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Michael Burns: GOP Needs to Open to Immigrants, Moderates
Newsmax ^ | Monday, 08 April 2013 09:26 PM | Cyrus Afzali and John Bachman

Posted on 04/09/2013 2:29:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai

One of Hollywood’s leading executives who supports the Republican party said the GOP is being “hijacked” by anti-immigration groups and other special interests.

Michael Burns, the vice chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment, the filmmaker and entertainment powerhouse, tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview the GOP needs to open up to Hispanics and other immigrant groups or it will wither.

“The Republicans are losing a marvelous opportunity to embrace the Hispanic community through immigration reform and it’s now or never,” he said. “The moderates that I know—and I consider myself a moderate—feel very strongly about this.” …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; amnestypimps; lionsgate; lofan; michaelburns; moderate; rino
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1 posted on 04/09/2013 2:29:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Why don’t you moderately shove it where the sun don’t shine???


2 posted on 04/09/2013 2:31:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s the moderates that have hijacked the party and you are a co-conspirator...


3 posted on 04/09/2013 2:31:48 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Olog-hai

FUMB


4 posted on 04/09/2013 2:32:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

The GOP needs to open to Conservatives.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 2:33:04 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, good luck to this fellow. Maybe they’ll get enough RINOs to replace people like me who have left the GOP.


6 posted on 04/09/2013 2:36:00 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Moonman62

What, conservatives? The ones with (as Juan McCain described it) “wacko-bird” tendencies . . . ?


7 posted on 04/09/2013 2:36:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Sans-Culotte

Well, that’s nice. They’ll be perennial losers to the Dems in that case and will of course merge with that party officially, eventually.


8 posted on 04/09/2013 2:37:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; Sans-Culotte

Nice for them, is what I meant.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

what do you mean to be open to hispanics and minorities?? Doesn’t the GOP platform accomodate everyone?

I recall reading the entire platform during the last election and IMO should be atractive to any right thinking citizen.


10 posted on 04/09/2013 2:41:18 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Olog-hai
“The moderates that I know—and I consider myself a moderate—feel very strongly about this.”

Does anyone else see the irony in this statement?

11 posted on 04/09/2013 2:41:33 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Olog-hai

Moderates are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum. Learn it live it.

The GOP has been moderated into a coma and Kapo republicans are pinching the feeding tube as the democrats goose step into full on fascism.

Frankly, anyone who can worry about moderating the GOP in the face of open fascism on the part of democrats needs to be called out as an enemy infiltrator.


12 posted on 04/09/2013 2:42:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Moonman62

Unfortunately it doesn’t.
The way the GOPe leadership looks at this is that Conservatives have nowhere to go. Even if we choose not to vote, we won’t vote for a credible opponent to the Republicans (i.e. a Democrat). So, if they lose one Conservative vote to gain one “Moderate” vote, they see that as a net gain of one vote - the Moderate counts as two votes because the Democrats have lost his vote and the ‘Pubbies gained it.
And so the Republican Party is driven inevitably leftward.


13 posted on 04/09/2013 2:42:57 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Olog-hai
“The Republicans are losing a marvelous opportunity to embrace the Hispanic community

..this line of BS has been used for 20 years with the same result...a luke warm candidate who won't fight, won't tell the truth, and won't speak with conviction....it has always been the party of "who's next in the Rino line"

14 posted on 04/09/2013 2:43:45 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: central_va

What makes it worse is that he has the nerve to cite his own family’s Irish immigrant experience. My mother came here in the 1960s from Dublin and would never support this land-of-fruits-and-nuts fellow’s policies.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 2:44:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Little Ray

I think most Republican politicians are happy where they are, they get all the perks that come with the office, and all they have to do is bitch and complain and not take any real responsibility for anything....why ruin a good thing?


16 posted on 04/09/2013 2:44:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Bingo!
Just remember - political parties are about power, not principles.


17 posted on 04/09/2013 2:47:09 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Olog-hai
Oh, yes, let's talk down to the people who come here legally. Let's stifle ourselves so we don't come across as being enthusiastic to have you here legally. Moderates let others guide them. We see what that direction gets us. He does not get the frustration just everyday hard working people feel as they watch the rules for some not being applied. That is not an extreme stance, Mr. director.
18 posted on 04/09/2013 2:48:06 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Olog-hai

I’m not sure what you mean.

Do you believe the Republicans should pander to a supposed monolithic group, who I do not believe exists?

I know plenty of people who have ethnic roots in Latin America and Spain; they are not all of one mind on immigration.

