme rhetoric. Thanks for standing up for what is right.

  43. Me says:

    I’m still registered Republican but during the primaries of 2008 I started to notice this anti-immigration racist attitude. The racism plus the tea party folks who hate to help anyone less fortunate have turned me off the Republican Party completely. I voted Democratic for the first time in 2012.

  44. The Republican Party left me says:

    During the primaries of 2008 I started to notice this anti-immigration racist attitude from the Republicans. The racism plus the tea party folks who hate to help anyone less fortunate have turned me off the Republican Party completely. I voted Democratic for the first time in 2012.

  45. EW says:

    Welcome to the Democratic Party! I think you’ll find yourself at home. Democrats are not perfect but acceptance of and appreciation for diversity and all that makes us human are certainly characteristics of Democrats, I’ve found. Your special insights will be welcomed.

  46. Kris says:

    Thank you for sharing the well-thought out reason for defecting! Welcome to the Party!

  47. mike says:

    Welcome to the Democratic Party.
    Our tent is very big and people here occupy a very wide swath on the American political spectrum.
    We believe in Liberty, Freedom and personal responsibility, we acknowledge the fact Americans begin their lives under many different circumstances with advantages and disadvantages both common to many and some almost unique to themselves.
    We view our governments Federal, State, County, Parrish, Cities, Townships, and Villages as tools, formed by citizens which manage the current needs of citizens while preparing for our future needs as well.
    Our Party sees individuals as equal under the law and our policies promote opportunity for every individual prepared to maximize the opportunities available to them.
    We also understand that some Americans, due to their individual circumstances simply remaining alive requires the efforts of others and that these individuals deserve dignity and the necessary care they require.
    Our Party realistically understands that human dignity and social responsibility requires a safety net for every individual.
    We beleive this safety net system does not perpetuate a dependence upon government and that it is necessary to enable the American Dream to be attainable for Americans with even the most impoverished beginnings.
    We see the Republican Party’s idea of “Individual Responsibility” to be devoid of a pathway to success for Americans who were born into poverty.
    We see the Republican Party’s policies constructed to ensure the perpetuation of familial wealth where individuals born into wealth are born into a system that requires nothing more of the individual than the correct geneology.
    Our nation’s future depends upon the perpetuation of a system of government that provides every citizen opportunity to exercise their Freedom and Liberty to obtain an education without mortgaging their future,
    We believe that there are necessary elements to society that are too sensitive to external manipulation to be a commercial enterprise with the commercial growth imperative.
    Prime examples of this are Prison Privatization and the Para-Military corporations that are allied with our Armed Forces. Wars are not to be fought by contractors if we truly want our Freedom and Liberty we cannot allow what amounts to private armies to exist as sooner or later, some wealthy entity, other than Our Government, could employ them for purposes that do not align with our American values.
    We believe War and Prisons are not the province profit for a nation founded upon Individual Freedom and Liberty.
    We believe that Public Education of our citizens from their childhood and when necessary,throughout their lives.
    Education is a vital necessity that must exist along side with Private Education and that these two forces must be vibrant and dynamic.
    We also believe that education and profits are both laudable but question whether corporate requirements to maximize profit if they are following the prime directive of being responsible to their investors first, are truly the proper vehicle to live off of revenue streams flowing mainly from theTaxpayer.
    We believe that the color of your skin, your choice of religion, your sexuality, the nation of your birth, or your financial circumstances should never be an issue that curtails anyone’s Freedom or Liberty.
    We also know that far too few Democrats vote in elections when we’re not electing President, like in 2010.
    We know when we don’t turnout to vote we get a Rick Scott as a Governor and a continuence of one Party government in Florida and gridlock in Washington.
    We, in the Democratic Party are working everyday to change low Democratic turnouts during those elections.
    Join us.

  48. Emiro says:

    Our tent is very big and people here occupy a very wide swath on the American political spectrum.
    We believe in Liberty, Freedom and personal responsibility (I doubt this one. You believe in it but The D party believes in keeping attached to government. Dependency),

    we acknowledge the fact Americans begin their lives under many different circumstances with advantages and disadvantages both common to many and some almost unique to themselves.
    We view our governments Federal, State, County, Parrish, Cities, Townships, and Villages as tools, formed by citizens which manage the current needs of citizens while preparing for our future needs as well. (Dependency)
    Our Party sees individuals as equal under the law and our policies promote opportunity for every individual prepared to maximize the opportunities available to them. ( That is a laugh, if you look at the present news around you. Dissent is forbidden in the D party.)

