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Colorado’s 6th U.S. House District—These Are The People Who Elect Immigrant Basher Tom Tancredo

  

Immigrant-basher Tom Tancredo is a U.S. Representative from Colorado and a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

As a member of the Colorado House, Mr. Tancredo was a member of a group called ” the crazies.” These were representatives engaged in extreme tax cutting in Colorado. Before joining Congress, Mr. Tancredo was head of a libertarian think tank.

Congressman Tancredo has written the book  In Mortal Danger  about immigration to the United States. ( That title might also cover the genocide of Native Americans that made white settlement in Colorado possible.) He has called Miami a “third-world country.” Mr. Tancredo wants to tax money that immigrants send back home. He may feel that Mexico is not poor enough already. 

Here is the Tancredo Watch blog which stopped adding new entries when Mr. Tancredo announced he would not be running for reelection.

I’ve wondered who would elect such a mean person to Congress? ( I know— Plenty of people would.)

Representative Tancredo represents the 6th District of Colorado.

Here is information about the 6th District of Colorado from the 2008 Almanac of American Politics.

” Two generations ago, most people in metro Denver lived inside the city itself….Today, more than three-quarters of metro Denver residents live outside the city, some in long-settled suburbs, some in huge new subdivisions raised up in the 1990’s and 2000’s…..You can see the boundaries to these areas in Littleton, originally a long-settled suburb just south of Denver, but now extending to vast new tracts; this is the site of the massacre at the Columbine High School….Just south of Littleton is Douglas County…from 1990 to 2003 it was the fastest growing county in the United States as young families moved into 35 acre “ranchettes”…and took high paying telecommunications jobs.

In 2000, Douglas was the nation’s most affluent county in median household income and had the smallest percentage of people living in poverty….This is patio land, as David Brooks has described, with a high-tech economy, a highly educated population with relatively conservative cultural values, family men and women who want to create a safe, comfortable environment for their children with the serenity if not the personal ties of the traditional small town…”The fastest growing regions of the country tend to have the highest concentrations of children, young families move away from what they perceive as disorder, vulgarity and danger and move to places like Douglas County,” Brooks wrote…”

Just a few thoughts–    

What took place at Columbine High School was awful, but can you imagine how mean some of those kids must have been to students who were different or perceived as “losers.” You don’t deserve to die for insulting people, yet one wonders what adult supervision and help there was to create a culture of respect in the schools of a community such as the one detailed above. It’s clear enough that the parents in that school district were content to have a Congressman make his name off of attacking people who are different.

I also note that the people of this district do not seem very vulnerable to losing their jobs to lower-paid immigrants. What is it they are afraid of? Denver-proper has long had a large Hispanic population. I don’t always subscribe to fully racial explanations of anti-immigrant sentiment, but in this case it seems race might play a large part.

Here in Houston many of the high-growth areas are very ethnically diverse. That does not seem to be the case in at least Mr. Tancredo’s part of the Denver-area. His district is listed as 1.9% black, 2.6% Asian and 5.8% of Hispanic origin.

I’m glad Mr. Tancredo is leaving Congress at the end of his current term.     

December 10, 2007 - Posted by | Books, Campaign 2008, Immigration, Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. I’m glad he’s leaving as well. It’d be nice if he took some ohter “crazies” with him as well

    Comment by geo | December 10, 2007

  2. Mr.Cheeseburger–I did not mean to delete your comment.Sorry. Was deleting some spam and messed up. Thanks for reading the blog.

    I’m sure another Republican will replace Mr. Tancredo but it still might be an improvement.

    George–Regretfully they are not all leaving at once. Some will stay.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 10, 2007

  3. Immigrant-basher Tom Tancredo is a U.S. Representative from Colorado and was elected by Immigrant-bashers from Colorado. We will not all agree on a absolute solution to immigration but until we elect people dedicated to solving and having some plan we will just throw mud and blame like we do on education,medical care,enviroment, abortion, church, gay marrige. I think all americans overall will settle for something inbetween the two extremes.

    Comment by bill brady | December 15, 2007

  4. Maybe voters will also respond well to liberals who are not afraid to say they are liberals. Most voters have not had that option in sometime. I see a right wing extreme but not so much on the left.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 15, 2007

  5. i disagree that the left is not as extreme as the right. i think to the right the left is just as extreme. But when you get into the avg. concerns of americans i think most people are more centered than each side gives credit too. I think the wedge issues are used to make sure that people dont agree and that there is no progress. I think there is also not a answer to health care and enviroment without sacrafice and i dont think either side is willing to sacrafice anything when it comes down to it.

    Comment by Bill Brady | December 16, 2007

  6. Both sides do use wedge issues.

    I don’t know what people on the right think.

    Neither side has the courage at the moment to tell people the truth about climate change or global economic changes. We seem to be in for a rough ride.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 16, 2007

  7. So the people might know Tom Tancredo, is in favor of the Real ID Act 2005. He also voted against the stimulus package that George W. Bush passed. Tom Tancredo, is not looking out for the welfare and security of the people in Colorado. The Real ID starts May 11, 2008. For the updates
    of this deceptive National ID which is an unfunded mandate
    go to http://www.ncsl.org/realid . Impeach Bush and Cheyney. The two candidates running for president against the Real ID is
    Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, the rest of the candidates are in favor of it like Tom Tancredo. Beware of who you vote For !

    Comment by William Rist | March 5, 2008

  8. Tom Tancredo is Amazing and should keep up the good work. What part of illegal don’t you understand. No more free rides off our blood and sweat. Let Americans do the Jobs in America. Columbine could of happened in any district in the country. It’s called adult supervision know what your kids are doing and who they’re with. This whole article is crap where do you loony lefties come up with this crap. Get a job get off the pot and out of your Mom’s basement. As far as Mexico goes we should change our immigration laws to reflect a closer version of theirs and then lets see you crazies lose it. We’ll take your huddled masses but legally and assimilate and contribute like so many have done before that’s what makes this country great. Its the criminals and lazy lefty free riders and our soft judicial system that weaken it.

    Comment by Ricardo | September 24, 2008

  9. What part of mean,grumpy and hateful do you not understand?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 24, 2008

  10. off whos blood and sweat? Ricardo where are you from? where do you live? Ricardo are you a native american if not than when did your family arrive in this country and from where? you call us crazy ? what history book are you reading from? seriously answer the questions help us understand you closed pathetic veiw,

    Comment by bill brady | September 25, 2008


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