Congressional Candidate Tan Nguyen Has Earned The Right To Speak His Mind

Hold the phone! The

has finally figured out the difference between "illegal
" and "immigrant."

After years of directing

Media Standards Project
, visiting the

Columbia School of Journalism
and the

Society of Professional Journalist
, and badgering

thick-skulled reporters
to use the correct

U.S. Code Title 8 designation
"illegal aliens,"
instead of the

politically correct
and intentionally misleading "immigrants,"
I can reap the fruits of my labor.

That`s the good news.

The bad news: the MSM`s
awakening has come at the expense of California Republican
Congressional Candidate Tan Nguyen, who is trying to unseat
Democratic incumbent and reconquista Loretta Sanchez.

Indifferent for years to
the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants—simply
calling them all "immigrants"—the MSM has taken Nguyen to
the woodshed for the

following sentences
, originally written in Spanish, in a
campaign letter mailed by his office:

are being sent this letter because you were recently registered
to vote.
If you are a
citizen of the United States, we ask that you participate in the
democratic process of voting.

“You are advised that if your
residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant,

voting in a federal election is a crime

could result in jail time,
and you will be deported for
voting without having a right to do so."

You can parse this several
different ways. But the first paragraph is crystal clear…if you
are a citizen registered to vote, please do so.

The message in the second
paragraph may be debatable. But the conclusion most rational
people would arrive at is that illegal aliens ("immigrants")
do not have voting privileges.

And, in fact, legal
immigrants who are non-citizens, whether on

immigrant or non-immigrant
visas, do not have voting rights.

Most Californians following
the incredible Nguyen saga know the immediate up-shot:

  • Governor Arnold
    Schwarzenegger and his opponent Phil Angelides called
    Nguyen`s letter a "hate crime."

  • The Orange County
    California Republican Party GOP chairman Scott Baugh

    Nguyen quit.

  • Two busybodies from
    New England, Democratic Senators

    Patrick Leahy

    Edward Kennedy
    wrote to the U.S. attorney general
    demanding a federal investigation.

Even Nguyen`s fellow
Vietnamese jumped ship. In his column for New America Media,
Andrew Lam—proving he`s learned nothing since VDARE.COM

outed him in 2003
—quoted Tom Vu, editor of Sacramento`s BN

"…An unfortunate event that
harkens back to the Jim Crow laws that kept black Americans from
voting through intimidation. That said, I don`t think this will
cast a negative light on Vietnamese American elected officials,
or those aspiring to elected office. All groups involved are
viewing this as a candidate losing in the polls and trying a
tactic to boost his chances."

Media Gauge Fall Out From Campaign Scare Letter
Andrew Lam, New America Media, October 20, 2006]

On October 22,
Nguyen—resurfacing after being briefly out of sight—finally held

press conference
in an effort to clear the air.

Too bad it was so tame.

Said Nguyen:

"No way in hell am I gonna
withdraw from this race. I`m gonna win this race."

As a

Quixotic candidate
for California governor in 2003, I`m
disappointed that Nguyen isn`t making more of his wonderful
opportunity to parlay his publicity, adverse though it may
appear at first glance, into votes come November.

When the Washington Post
covers a local California Congressional race, you`ve got to make
hay. [
Campaign in Turmoil Over Letters,
Sonya Geis,
Washington Post
, October 20, 2006]

To help Nguyen to maximize
his position, I advise him to hold another press conference
labeled "Kiss My Ass."  

During the KMA speech
Nguyen, with nothing to lose, should go for the jugular. No
apologies, no retreating and no lame "something was lost in
the translation"

Nguyen should be brimming
with confidence knowing, as he does, that the two major voting
blocs in his district—

—are anti-illegal immigration.

Simply because somebody is
Mexican doesn`t mean they support Mexican criminals.

Mexico, which tightly
patrols its southern border, hands out stiff prison terms to
those who do get though…unlike its sissy neighbor to the north.

And Vietnamese have even
less patience with illegal immigrants. (See the new

billboard campaign
launched by our friends,

Vietnamese for Fair Immigration.

Here, if
I were Nguyen, is would be my broad opening statement:

"We`re here today to talk
about what really matters to you
and it is not my letter
or whether I am a racist."

talking points:

  • The
    Open-Borders lobby wants

    illegal aliens to vote
    . In fact, that`s the

    biggest reason
    that Sanchez is in Congress. Sanchez and
    her supporters blatantly sanction

    voter fraud.
    Anything that might possibly deter an
    illegal alien from voting—Democratic, of course—will draw
    the ire of illegal immigration supporters.

  • The
    GOP talks a good game when the topic gets around to holding
    the House of Representatives in November. But

    it sells its own down the river
    at crunch time. Think
    about it, President Bush, Baugh and

    Karl Rove
    prefer the hardcore reconquista Sanchez
    to a Republican.

  • As

    Senators Leahy
    and Kennedy—butt out. When Massachusetts
    and Vermont are overrun with illegal aliens like California
    is, their opinion might have merit.

The Vietnamese are legally in
the U.S. They have not crossed borders and they have certainly
not participated in massive street demonstrations demanding what
is not rightfully theirs.

Twenty years ago I taught an

English as a Second Language
class to

Southeast Asian war refugees
, Vietnamese among them.

The Vietnamese were
consistently the best and

hardest working
students in the class. Over the years, I
have been a guest in their homes, been to their children`s
graduations and most recently to their grandchildren`s baptisms.

If Tan Nguyen has something to
say about who should and who should not vote in an election that
might send him to Congress, he`s earned the right.

Is there anyone who dares to
debate that?

Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive