GOP hurting its future by ignoring Hispanic votes

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  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 1:12 a.m.

    Let's stop beating around the bush. If there is indeed such a thing as a "Latino vote," it is because for some reason or another the "Latino vote" is markedly distinct from the "regular" vote. If it were not the case, there would not be such a thing as a "Latino vote." Rather, there would just be an "American vote," or, simply, "a vote."

    So if such a distinction indeed exists, why does it exist? What form does it take?

    The answer is that the "Latino vote" is marked by a basic disdain and hostility toward the United States, its sovereignty, and its laws, especially its immigration laws.

    There are a couple of problems with this.

    One, such an attitude is plainly anti-American. Illegal immigration is WRONG. Self-repatriation of illegal aliens is RIGHT.

    Two, if things have in fact gotten to where in order to remain politically relevant Obama and Romney must now bow to this group that does harbor such contempt for this nation, its sovereignty and the rule of law, then we may as well face the fact that the gunless "Reconquista" of America, quietly underway for some years now, is now accomplished.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    re: LDS Liberal 9:18 a.m. Sept. 27, 2012

    But, only 1% of those who apply will be accepted.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    The GOP should be renamed;

    The ABP - the Archie Bunker Party.
    and only grumpy old, white Christian men are allowed.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Gildas LOGAN, UT

    A clear statement of "We don't need no Hispanic vote!"

    Reports suggest the number of eligible Hispanic voters in the U.S. is 21.3 million. Also, it is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Certainly smarter people in the Republican Party don't consider this number to be insignificant. However, comments like " .. but how many Hispanics are here legally and have the right to vote?" is why the Republican Party is toxic to Hispanic voters. Assumptions that all Hispanics are illegal (except those who vote Republican, and there remains a question about them in conservative minds) doesn't endear this growing demographic to a misguided ideology.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    .. but how many Hispanics are here legally and have the right to vote? They would have to be legal citizens to vote wouldn't they? The demographic therefore must surely be overestimated.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    Hispanic voters? The Republican brand is not doing well with every demographic except older voters collecting social security and receiving medicare. For some reason which defies rational explaination, these older voters making up the Tea Party and core conservative support don't understand that these are two government programs. They seem to believe that they are just two private corporate enterprises that they invested in during their working careers.

    And Paul Ryan (under the banner of Mitt Romney's 'Plan For America') makes it sound like he only wants to apply Bain Capital methods to re-structure another "business" for the benefit of the company and its employees. Of course, we all know where that leads. The corporate managers get their golden parachutes, Bain makes millions, and the demand for food stamps goes up except that economic assistance is not part of the Ryan-Romney plan.

    This should create a vast group of underclass to take on the minimum-wage jobs that business will create in an effort to maximize profit and executive pay packages. A low-cost pool of manual laborers may not be good for one's financial future. But it will help Republican election efforts.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    Translation: GOP hurting its future by not caving to activists demanding amnesty.
    GWB made bidding for the Latino vote using legalization an acceptable practice. It is never appropriate to wink at lawlessness through executive order or enforcement priorities. It is pandering for votes, pure and simple.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 3:07 a.m.

    John McCain also got trounced in New Mexico even though he sponsored and "amnesty bill". The reason Republicans have lost New Mexico goes far beyond their immigration policies.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 2:18 a.m.

    A Republican strategy to win in the current election cycle because they don't have their best candidate is to decrease voting by traditional Democratic voters through voter suppression legislation. If they can keep poor people, minorities, young people from voting in critical swing states, they hope to eke out sufficient votes with a strong Republican base turning out while limiting the votes for the opposition.

    However, Romney hit it on the head with regard to dealing with the loss of Hispanic voters in the critical western states. He believes if enough self-deport, there will be fewer hispanic voters in years to come. Since Republicans failed to end the Voting Rights Act of 1964, they need to come up with new and innovative ways to suppress Democratic votes as they see their political party succumb to atrophy and irrelevance.

    According to Mitt Romney, reliable Republican support is down to 43% and falling. Unless current Republicans can have more children and make sure they grow up to be reliable Republican voters, limiting critical thinking skills and science in education and eliminating contact with non-conservative influences is their best hope. However, voter supression legislation and self-deportation is a start.