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Calvin Freiburger

Oh By the Way, Marco Rubio Hates His Own Race

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Posted on September 28 2010 7:46 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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One of the means by which the Left perpetuates its stereotypes of conservatives is by frequently referencing them as if they’re already accepted fact. Consider Exhibit #43,296: Florida reporter Jim DeFede’s overview of the Florida Senate race at the Daily Beast. It’s mostly about Republican-turned-Independent Charlie Crist (spoiler alert: he’s a shameless opportunist), but DeFede takes the time to remind his readers that Crist’s GOP opponent, Marco Rubio, is a race traitor:

The Republican is a Latino who is running on one of the more anti-Latino platforms in the country […] Rubio’s strategy is a simple one—do nothing that would alienate his hard-core, right-wing base and pray that Hispanics will give him a pass on many of his positions (he backs Arizona’s immigration law, supports making English the official language, and opposes a pathway for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship).

While there’s probably some degree of political posturing in Rubio’s immigration stance (he initially had “concerns” over Arizona’s immigration enforcement law), but that doesn’t make his platform wrong, much less “anti-Latino.” SB1070 was a reasonable and substantive attempt to address a serious problem plaguing Arizona and the nation as a whole alike, not an attack on minorities.

For reasons of security, health, social stability, and more, every nation (especially those with robust welfare regimes prone to abuse) has the right to regulate the entry of newcomers into their borders. Do you think DeFede considers Mexico racist against gringos for their far more draconian restrictions on immigration. Somehow, I doubt it.

As many conservatives have pointed out before, the only bigotry that is widely practiced in contemporary political debates is the condescending assertions of leftists that agreeing with them is an intrinsic part of authentically belonging to any particular minority group. Dig beyond the headlines, and you’ll find that plenty of minorities take exception to that kind of thinking:

Conservatives and Republicans need to understand that there’s nothing to be gained by fearing the tired old bigotry smears. Watering down our principles won’t get the Left to ratchet down their lies and venom, but if we stand on principle and call out slander for what it is, we can trust the people—including the ones we’re falsely accused of hating—to recognize the difference.

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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