    We also understand that some Americans, due to their individual circumstances simply remaining alive requires the efforts of others and that these individuals deserve dignity and the necessary care they require. ( of course they do but the system is broken and many “individuals” not deserving such a treatment, cling to that wagon, and remain there for a long time after “individual; circumstances have disappeared

    Our Party realistically understands that human dignity and social responsibility requires a safety net for every individual.( of course that the dignity provider to our people in Benghazi, thrown away to the fire for raw political reason.)
    We believe( of course you do, that is why you write them wrong) this safety net system does not perpetuate a dependence upon government and that it is necessary to enable the American Dream to be attainable for Americans with even the most impoverished beginnings.
    We see the Republican Party’s idea of “Individual Responsibility” to be devoid of a pathway to success for Americans who were born into poverty.
    We see the Republican Party’s policies constructed to ensure the perpetuation of familial wealth where individuals born into wealth are born into a system that requires nothing more of the individual than the correct geneology. ( Of course you do not see billionaires with Hispanic, Iranian, Asian names )
    Our nation’s future depends upon the perpetuation of a system of government that provides every citizen opportunity to exercise their Freedom and Liberty to obtain an education without mortgaging their future, ( this is a point very important. However, remember, some people die in the battlefield even before they can mortgage any thing. Crudely speaking, at least you are alive to mortgage it, to have a choice, to be able to risk, to work hard, to be ready for your opportunity, hell to seek the opportunity)
    We believe that there are necessary elements to society that are too sensitive to external manipulation to be a commercial enterprise with the commercial growth imperative.( Of course, let get into regulation, regulation etc. Lets make the IRS the one that enter to manage your life, your assets, your health etc.)

    Prime examples of this are Prison Privatization and the Para-Military corporations that are allied with our Armed Forces. Wars are not to be fought by contractors if we truly want our Freedom and Liberty we cannot allow what amounts to private armies to exist as sooner or later, some wealthy entity, other than Our Government, could employ them for purposes that do not align with our American values. (I think you would be happy to defend ourselves with our cannons of 1865 or our arrows of a few years before) (The battlefields are changed now, and we have to do what we have to do to keep those American values. Therefore, we need to adjust to that. )

    ( Do you claim exactly what you need to claim and no more when you pay your taxes, I hope or are you part of the “para-citizen force that claim every little thin to avoid taxes as much))
    We believe War and Prisons are not the province profit for a nation founded upon Individual Freedom and Liberty. ( What could be the alternative, to people that need to be separated from society because the prey on it? To do like in Norway where the killer of 87 teens is limited to psychiatric care to make him understands what he did and rehabilitates him?. Sometimes people is and behave like a cancer that need to be destroyed))
    we believe that Public Education of our citizens from their childhood and when necessary, throughout their lives.
    Education is a vital necessity that must exist along side with Private Education and that these two forces must be vibrant and dynamic. (Education must be re-designed, now days, to accommodate the Internet and other discoveries in the last 10 years.) (Education like the Public education is paralytic, mostly considered a “work” as a profession with devotion to teach. Now the Education in general is proletization, and indoctrination rather than the “freedom” virtue that you are describe here.)
    We also believe that education and profits are both laudable but question whether corporate requirements to maximize profit if they are following the prime directive of being responsible to their investors first, are truly the proper vehicle to live off of revenue streams flowing mainly from the Taxpayer. (That is capitalism, Sir. And the Government intrusion to help “Private “ corporation is a hidden agenda from the power of the time to pay for political favor. Look at all the money invested in :green energy”)
    We believe that the color of your skin, your choice of religion, your sexuality, the nation of your birth, or your financial circumstances should never be an issue that curtails anyone’s Freedom or Liberty.

    We also know that far too few Democrats vote in elections when we’re not electing President, like in 2010.
    We know when we don’t turnout to vote we get a Rick Scott as a Governor and a continuence of one Party government in Florida and gridlock in Washington.
    We, in the Democratic Party are working everyday to change low Democratic turnouts during those elections.
    (Of course you are. You are unleashing the force of the government to harass the conservative movements that you despise – Freedom values, of course- You are weak to let the Majesty of the country stand and defend (Benghazi) you like to spy on the Fourth state. (The phones tampered for the AP)

    What an article. What a time for anybody to become a Democrat. All the Freedoms, all the virtues of the USA in the hand of Democrats. Sir, If contine in this path, and you will be happy, because there will be no country. All of us will be truly equal.
    God Bless you.

