“Change!” A word that captivated America’s heart and catapulted reckless government spending and our national debt. President Obama campaigned, “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.” The president is changing the country to what? He gets to appoint a Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the Senate has hearings to “advise and consent.” The country is getting change she didn’t expect.
America can expect that 20% of the electorate by 2020 will be Hispanic. Whatever your perspective is on the border or immigration, we had better unite on the reality that America is changing and we must engage the voters including Hispanics. A 2006 study by Strategic Telemetry, a Democratic research group, predicted that Hispanics will remain the fastest-growing segment of the electorate, accounting for 44 percent of the growth in the nation’s voting-age population by 2020. The Latino, on average, is younger, poorer, less educated, and more linguistically isolated. They are a working poor electorate.
And why not Hispanics? Latinos tend to be liberal on social welfare and immigration issues, but very conservative on critical social issues like pro-life and family. They tend to share views on issues such as school vouchers and gay rights like the GOP. There is nothing in Latino political culture that predisposes them to support liberalism or socialism. In Mexico they voted in a more conservative business-minded administration. Our party is “Big Tent” to include persons from diverse backgrounds who share very similar values.
Hispanics feel low identification with other Hispanics outside their national origin groups, so who will befriend them? Challenging linguistic, political and even spiritual opportunities! Door-to-door campaigning is difficult but that’s what really works with all people and significantly so with Hispanics! If bi-lingual persons step up with personal contacts and canvassing the Hispanic voter will hear and see the conservative GOP issues and vote.
Two of my grandchildren depart Monday to immerse their Spanish language studies into the the reality of Mexican culture for about a month. I’m proud of them. They will leave an indelible mark on Spanish speaking persons! What can you do?
Now is the time to educate the electorate, Hispanic as well as others, that this is about our Constitution and Justice. In a word it’s time to say Venido al partido – “Come To The Party!”
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