So, what are you calling for here?


19 posted on 04/09/2013 2:48:24 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Olog-hai

People like him need to be kicked out of the party!


20 posted on 04/09/2013 2:48:30 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SatinDoll

Mexicans hate Cubans, and the GOP thinks that Mexicans will vote for Rubio.


21 posted on 04/09/2013 2:49:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

I am so sick of people lumping legal immigrants and illegal immigrants together.

People like Burns have nothing but contempt for immigrants who follow the law (which in many cases, has been VERY COSTLY for them).


22 posted on 04/09/2013 2:52:30 PM PDT by cookcounty
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To: Olog-hai
McCain really blew it ~ he's now allied with the Sunni nutballs in Syria who just OK'd raping Christian women.

Wonder what his pudgy daughter thinks of that?

23 posted on 04/09/2013 2:58:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek

We were “moderated” to death in the last two presidential cycles. Two out and out liberal candidates that the left tagged as “right wing extremests”.

That anybody would call the likes of Romney or McCain, right wing is laughable.


24 posted on 04/09/2013 2:59:24 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Vendome

I’m so sick of the term “moderate” in politics. It’s inaccurate disingenuous!

The term moderate came about to make these people sound superior. They are “above partisan politics.” They are unbound by any ideology or belief system. They form self-proclaimed “reasoned,” “tempered” and “topical” positions on issues which makes them better than you or I who basis our decisions and policy stances on a certain belief system.

The reality is that these people are not “moderates.” To be accurate, they are hybrids. They might be conservative on some issues and liberal on others. There is nothing moderate about that.

They are hybrids.

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25 posted on 04/09/2013 3:01:57 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon
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To: dfwgator
Mexicans hate Cubans, and the GOP thinks that Mexicans will vote for Rubio.

This same thing has been told to me (in a less politically correct manner) by friends from Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Costa Rica. Don't even get them started on the Cuban dialect.

26 posted on 04/09/2013 3:02:47 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Olog-hai

The GOP becoming more Dem-lite is not the way to win elections.

The GOP needs to become the alternative to the Dems, not the mirror image of them.


27 posted on 04/09/2013 3:03:29 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: liberalh8ter

Many refer to them as “Jewbans.”


28 posted on 04/09/2013 3:03:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Republicans have been sucked into Madison Avenue-style thinking - that the right kind of glitzy candidate + slick marketing = a political landslide.

Uh, maybe for Democrats, but that’s too shallow for Republicans to hang onto conservative voters.

I believe conservatives are more down-to-earth and practical than that nonsense above.

The way to get new Republican voters is the old way. We find what common conservative denominator - values - underlies voter’s concerns.

For example, right now a great many minority-dominated communities are being torn apart by violence. Old fashioned crime-fighting must be combined with genuine justice to demonstrate how it should be done in America. By making it safe for families living in their communities, I believe you can attract voters, IMHO.

No one right now is even making the attempt.


29 posted on 04/09/2013 3:03:46 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Olog-hai

So the Pubbies turn tail and give in legalizing 12 million with the stroke of a pen. How many of those 12 million do you think will end up voting for Republicans? Maybe about 1 or 2 million. Legalizing 12 million at once will mean the Democrats winning every prez election for the next fifty years.


30 posted on 04/09/2013 3:04:34 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Olog-hai
The Republican Party door has always been open to all, you self-important, egostistical, liberal, over-paid, under-hung jackass.

If the minorities don't want to walk in because there's no free goodies behind GOP Doors Number One, Two and Three, it's their loss in the long run.

When the freebie well runs dry, they'll find all the Dem doors will be closed to them and they have no place to go.

Tough rocks.

Leni

31 posted on 04/09/2013 3:09:08 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Graybeard58

Virtually every single candidate who ran in 2012 is out there promoting conservative ideals every day.....except for Romney.

I follow Bachmann and Santorum on twitter so I see conservative speeches and events they attend every day (just read about a Santorum speech being canceled over his pro traditional marriage stance) I hear something out of Cain at least twice a week. I don’t love Perry or Gingrich but at least I see them talking the talk all the time.


32 posted on 04/09/2013 3:10:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Why?


33 posted on 04/09/2013 3:11:15 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Olog-hai

There is already a party for moderates in America, it is called the Democrat Party! If the Republican Party continues its slide I will just have to look for an actual Conservative Party, whatever its name may be. As far as immigrants their choice will to be either takers or Americans.


