Where Have You Gone, Soopermexican?

December 3, 2013: Cafe con Leche Republicans has published another response on Fox News Latino.

UPDATED As expected, Soop doesn’t like us so he/she is sending his/her Gringo Army after us, claiming we are homophobic and a “Leftist Mexican Blog.” Meh. We knew he/she would react this way. Still anonymous. BTW, the homophobe is calling us homophobes now. Yeah, this makes sense.

Soop has also taken the time to write a response basically saying that we question his/her Mexicaness. He continues to rally his Gringo Army, but here is the problem with his/her thesis: it is because of his/her desire to stay anonymous as a published columnist that made us question whether he/she is of Mexican descent. That is all. If you are, that’s fine, but because you are anonymous, we don’t believe you. Why then stay anonymous? What do you have to gain by doing so? These are legit questions, especially when you write for FOX News. Is there are other anonymous columnist you know on FOX? And Soop can wax poetic all he/she likes, call us Marxists, commies, etc. (yawn), in the end, the anonymity and how it is used to bully others online is still a copout. We would respect Soop tons if he/she actually was more transparent. Other very outspoken Latino conservatives are, and at least you got to them those people props. As for Soop? He/She can bring in all the friends in the world (almost all non-Latino) to tell us to go to hell. Doesn’t matter to us. It is still clear: Soop uses the bully power of the digital world to hate on Latino conservatives who don’t agree with him/her. We called him/her out on it, and many people we know are tired on his/her crap. Simple as that.

ORIGINAL POST BELOW (yeah, the one Soop lifted completely saying that he/she was “citing” it. We didn’t know that lifting a 1,000+ word post was “citing.”)

There used to be a time when a lot of the Rebeldes actually thought the anonymous Soopermexican was kind of cool. Hell, there was even a time when our group kind of respected the “SOOPer. MEXY. CONservative.” He/She was fun to engage on Twitter, even though we rarely agreed on issues, but when we did share similar views (Chimichanga-Gate, anyone?), it was actually kind of fun. You knew where you stood and we actually believed that Soop also thought that amplifying Latino ignorance was a noble thing to do.

Those fun times have changed and to be honest, we blocked Soop a while ago after we noticed that his/her views were getting more and more out there and that he/she basically spends a lot of time on Twitter just crapping and trolling on people. His/Her shtick was getting trite and the whole anonymous things was cowardly. You would think that such a self-proclaimed Internet celebrity would want to reveal his/her identity. Maybe add to your his/her credibility, but as we soon discovered, the Soop has become a caricature of his/her former brilliance, his/her role limited to being the symbolic “Mexican friend” so many so-called conservatives want to have around. Meh.

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And now he/she is getting notoriety, having been published with his/her anonymous byline in outlets such as Fox News Latino and Independent Journal Review. Both outlets seem to have no problem allowing an anonymous person to write for them. You would think that those types of outlets would actually have the integrity to at least be transparent about his/her identity. We did reach out to FNL to see what they would say, but as of this post getting published, FNL hasn’t gotten back to us. (And before you go ahead and jump on us for writing a byline under Rebeldes, read more about us since we are pretty transparent in what we write and how we are formed, unlike Soop.)

Problem is, for several Latino conservatives, Soop is just a bully who hides behind a mask. Literally.

National outlets let him/her bask in his/her anonymity, while at the same time he/she just trolls like mad to “prove” to non-Latinos that some Latinos are just fake and can’t be trusted. As a result, such non-Latinos choose to believe in an anonymous faceless profile because hey, that anonymous profile is Mexican and he/she is wearing a Lucha Libre mask, so he/she must be real. They will defend him like giddy teenagers at a One Direction concert. And like he/she says on his/her Facebook page: “A place for the Gringo Army to rest, take a swig of tequila, have a taco, and relax before we go off to the next anti-liberal mission.” The Gringo Army eats it up, even though they have clue who he/she is.

And that is the issue here: if a profile stays anonymous and is not sharing his/her identity, we are just left to wonder if Soop is even Mexican to begin with. Sure, we have met plenty of hardcore extreme Mexicans, but unlike Soop, we know these people’s names. Soop just wants to hide. Like a coward. With no… well, you know what he/she might be lacking.

Instead, it is just too easy for Soop to keep reveling in bullying. The latest involves his/her attacks on Cafe con Leche Republicans, a group we actually respect even though some of their positions don’t mesh with ours. Nonetheless, CCLR is made up of good people who are smart and are actually trying to achieve the impossible: get more Latinos to think Republican. They really try to engage the debate with the right intentions. It seems Soop is just in it to stick it to CCLR just because he/she can. Gotta keep the RINO flame going, prove to your Gringo Army that other Latino voices are deceptive. Here are just a few examples:

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When we reached out to CCLR, this is what they told us (CCLR is assuming Soop is a guy, but we have no proof of that yet):

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Cafe Con Leche Republicans fully supports the ‘big tent’ principle of great conservative leaders like Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, and George Bush. There are plenty of Republicans on both sides of the immigration debate with principled positions who debate the issue respectfully.

