>When It All Falls Down.

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When it falls down, who you gonna call now?

A major effort to draw Latinos and blacks into the Republican Party, a central element of the GOP plan to build a long-lasting majority, is in danger of collapse amid anger over the immigration debate and claims that Republican leaders have not delivered on promises to direct more money to church-based social services.

President Bush, strategist Karl Rove and other top Republicans have wooed Latino and black leaders, many of them evangelical clergy who lead large congregations, in hopes of peeling away the traditional Democratic base. But now some of the leaders who helped drive Bush to victory in 2004 are revisiting their loyalty to the Republican Party and, in some cases, abandoning it. “There is a fissure, and I doubt it will be closed in this election,” said the Rev. Luis Cortes Jr., a Republican who founded the annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast that has featured Bush every year since 2002. His Philadelphia-based Esperanza USA boasts a national affiliate network of more than 10,000 churches.

The Latino backlash has grown so intense that one prominent, typically pro-Republican organization, the Latino Coalition, has endorsed Democrats in competitive races this year in Tennessee, Nebraska and New Jersey. The coalition is chaired by Hector Barreto, the former administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bush; its president is a former strategist for the Republican National Committee.

None of this comes as a surprise. These groups were being hustled by the GOP from Day One.

Sooner or later, a snow job has to melt.

Jesus saves, but this time around, He might not save the Republican Party.

LATimes.com: Minority church leaders backing away from GOP

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16 thoughts on “>When It All Falls Down.

  1. >Like Al Pacino said in Dog Day Afternoon, "Kiss me. When I'm being f***ed, I like to get kissed a lot."The Republican party has not only kissed but they ain't using no grease.You can pimp a people but so long before they realize they being pimped.What's ironic is at first he thought he didn't need Black folk so it was like F em. He courted the Hispanics based on their "family values." But what he didn't realize or took for granted is along with their new affluence came (evidently) some intelligence cuzz they weren't hearing his rhetoric either. So now, all of a suddent, he's showing up at the NAACP convention like he like Black folk. Shit he dissed them for what, 5 years. Sorry, there would be no room for him at my table.Anyway, I digress. November 7 should be a very telling day in our Country's history and if it's not then I know none of us have a snow ball's chance in hell.

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  2. >Man (or should I say woman), I tell you, I just read a similar story in Time over the weekend about how the cabinet member, David Kuo, who is second in command for the Faith Based Initiative was constantly getting dissed by Bush. Kuo, who's a Christian, basically asked Bush what was up with the, get this, $8 Billion a year he promised in Faith Based Initiatives, Bush replied by saying "Forget about all that. Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them?" Not much! If you look at what he promised. In the past two years the administration has given less than $80 million in NEW grant dollars.So you do the math. Of course Bush sent his boy Karl Rove into a meeting with the Pastors who were visiting about this very issue and he spinned the story to say they have $8 Billion in NEW dollars for faith-based groups, mind you this is money that was in the system before Bush even stepped into office. Of course the Pastors didn't fall for that one. They know how to count collection plates, mind you, so they asked where the money was and Rove gave the political response. "I'll look right into that, and get back to you."In the end, Mr. Kuo basically went on to say that he doesn't question Bush's faith but as he said, and I quote, "Millions of Evangelicals may share Bush's faith, but they would protect themselves–and their interests–better if they looked at him through the same coldly political lens with which he views them."Now, I'm just a cat who goes to church, tries to do my part in helping folks and I saw through Bush as soon as he openened his mouth, how come all these Pastor's who hear from the Lord, supposedly better than me, couldn't see this devil coming.

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  3. >My children don't hate the player. Hate the game. As a matter of fact don't hate, appreciate. When in Rome do as the Romans. Unless you'er not into all that freaky shit! SO LET IT BE WRITTEN, SO LET IT BE DONE!111

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  4. >"it's been a long time…i shouldna left you" – rakimhey y'all, still in dial-up hell….it takes forever (with my verizon phone line) to pull up the lo zone blog and make comments, but i've missed y'all so…coming on the lo zone on dial up is like going to work with the flu. shit and all!if the republicans win the majority this year, it will be in the urban areas, not because of black folk runnin' to the polls for free fried chicken if you vote for johnny reb, but for all the voting machines that will be "terrorized".will we see any "multi-colored" alerts on this one?

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  5. >thanks for the love babycakes!!!!y'all been wildin' out on these blogs and who da fuck is the jerk-off at BV callin' the lo zone X-RATED?!!!! "if you can't take a joke, fuck'em! *- richard pryorand for all you smart women out there, y'all still dumb as hell!(running outta the room, the loving sheletha's coming with a frying pan!)

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  6. >Seeing as how you, Juan, and Sheletha are on the east coast, maybe I need to come that way. Maybe we can meet on Juan's turf since DC is between North Carolina and New York. I don't mind traveling, in fact, I enjoy it when I have the time. Hey, speaking of chicken, maybe we can get our hands on some Buffalolitas and Coochie Cake for our get together.

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  7. >works for me brudda…i got fam all over, hell maybe we should meet in st. louis to watch y'all lose in the world series….lol(pissed cause we gots whupped by the cards.. da mets fan)

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  8. >Hey I was born in Royal Oak, Sheletha. Still have a lot of folk up there from my pop's side.Anyway, Thomas Jefferson would explode out of his grave if he heard of taxpayers giving money to religious orgs. I still, for the life of me, cannot understand why people who continually get smacked down by the Republicans go back for more. Their actions (or inactions) should speak to power. See: Katrina. See: No More Bankruptcy. See: Warrantless Spying on Citizens. See: Vet Benefit Cuts. See: Endless War in Mideast. See: Gasoline Prices. See: Repercussionless Polluting By Corps. See: Pedophile Scandals in Congress. See: George Allen Calling Person Of Color "Macaca".What is there not to get?

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