Praeger is completely, completely, completely wrong. Wrong with a capital R. He is making the error of thinking that so-called Cuban Americans are a static group of original exiles from the 1960s, their okay children and their corrupted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is thinking of the Jews of the biblical exodus, a group leaving en masse. But that is not a correct model. There have been successive waves of refugees, so you could find a teenager in Miami who barely speaks Spanish, the grandchild of refugees, and another teenager who doesn’t speak English, whose family got here last year. There are elderly who have been here since 1959, and others who have arrived last month.
Praeger is also wrong wrong wrong to say that distance from communism through generations is what turns people Democrats. But in fact, it is the more recent arrivals who are likely to vote Dem - being born and raised in communism, they have no understanding of freedom beyond the freedom to go to Walmart. They have no loyalty or interest in thr United States, they go back and forth to Cuba constantly. These newbies are of all ages - they voted for Obama because he gave them easy access to Cuba, giving them unlimited “family.visitation”. There are people who commute from Miami to Havana on a monthly basis. They voted for Obama.
I do not know the specifics about the American (of Cuban descent) community, but my comments were directed towards our government educational system. In that respect I agree with Mr. Praeger. The Government Educational system is geared to dumb down it's citizens with respect to their Constitutional rights, and to what actually defines a Constitutional republic. They aren't taught why this Country was founded; why we had a revolution; and what principles our Founders valued. Instead they are taught the opposite, and after not too many generations you have a population that believes it is Government's job to take care of them from womb to tomb. Washington DC becomes the new god.