However, civil discourse requires civility. We blocked Soopermexican from our twitter feed as a result of his vulgar and increasingly bizarre tweets. Soopermexican’s mannerism and his mask seem a better fit for a WWF wrestling match. We support Soopermexican’s right of free speech, but his shrill and vulgar attacks on anyone who supports immigration reform are inconsistent with Reagan’s big tent philosophy, and his vulgarity and cyberbully antics are an embarrassment to all conservatives.

Soopermexican represents a disturbing trend that sadly, has taken hold in the Republican party: the lack of civil political discourse. Bloggers, radio show hosts, and even many elected officials have seen personal benefit in polarizing and demeaning anyone who disagrees with them, and creating conflict to generate attention for themselves. This lack of civility isn’t just directed to Democrats or liberals; as we have seen first hand, fellow Republicans are unfairly being labeled RINOS, and in our case, subjected to profane treatment. It may generate more readers for their blog or support for their personal political ambitions in the short term, but in the long run, it undermines the party and alienates average Americans who would vote Republican but are repulsed by their behavior. The best thing Soopermexican can do for the conservative movement is to stop calling himself “conservative.” Cyberbullying and bigotry are not conservative values.

But that is Soop and in fact, of all the things we have read about him/her and how he/she operates, this is perhaps the best reply we have ever seen:

What that dude said.

We were surprised to see that Soop never did respond to @dubhe0ne’s challenge in Spanish. A real Mexican would have done that, not matter his/her politics.

By the way, Soop’s response to all this? He/She lifted our entire post and placed it on his/her site without asking for permission. Typical of a bully. The Soop claims is it all b/c of our “failing website” that we did this. Last time we checked, Soop, we easily outraffic your site. Check the stats. And then writing a response where he/she uses an April Fools post we wrote last year as he evidence? Even more lame.

Longoria Reaches Out to GOP Group That Accepts Her Apology… and All Is Well Again

Who said good things cannot come out of situations? A pro-immigration GOP group that was calling for Eva Longoria's resignation as co-chair of the Obama for America campaign after she faced a social media controversy this week, just released a press release today saying that the group, Café con Leche Republicans, has accepted Longoria's apology and has also announced that Longoria offered an "olive branch" to work together about issues that affect Latinos.

This is the press release we received today from CCLR. As with most releases we receive that we think are newsworthy, we prefer to run the entire release as is and let our readers decide what they think about it.

Marshall, MN – National pro-immigration reform group Cafe Con Leche Republicans today reacted to Eva Longoria’s apology over her recent retweet of a tweet stating women and minorities who vote for Romney are “stupid.”

Bob Quasius, of Cafe Con Leche Republicans, said “Eva has apologized publicly for retweeting a remark that many conservative women and minorities found offensive. We accept her sincere apology, and appreciate Eva’s immigration reform activism and years of charitable efforts, such as producing the documentary film Harvest (La Cosecha), which exposes child farm worker abuses, her foundation supporting Latina entrepreneursEva’s HeroesPadres Contra Cancer, etc."

"Eva reached out and offered us an olive branch, expressing interest in working together on issues affecting Latinos. Although we don’t agree with Eva’s choice of candidate for president, with immigration reform we find common ground. Our current immigration system has been broken for many years, hurting our economy, and ripping apart thousands of families every month."

"At the moment, most immigration reform activists are wearing their ‘partisan hats’ and very busy with election campaigns. However, in just two weeks elections will be over and immigration reform activists will need to prepare for immigration reform in 2013 with a new Congress and perhaps a new president as well."

"Partisanship has been a major stumbling block to immigration reform in recent years, and we are encouraged by Eva’s outreach. Supporters of immigration reform of all ideological stripes need to work together and build a coalition, and we welcome Eva’s willingness to work with Republicans.

"We know of other Republican organizations who also are very interested in making immigration reform a reality in 2013, and we hope the next Congress will place more emphasis on bipartisanship in immigration reform and many other issues."

So, you see, in the end, all these claims that social media controversies are frivolous, look at what happened in this case? A new connection was made between people who don't agree on everything politically. We actually believe that if more people reached across the aisle and return to the days of a bipartisan push for immigration reform, that would be a good thing. However, we also think that candidates like Governor Romney could have been more courageous in toning down his own rhetoric on immigration. We can only hope.

Latino GOP Groups Produce a Significant Rift Due to Immigration Stance

Blogging attracts like-minded folks just as much as dissenting foes. It is part of the game, and in my own experience, the criticism I have received (of any kind) is always better than indifference. Yes, I have been criticized by Latinos from all sides with much of the criticism and/or disagreement ending up in a mutual respect. After all, the ultimate goal is to find a voice within our community and make a statement. However, there are those whose attacks on each other are solely based on partisan politics, even when ranking within the same party. Such is the case of Bob Quasius and Rev. Howard Dotson when it comes to immigration.

