by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca
San Francisco, California, US
July 25
I am a writer, performer and activist, editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: the early years of gay liberation (City Lights), and co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus and Hey Paesan: Writings by Italian American Lesbians and Gay Men. To view my creative stuff:


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NOVEMBER 10, 2012 11:47AM

Obama should go for it now!

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The Republicans not only lost an election, but in the process they also discovered evolution. In his post-election analysis, right-wing radio host Sean Hannity said, in reflecting on the fact that 70% of Latinos voted for Obama, “We’ve got to get rid of the immigration issue altogether.”


“I think you control the border first,” he said. “You create a pathway for those people that are here. You don’t say, ‘You’ve got to go home.’ And that is a position that I’ve evolved on.”


Evolved on? Isn’t evolution a no-no in Hannity’s camp?  


Not anymore. Hannity is now speaking for the new Republican Party, the one created within hours after Obama easily slid into a second term with heavy support from the country’s new voting bloc: non-whites. It’s put quite a scare into the same arrogant, obstructionist bastards who pledged to make Obama a one-term president by blocking very effort he put forth to get the country back on its feet after Wall Street (and deregulation) trashed the economy.


One of those bastards is House Speaker John Boehner, who now says that he, the president and others can work out a plan on immigration reform that will resolve the issue once and for all. In other words, keep it from defeating Republicans in future elections. 


The Republicans wouldn’t know a conscience if it bit them in the butt, but they know numbers when they see them: their white base is on its way to becoming a minority in this country in the next 30 years or so. Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in America. 


Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Herman Cain, a Tea Party member who has his own radio show and enjoys a rather successful career on the talk circuit, said that it’s time for the extreme right wingers in the Republican Party to form their own third party. A party that will no doubt denounce evolution and declare the world flat, not to mention insist that the sun revolves around the Earth and thunder is the angels bowling in the clouds.


He’s not the first to see a loss in this election as pivotal to the future of his party. Extreme right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted months ago that if Obama triumphed, there would be a split in the GOP. 


Maybe if the Tea Party and their ilk broke off, the Republicans could return to being the party of Abraham Lincoln, not Karl Rove. I don’t for a minute think that a viable third party of right-wing nut jobs will emerge from Mitt Romney’s defeat this past week. 


One thing is certain, though, this is a rare opportunity for Obama and the Democrats to get some concessions from the Republicans. One of those concessions should be on immigration reform. The other should be on healthcare. Not only should the Republicans be pressed to drop their opposition to so-called Obama-care, but they should be pushed to support an expansion of healthcare reform.


Obama’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain by going for it now.

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I'm glad you posted this because I've been thinking the same thing and wondering how Obama will make the most of his second term. Worried though that another 4 years of Congressional deadlock will ruin his chances of getting any meaningful legislation through. R
why should he? he will if he wants to, otherwise, not. one consequence of not having a voice in government is put your own aspirations into the head of the 'real' people, those with power.

how, exactly, is the minority party going to 'push' the majority party to extend healthcare, when the majority party didn't want healthcare, at all?

there will be movement in immigration as it will not stir up the attention of the masters of the republican party. healthcare, otoh, is socialism, and that sets off alarms where it matters, among the rich.
Just keep your wishful thinking up. Obama doesn't care about immigration. If he did it would have been done in his first year like he promised. At that time he would have needed zero Republican votes to pass it.

Instead Obama wanted to keep blaming it on the people who couldn't have stopped him if they wanted to. He needed it for a reelection issue so he could keep the people from thinking about what is really going on.
They need to ditch their BFF: Grover Norquist.