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Suzette Martinez-Woodruff: Latina not a liberal?

Right Here, Right Now

Posted: August 20, 2009 8:41 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A particular assumption that I often hear leave the lips of yapping Liberals in California irks me at my core. The assumption is that a Hispanic woman should automatically identify herself as a Democrat because the Republican Party is racist and sexist.

I am an American woman of Hispanic decent and a Republican.

When I opened my Facebook mailbox and found the following message, I felt an overwhelming obligation to put an end to yet another prejudice Liberals' assumption:

"Do you really think Barack Obama is a communist? Why? How? Are you insane? Do you get your information/news from Rush Limbaugh? A woman of color, aligning herself with Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly ... irrational, fallacious, racist idiots? Wow ... wow." - John

It peeves me that liberals assume that a Hispanic woman, or as John phrased it, "a woman of color," should not identify herself as Republican.

It leads me to believe liberals have minimal, if any, knowledge of what the Republican party stands for or has accomplished.

It also leads me to believe they do not understand basic principles that line Hispanic heritage and beliefs.

According to gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Latinas are the fastest growing group of small business owners in California.

Thus, basic Republican principals are in the best interest of this growing group.

It does not take a brain surgeon to understand that streamlining permits, lifting straggling regulation and allowing business' to keep more capitol to invest in jobs or product, is good for small business.

In addition, according to the stereotype, most Hispanics distrust government, socially and religiously oppose gay marriage and abortion, and continually seek out the American dream of entrepreneurial prosperity.

As a Republican, I believe individual rights are given to us, not by our government, but by our creator at birth.

I believe all people have equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity regardless of race, creed, gender, age or disability. All people are born with tabula rasa and will determine their own future.

I believe big government and mob rule are vessels to socialism, communism, tyranny and oppression.

I believe that capitalism, free enterprise and competition are the roots and history of our nation's economic prosperity.

I follow the old Chinese proverb: "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day; but when you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime."

I believe that education is our future, and we cannot afford to invest in a failing system.

These are the same principles that gave birth to the Republican party in the early 1850s and led President Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in America.

Republicans have been the leaders of real change for more than 140 years.

In 1865, a unanimous Republican congress backed the 13th Amendment making slavery unconstitutional.

Among Democrats, 63 percent of Senators and 78 percent of House members voted no.

Republicans in Congress passed our nation's first Civil Rights Act, extending citizenship and equal rights to people of all races, all colors, and all creeds.

We extended the concepts of due process of law and equal protection of the laws, to every state via the 14th amendment. Every congressional Democrat voted no.

In 1872, Pinckney Pinchbeck of Louisiana became the first black governor. In 1875, Romualdo Pacheco of California became the first Hispanic governor. And in 1928, Octaviano Larrazolo became the nation's first Hispanic Senator. All Republicans.

Republicans fought for women's suffrage while Democrats opposed. All of the leading suffragists, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were Republicans.

The first women delegates to a national party convention were Republican. Democrats kept women out for years.

Republican Senator Aaron Sargent first introduced the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in 1878. It did not become law until 1920 because Democrats kept voting it down.

In 1937, Republicans opposed Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Supreme Court nominee, U.S. Senator Hugo Black, a Democrat and former Klansman who defended Klansmen against race-murder charges.

In 1983, President Reagan established Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday.

The first black National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as the first black woman Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, were appointed by Republicans.

It seems to me the "progressive" Democratic party has been serving stale food at the American dinner table.

I simply ask that the next time you see an American woman of Hispanic descent, think twice before assuming what party she should align with.

Suzette Martinez-Woodruff is a Valencia resident and Treasurer of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of North Los Angeles. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right Here, Right Now!" appears Fridays in The Signal and rotates among local Republican writers.


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