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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, April 10, 2006

A Sleeping Giant?

It remains to be seen whether or not we are witnessing the beginning of a large-scale Hispanic political force in this country; for one thing, it's always easier to organize protests than build a movement. For another, Hispanic voter turnout has always been historically low and those with the greatest stake in this debate, illegal aliens, can't vote at all. Having said that, I was very impressed with the latest round of demonstrations, particularly with the leadership and keen eye for public relations shown by LULAC. For some pictures and commentary on the Washington, DC march by our good friends at AmericaBlog, click here. For some pictures from the Philadelphia rally courtesy of our good friends at Atrios, click here.

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Blogger Kvatch said...

Interesting, all this political upheaval. Along the border where I was raised, the notion of hispanic political power (at least on the local level) was never questioned. Now, El Paso resembles Ciudad Juarez so much that I'd say the Texas/Mexican border is actually somewhere to the North (or South, depending on which party you affiliate with.

4/11/2006 3:13 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Of all the hispanics I know, and all the illegal aliens I have represented, none of them ever expressed a desire to replicate Mexico in the United States. On the contrary, they were usually pretty bitterly disillusioned about their home country. Being proud that you're "Mexican" is VERY different than being proud of "Mexico." Texas' last experiment with Hispanic political power was La Raza Unida in the 1970's; it started off strong, but collapsed when it expanded beyond it's base way too fast.

4/11/2006 9:02 PM  

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