On July 15th, 2019 Representative Llhan Omar said on national television “Brown and Black citizens have been told to return back to where they came from at least once in their lives”. The unfortunate part of that statement was (and is) representative Omar is correct. Over the years, we (as brown citizens) have been criticized for our language, our culture, our traditions, and most of all, for taking jobs regular Americans won’t do. We participated in the building of this country’s foundation. We participated in the electoral process. Some of us (including myself) even registered Republican.
Even after so much dedication to our country, we continue to defy the odds, and vote Republican. Why? I constantly ask myself, why am I registered to a party whose leader defaces my naturalization certificate in hopes to appease his base. Why? Wont local republican leaders stand up and protect the very same principles of diversity, prosperity, and growth, that convinced us to register Republican the moment we became citizens. When? Will the violation of our inalienably rights stop?
Over the years, the weakening of the Republican party has brought us the rise of socialist extremism. We lost Senate seats (Maltese and Padavan), we lost City Council seats (Halloran and Koo), and we lost the Mayoral election. The last competitive election for Republicans was the Public Advocate Special Election. The Republican Eric Ulrich came in second place. The real story behind that election is the Republican finished with nineteen percent of the total vote (another dismal failure).
By the now you may be wondering two things: Why are we still republicans? And why can’t Republicans win? The answer to one of those questions is very simple. While New York City was changing its demographics, the Republican party kept playing the same tunes. The party failed to preserve its message of inclusion to the younger population (the children of first-generation immigrants). When our community was being affected by the virus of the socialist agenda, there was no one left to help hard working immigrants. The rise of the democratic-socialist happened on our watch. While the democratic party was growing, our infighting left us vulnerable. Stability in a region of hostility creates change, but rogue leaders and top-level mismanagement deserve to be challenged. We had rogue political clubs (the Queens Village Republican) protest the housing of women and children in Elmhurst. Joe Cancannon, a candidate running for city council attempted to send Mayor de Blasio a mid-term message: it was a thirty-two percent message. A few years later the same group of misfits (from Queens Village) recruited a Senate Candidate who received endorsements from White Nationalist Groups (such as the proud boys). Senate Candidate Vicky Paladino ran a vicious and immoral campaign, against the party structure and principles: she ended up with twenty four percent of the vote.
There was a time when elected officials did not publicly interfere with local elections or exposed political party business to the media. There was also a time when elected officials did not need to use profanity to send a message to his constituents. There was a time when Republicans impeached a sitting president (of their own party). There was a time when Republicans participated in the rebuilding of all communities, and not just communities with better odds (of winning). The Republican party I knew worked for every vote, acknowledged every race, represented every person, and promoted diversity.
Maybe you can help answer the first question: Why are we still Republicans?