Hispanics are not "persecuted" in the USA. To the contrary, they are protected as a "minority" group and benefit from affirmative action. And they are NOT "natural" conservatives.
What Republicans mean by family values and what Hispanics mean are two completely different things, he said. We are a very compassionate people, we care about other people and understand that government has a role to play in helping people. And a strong reason for that support for big government is that so many Hispanics use government programs. U.S.-born Hispanic households in California use welfare programs at twice the rate of native-born non-Hispanic households.
Uh, illegal immigrants are by their very illegal nature somewhat persecuted and that what I was talking about. Not Latino citizens.
The hard line taken during the primaries with”self-deportation” or a rougher equivalent of otherwise hardworking, good people is the problem citizen-Latinos appear to have. Otherwise they are very family-values oriented.
The gay marriage aspect is totally out of the picture. It’s a lost cause so give it up. The majority of Americans support it and so it is no suprise that Latinos as a subset do too.
As an admitted fiscal Republican, I just don’t give a flip about what people do in the privacy of their own homes and if two people want to get married so be it.
We need to come to the realization that the full GOP platform simply does not appeal to enough Americans. Individuals within the tent are welcome to be more conservative than others, but if the party actually wants to get in power and stop the liberal tide, we may just have to accept that certain issues need to be abandoned for the time being. Purity of belief may be the way into heaven, but it is surefire loser in democratic politics.