As the midterm elections draw closer and closer, major media outlets have turned once again to pontificating about and predicting the “Hispanic” or “Latino” vote, and comparing it to past white and black voter turnout demographics. This includes hand wringing, scolding, and finger pointing. A quote about how this is “bad news for (insert name of Democrat running for office)” is always included, along with an interview of someone “Hispanic” who is both a Republican and an ardent Trump supporter. Some have even gone as far as to predict that if the “blue wave” doesn’t happen, it will be Latinos’ fault—because “they don’t vote.” It kinda reminds me of all the people still re-hashing 2016, saying “if only those black people had voted like they did for Obama.” ARGH! There have, of course, been a slew of weighty “think” pieces on whether “Democrats have a problem with Hispanic voters,” and long lists of what Democrats are doing wrong when it comes to messaging, and taking Latinos for granted, and the “Oh my, I’m so surprised and disheartened that ‘they’ won’t vote, don’t vote, or might vote for Republicans” take. Why that is a surprise is beyond me. After all, no one seems surprised about a majority of white people voting for Trump, who doesn’t give a damn about them either. If I had a dollar for every white (non-Latino) person who has asked me, “How could any Latino vote for Trump? I mean he is so horrid to people of color,” I’d be rich. My answer is “How could all y’all white folks do it?” And, “Who says all Latinos are, or think of themselves as, people of color?” Makes me wanna holler, tear out my hair, and throw up both my hands. Lumping Latinx into a box, as if ‘they’ are a racial category, is simply wrong. Failing to realize the tremendous ethnic, class, and cultural diversity between and among groups who may be Spanish speakers, hail from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, or who have roots here dating back to before the U.S. became a nation causes much of the confusion. That big-box, one-size-fits-all demographic category of Latinos, Hispanics, Latinx, Latin@s—whichever term you use, creates a very false picture of the political map. ‘They’ run the gamut, are not homogeneous, are not always white, and are sometimes black. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the same as “black American.” Don’t get me wrong. There are research groups and scholars who do a very good job of surveying and studying various segments of our Latino/Hispanic communities. I’ll be referencing some of them here. My question today is a simple one. If you are ‘concerned’ about voter turnout in these communities, what will you do to support the groups who are out there busting butt doing GOTV, and what support can you give to Democratic Latinx candidates who are currently running for office? (There are quite a few.) Support doesn’t just mean money, either: you can also help get the word out.
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Oh f@ck. That’s not a statement from an big money pundit. That’s the only possible reaction to the news that came at the end of Donald Trump’s Saturday night rally in Nevada. After hours of declaring that Democrats mean mobs and leading the lock ‘er up chants, Trump declared that the United States is going to build a new generation of nuclear weapons. Thousands, and thousands. And thousands of new nuclear weapons. If that seems impossible when the US is constrained (thank God) by decades of nuclear treaties that cap the number of weapons in service, The Guardian provides the simple, and simply horrific, answer. Donald Trump has confirmed the US will leave an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades. “We’ll have to develop those weapons,” the president told reporters in Nevada after a rally. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.” Donald Trump is going to pull the United States out of the treaty limiting Intermediate-range nuclear weapons. That treaty, signed by that wimp Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required the destruction of nearly 2,700 missiles. And it ended what was then the most dangerous part of the nuclear arms race—a race to develop small, “portable” weapons that were more difficult to track and easier to deploy by rail or road. Missiles that were to be scattered over the United State, and Russia, and pretty much everywhere else. Missiles that made the possibility of a nuclear weapon being deployed on a modern battlefield infinitely greater. Those smaller weapons, with warheads only tens or hundreds of more power than the bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were solidly in the much-less-unthinkable category for military planners. No one wanted to be the first to hit a major city with an H-bomb, but lobbing a few “battlefield nukes” to soften up those enemy armor columns (literally) looked way too attractive to way too many people. People like John Bolton. Killing the INF is the pure, distilled essence of wet dream for John Bolton. Because he really, truly, not exaggerating, likes the idea of using these things. Not “using them for leverage.” Using them. Don’t worry. I’m getting to the pundits. But until then … worry. Because this is the most staggeringly dangerous move anyone has made since well before the Berlin Wall fell.
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