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Will The Latino Vote Decide The Next President?

Will The Latino Vote Decide The Next President?

 

In a recent cover article, Time Magazine asserts that Latino voters are going to make or break the chances for Obama’s Republican challenger this election. Why? In the midst of harsh GOP rhetoric surrounding immigration, and the racist policies of states like Arizona and Alabama trying to encourage “self-deportation,” Latino voters are becoming increasingly frustrated and politically active.

Nowhere has this been more obvious than in Arizona. On Time’s site, Michael Scherer describes the impact that Latino voters had in the Phoenix City Council race in 2011:

A group of young people calling themselves “Team Awesome” knocked on 72,000 doors in the city to support Valenzuela’s bid. They increased off-year turnout among the Latino community by 480%, more than delivering Valenzuela’s margin of victory. “There is a ripple effect that has the city and the county and the state of Arizona looking at the way they approach politics,” says Joseph Larios, 29, a community organizer now working with the state Democratic Party who helped Valenzuela develop his strategy. “It’s impossible to say going after low-propensity Latino voters doesn’t matter based on what happened.”

A recent poll by Univision found that a full 72% of Latinos don’t believe the GOP cares about their support, or is hostile to their community. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Senator in Florida, warns Republicans in an interview with Time that their attitude towards immigration could cost them dearly:

I’m always trying to remind my colleagues that if they lived in Mexico or anywhere in Latin America and their kids were hungry – every night went to sleep hungry – and your country provided no opportunity for you to feed them, you’re telling me that there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to feed them? You’re telling me you wouldn’t go anywhere there was a job so you could send money to them?

Of course, Rubio also opposed the DREAM act, on the principle that it would “be used as an anchor” to allow 3 million new immigrants into the country, so he might have a little thinking of his own to do on the subject. Ironically, he also accuses Democrats of using immigration as an “electoral issue,” implying that any action progressives take on immigration reform is purely for political gain. Which begs the question: isn’t that more or less what he’s suggesting his fellow conservatives do?

Hopefully, if Scherer’s article is right, Latinos will start to increasingly prove that we’re not going to vote against our own best interests, no matter what talking points Republicans start using to try to placate us. It’s obvious when an entire political party is stacked against your community (even those of us whose families have been in the US for generations!), and assuming that softening that hate and couching it in gentler language will win our votes is nothing short of insulting.

 

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8:56AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:19PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Latinos deserve to have the power.

7:44PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Kudos to you Diana B. Very well said!!!! SandyE's statement sounds pretty racist to me, but who am I, a white American of faith, to judge her???? And, in complete reversal of statements such as hers, IF YOU WANT TO SAVE AMERICA, VOTE FOR OBAMA AND EVERY DEMOCRAT ON EVERY BALLOT IN NOVEMBER 2012. MAKE SURE the tea party republikkklan VOTER SUPPRESSORS DON'T SUPPRESS "YOUR" VOTE. Tea party republikkklans have *Awakened a Sleeping Giant* = *WOMEN*!!!! Along with Independents, People of color, Students, Young and Older Americans, The Workers, the Poor, the Disabled, the Children - the same ones they "protect" ONLY as a fetus!!! - All WILL FIGHT, tooth and nail, TO DEFEAT the despicably racist, greedy, hate-filled GOP: "Godless-Oppressive- Perverted" agenda. Historians and future History books will depict with unprecedented "condemnation" the politically-biased Roberts Supreme Court and its leaders in the extremist republican party, with more disdain than ever before in the history of the United States, including Slavery!!!! Simply put, the 1% wants to "indenture" the 99% of Americans - making us "bound to serve" them. SO, it is with great alarm we Mobilize, Unite, Fight, Whatever it takes....to bring them all down...in proverbial flames.

