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Friday, February 12, 2010

Tom Tancredo Responds to Critics of His Comments At the Tea Party Convention - Video 2/11/10

Here is video of Tom Tancredo talking with Alan Colmes and responding to critics of his comments at the Tea Party convention, where he suggested a "civic literacy test."

Tancredo said, "to suggest that a civic literacy test is in itself a racist concept, well I think that's a racist idea, because are you assuming that the only people that would flunk this kind of a test would be minorities? There's no racial component to it, stupidity runs across color lines."

Tancredo said he never thought about the "racial implications" of his statement, because "race is not an issue in my mind," but "it seems to permeate the left...everything that comes up has got to be viewed through this prism of racial issues."


GiGi February 12, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

Really like Congressman Tancredo and totally agree with his proposal. We all should know what he is talking about. Why does the left make everyone out to be a racist? That's where stupidity comes in. These people need to get a job - they have much too much time on their hands. Tancredo is a perfect gentleman.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

Tancredo was only suggesting that since one must be a citizen to vote and to become a citizen, a legal immigrant must pass a citizenship test which is only given in English, it makes logical sense that ballots should only be in English and new citizens should be held accountable to learn our language.

Larry S February 12, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

English is not our official language, Klansmen. And Tancredo -- a former history teacher -- knows damn well that "literacy tests" were used in the 1950s specifically to keep blacks from voting. It's racist "code" and he damn well knows it.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

Larry S, a "literacy test" administered today would prevent many white Americans from voting. Literacy has to do with more than just what language the test is given in. Many Americans are illiterate and can't even read words or questions written in English.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

"a legal immigrant must pass a citizenship test which is only given in English"

Sorry to inform you that if you meet certain criteria and do not speak English, you can take the citizenship test in the language you prefer.

Tancredo has a point as usual.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Tancredo loves his country - what's unfortunate is those who trash him must have a two digit I.Q. They can't even understand what he's talking about. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know this country is full of bloggers that just don't understand plain English.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 8:03 PM  

"Half of all immigrant households with children are on welfare. HALF! These are supposed to be people doing "jobs Americans won't do." Sounds more like they're collecting government benefits U.S. citizens can't get!"


Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

Mr. Tancredo is right on the mark as usual, while Alan is using 50 year-old arguments. He really needs to remove those blinders and get his head out of the sand. He actually thinks illegal aliens mainly work the fields? Last I heard, only 2% did while the rest have every other job imaginable including Border Patrol, Police Officers and Firefighters! Look that up. And Larry S....... You are doing just what Alan did with neglecting to inject the word "Civic" to make this a racial issue. Evedent by the "Klansmen" jab. Sad, just sad that people would rather force read between the lines than simply ask what the meaning is.

Larry S February 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

There's no mistaking what Tancredo meant.. HE made the racial allusion, and now he's pretending it never happened. That's shameful. But, hey, maybe, we'll get lucky: maybe Tancredo will be the VP with St. Sarah on the Republican ticket for Prez in 2012.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

Dear Larry S;

Give it up bud. The term "Civic Literacy" has an obvious different meaning than the term "Literacy" and you know it. He immediately clarified this when Alan tried to force his will at the very beginning.

The racist people are the ones who scream it the most.

Why are you so AFFRAID of Tancredo?

No more replies from me as I know when a true racist is trying to bait me into an argument.

Have a nice evening my friend.

Larry S February 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

I'm not affraid (or even afraid) of Tancredo. I'm disgusted by Tancredo. And I'm ashamed that, not only does he feel it's acceptable to utter this type of filth out loud in a public forum, but teabaggers come flying to his defense. Call it whatever you want, cheer for him, support him, apologize for him: it's still racist of him. And he should be ashamed. But he isn't, and neither are the teabaggers. They know they're superior to everyone else, because they're good, God-fearing white Americans.

Tancredo played to an applause line in a racist convention, and now he's trying to back away from it once the convention's done. Sorry, Tommy, you can't have it both ways. Pick a principle and stay with it, for once. You'll never get elected dogcatcher in any race, any time, any place anyway, so at least be honest with your "core values" and those of your cheerleaders -- even if they are racist core principles.

Brian February 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

If you are going to comment here, do not call people "Klansmen" and stop using the "teabagger" word. Just argue your view on the merits without the personal insults against people. If you won't cooperate, your comments will be deleted in the future.

Augiestyles,  February 13, 2010 at 3:34 AM  

I think its perfectly appropriate for a history teacher to wish for a little "civics literacy" as it pertains to "citizens" who are responsible for electing the officials who will oversee the operation of our country. Anyone who sees racism in that is certainly "witch hunting" but what would you expect from an individual who needs someone to be "illiterate" in order to agree with them.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

Larry S, you don't care one bit about facts or the truth. All you do is lie, lie, and then lie some more. You are a dishonest, deceitful, and unprincipled individual who resorts to name-calling and character assassination in place of debate. Now that I think about it, that's the very definition of a liberal.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

Tancredo is a complete coward. A 30 plus percent Hispanic dominant America is A-Ok?

What is being orchestrated here in America clearly and easily qualifies as genocide of European people, who have been and who are the majority population group whose ancestors founded and built this nation.

Article 2 of the 1947/1948 Convention on the Prevention and Crime of Genocide states, and I quote:

Article 2

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

May I point out the obvious fact that Hispanics already have a homeland, and their homelands stretch from the Rio Grande River down to the tip of South America. That is plenty of real estate, and constitutes a lot more territory than what makes up North America.

Since WHEN do people of European descent not deserve to be the dominant majority in their own native homelands, Mr. Tancredo?
Since when are people of European descent supposed to sit by and allow themselves to be invaded and dispossessed, which will lead to their being eventually ruled over by, and subjugated to, people totally unlike themselves, inside their OWN native homelands by other ethnic groups who are in many cases hostile to everything that White Europeans hold dear?

I've got a copy of the 1947/1948 officially codified definition of what constitutes Genocide and no where do I see any exceptions that allow the genocide of European people.

So, I ask again: Since when are white people of European descent supposed to stand by and let our people and the Western civilization built by the talents of our people be genocided and destroyed?

Brian February 13, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

You are angry at Tancredo for being too soft, while others here have accused him of being a racist!

Your use of the word "genocide" is wholly inappropriate in my view. Hispanic people who come here legally are no different from millions of other immigrants who have come to America from all over the world. We welcome them, and they make just a good a citizens as any of the rest of us. The truth is that virtually all of us are immigrants to this land, or are descendants of immigrants to America.

It poisons the debate to use words like "genocide." You have a right to your viewpoint, but I think that word should be used only for what we all know it really refers to.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Brian said:"The truth is that virtually all of us are immigrants to this land, or are descendants of immigrants to America."

Actually, every one of us is either an immigrant, or is a descendant of immigrants. This includes the original Native Americans because they immigrated here from Asia.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

As with most if not all comment sections pertaining to a specific topic, someone starts with the name-calling and accusations to take the debate off course. They also start attacking schpelling mistakes which is typical of those who continue to pound their fist on the table because they have no other argument or facts to offer the topic at hand.

The topic here is the difference between Civic Literacy and Literacy because the anti-Tancredo (Open border supporters) have neglected to differentiate between the two in yet another attempt to discredit Mr. Tancredo and continue to accuse him of being racist.

Civic Literacy = The knowledge and skills that we need for effective participation in the community, government, and politics.

Literacy = The quality or state of being literate, esp. the ability to read and write.

Huge difference when the term selected is used in a specific discussion. Mr. Tancredo explained his use of the term perfectly and said it didn't matter what race anyone was. Everyone should possess Civic Literacy if they plan on voting.

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