To the Editor:
In Response to Mr. Enrique Santiago:
Enrique, lamento decirte que estas muy equivocado. I am suggesting that you are very much misled in your assessment of the pats on the back you are receiving from the “Republican Outreach” representatives. Because of your obvious youth, one can make allowances for the glow you are experiencing as a result of the sudden attention you are getting from Republicans who have had a miraculous awakening. They’ve discovered during the past several years that Latinos as voters are becoming a force with which to reckon.
It’s becoming clear to the Republicans that their “West Side Story” perspective of the “Jets” against the “Sharks” has cost them elections and that it’s time to convert to the story of Tony and Maria before the next curtain comes down.
Ask yourselves, Enrique and Ms. Lakshmi Singh and Ms. Olga Arteaga, what have Republicans ever done for Latinos or Hispanics or people of any shade of brown? You point out that Republicans have almost always been associated with being the privileged classes. Well, let me give you one observation from one old timer and a naturalized immigrant who once was actually a registered Republican: membership in that party doesn’t automatically give you entrée into a high-paying corporate job or into the “best” social circles. Just take the “Kool Aid” they are giving you to drink, as Ms. Olga Arteaga so graphically puts it, help them gain control of the U.S. Senate (as they have overtaken the U.S. House of Representatives) and watch their welcoming pats and smiles turn to other directions besides your own.
The only things that can bring you success not only as a good American but as a caring human being are hard work, a good education and a sense of compassion for all those who are not as able as yourself. I put it to you that this consistently has been the mantra of the Democratic Party.