Hispanic Dems rip state GOP
by Jon Gillooly
November 04, 2012 02:08 AM | 3875 views | 30 30 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — A crowd of about 80 mostly Hispanic people turned out for a Democratic candidate meet and greet Saturday evening at Dos Amigos Cantina Restaurant.

Candidates gave stump speeches, some in Spanish others in English, as margaritas were served and a mariachi band performed.

The event organizer was Marietta attorney Adriana Helenek, a native of Mexico whose son attends the third grade at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. Residents may recognize Helenek’s husband, Michael Helenek, who served on the City of Marietta’s Citizens Parks Committee.

Adriana Helenek said she wanted to hold the event because, “We consider it very important to get together as the Hispanic commu-nity to sponsor people who show respect for civil rights and human rights and who consider us as equal in the community. We really want to stop Republicans who make these laws that are against human rights. They hate immigrants.”

Helenek said perhaps the animosity she believes Republicans have for her community comes from a failure to travel.

“I think most of the time it’s ignorance because they never travel,” she said. “They don’t want to speak another language. They think everything needs to be the same as them, and I think they’re wrong.”

Helenek said she is particularly outraged by the fact that so many Republicans are religious.

“Something that really, really makes me mad is they are part of the churches, and they think they are very religious, and I cannot understand a person who is in any religion to be hateful with anyone else, so if someone is homosexual, because someone is immigrant, you know, because someone has a different colored skin, I really don’t understand. I think it’s ignorance. I think they need to travel. I think they need to read more, they need to be exposed to different cultures, and they need to think that diversity is what makes this country strong.”

Martha and Sam Darden of west Cobb, who are grandparents of six, do not speak Spanish and didn’t understand some of the speeches.

But Martha Darden, a retired Marietta Middle School science teacher, said she enjoyed it all the same.

“You can feel the energy and that’s wonderful,” she said.

Darden said she came out primarily to show support for state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna), who is being challenged by Republican Hunter Hill of Smyrna.

Darden said she thought County Sheriff Neil Warren’s 287(g) program was “awful.”

She also expressed her disapproval of immigration reformer D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society.

“I think he’s Nazism. I think he’s over the top,” she said.

Democratic candidate Jeff Kazanow, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), warned the crowd that “(Price is) very anti-immigration. He stands directly against the Dream Act.”

Kazanow called on the crowd to vote.

“We can take the seat back and make it blue, and we can make the district truly representative of the people who live there instead of just the very few up in northern Fulton and east Cobb who think they run the district,” he said.

Kazanow said the difference between him and Price is that he is willing to compromise.

“I don’t believe that ‘no’ is the only word in the vocabulary that you need to know, that there is a way to get to yes, and Tom’s long since lost that way,” he said.

Democrat Patrick Thompson is challenging U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta).

“If my opponent Phil Gingrey was here, he would have done a card check already,” Thompson told the crowd.

Thompson said he pledges allegiance to two things, the U.S. Flag and the people of the district.

“Phil Gingrey pledges to Michele Bachmann, to Grover Norquist, to whatever lobby organization is paying his bills,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t vote with the people. He’s got a zero from organizations like MiddleClass.org. He never votes for the middle class and working people. He votes for the people that put him in power.”

The choice is simple, Thompson said.

“This race is all about the middle class versus the Middle Ages. If you believe in taking power and money and putting it at the top, then Phil’s your guy,” Thompson said. “If you believe in the middle class and the working people of this country and turning that engine on that’s me.”

State Rep. Pedro “Pete” Marin (D-Duluth) delivered his talk in Spanish before introducing Stoner in English.

“Guys, this is a critical, important race, not just for me, but for Sen. Doug Stoner,” Marin said. “We need to bring him back. Right now the line to have the supermajority in the Senate lies on one race, one race alone, and it’s his race.”

Stoner spoke of how he turns to Marin and to his former chief of staff, Carlos Vilela, for guidance in helping to address the needs of the Hispanic community.

