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Exclusionary Politics

Exclusionary Politics

Posted April 2nd, 2012 by Berta González Barbier Berta González Barbier in Musings

Before my Republican friends jump all over me, I would like to preface my comments by clearly stating I am not a member of the Republican Party so therefore cannot be disloyal to the party.

I am however apparently amongst the most sought after demographic that the Republican Party claims to want to attract to the party. I am a Decline to State (no political party affiliation) commonly incorrectly referred to as “independents”, female, American of Hispanic ancestry. Three of the voting groups most coveted by all the political parties as being the determining “swing votes” in any election.

With important local, state, and federal elections taking place this year it is astonishing to me that leaders of the California Republican Party have made the decision to prevent all of us Decline to State (DTS) voters from voting for any of their party candidates in the June California Primary despite the fact the Democrats are ENCOURAGING us to vote as “crossover” voters while the Republicans PROHIBIT us from voting unless we register as Republicans. We are DTS voters precisely because we believe that NEITHER party accurately represents us and will not register as Republicans simply to vote for your candidate.

What a boneheaded decision to GUARANTEE that DTS voters will either vote for the only Democrat on the presidential primary ballot, incumbent President Obama, or simply sit out the June primary due to your leadership’s decision to exclude us. There is also anecdotal evidence that folks voting for a particular party’s candidate in the primary will most likely vote for the same candidate and/or party representatives in the general election too. And the ability to vote for, or prevented from voting for, a particular candidate or party also has a trickle down effect to other elections. So in other words, if we have no say in the primary why would we bother to vote for your nominated candidate in the general election?

Before you say, oh but non-Republican folks will just vote to pick the weakest candidate to campaign against Obama, I would respond that there may be a few votes like that but there would also be millions of voters just like me who are ready for a change, want their voice heard, and would vote for whomever they consider the best Republican candidate. I would vote to select one of your candidates in the primary but your party has intentionally slammed the door in my face.
The Democrat party continues to reinforce the impression that it is the party of inclusion while the Republican Party continues to reinforce the impression that it is the party of exclusion.

You have just voluntarily given away the votes of Decline to State, female, and American Hispanic voters to the Democrats without so much as a fair fight to win those votes for your candidate. In my opinion, another stupid party leadership decision and a contributing factor in the decrease of Republican Party affiliation in California.


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  • MrPerez
    Thank you Berta. Its actually Armed Forces Day weekend but the intent behind it is the same :-) Just wish I would've seen more ppl out at the Veteran's Plaza on Saturday, Joe did a great job.
  • Berta
    JP the nice folks running this blog appreciate your participation. I salute you and all our service men and women on this Memorial Day Weekend! Thank you...
  • MrPerez
    Just wanted to comment on this site so it wasn't officially put on the Endangered Species List or declared a Ghost Town :)
  • Berta
    Thomas, just because the DEMOCRATIC Party continues to reinforce the impression that it is the party of inclusion that does not mean I want to be included. The Republicans most certainly want and need my vote, especially because I am female and my name ends in ez. By the way, I do not know where you get your prejudiced information but I find your comments offensive. I do not know any Republicans who would want to deny me the right to vote. The only American politicians of Hispanic ancestry that I admire and respect are New Mexico Governor Susana Martínez, Florida Congressman Marco Rubio, Texas Congressman Francisco “Quico” Canseco, Washington State Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, and former California Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, ALL REPUBLICANS. I cannot think of even one Democratic politician of Hispanic ancestry that I respect. There are many that I do not respect among them Luis Gutierrez, Bob Melendez, John Perez, Bill Richardson, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Gloria Molina. I was a life long Democrat who left the party because the party changed to the point I did not recognize it anymore nor agreed with the policies, platform, or leadership of the Democratic Party. The entire point of my article was that by excluding us DTS voters from voting in the Republican primary, the Republican Party is causing an unnecessary self-inflicted wound in the State of California, which perhaps their leadership should reevaluate.
  • Thomas
    "The Democrat party continues to reinforce the impression that it is the party of inclusion while the Republican Party continues to reinforce the impression that it is the party of exclusion." It's "Democratic Party" and where have you been for the last two years? The Tea Party rode into DC in January 2010 promising to clean the place up, promising to be disciplined and sharp when it comes to finances. Their first act? An anti-abortion vote. New Republicans look the same as the old Republicans, but this time, they're highly caffeinated and really pissed off. They don't your vote Berta. Hell, I bet if you polled them, a significant percentage of the base would favor taking the vote away from women altogether. Certainly they'd favor putting in place some kind of poll tax or test that would target Americans with last names ending in ez, like you.

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