Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

   Spicing Up the World of Commentary

Speaking Dates
April 2014


Bob Davis, VP
American Program Bureau

4/16 syndicated column — “boat parents” should set sail for reality

16th April 2014

Today’s syndicated column is a wakeup call to all those parents who aren’t fit for the job and should have their license revoked. Let’s start with the “boat parents” — Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, formerly of San Diego and now living in Mexico, who didn’t think the minor inconvenience of their 1 year-old daughter having salmonella poisoning and a respiratory infection should interfere with their planned sailing trip around the world. Naturally, they took the little girl, and her 3 year-old daughter along with them. I mean, what could go wrong?

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4/13 syndicated column — beware the “e-word”

13th April 2014

Today’s syndicated column offers — with the help of a few accomplished women, acting as sources — a unique take on the dust-up between Sen. Dianne Feinstein of CA and the CIA, over the “e-word.”

I couldn’t see the whole picture, so I went to those who could — and asked them to describe it to me.

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4/9 syndicated column — Going crazy over immigration reform

9th April 2014

It turns out that most of the 2 million deportees removed in the last five years were not really “deported.” Nutty Republicans have been saying that for months. And now the line is being picked up by cynical Democrats, and their pals in the media, who would dearly love to whitewash President Obama’s dishonest and heartless record on immigration enforcement.

Every time I hear immigration reform advocates holding out hope that Obama will issue this executive order or that executive order, I feel bad. These people don’t understand the game, let alone its objective. The only thing that Obama-nistas are strategizing about in the White House is how to duck the blame for everything they’ve done wrong by deflecting, deceiving, and denying.

Today’s syndicated column refuses to take the bait.

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4/7 CNN.COM — California goes Hispanic!

8th April 2014

Today’s offering to CNN.COM notes the arrival of a significant (and to some, frightening) milestone — California’s new Hispanic plurality.

What’s changed. What will soon change. And what has not changed — and probably never will change.

Some good stuff here. Enjoy.

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4/6 syndicated column — TX’s Dan Patrick turning state blue, to the detriment of ….everyone

6th April 2014

Today’s syndicated column fires off a second round at Texas Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dan Patrick, this time looking at what the future might bring — if Patrick, and his opportunistic anti-immigrant fear mongering, carries the day and he ascends up the ladder in the Lone Star State.

If that happens, there will be other winners: Democrats, because Patrick’s politics will alienate Hispanics and send them into the waiting arms of the Democratic Party, where they’ll be neglected, abused, sold out and taken for granted. So that’ll be fun. The losers will include Hispanics, who will emerge from all this with less political power than they had before they signed on to the Democratic monopoly in response to GOP ugliness, and the GOP who won’t be able to win a spelling bee.

Wanna see the future of Texas politics? Look at California. It’s not pretty.

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4/2 syndicated column — when Latinos “uninvite”

2nd April 2014

Today’s syndicated column settles some old accounts, and some new ones. In the Latino community, it’s nice to be invited to things. But you’re no one until you’ve been “uninvited.”

Ask Gilbert Padilla, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, truth teller, dissident, and pariah.

Sounds like someone else we know.

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3/30 syndicated column — The Keys to Mega-Success

30th March 2014

Google isn’t interested in hiring perfectionists who never make mistakes. It wants folks with “intellectual humility,” who know how to learn from their mistakes. Good for Google. This approach is brilliant. They’re really on to something. Here’s what else you need to make it in a competitive job market, courtesy of today’s syndicated column.

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2/28 CNN.COM — Obama school discipline initiative is overkill

28th March 2014

Today’s column for CNN.COM returns to the subject of public education and the federal government — and the trouble that can ensure when the two intersect. Teachers, be warned. As you dole out discipline, and try to control your classrooms, the Obama Administration is unleashing not one but two cabinet agencies to teach you a lesson. I’m a frequent critic of teacher’s unions, but I’m with the rank-and-file teachers on this one. By the way, the unions are with the administration. That tells you all you need to know.

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3/26 syndicated column — Immigration in the Loon Star State

26th March 2014

The eyes of the nation are once again upon Texas, thanks to some incendiary and insane rhetoric from the demagogue du jour (I say, that’s rather good. I’ll have to keep that for later) Dan Patrick. The state senator, radio host, and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate is selling the familiar snake oil that Texas is being invaded and Texans are threatened by illegal immigration. I lived in Texas for five years, and so I know the truth. The only worry is that, with the border crossings slowed to a trickle, there may not be enough workers to go around and your neighbor will beat you to hiring the last one. You can file today’s syndicated column under: #cutthebullshit.

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3/23 McAllen Monitor — The Rest of the Chavez Story

23rd March 2014

In the second half of today’s doubleheader, here’s another, bit longer essay — special to the McAllen Monitor — on Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the farm worker movement. In time, those things grew apart. You won’t see that part of the story in the new Diego Luna film, which opens on Friday. But you can read it here.

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