  49. Kaitlyn says:

    You can’t change. You won’t change. Your party is doomed. :)

  50. mike says:

    Emiro, it’s nice to see someone read what I wrote and I hope God Blesses you too!
    I see you have a thing about dependency.
    Have you every thought about how much of your life, all your life, and after your life you are dependent upon others?
    It seems you haven’t.
    From your comments about my concerns about Privatization of Prisons and of the Privatization of warfare you have a curious message.
    Bear in mind that these industries exist to sell their products to the Taxpayer. Warfare businesses and Munitions makers can only sell to governments, you know. Taxpayers fuel their revenue.
    And Just like Unions you probably see as evil, they hire Lobbyists to work with Elected Officials to grow their businesses that Taxpayers fund 100%.
    I and other people of good will believe Prisons are necessary but we wish they weren’t and we also know that there will always be a need for them. What most Dems recognize Emiro is that every business needs to grow and become larger with more income and in these instances their income happens to be our Tas dollars.
    If your in the Prison business, which is really a hotel where you check in, but you don’t necessarilly check out ever or your departure date isn’t of your choosing, the only way for the Hotellier or Prison company is to have more guests staying at you Hotel or Prison.
    Prison businesses hire Lobbyists to advocate for longer sentences and to make more laws that put people in Prison, it’s how they grow their business Emiro!
    So, Prisons are just not a good fit given business wants to get bigger and Americans want fewer people in Prison and, today that’s about $25,000′ per person per year.
    Emiro, have you ever done the math on the cost of incarcerating someone for 20 years? In today’s dollars it’s over $500,000. All of it paid by people like you and me Emiro, taxpayers.
    I won’t make many more comments going down the line Emiro, because I learned a long time ago that I can get 25 more voters with open minds faster than I will ever convince a person who comments on blogs to change their minds.
    I’ll end with this Emiro, every second of every day, and every day after you die until the memory of you is no longer. You Emiro, will depend upon others regardless of how you define dependency. As a final example, should you die and have survivors your Government will continue to pay your eligible survivors the Social Security benefits you earned during your life that was totally dependent upon others whether you believe it or not. I would say you paid for that Social Security, you might say your survivors would just be Dependent upon those Entitlements.

  51. Abby says:

    Thank you Mike, that was beautifully written and describes many of my views as a democrat. Welcome to the party of. “Yes We Can Move Forward”Mr. Pantajo. We are far from perfect, but we are open to change.

  52. Are you sure? says:

    This sounds more Libertarian than Democrat.

  53. Cheech says:

    Bienvenidos al partido ;)

  54. Gus says:

    I’m a little surprised it took you so long to see it, but better late than never!

  55. Oblios says:

    Of course it was segregated… Puerto Ricans speak Spanish and even till this day are not very good with English.

    I’ll bet there are a lot of Puerto Ricans that would be surprised to read that! And couldn’t read it if it was in Spanish.

  56. T. says:

    The correct abbreviation for Florida is Fla., not “FL”

  57. DocK says:

    Seriously?

    The U.S. Post Office switched to two letter abbreviations in 1963. *1963*. So anybody who’s addressed a piece of mail from or to anywhere in Florida in the last FIFTY years knows damn well what “FL” stands for.

  58. ozarkat says:

    If I may interject, FL is a postal code, created to assist in sorting the mail and allow more space for the zip code.
    Postal codes are two capital letters, while state abbreviations may consist of two or more letters, and sometimes the same two as the postal code, but only the first letter is capitalized.
    While many may use the 2-letter code in other places besides mailing addresses, I do believe the correct way is the abbreviations such as, Fla., Okla., Tenn., Calif., etc., as is used by most newspapers. (see Associated press Stylebook) But also note, it is becoming more accepted is various places to use the postal two-letter code. Therefore, you may both be right.

  59. Rudy says:

    Pablo Pantoja smarted up – good for him!

