Thursday, November 8, 2012

Heather MacDonald on Why Hispanics Vote Democrat

Hopefully ALL of you... my regulars, I'm speaking to here... know who Heather MacDonald is.

To anyone who doesn't... she's one of the most brilliant social scientists out there - right up there with Charles Murray.

In any case... you NEED to read her latest piece:

The call for Republicans to discard their opposition to immigration amnesty will grow deafening in the wake of President Obama’s victory.

Hispanics supported Obama by a margin of nearly 75% to 25% and may have provided important margins in some swing states.

If only Republicans relented on their Neanderthal views regarding the immigration rule of law, the message will run, they would release the inner Republican waiting to emerge in the Hispanic population.


She's being sarcastic, my friends... keep on reading...

If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only immigration policy stands between them and a Republican Hispanic majority. It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation.

Exactly! Hispanics as a demographic sub-set of the population are by upbringing... by socialization... Left of center when it comes to American political (and social - more on that later) orientation!

Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election.
And California is the wave of the future.

And if that doesn't terrify you... then you're simply either ignorant... or else - as I noted in prior commentary concerning "what sort of person votes for Barack Hussein Obama" - you are a sincere Leftist who believes an America transformed into a European Social Welfare State (at best!) or a second or third world nation (at worst!) is "fundamental change" to be encouraged.

A March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration.

Hispanics as a demographic sub-set are simply not big fans of capitalism. It's that simple. This is not a "charge," let alone an "insult," rather, it's simply what the survey research tells us!

Reality... is... reality...

Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds - “it favors only the rich.” “Republicans are selfish and out for themselves; Republicans don’t represent the average person”– compared with 7% who objected to Republican immigration stances.


I spoke last year with John Echeveste, founder of the oldest Latino marketing firm in southern California, about Hispanic politics. “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.”

The disconnect is that... (Keep reading...)

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.

Hispanics simply do not socialize into mainstream society as did Italians, Irish, Germans, and other demographic sub-sets have and thus represent an overall burden to the modern American welfare state.

Nearly one-quarter of all Hispanics are poor in California, compared to a little over one-tenth of non-Hispanics.


Nearly seven in ten poor children in the state are Hispanic, and one in three Hispanic children is poor, compared to less than one in six non-Hispanic children. (One can see that disparity in classrooms across the state, which are chock full of social workers and teachers’ aides trying to boost Hispanic educational performance.)

Besides the huge financial cost, there are huge social costs! (Yes... I'm talking about crime...)
The idea of the “social issues” Hispanic voter is also a mirage.

A majority of Hispanics now support gay marriage, a Pew Research Center poll from last month found. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rate is 53%, about twice that of whites.

Folks... that's a society killer - 53% illegitimacy. (And off the top of my head I believe black illegitimacy is around 73%).

The demographic changes set into motion by official and de facto immigration policy favoring low-skilled over high-skilled immigrants mean that a Republican party that purports to stand for small government and free markets faces an uncertain future.

Folks... America faces an uncertain future - at best. When MacDonald notes that the Hispanic illegitimacy rate of 53% is about twice that of whites, she fails to note that when we take "class" into account, the "poor" and "working class" white illegitimacy rate is now up to 40%... not all that far behind the Hispanic illegitimacy rate... which is itself 20-points behind the black American illegitimacy rate.


Anonymous said...

While most people have been focusing on the large Hispanic vote, I beleive the bigger issue was the low turn-out of Republicans in the election. I believe I saw one report that said Republican turn-out was higher in 2008 when super RINO John McCain was running. As the Monty Python boys say, always look on the bright side of life. So here it is... If Romney had won, we wouldn't get a chance to elect a "real" Republican president until 2020, now we can elect a real Republican in 2016. Jim DeMint anyone?

William R. Barker said...

Yes, low Republican turnout was the proximate cause of Romney's loss... in the sense that all sorts of various math scenarios could have come in to play and this one definitely DID come into play, but the point of this particular post... MacDonald's point... was that in terms of winning the Hispanic vote, one needs to understand what it is the majority of the Hispanic population wants and then Republicans have to decide how to respond.

My response? We reach out to Hispanics... to black Americans... to legal immigrants... and instead of pandering we tell them the truth... we seek to aid them to fix their communities (yep... self-segregation is VERY real) and JOIN with us in supporting the American Creed... the American Ideal.

If I were a Republican elected official I'd ALWAYS be reaching out to the "minority communities" as well as any community which could be labeled dysfunctional in order to try and effect positive change in BEHAVIORS... in MORALS... in ETHICS...

Anonymous - if you haven't yet read Charles Murray's "Coming Apart" I strongly urge you to do so.

Oh... (*GRIN*)... and as for Jim DeMint... God BLESS the man and God DAMN the Boehner/McConnell RINOs!