“You all are a growing force in this state as a community,” Stoner said. “You are going to be a decisive force in this state now and in the future in races. Your numbers in close races like Pedro’s or mine can determine the outcome.”

Stoner also addressed the point that if Hill wins, Republicans in the senate will have enough votes to pass a constitutional amend-ment.

“As Pedro explains, it’s the ability to amend the state constitution without having to talk to anyone else on the other side,” Stoner said. “And something that Pedro and I have known for years is when you give somebody absolute power, absolute power, that’s when things get really bad.”

Cobb Board of Education member Alison Bartlett, a Democrat, who is being challenged by Republican Brad Wheeler, called on the audience to oppose the constitutional amendment for charter schools.

“This is about segregation,” Bartlett said. “This is about not educating Cobb people, and I have real issues with that because educa-tion is my passion.”

Campbell High School graduate Jessica Belen Rodriguez, 19, of Smyrna, a student at Oglethorpe University, shared how her par-ents brought her to the U.S. from Mexico as a child without the required legal papers. She is calling on voters to reelect Obama, citing the deferred action status Obama granted to people like her.

“What we have now is we’re no longer illegal,” she said. “We actually have a permit where we can work here legally and with em-ployment we can get Social Security and we can get a driver’s license, but we’re still not U.S. citizens, we can’t apply to state schools. We can only go to private schools or community colleges.”

Still, Obama is committed to supporting the “Dreamers,” she said.

“In 2015 I’ll graduate, so if Mitt Romney comes in, he says he doesn’t support deferred action, so I would be illegal again, and I would have to leave the country, and I wouldn’t get to go to medical school here, so it’s only if Obama gets reelected that I will be able to hopefully get reissued that authorization for employment, and I will be able to continue my studies here,” she said.

Cobb Democratic Party Chair Melissa Pike praised Adriana Helenek for organizing the event.

“Adriana has heeded the call that we sent out to try and get more diversity in our party which frankly, I’m just going to say it, is very pale and very senior,” Pike said. “If we look just at demographics in this state and the people who generally vote or would vote Democratic in general elections, if they voted in every single election this state would be blue, would have been blue, never would have turned red.”

The Journal asked D.A. King, who was not in attendance, what he thought about the comments.

“I find it sadly amusing that the crazy, ignorant, radical, mindless Left associates enforcement of immigration laws with Hitler or Nazism, and I would ask them to look into themselves for who wears the Brown Shirts,” King said. “The one thing these air heads can never allow to be mentioned is that the United States of America brings in more legal immigration at more than 1 million a year. Most of that comes from Mexico, and the total immigration comes from countries that we all regard as minorities. The mindless, screeching objections to the enforcement of the law serves only to reflect upon the mutual outrage that we even have borders and immigration law from the far, radical, crazy Left that will be the end of this country were they allowed to continue to exist.”

Moreover, King went on to say, “I find it curious and dangerous that I don’t hear any conversation from the Georgia Delegation on the crime of illegal immigration lately.”

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Racist Helenick
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November 05, 2012
Regarding the religious citizens who are against illegal immigration, the Bible teaches that they must obey our laws.

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities," wrote the apostle Paul. "For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God" (Romans 13:1See All...).

This includes the payment of taxes and other obligations (Romans 13:2-7). Remember that the Roman government of the time had its own problems with corruption and abuse of power. But such behavior does not give people an excuse to disobey the law or disrespect the authority of their leaders.

Peter gave his readers the same instruction: "Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors ..." (1 Peter 2:13-14).

We are also to "honor the king" or chief ruler (verse 17). Paul echoes Peter's instruction to Titus: "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no one ..." (Titus 3:1-2).