12:58PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

MOST OF THESE COMMENTS ARE ABSURD. IF YOU WANT THE DREAM ACT - VOTE FOR OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS. IF YOU WANT A "TRUE" PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP - VOTE FOR OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS. IF YOU WANT "TRUE" PERSONAL SECURITY - VOTE FOR OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS.
IF YOU WANT LIES, AND THE DEMISE OF LATINOS, VOTE TEABAGGER REPUBLICAN AND DIE AT THEIR TWISTED WORDS. DON'T LISTEN TO THE EXTREMISTS' LIES AND MANIPULATIVE BULL CRAP. VOTE TO SAVE YOURSELVES. VOTE OBAMA AND ALL THE DEMOCRATS IN NOVEMBER. IT'S OUR ONLY CHANCE FOR HELP.

12:05PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

the problem with you progs is this instinctive putting people into ethnic groups for easy party identification...Latinos don't fit into that stereotype easily.

Married to one and she is far to the right of me, her mom even further. Two of her nephews are Limbaugh fans while the other is a squishy Dem. That is anecdotal but I could add to that the various self identified Latins I know that were Army...they tend to be either conservative or quasi libertarian but that reflects more on the self selection of military members.

Latins are Americans too and they are chiefly worried like most of us about an economy that is barely moving and their own families. The record of the last FEW YEARS should have most of them looking for anyone other than Obama or Romney/Santorum.

1:55AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Probably.

8:24PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

as long as they are citizens they have the vote same as anybody else. they will of course vote for whoever says the illegals can stay and keep getting their freebies. obama and acorn made those promises last time. it didn't happen and it won't happen even if he gets re-elected. people won't stand for another free pass we've done it before. promises mean nothing.

5:51PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

You racists are hilarious, if they are citizens it is just as much "their" country as it is "yours." Don't even try the "we were here first" argument either. We weren't here first, nor are you descended from people were. "Go back to their country" why don't you go back to Europe you morons. As for the African Americans, the European Americans brought them here against their will so you can thank yourselves for that one. Your ignorance is appalling. California belonged to Mexico until 1848 when the Americans took it in the Mexican American War, caused by the U.S. annexation of the Republic of Texas (larger than the modern-day state). The Republic of Texas was inhabited by former Mexicans, Canadians, Native Americans and American settlers. Read a history book, please.

5:22PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Latinos suck, they have no unity, they are envious of each other, they hardly help each other not even in Churches. Black are the same, they even discriminate according to the tone of their skin. They should learn from the Jews( stop before you call me Anti ....) only Jews in this country put Israel. ( Noby seems to care ) They first and always look for another Jew. Nothing wrong with that, this is a free country and they can do that because they control Congress. Most minorities do NOT understand that, a president is not enough, he is not a KING or a military strongman what Latinos are accustomed. They need to have power in Congress and since most are new to the American political system, they are ignorant. They are one ( 1 ) issue voters as follow:
If against abortion they do not care about the rest
If against Castro Cuban r Republicans who cares if they do not have a job. And so on....
Do not forget the Asian block or maybe do not worry - they think they are white - wait till they get numerous and will learn about persecution and discrimination.

2:47PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

The Latino vote will be important since they are the second largest segment of the population and will exert more power and influence in political matters and in all facets of American life. It would be a good idea to take their concerns to heart and not alienate them by discrimiating against them, trivializing them or painting all Latinos with a single brushstroke since they have more power than people realize.

Well judging by the posts here it seems like the paranoid racist nationalists are out in full swing.

Sandy E., they are citizens as only citizens can vote in this country's elections.

thomas m., of course if there is voter fraud and the Latino votes are thrown out.

Bruce K., not all Latinos are illegal immigrants, poor or on food stamps, whci hthey can only obtain if they are citizens. The immigrants come here to work not sponge off the system.

Heather G., yes it sickening to see people with that mindset but as long as the flags are not from Hispanic countries it's fine since there is so much anti-Hispanic sentiment in this country it's only OK to fly flags and celebrate the culture from Caucasian populated countries since they are seen as superior to all others, according to the (mostly) white nationalists which sadly we have too many here of on Care2.

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