Saturday, July 27, 2013

We Asked for a Miracle and God Gave Us Steve King

Things are looking up in red, red, Texas.
 
In 2010 we looked to the burgeoning Hispanic population in Texas to finally tip the scales over to the Democrats so that we can begin to retake the state at the top, with a gubernatorial victory. Well, because of two things that didn't happen: Hispanics were nowhere to be seen in 2010, and TEA baggers flooded the polls.
 
Result: we are in a real fix. TEApublicans used the decennially mandated redistricting to shore up their hold on state government control, not only in Texas but nationwide, and now we have complete catatonia in government. No one can do a thing, seemingly, to stop it.
 
Enter Congressman Steve King and all of his ilk.
 
Steve King went on record the other day to compare the one high school valedictorian that Dreamers produce to the "100 out there who weigh 130 pounds -- and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they've been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
 
This statistic, a 100 to 1 ratio of 100 cantaloupe-calved-smuggler dreamers to 1 valedictorian dreamer is complete fabrication. King hasn't a single solitary fact to support this broad assertion. But bringing cantaloupes into the conversation was utter genious.
 
He couldn't have made Hispanics any angrier. Univision, a really big Spanish language television network here in the States was all over this like...well... like blanco sur arroz. Their commentary has been steady and vitriolic.
 
So now we awaken a sleeping giant. The Hispanic community, who can do to Texas what no other group has been able to do: turn it from a red state to a battleground state.
 
Because the Alamo isn't the only battleground there is in Texas. And this time we are going to win one.