Elsewhere Paul exhorts us pray "for kings and all who are in authority" (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Ms. Durden, thankfully you are no longer influencing young children to honor lawbreakers. All Hispanics want is special treatment and will not consider delayed gratification which is the necessary to improve your status. Go to school, don't have children you can't afford, get a job, save money, get married and then only have the number of children you can afford. You won't need to come to the US because you can live much better in Mexico.
ProJour
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November 05, 2012
"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'" (Matthew 25:40)

"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." (Proverbs 14:31)

Interesting that you focus on "authority" when the overall message that Jesus preached was love for our fellow man - all men, not just those like you. Thanks for vividly illustrating one of Ms. Helenek's points.
keanolo
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November 05, 2012
Well put! If you are Christian then the scriptures say you must oppose all and any form of llegal immigration and any calls for amnesty.
Truth Patrol
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November 05, 2012
As my Grandfather used to say; "It's ok to come up from nothing, just don't bring it with you."

Bottom line is, these ILLEGALS, REPEAT ILLEGALS, truly have nothing to offer anywhere they choose to live other than large (noisy) families, crime, lawlessness, welfare fraud and a complete disrespect for the United States of America! Other than that, they're just fine...NOT!
HOW SAD
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November 05, 2012
Es muy triste que los inmigrantes ilegales están tan equivocados sobre los ciudadanos estadounidenses. No odiamos a nadie. Lo que me disgusta son los que violan la ley al entrar al país ilegalmente y sienten que tienen derecho. Mi familia son inmigrantes legales que decidieron venir a vivir aquí por una vida mejor. Lo hicimos legalmente que incluyó aprender a hablar Inglés. Los hispanos se han mudado aquí, se niegan a hablar el idioma, y están drenando nuestros recursos. Tienen que dejar de ser ignorante al hecho de que los políticos no les gusta, pero decir lo que sea necesario para conseguir su voto. Pregunta Mr.Stoner para entrar en su vecindario o enviar a sus hijos a las escuelas. De allí tendría que ver lo que realmente siente por ti!

It is very sad that illegal immigrants are so mistaken about American citizens. We do not hate anyone. What we do dislike is those who break the law by coming the country illegally and feel they are entitled. My family are LEGAL immigrants who chose to move here for a better life. We did this legally which included learning to speak English. The hispanics have moved here, refuse to speak the language, and are draining our resources. They need to stop being ignorant to the fact that politicians do not like them but say whatever is needed to get their vote. Ask Mr.Stoner to move into your neighborhood or send his children to your schools. Then you would see what he truly feels about you!
just an American
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November 04, 2012
I do not belong to any political party. I vote for the best person according to their doing what they say, honesty, showing that they have values where their family, town, county,state and country are concerned. That they are knowledgeable about the running of the government at the level they hope to be elected to, concerned and responsive to their citizens who elected them. As for language the U.S. educational system taught French,Latin and Spanish as far back as I can remember; along with English. As for anyone being against the immigrants YOU ARE WRONG: lets get it politically correct!!! Immigrants are someone from another country outside of the U.S. who applied and followed the legal system to get to come to the U.S. and become citizens. Illegal aliens are people from any country who illegally entered the U.S.. As far as religion goes; going to church (house of worship) does not make you religious; following your supreme maker's (whatever his name) rules and requirements in your everyday life and demonstrating it to all does.
anonymous
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November 04, 2012
“What we have now is we’re no longer illegal,” she said. “We actually have a permit where we can work here legally and with em-ployment we can get Social Security and we can get a driver’s license, but we’re still not U.S. citizens, we can’t apply to state schools. We can only go to private schools or community colleges.”

-------------Not true. Those who receive work permits under DACA are STILL ILLEGAL ALIENS with no legal status here, not even "legal presence", and with no route to getting permanent legal residency much less citizenship that they didn't have without DACA. The Obama Administration iself says that they're still illegal aliens and that they're not eligible for Obamacare. They're also not eligible for federal financial aid. And driver's licenses are up to individual states, but under the REAL ID Act, a federal law, states that issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens will no longer have their licenses accepted for boarding aircraft or entering federal builidngs.
Sophianova
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November 04, 2012
-- "Democratic candidate Jeff Kazanow, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), warned the crowd that “(Price is) very anti-immigration." --

Actually, Price is anti-ILLEGAL immigration. Democrats love to leave out the key word "illegal" when referring to Americans who are opposed to illegal immigration.

