An Open Letter to Hispanics On Behalf of Ron Paul
by Abelardo J. Arias, Esquire
Abelardo J. Arias, Esquire
Ron Paul (R-TX) is the kind of politician that Hispanics in America
desperately need to represent our true interests. Sure, it would
be great to see diversity in the Oval Office with a black man like
Barack Obama or a woman like Hillary Clinton, but as we Hispanics
have learned from years of discrimination and hardship, it is not
what makes us different that matters but our united desire for community,
values and freedom. Ron Paul is the man who will best represent
the interests of Hispanics, in preserving our individual liberties
and ensuring peace and prosperity for our children and our children's
is only one Hispanic presidential candidate today, Ron Paul is the
best option for Hispanics. In my opinion, New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson would make a better president than the other candidates
from the Democratic Party. But we have to ask ourselves who is the
best candidate from either party. In a time of war, inflation, rising
taxes, out-of-control deficit-spending and domestic spying, Hispanics
need a man who has the experience, the integrity and the determination
to stand up to the Washington machine. That man is Ron Paul.
endured oppression and infringement of human rights since the European
powers came to Latinize our native cultures with slavery, feudalism
and state-sponsored religion. Our history for centuries has been
a long, arduous journey to self-determination and liberty. We should
stay true to that common vision and purpose.
Ron Paul is
running as the only anti-war candidate in the Republican Party.
The GOP is full of candidates like ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and ex-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who support our ineffective
and harmful "War on Terror." Don't be fooled by Republican overtures
to Hispanics. Speaking a little Spanish or running an ad on Univision
or Telemundo is not enough to help us grab a piece of that pie we
call the American Dream. The entire GOP presidential slate except
for Ron Paul is eager to continue and prolong this disastrous and
unconstitutional war. This conflict has claimed the lives of more
than 3000 soldiers, including Hispanics who donned the uniform to
proudly serve their country.
Hispanics join the U.S. military every year for an opportunity to
serve, gain access to college and find an honorable occupation in
life. But Democrat and Republican politicians have needlessly sent
them into harm's way by deploying them to Iraq. The war has killed,
maimed and injured tens of thousands and psychologically scarred
many more with the horrors of guerilla-insurgent warfare. To continue
this course of action and fail to properly defend America is an
had no problem sending Hispanics to die for President Bush's war.
Mike Huckabee appears to have no problem continuing the massacre
of American and Iraqi lives. Ron Paul is the only candidate consistently
holding our government accountable over our long-forgotten quest
to hunt Osama Bin Laden and the alarming loss of so many lives.
American boys and girls continue to needlessly die to make the world
safe for U.S. oil and political interests. Hispanics should support
Ron Paul because he is the only real anti-war candidate.
Ron Paul does
not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants. This was the one issue
I did not agree with. But I know Ron Paul's character. I know his
voting record for Liberty. Over the years, I have heard his speeches
and read his articles. I know his one interest is Freedom, with
no compromise. This man practices what he preaches.
Ron Paul represents
the 14th Congressional District of Texas, a border state
with many problems. As a result of these problems we have seen overt
racism from people like the Minutemen and other self-armed vigilantes
who patrol the border. But there are many Americans who are not
racist but just want our laws to be obeyed and respected. I can
understand that. Ron Paul will secure the U.S. borders effectively
and humanely. His voting record on human rights and civil liberties
is impeccable. No other Democrat or Republican can touch him on
that. He voted against the Patriot Act, secret government courts
and any form of domestic espionage.
What are Ron
Paul's ideas to reduce the number of illegal immigrants? 1) Oppose
amnesty; 2) cut welfare benefits; and, 3) reform the immigration
personally support amnesty as an emergency measure to forgive the
hard-working taxpayers who live in our country illegally, I can
still fully support Ron Paul as a man who will defend the rights
and liberties of men, women and children who enter this country
for a better life. That is after all, why we Hispanics have come
to America and have so wonderfully contributed to the melting pot.
When it comes
to our rights, no other candidate comes close to Ron Paul in ensuring
our liberties in the Bill of Rights and protecting us from the intrusion
of the federal government, the States or local police. What can
we expect from a Ron Paul presidency? The dawn of a new morning
in America. The reversal of decades of growing government intrusion
into our lives, our homes and our churches.
are proud of our kaleidoscope of national cultures ranging from
Chile to Puerto Rico, from Mexico to Costa Rica. We hold onto our
beautiful traditions. They are alive and well in our language, our
cuisines, our music and our history. Hispanics balk at any attempt
by the majority to assimilate us or to only speak English because
we're in someone else's country. Ron Paul's principles in action
demonstrate that he would never support a policy that Hispanics
in America need to do as Americans do.
There are many
in the Republican Party today who feel that way about Hispanics.
I consider this only a milder form of racism and xenophobia. Hispanics
have already seen Ron Paul commit himself to positions of individual
liberty, respect for human life and reduction in government power.
Ron Paul is a man who deserves to sit in the Oval Office because
he respects our cherished Bill of Rights more than any other elected
What is the
number one problem plaguing Hispanics today? Economic access.
drop out of school at a higher rate than other races and fall into
vicious cycles of poverty and crime. Our rapid rise in population
rates are not, by and large, in line with our noble desire to become
self-sufficient, entrepreneurial or pillars in our society. There
is great hope, however. Many Hispanics work hard for a better solution.
Many have taken risks despite the odds to open up our own businesses
and charities and push past the established racism in professional
circles and market policies.
How would a
Ron Paul presidency help? Ron Paul would end government-subsidizing
of huge corporations that destroy and stifle smaller competitors,
especially Hispanic-owned businesses. He would fight for a sound
money policy to stop the inflation rate that acts as a nefarious
hidden tax on our hard-earned dollars. Ron Paul would end government
meddling in higher education tuition and policies that cost Hispanics
a small fortune to seek a degree and then saddles young Hispanics
with unfair debts. He would reform welfare far better and more effectively
than Bill Clinton ever did and help people to become self-sufficient
Ron Paul would
strengthen Social Security by using proper fiscal policy. He would
cut the government out of health care to stop the rising costs of
medical visits that are out of reach for many working-class Americans.
Ron Paul, unlike Ronald Reagan's failure to keep a promise, would
abolish the U.S. Department of Education, and so end the wasteful
and harmful law known as "No Child Left Behind." He would stop rising
tax levels on small businesses and individuals that choke lower-class
Americans from pursuing the American Dream.
deserve to live the American Dream? Of course we do. Our ancestors
roamed over these ancient grounds centuries ago looking for fertile
lands and new hopes. As natives streamed over North America to the
Southern Hemisphere and the exotic Caribbean islands, they brought
their families, their children and their futures with them. Now
Hispanics have returned to this primitive land and have become the
fastest growing minority in the United States. Our voices can no
longer be silenced by those who think we must be quiet just to keep
cleaning their bathrooms and picking their fruits on dusty ranches.
as Ron Paul does, that our Creator endowed us with unalienable rights
to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Let us vote for Ron
Paul and bring our Hispanic brothers and sisters home from war,
to a country where Liberty is cherished, our hard work is rewarded
and we can provide lovingly for ourselves, our families and our
dear children. Let us contribute to the great melting pot.
J. Arias, Esquire [send him
mail] is a Connecticut attorney who works in his
own solo law firm. He is the author of the teen science fiction
novel with Latino protagonists: "Robbie
Velez And The Cyborg Uprising." Attorney Arias is a long-time
admirer of Congressman Ron Paul and is involved with the Democratic
Freedom Caucus. He and his wife Michele educate their four boys
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