The attack on LIBRE: What happens when Latinos don’t toe the line

The LIBRE Initiative

is a 501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community so it can thrive and contribute to a more prosperous America.
LIBRE is dedicated to informing the U.S. Hispanic community about the benefits of a constitutionally limited government, property rights, rule of law, sound money supply and free enterprise through a variety of community events, research and policy initiatives that protect our economic freedom.

Notice the conservative values:

  • principles and values of economic freedom
  • a constitutionally limited government
  • property rights
  • rule of law
  • sound money supply
  • free enterprise

With a mission statement like that, it’s not surprising that liberals are mobilizing against LIBRE:
The liberal organization, People for the American Way (PFAW),

published a laughable smear earlier this week attacking a conservative group as being “Koch-funded” and “targeting Hispanic voters” as an exposé. It was laughable as an exposé because the information about the Koch connection has been publicly available for years.

Media Matters is mobilizing,

the Hispanic Media Project seeks to attack and silence Hispanic conservative voices, without any regard to position within the conservative ideological spectrum. It wasn’t that long ago that I discussed one of the fundamental tenets of what we’ve come to regard as the “liberal plantation”, a diversity that does not extend beyond skin tone, and a particularly vicious enforcement of progressive orthodoxy within. Well, there’s a new overseer in town.
The Libre Initiative appears to grace the top of the MMfA hit list, and are the subjects of a lengthy screed that may as well have been drafted by Harry Reid. This hit is not even the first on Libre in recent days.

With Media Matters mobilizing, could the HuffPo be far behind? This time LIBRE smacked the HuffPo back. Daniel Garza, LIBRE’s executive director, wrote (emphasis added)

Simply put, many Latinos — like others across the country — are looking for a changed agenda. They want a limit to regulations that prevent them from opening family businesses. (LIBRE has offered seminars on how to accomplish this.) They believe government should impose fewer mandates on how companies use any profits they make — leaving more for worker raises. And they want both parties to stop playing politics and get to the business of reaching agreement on immigration reform. LIBRE is in full agreement with the many Hispanics who are disillusioned with the big government agenda that has dominated Washington in recent years, and who believe government should be smaller. We won’t be intimidated into silence when it comes to discussing the real nature of the problems facing our community, and we will defend our convictions. It’s time to drop the personal attacks — which won’t work anyway — and instead engage on ideas and proposals. The people we all want to serve deserve at least that much.

LIBRE must be increasingly effective to be coming under such concerted attack. As Moe Lane said,

After all, who wants to work to convert other people to your views? It’s ever so much easier to simply have the field all to yourself. A win by default is still a win.

And it’s so much more comfortable (for liberals) to keep Latinos in the “liberal plantation.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin american politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.