John Bowman
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November 05, 2012
Yes, to put it another way Price is pro-legal immigrant. These Dems are anti-law, pro anarchy.

John Bowman
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November 04, 2012
These people are anti-American traitors who should be tried, imprisoned, and denaturalized for treason.
BJ in Atlanta
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November 04, 2012
I don't believe generalizations about anyone is a good idea. Pride in oneself and the home you live in are not always true of the anglo community nor always absent in the immigrant community. 20 years ago in Stone Mountain our neighborhood had a large number of Asian families move in and the neighborhood looked better for it. Likewise a few years ago in Lawrenceville after a number of foreclosures many hispanic families moved in and the properties never looked better. I have lived in neighborhoods where the "white" families left trash, hundreds of toys and junk everywhere and in neighborhoods that were perfectly maintained by an all "white" population. Pride is the quality that most of us recognize as we drive by homes and neighborhoods and it is a quality that is not exclusive to non immigrant families.
lsjogren
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November 04, 2012
Helenek is one of those typically sanctimonious supporters of open borders who is apparently not intelligent enough to be able to comprehend the pros and cons of immigration policy issues and thus assumes that anyone who doesn't share her "don't worry be happy" perspective must be a bad person.
Dakota Sioux
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November 04, 2012
That Darden woman, is she related to Buddy Darden? Remember him, as the District Attorney he bacame a laughing stock in the late 70s. Was he not a Dumocrat?

There seems to be a disconnect in the logic of Dumocrats when it comes to the rule of law. Could it be, that is why Dumocrats pander to illegal, criminal, aliens (in this case Criminal Illegal Hispanics)?
TIC
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November 04, 2012
ICE should have been there to check ID's.

Most thinking people know why many, not all, in the Hispanic community are so concerned about changes in the enforcement of the immigration laws.

Immigration is what has made this country great.

Illegal immigration is helping destroy it.
VFP42
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November 04, 2012
Illegal Immigration needs to be ended because it gives people like D.A. King cover. If all immigration were legal, how would D.A. King excuse his activities?

King claims to be against drunk driving. So why not take a job with MADD? Why not be a public transit proponent (which would address the driving portion of drunk driving)?

Why does King zero in on "illegal" immigrants?



If either Dustin Inman or the "illegal" immigrant who crashed his car into Dustin Inman had been using public transit, Dustin would be alive today.

It's our car culture that kills us. Our cars make America less safe. Yet we keep on keeping on with our illicit love affair with cars while pointing fingers at evil foreigners for the problems we cause ourselves by incessantly using cars.

It's them Mexicans and them Arabs! Darn it! Yee haw! Roscoe!
Pat H
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November 05, 2012
Wow, you are not only ignorant but heartless as well. To blame the Inman's for being legally and rightfully on the road and ignoring the criminal actions of a drunken illegal is unforgivable.

The illegals are not driving in Mexico. That is where they belong, working to improve conditions of their own country.

Who would listen to the rants of illegal aliens and their panderers?
John Bowman
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November 05, 2012
Umm, if all immigration were legal, the USA would be no different than Bangladesh. Why don't you few lame brained open borders freaks move to Bangladesh, instead of trying to move Bangladesh here?
mk- traitors
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November 05, 2012
What a ridiculously ignorant and juvenile comment,.. a product of Smyrna's underperforming public schools, no doubt!

It's been 12 years since their only son was killed & Kathy left in a wheelchair after being hit by an illegal alien , thatnever should have been alloewd to cross our southern border! (beware,.. he's still roaming around free & driving wrecklessly!!)

To help the Inmans w/ Kathy's ongoing hospital bills, please give what you can to the "Inman Family Fund' @ any Regions Bank branch!
John F. Khin
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November 04, 2012
As quoted in the article "Hispanic Dems rip state GOP", I would like to respond to Adriana Helenek's false and damaging stereotypes about Republicans:

1. I am a legal immigrant to the United States. My family waited many years to gain legal naturalized citizenship after escaping an oppressive third world country where civil and human rights did not exist.

