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The GOP becomes a viable option for Hispanics
Posted By Johnny F. Luevano Jr. On April 22, 2011 @ 8:02 am In Commentary,Luévano Columns | 6 Comments
Just over a year ago, I wrote a column that praised the New Mexico Republican Party for its efforts in fielding highly qualified Hispanic candidates. Well the article didnt go over very well with many folks; I was chastised for not mentioning other GOP Hispanic candidates and for basing my argument on select tidbits of New Mexico political history.
All valid points, but the intention of my argument was merely to give the GOP credit for making a concerted improvement in reaching out to Hispanics both locally and nationally.
As the sayings go, the proof is in the pudding and results dont lie. The 112th Congress has a record number of Hispanic Republicans including Senator Marco Rubio from Florida and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler from the State of Washington (Yes, I did say Washington). Of course our own Susana Martinez became the first female governor of New Mexico and Republican Brian Sandoval became the governor of Nevada.
But the trend doesnt end with GOP Hispanic candidates. Improvements are being made with women and African-American Republican candidates as well. This isnt to say that the GOP is outperforming the Democratic Party in these demographics, but the facts point to a marked improvement as we begin to shift to the 2012 election cycle.
Rather than bicker over the history and the numbers of elected officials, the biggest question to be answered is, why are Hispanics beginning to side with the Republican Party? This isnt an argument that I enthusiastically bring forward; it is the Democrats who eagerly inject racial warfare into the political debate and argue that they dont know how anyone of Hispanic heritage can be a Republican.
A Hispanic can be a Republican because we are very patriotic Americans who take great pride in working hard to provide for our families. The Hispanic community is naturally a faith-based, conservative culture with an overwhelming love and respect for the old-school, fundamental values that make America exceptionally great. We strongly believe in putting family first and family often.
Hispanics eagerly serve in our military and we proudly support veterans in our communities. We have a prestigious wartime military legacy, having earned over 40 Medals of Honor dating back to the Civil War.
Simply put, Hispanics have always answered our nations call to serve, and our current political fight to save America from the brink of economic ruin is no different. The fight against runaway government spending is todays call to service, and the Hispanic community will not allow our country to lose the battle without joining those who lead from the front on this issue.
The distasteful Democratic rhetoric of class and racial warfare is an out-of-date argument that will not divide a community that has always proudly stood by the idea that we are all Americans. In fact, the 2010 election results prove the opposite; we will fight against those who attempt to divide our country through the ole Democratic playbook of economic class and racial warfare.
Now make no mistake, I am not here to pronounce the GOP the new home for Hispanics, nor am I advocating voting for candidates simply based on race or ethnicity. My argument is that, overall, the GOP is doing better in putting forward highly qualified Hispanic candidates, and supporting any Republican based on the merit of the candidate is a viable option for all Hispanics to consider.
Hispanics can rid themselves of the guilt to blindly support Democrats solely on the idea of family tradition. My mother strongly believes that John F. Kennedy was the best president in American history, so who I am to argue? I embrace the JFK values of a hand-up, not a hand-out and ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Rest assured folks, the current Democratic Party resembles nothing close to those self-sacrificing American values that JFK promoted when your mother and father were growing up.
Luévano, a Renewed Republican, is a lifelong New Mexico resident and an Artesia native who will be moving back to Albuquerque this August. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2001 with a bachelors in political science and economics and from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a masters in public administration. You can reach Luévano at johnnyluevano.com or find him on Facebook.
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#1 Comment By Ramirez On April 22, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
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Hey folks Hispanics are just like everyone else. The stupid ones do not vote or vote Democrat, the smart ones vote Republican. (But not for RINO’s).
I dont care what a person race or creed is. As long as they stand for the Republic and the Constitution, I will stand by them.
Mexican is not a race. Mexican is a culture, and if the suckers vote here, they better be citizens.
No, Mexicans are a race who have a culture.
“No, Mexicans are a race who have a culture.”
What race is that? Caucasian? Mongolian?
“Obama Mentiroso Socialista” - I loved seeing that sign at a Tea Party rally. I’d say a number of Hispanics from socialist hell holes know what Obama is doing.
“Hey folks Hispanics are just like everyone else. The stupid ones do not vote or vote Democrat, the smart ones vote Republican. (But not for RINOs).”
That’s absolutely right; there is no way hard-working, taxpaying Hispanics are lining up to give a higher portion of their income to the socialist pot, and the shiftless, lazy ones are still lining up to draw from that pot. That is exactly the same as it works for whites, blacks, Asians, ect.
Do we need to have this discussion AGAIN. Its the “myth of the hispanic voter”. Lumping together people who share only a language, and then expecting them to vote as a bloc is mindless. No one lumps me together with Australian immigrants. The cultures of Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, et al. couldn’t be any more different. Can’t we just skip these articles all together? And for those who think all Hispanic immigrants are “Mexican”, you’ve obviously never been to the Northeast. Central Americans and Dominicans conitnue to pour into here.
I know a lot of Mexicans who are blonde and light skinned (much lighter than me). Descendents of the Spanish are often redheads. I live outside of Corpus Christi, and I know several blonde Mexicans who speak no english. The Mexicans of Indian descent tend to move here more than lighter complected, as they are discriminated against in Mexico by the middle/upper classes in education and employment (I have talked to a lot of immigrants/illegals, who all tell me the same thing).
On an interesting note, I have friends from Mexico and Ghana. All say their countries are superior to ours. When asked why they don’t live there, they admit it’s because they either can’t find work or can’t make enough money there. Go figure.
Conservatism is a viable option for all honest, God fearing and loving, good people.
Leftism is the alternative of the dishonest, insane, selfish, or ignorant.
Mexico is like Apartheid-era South Africa.
race: 2 a : the descendants of a common ancestor : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock -Websters
Problem is so many are attached to the social programs or their family elsewhere are and that makes them Democrat despite having opposite political views than most Democrats.
I straight out say it.
Many in the Hispanic population here sell their souls for the support money to Democrats.
The fact is you don't know what you are talking about. There are many South Americans in the south west USA. If you spoke Spanish you would be able to tell the difference. In the New York area there are many Puerto Ricans, in the Florida area there are many Cubans.
I know several Guatamalans and other Central Americans who work here. I don’t know if they are legal or illegal. My nephew and brother just bought a business in Midland, TX and had to let one of their employees go as he is illegal. Having a hard time finding a decent replacement.
I had a Guatamalan stripper proposition me at a club in Harlingen several years back. The Mexican guy I was with took her up on it. He got the worst fever blister you ever saw as a result. LOL. Last time I visited a bar.
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