“We Don’t Need No Stinking Assimilation!"
~ Scoffs Hispanic Group
“Look at what has happened to Miami…You would never know you’re in the United States of America. I worry when I read an interview with the very influential founder of the Cuban American National Foundation, Jorge Mas Canosa, who told the Miami Herald in 1992: “I have never assimilated. I never intend to.”
~ Congressman Tom Tancredo Dec. 2006
The current presidential campaign proves the much-vilified Rep. Tancredo as spot on. With America agog with “Obama-Mania,” with all polls showing most American voters consistently favoring Barack Obama, Miami’s Cuban-Americans brazenly buck the tide, refusing to assimilate to the American political norm, while thumbing their nose at America’s majority political party. This party controls the U.S. legislature, most state legislatures, most state governorships and boasts — by far — the most registered voters in the U.S.
No matter. For decades the mostly foreign-born group that so worries Congressman Tancredo has indeed spurned the ideology and obstinately rebuffed the entreaties of the party embraced by the majority of Americans, the Democratic party. A new poll in campaign-crucial Florida dramatizes this thundering disconnect. Obama gets over 50 per cent of the vote from red-blooded, native-born Americans — but only 21 per cent of Cuban-Americans plan on voting for Obama.
So awed and smitten seems America by the Democratic/rock-star candidate that the audience on Comedy Central refused to laugh at a mild joke at Obama’s expense by host John Stewart. Instead they twittered awkwardly while looking around nervously. "Is it okay to laugh?" the audience’s looks seemed to ask. "Or is it disrespectful? Unhip? Perhaps even blasphemous?"
When Obama visited Miami last month, no such inhibitions restrained the group that so worries Congressman Tancredo. While a huge crowd of their properly-assimilated countrymen clapped deliriously at the Democratic Messiah’s every comment inside the Convention hall, a group of Cuban-Americans marched and waved picket signs denouncing him on the sidewalk outside! The first instance of such irreverence towards America’s most-favored candidate — its political Rock-Star/Messiah — during this campaign!
To add insult to injury, a formal letter drafted by five major Cuban-American organizations referred to Obama’s candidacy as "an affront" to their sensibilities. Nothing remotely of this sort has been mounted by properly-assimilated Americans on any campaign stop by America’s most-favored presidential candidate from sea to shining sea.
These insufferable (and genuine) Hispanics have long snubbed the pied pipers of America’s majority party, along with their allies and cohorts in America’s majority media.
"Mandela Mania Grips America. Ticker Tape And T Shirts For The ANC Leader’s Visit" reported Newsweek magazine in 1990 when the former South African communist/terrorist visited the U.S. According to a report by the Media Research Center, America’s mainstream media "compared Mandela to the Pope, Jesus Christ, and Moses. “A larger than life figure” gushed CNN. “A virtual symbol of freedom,” exulted CBS.
America’s biggest cities all clamored to be included in Mandela’s procession. "Whole cities have felt slighted," said the Newsweek story. "An aide to Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago called the ANC to complain that Mandela was bypassing Chicago. ”
So what happened when Mandela tailored his frantic schedule to grace Miami with a visit?
You guessed it. The people that so worry Congressman Tancredo, with blatant disregard — indeed with studied contempt — for their adopted countries’ coast-to-coast "Mandela Mania," mounted rude demonstrations against the international icon!
Crowds of these excitable, mustachioed people waved placards. Wild-eyed marchers screamed insults. Planes (owned and piloted by Cuban-Americans) even flew overhead fluttering disrespectful banners against America’s honored guest — calling him a "Communist!" and worse!
Miami’s City Commission, buckling to Cuban-American pressure, was even forced to rescind a formal proclamation welcoming and honoring one of the world’s most celebrated figures — a man deluged by ticker tape and deafened by wild acclaim on every visit to the biggest cities in their adopted country! — a man honored with America’s most prestigious civilian award, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom!
More proof that America’s political folkways will remain forever alien to these people. This political and cultural recalcitrance has often goaded America’s majority parties’/media axis to enraged sputterings against them.
"Truly disgusting!" was how Bryant Gumbel characterized them a few years back. Last year Georgetown professor Norman Birnbaum, an advisor to three presidential candidates for America’s majority political party, called them a "truly repellent" group. This past November, one of America’s most influential newspapers (the Washington Post), one that habitually endorses America’s majority political party, ran a cartoon celebrating their expulsion from the U.S. en masse.
In a nation where the mildest, most off-handed — or even unwitting, see "black hole," "niggardly" — mention of ethnic traits commits the professional and social equivalent of a capital crime — the usual watchdogs on ethnic sensitivity (the Washington Post and Democratic party habitually among the most vigilant in this regard) issued nary a peep against the blatant bigotry just mentioned, much less in defense of the vilified ethnic group.
Earlier immigrant groups have all yielded to mainstream American political enlightenment. Though the Reagan Revolution made inroads, over a third of Italian-Americans remain registered with America’s majority political party, along with almost half of Irish-Americans. Jewish-Americans habitually skew 65—85 percent for America’s majority party.
Yet these insufferable Cuban-Americans simply will not see the light — imply will not politically assimilate. All the Kings Horses and All the King’s Men cannot bring them around to follow the lead of the majority in their adopted country and register Democratic.
Even with the third generation registering to vote, a measly 13 per cent of these incurably obtuse and unenlightened people register with America’s majority political party! This is the most diminutive Democratic registration of any ethnic group in the U.S.! And 72% of these troglodytes are registered with America’s minority party (Republican). This is the highest for any ethnic group in the U.S.! — more proof that these octopus-eating, fast-talking, wildly-gesticulating people are genetically wired to buck "Anglo-Saxon" norms, as so shrewdly observed and courageously denounced by Congressman Tancredo.
The 1998 census even showed that Cuban-Americans were 25% more likely to have a college degree than their fellow Americans. So imagine what Democratic drivel their professors tried to ram into their (genuinely) Hispanic skulls! All to no avail! The census also showed that Cuban-Americans were twice as likely to earn more than $50,000 than the citizens in their adopted country.
They don’t educate their children like average Americans, earn wages like average Americans — and especially — vote like average Americans. What more proof do we need that these odd and atavistic people remain outside the U.S. mainstream and refuse to assimilate, and after almost half a century of residency in the U.S., with all the attendant benefits and opportunities!? What INGRATES!!
Congressman Tancredo you’re spot on! Please take note of the above and lead a charge to DEMAND that these people finally ASSIMILATE!! Perhaps with enough pressure applied by red-blooded American leaders like yourself, these shamelessly exotic foreigners will finally see the light, upend their native blockheadedness — and help elect Barack Hussein Obama.
Humberto Fontova [send him mail] is the author of Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. Visit his website.