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More Than We Need to Know About Tom Tancredo

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The Denver Post devotes a full page today in its front section to Rep. Tom Tancredo. It’s way too long, includes 17 separate photos and in my opinion, contained only two interesting tidbits. The first exposes the Congressman’s near maniacal aversion to immigrants.

Immigrants who cling to their language, heritage and loyalties while living in the U.S. threaten to turn the nation into a “Tower of Babel,” he said. He rails against what he calls “the cult of multiculturalism,” or “people who are intent upon dividing America up into cultural enclaves, who are intent upon essentially minimizing the importance of Western civilization.”

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The second reveals a bit of hypocrisy.

As a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in June 1969, he became eligible to serve in Vietnam. Tancredo said he went for his physical, telling doctors he’d been treated for depression, and eventually got a “1-Y” deferment.

The use of the word “eventually” indicates he tried and tried again for a deferment. I think the Post‘s reporters should have delved more deeply into this.

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