Star Parker

The civil rights of blacks, U.S. citizens, protected under our Constitution, that were being violated were clear. What exactly are the rights of illegals that, according to Obama, are being violated? They have violated us, not we them.

Again I ask: What country, or what entity, is it that Obama is seeking to lead and exactly whose interests and what values is he looking to preserve and protect?

The Washington Times reported recently about a heretofore-secret 2005 report done by the Drug Enforcement Administration that discusses Islamic radicals who are "camouflaging themselves as Hispanics while conducting business with violent drug-trafficking organizations." According to the report, "multiple Middle Eastern drug-trafficking and terrorist cells in the U.S. are funding terrorism networks overseas with the aid of Mexican cartels."

Do you get the idea that Barack Obama has some kind of strange idea about what it means to protect this country?

Obama seemed quite at home with the La Raza crowd, dishing out business-as-usual ethnic politics. After conjuring up the mother of all entitlements -- that anyone who can sneak in here is entitled to become a citizen -- he then assured them that virtually every aspect of their life would be benevolently protected by a government under his leadership.

But as Obama shared his vision of America as welfare state to this audience of Hispanics, he failed to also share that, as our nation's youngest ethnic demographic, they have the most to be concerned about regarding the shaky ground on which this welfare state stands.

According to the census bureau, 34 percent of the Hispanic population is under the age of 18. This compared to 32 percent of blacks and 22 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

So Hispanics, and blacks, will disproportionately get washed into the sea of red ink of Social Security and Medicare entitlements that we have promised future generations, but do not have the money to pay.

On the other side of the coin, Hispanics, and blacks, would disproportionately benefit today by being allowed to fund their own private retirement accounts in lieu of paying payroll taxes.

But they'll never hear this from Obama.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.