  60. AlexD says:

    The facts are Pablo’s name was being brought up for political positions in Orlando but people realized he had zero involvement or time in the community. just because hes military, hispanic and republican doesnt make him the next marco rubio. he only worked for the RNC for like 2 months and then worked for The Libre Initiative for a few months two. sounds like he is a job hopper plus party switchers dont do well.

  61. Kathy says:

    “a few months two? ” I English YOUR first language?

  62. Josh says:

    IS English your first language?

  63. Suzanne says:

    I too used to be republican until the republican craziness with the tea party got rolling. I am not necessarily a democrat although that is now how I vote. For a people that call themselves the Christian right (or is it left, I can’t keep it straight), anyway, they seem so hateful and against most things my Bible says we should do. But democrats are growing in hatefulness against anything republican with their nasty comments and such. People, remember to treat people how you want to be treated. Evaluate each idea and bill on its own merit as to if good for the nation or not, not what political party it came from. Maybe the bills should be like Job applications. The party and person it came from is not exposed until after the discussion and vote.
    And there’s lots of white hispanics. BTW. And smart ones. Just watch the telenovelas, Latin grammies, Spanish news broadcasts etc and you will see. Just because the only ones you see in your area are brown laborers doesn’t signify anything.

  64. ozarkat says:

    “I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”

    I wonder also. I wonder about those who are ‘different or strange’. I wonder why people think they should break the laws of this country and then expect to be embraced by the law abiding citizen. I wonder about people who are able to work, but won’t. I wonder why the working people in this country are expected to pay more and more in taxes to support these ‘different or strange’ peoples. Note, I am not picking out any particular nationality as “illegal”, because there are illegals coming in from many places. I am not picking on those who truly deserve assistance, but those who have twisted the system in order to get a free ride. This country is made up of immigrants and hard working people. As one of those Republicans that you a labeling as harsh, well, I am tired of paying out so much in taxes. I am tired of hearing about those of different cultures that think raping young girls is okay because in their country, 12 year olds are fair game. Try earning your right to exist in this country—come legally and follow the laws of THIS land. Work for a living and don’t expect the rest of us to support you. That is how you become an American in good standing, that is what will make this country of our great again.
    And before anyone decides to attack me, know that both my parents immigrated to this country–LEGALLY. They have never been on any assistance nor have they been without work. Don’t tell me you can’t find work—make work! If you must take a hand out, then lend a hand in return—volunteer, give your time, knowledge and energy to make this a better place.

  65. Doug says:

    “I wonder about people who are able to work, but won’t. I wonder why the working people in this country are expected to pay more and more in taxes to support these ‘different or strange’ peoples.” – ozarkat – are you referring to the top 1% in this country that pay very little in taxes, so the government has to get it from the poor and (what’s left of the) middleclass??

  66. Zj says:

    Actually Doug, the 1% pay more than most. Here is a link to the taxpayers union looking at the share of federal taxes paid by each income group from 1999-2009 (still looking for the data under Obama) –

    http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

    You’ll notice that the top 1% pay approx. 33-40% of all federal taxes year after year. This does not include of course their share of state and local taxes on top of all the other class warfare tax / fees that the govt levies against them (think of the luxury tax in MA that John Kerry tried to avoid by putting his yacht in Rhode Island).

    The NTU got this data from the IRS in case you don’t care for the group itself.

    Could you do me a favor and let me know what a fair share should be for those in the 1%? Is there a dollar amount or a % of income they should pay?

  67. Josh says:

    Well we all know how reliable the IRS is now ;)

  68. Daniel says:

    The racism in the GOP is blatantly obvious. Not sure what took you so long to see it but hey, welcome to the side of the country who actually cares about other people.

  69. Zj says:

    Racism in the GOP? Only in your fever dreams. It is easy to scream “racism!!!” instead of actually researching the policy ideas of one’s political opponents. Democrats live off the low information voter like yourself who strives to always “feel” better than people they hate (in this case your caricature of the GOP). There are many types of people in the GOP and many policy ideas are geared towards fairness for Americans which the Dems should focus on as well. The GOP believes wholeheartedly in immigration but rightfully so is concerned about the cultural / political / economic impact with the United States effectively importing the poorer classes from around the world.

