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Devon Cormier: Dems have a history of lying about history

Posted: July 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

“Republicans are all rich, old, white men.”

“Republicans don’t care about people.”

“Republicans are all racists.”

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a version of one of those statements, I think I could single-handedly take a chunk out of California’s annual, reoccurring budget shortfall.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. All you need to do to discredit this myth is look around our very own community.

Three of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most vibrant and active Republican volunteer organizations are made up of women, youth and Hispanics — the exact demographics the Democrats want you to believe they own lock, stock and barrel.

The SCV Young Republicans, Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of North L.A. dispel the archaic stereotype imposed upon the GOP by the left.

The people that make up these three organizations are the face of the Republican Party and are the boots on the ground in the propaganda war of misinformation. They are the very faces the Democrats want you to believe are only found among their ranks.

Need further proof? Look at the California Republican ticket in 2010.

Our candidates were women, Latino and African-American. Republican candidates reflected and celebrated California’s rich diversity. The Democrat ticket did not. Our Republican candidates brought a fresh perspective to the debate on how to fix our state and nation. The candidates on the Democrat’s ticket set the tone of “Been there, done that, got the deficit to prove it.”

The days of letting these stereotypes stand unchallenged have come and gone. For far too long, the right has allowed the left to frame the debate on who we are and what we stand for.

Recently, the SCV Young Republicans debuted a youth activist panel to reach the under-40 electorate. The presentation brings to light the influence pop culture and society has on youth and its bias against conservative principles and values.

America’s next generation is inundated on a daily basis with liberal indoctrination in the classroom and a steady stream of anti-Republican rhetoric from their favorite celebrities, on television and in the media. The youth activist panel seeks to open a dialogue and engage young voters in the political process.

The Republican National Hispanic Assembly of North L.A. also has a panel showcasing the Latino perspective. The panel has been invited to present at the next California Republican Party convention in September.

Republicans in L.A. County have also set sights on reinvigorating a voter registration program at new-citizen ceremonies. Last month, in Downtown L.A., 19 new citizens registered as Republicans from 10 different countries. 

We debuted new signs featuring prominent Republicans, such as Susana Martinez, America’s first Latina governor of New Mexico and Bobby Jindal, America’s first Indian-American governor.

The most controversial of the signs is one featuring an iconic photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the headline “Martin Luther King was a Republican.” Within minutes of the sign being displayed, a woman from the Democrats of L.A. County booth stormed our table screaming, “Liar ... Republicans are liars.”

She even went so far as to call security and a lawyer in an attempt to have us, and the sign removed from the ceremony. This is the depths to which the left will sink. So much for freedom of speech.

A simple Google search reveals MLK was, in fact, a Republican.

Apply a little logic; the Republican Party championed the civil rights legislation King fought for while Democrats, such as John F. Kennedy, voted against former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Democrats, such as Robert Byrd, who served in the Senate from 1959 until his death in 2010, were members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Which political party do you think King identified with?

Republicans are not only on the right side of issues facing Americans today — taxes, jobs and the economy — but Republicans are on the right side of history. A history that many have forgotten and even more don’t know. A history that exposes the lie of every single stereotype of what and who a Republican is:

The Republican Party was formed by abolitionists to end slavery.

The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, abolished slavery.

America’s first Hispanic governor was a Republican.

America’s first congresswoman was a Republican.

Republicans gave African Americans the right to vote.

America’s first Hispanic senator was a Republican.

America’s first Asian-American senator was a Republican.

Republicans gave women the right to vote. 

If you’d like to help write the next chapter in American history and join the tradition of empowering women, African-Americans, youth and Latinos, get involved today. To learn more about the Republican Party visit www.SCVGOP.org.
Devon Cormier lives in Canyon Country and is the president of the SCV Young Republicans. She also serves as an ex officio on the 38th Assembly District Republican Central Committee, and is a committee chair for the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

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