2. I am a Veteran of the United States military, and have traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica, and have experienced what life is really like for people in over 70 countries.

3. I speak three languages, and am conversational in several others.

4. I value the differences in culture, nationalities, and beliefs in people, and love the diversity of the United States.

5. I am not religious at all. I believe in a Supreme Being, but am not affiliated with any church or institutionalized faith.

6. I am a resident of Cobb County, and my children (who are adopted orphans from another third world country) attend public schools in Marietta.

Moreover, I am a Republican by choice because I believe in unlimited opportunities for anyone who is willing to work for it, abiding by the laws of the land, and being responsible for your own destiny. I am also an American by choice, not birthright, because I know that there is no better place in the world than the United States of America to realize the dreams I have for my future generations.

lsjogren
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November 04, 2012
John Khin, it is always nice to be reminded that many immigrants such as yourself are upstanding citizens who go out and accomplish great things in life rather than spend their time engaging in name calling against those whose views they lack the intelligence to comprehend.
Ted Doke
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November 05, 2012
John

Welcome to America; You have did it the right way and we have a desire to have many other immigrants such as yourself and family!

That said, if we have some illegal who are unhappy about the way we feel about them, it is my understanding Canada welcome people with background like theirs. We have some men and women who desert the military in time of need and cross in Canada and live happily ever after. These people could join them and I would be the first to donate $10.00 for each toward a bus ticket to leave America.
noseriously
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November 04, 2012
What a daft idiot. She is more intolerant and hateful than those she attacks.
mk-30 million amigos
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November 04, 2012
This was a meeting of the 3rd world invasion of America, at an appropriate place,.. Dos Amigos. The restaurant caters to illegals, and is the 'gateway' to Smyrna, an 'illegal-friendly' 3rd world Cobb County city. The restaurant is in a neighborhood filled w/ run down apartments, dilapidated buildings, Spanish speaking churches and underperforming schools.

And w/ the backing of Smyrna senator Doug Stoner, the hypocrite. Senator Stoner, you own a house in Forest Hills, a predominately white , middle class neighborhood in one of the few solid neighborhoods left in Smyrna. If all the illegals you seem to be supporting moved into your neighborhood, it would end up looking like all the illegal filled run down ruined neighborhoods that cover 1/3rd of your district in Cobb County.

Boy, you'll do and say practically anything for votes, right?

You are as dishonest as the king of absolute power,.. Smyrna mayor for 26 years,.. Max Bacon. You are a sell-out to hard working American citizens!

Hope this article opens peoples eyes to the REAL Doug Stoner- the TRAITOR!

Vote for Hunter Hill!!! Vote for America!!!
Marietta Risident
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November 04, 2012
Congratulations to Mrs. Helenek.
lsjogren
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November 04, 2012
Congratulations because she is a hater? Because she is not very intelligent? Please clarify what you feel she deserves to be congratulated about.
John Bowman
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November 04, 2012
So you hate Americans also. Pathetic.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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November 04, 2012
"... a croud of 80 mostly hispanic people..." And I suspect that at least 75% of them were illegals!
Pat H
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November 04, 2012
So, Hispanics say that Republicans don't want to learn THEIR language. Helenick says Republicans are ignorant?

Thank you for my laugh for today. We have been to Mexico, it was filthy and lawless. Now we see the same barrios here. It is ignorant not to recognize what has happened to our neighborhoods.

How about changing your country instead of ours?
SUVIVOR
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November 05, 2012
I AGREE PAT H !!
horrible way
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November 04, 2012
What a horrible way to start the day! The hatred and ignorance shown by Mrs. Helenek is astounding! I am sorry I read the article and deplore the way the democrats label anyone who doesn't agree with them. We are all Americans I hope that Mrs. Helenek will soften her views, if not for her own sake, but for those of her child. What a sad attitude to project so much vitriol on people she doesn't even know!
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