34 posted on 04/09/2013 3:14:54 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Olog-hai

“Moderate” is the term used by the Marxist Media to describe a flaming liberal, therefore, these so-called “moderates” can join the party that best represents them, namely the U.S. National Fascist Socialist Democrat party.

As for “immigrants”, we all know that 99% of those described as immigrants are ILLEGAL immigrants. These folks shouldn’t be in any party, but instead should be sent home, thereby creating millions of new job opening for U.S. citizens.


35 posted on 04/09/2013 3:18:23 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Olog-hai

How does a moderate feel very strongly about anything?


36 posted on 04/09/2013 3:19:59 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: RedMDer

As Rush said, The world’s shortest book is “Great Moderates in History.”


37 posted on 04/09/2013 3:20:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

This guy is really a DIMocRAT who is probably a gay or tyranny illegal. Kick him to the curb.


38 posted on 04/09/2013 3:20:41 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: dfwgator; All

With Freedom Under Assault, We're Told We Must Moderate?
Moderation is not a substantive belief. This is my problem with moderates. There isn't a core there! Moderation is a tactic. It's not a set of principles. It is a tactic that says, "Regardless of the situation, regardless of events, my first impulse is to find a different way around." I know moderation, per se, is illogical because there are clearly times when it is self-destructive or counterproductive. For instance, moderation after we were attacked at Pearl Harbor would have been irrational. Moderation against slavery would have been immoral. How do you debate the issue of moderation if it has no core? You wind up debating tactics, but tactics without principle are pointless -- and this has always been my problem with moderates. ...

Particularly in the face of the most radical and destructive administration in modern American history, where the president has said he wants to fundamentally transform the nation, what does moderation look like? Where am I supposed to moderate? What am I supposed to moderate? Are all these Republican candidates tonight at the debate be asking themselves, "Who's willing to go further in compromising with the Democrats?" To show what? To accomplish what? Isn't the purpose of this debate tonight for one of these people to stand head and shoulders above everybody else in demonstrating he or she is the one who can beat Obama?
Republican moderates are guaranteed losers in eight out of ten elections you're gonna have. Now, I think that people who write pieces about "moderation" need to do a little bit more than just sit back and be critical. We need to know what it is these moderates think is worth fighting for. Is it just winning elections with whoever can win so that the result may not even be productive? These moderates need to tell us what are the principles that they believe that an individual or a nation should stand firm on, because, so far, moderates don't do that. That's why they are moderates! They don't want to be tied down. They want to be able to preach moderation because it gets them praise.

39 posted on 04/09/2013 3:29:01 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: dfwgator
I haven't heard that. It's more along the lines of what rappers call each other. Their contempt for them is deep and is derived from the feeling they're not as ‘pure’.
40 posted on 04/09/2013 3:32:24 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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41 posted on 04/09/2013 3:35:25 PM PDT by onyx
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To: Olog-hai

IT’S A LIE!!!!!!!!


42 posted on 04/09/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Moonman62

“The GOP needs to open to Conservatives.”

AMEN!

GOP needs to be open to the RULE OF LAW too!


43 posted on 04/09/2013 3:45:10 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Doogle

“..this line of BS has been used for 20 years with the same result...a luke warm candidate who won’t fight, won’t tell the truth, and won’t speak with conviction....it has always been the party of “who’s next in the Rino line” “

BTT!


44 posted on 04/09/2013 3:46:14 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Vendome; All

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45 posted on 04/09/2013 3:47:14 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Olog-hai

Given that our last FIVE GOP nominees have been “moderates,” and only one of them won (and by a hair at that, not to mention that both Bushes were a disaster), it looks more to me like Michael Burns needs to open to conservatives.


46 posted on 04/09/2013 3:55:07 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: liberalh8ter; dfwgator

Yes...the other Hispanic ethnic communities are not fond of Cubans

Marco Rubio would more likely LOSE Hispanic votes in the Southwest and other Mexican/Central American population areas. Amnesty will not help him in that regard


47 posted on 04/09/2013 4:11:39 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Little Ray
So, that's why the GOPe has been winning all these elections?

Maybe MB thinks Dole, McCain and Romney are those conservatives driving moderates like him away from the Party.

Actually, I think that MB is a Libertarian and wants them to control the Party instead of the moderates and kick all conservatives out, which has almost been the case.

48 posted on 04/09/2013 4:14:27 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: Olog-hai

I think all republicans should re-register as democrats then we would finally have a say.


49 posted on 04/09/2013 4:21:43 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah, like we need advice from some Hollyweird rino.....


50 posted on 04/09/2013 4:43:50 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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