    Democrats never consider this. Instead it is “racism!” or “we’re tolerant” – you don’t consider the impact illegal immigration has on our fragile safety net nor the impact on groups of Americans who are suffering in this economic climate – consider the unemployment rate for Black men which in the last year has increased by 1% as the national level has decreased:

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm

    Bottomline, it is imperative that we be able to speak to each other’s differences from a policy perspective as opposed to each side demonizing the other. Nothing will change if the default setting for Democrats is “the GOP is racist!”

  70. Michael says:

    Even though I am no fan of illegal immigration, to say certain people are genetically inferior is JUST PLAIN WRONG, and implying that Hispanic is a race is also WRONG. Hispanic means “partly or fully of Spanish Culture”, not a race.

  71. J. Alejandro says:

    Poor Mr. Pantoja! Has he been watching the news lately?

  72. ThirteenthLetter says:

    Huh. Not often that you see rats climbing _onto_ a sinking ship.

  73. Gillian says:

    @ThirteenthLetter, are you kidding? Look at the world around you and see that your intolerant way of life is not gaining any ground! The sinking ship is the Republican party and some of your best evidence is the last election! Did you not learn anything while watching your pundits and elected officials sit back yawning and smiling until way past the last minte, absolutely confident that Romney was sailing into the White House, only to shriek in shocked anguish when it finally hit them that Romney was not only not winning by a landslide, but losing… losing… LOST?!?! It’s representative comments like yours that beautifully illustrate the story of a party with its collective heads buried so far up their– er, down — in the sand — that they don’t realize they’re heading for the bottom of the ocean until they’rHe eating sand and raw sewage for dinner! If you seriously believe your own comment — that Pantoja is a rat climbing onto a sinking ship, which you believe represents the Democratic Party — you’re going to have a very sore, sad life sitting on an ice pack after your chair shatters and your ass hits the ground watching your party lose seats and people in droves. The coffee smells good from here, but you’ve got to get that clothespin off your nose before it spites your whole face. Cheers…!

  74. Riley says:

    Welcome, we have cake.

  75. OMAR says:

    It is very evident: the RNC uses verbal abuse, hate language, demeaning verbiage, and any other tactic to discredit, embarrass, dominate, intimidate, and put down any one that does NOT adopt their CURRENT view 100%. Reagan is probably turning over in his grave. We all have our skeletons, but what does it say all financial scams, and embezzlement’s in politics are from RNC. They do feel,and believe that they are ENTITLED to do as they please. I hear a lady say she cannot stand republicans, and I corrected that. But I do see WHY she said that. She is a 77YO white woman, lives in Richmond VA, and voted Republican until GB. NUFF SAID.

  76. Jar-Jar Binks says:

    The GOP is going the way of the dodo. I personally have never encountered a Republican or conservative who believes that minorities and the disadvantaged should be given a helping hand.

  77. Harold says:

    I’m sure La Raza will also welcome you with open arms, Pablo. I noticed that you don’t address the specifics of the studies you mentioned, rather just dismiss them with the simplistic race based platitudes so typical of the modern American left.

    If you want to be a Democrat, great! I’d get that self-righteous tone of yours in check though because when you get right down to it those you are supporting are flagrant law breakers who spout their own racialist hypocricies.

  78. Howard says:

    This is the Democrat talking point. EEEeeeevil Republicans are raaaaaacist because they want to have a secure border. So I ask this question each time:

    Is Mexico racist because they have strict border enforcement on their southern border?

    Google Mexican immigration law and see for yourself. And also in Mexico it is illegal for non-Mexican residents to own land within 50 miles (or maybe it’s KMs) from the sea.

  79. Kevin says:

    So…where’s the Canadian border fence and associated gun-totin’ rednecks keeping out the ‘Nucks?

    This is a fact: I have known many republicans who were not racists, but I have never known a racist who was not a republican.

  80. Irony says:

    “When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.”

    That’s great for your equalist delusion. Unfortunately, Pablo, intelligence correlates more strongly with the “success and progress of a society” than the “tolerance or hatred” of its people. This article itself is proof. Well written, certainly, but offering not a single scientific or statistical refutation of Richwine’s 165 thesis, just “I’m offended, therefore it must be wrong”. Meanwhile, China’s gathering 10,000 people with 160IQs to try to isolate an intelligence gene. Good luck staying competitive in the global world. I’m sure your (and other liberal’s) assault on science will bode well for the future researchers, engineers, statisticians, sociologists, policy drafters…list goes on and on. Oh well, as long as you’re feeling more “equal” at night.

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