Mr. Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe con Leche Republicans (CCLR), a website "dedicated to making America and the GOP a friendly place for immigrants". Recently he has been attacked by Rev. Howard Dotson who stated in his article "Step Aside, Latinas and Latinos can Lead Themselves!  " that Quasius' group is "a Republican Latino advocacy group that hedged his bets on whether Gov. Romney is anti-immigrant " .  

We reached out to Bob Quasius to go on record about his opinion on Dotson's support for Somos Republican's ("SR") and their statement "we will not align with Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans any longer, except when there are clear mutual interests', also on the account of differing immigration SR stated that  "Mexican Americans no longer consider themselves represented within the party by Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans."

Quasius: "CCLR has never defined itself as a Latino Republican organization. We are a Republican group that supports immigration reform and immigrants. You can find this in our mission statement and guiding principles. I also blogged about this several weeks ago (read Defining Cafe Con Leche Republicans).CCLR has never endorsed Mitt Romney either and we have been critical of Mitt Romney for his ties to Chris Kobach and harsh immigration positionWe have formally endorsed Newt Gingrich, though we took exception to some of his immigration positions."

"Howard Dotson is a friend of Shirl Mora James, co-president of the Tequila Party (along with DeeDee Blase). I worked with Shirl and Howard last year to defeat Nebraska anti-immigrant legislation. I don’t know his motivation for attacking CCLR, but needless to say I’m disappointed. He apparently didn’t bother to check his facts, and I’m not sure whether he even wrote this hit piece himself."

Rev. Dotson, ended his article by stating that "Latinas and Latinos will lead themselves" but then goes on to endorse an organization that publicly promotes segregation within Latinos, in this case Latinos within the GOP that do not share the same view on immigration. Thus, I call it like I see it. The more divisions we have the less successful we would be. This is true regardless of the political affiliations we have.

Somos Republicans and the Tequila Party were founded by DeeDee Blase. 

National GOP Group Calls on Rick Perry to Quit Race for President

 

This release was sent to us by Café Con Leche Republicans.
 

 For Immediate Release

1 December 2011

Marshall, Minnesota – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has received the endorsement of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arpaio is already campaigning for Rick Perry.

Before this endorsement, Perry’s campaign was already flailing with support levels in single digits. The latest Gallup poll shows Perry in fifth place with just eight percent of likely Republican voters supporting Perry. We believe the Arpaio endorsement is a colossal blunder from which Rick Perry will never recover, and we call on Rick Perry to leave the presidential race.

Joe Arpaio is widely detested among Hispanics, and news stories about racial profiling, prisoner abuse, etc. are staples in the Hispanic media. For example, a pregnant immigrant was forced to give birth in shackles, and Arpaio is notorious for racial profiling and for his neighborhood sweeps of Hispanic neighborhoods. Most experts believe that the successful GOP nominee will need Hispanic support in the 40% range, as received by George Bush in 2004. Hispanics are now 16% of the U.S. population.

Obama has already stated: "We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim. We won't even comment on them, we'll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds." With Rick Perry and Joe Arpaio planning to campaign together, Arpaio’s negative image among Hispanics will become Rick Perry’s negative image as well.

Obama received 67% of the Hispanic vote in the 2008 election. Despite Obama’s record as the “deporter-in-chief” who has utterly failed to honor his campaign promises on immigration reform, we foresee support for Obama at 2008 levels or better if the eventual GOP nominee is perceived as hostile towards immigrants. If Rick Perry were somehow able to revive his campaign and win the nomination, in the general election Obama need only tie Perry to Arpaio to insure continued Hispanic support.

Arpaio’s support in the GOP primaries may not even help Perry. Despite the perception that Republicans strongly support enforcement only solutions espoused by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in reality Republicans are deeply divided over immigration strategy with a slight majority supporting reform. According to a recent PEW Research poll, a majority of Republicans “favor providing a way for illegal immigrants in the U.S. to gain citizenship, if they pass background checks, pay fines and have jobs.” Among three predominately GOP ideological groupings, “staunch conservatives” split 49%/49% on immigration reform, while “main street republicans” favor reform 58%/39%, and “Libertarians” favor reform 66%/32%.

A recent Univisión sponsored poll found that not only are Latinos alienated by anti-immigrant rhetoric, so are Americans in general. By hitching his star to Joe Arpaio, Rick Perry has effectively torpedoed his campaign, and we respectfully ask Rick Perry to exit the race as he cannot win against Obama. We believe it is critical that the GOP nominee be a credible candidate, not only among Republicans but the general electorate, in order to defeat Obama in the general election.

 

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About Us – Cafe Con Leche Republicans is a national organization of Republicans who welcome “New Americans”, defined as immigrants and descendants of recent immigrants who are going through the process of acculturation. Our mission is to make America and particularly the GOP, more welcoming to “New Immigrants” through political activism, “in-reach” and education within the Republican Party, and lobbying government to adopt more immigrant friendly policies. We also seek to bring more conservative and moderate “New Americans” to the Republican Party. This combination of efforts will strengthen the Republican Party, and lead more Republicans to embrace more welcoming policies for immigrants and their families. Cafe Con Leche Republicans has chapters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.