June 10, 2009

WHY WOULD THE RIGHT WELCOME SUCH PEOPLE?:

GOP can reclaim the Hispanic vote (RAUL DANNY VARGAS, 6/10/09, Politico)

Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in the country. By 2050, we are projected to swell from 15 percent of the population to 30 percent (132.8 million people). Non-Hispanic whites will shrink from 66 percent today to only 46 percent in 2050. The effect beyond 2050 will be even larger. In 2050, 62 percent of children are expected to be minorities, up from 44 percent today, with 39 percent being Hispanic and 38 percent non-Hispanic white.

The Hispanic population’s political clout will also increase commensurately. We cannot expect to win elections with just Southern whites, seniors and ultra­conservatives. Barack Obama’s success among Hispanics in 2008 helped him reshape the political landscape.

So where do we go from here? Can we win back Hispanic voters? In short, the answer is yes, but it will take some work. Hispanics remain generally more conservative than liberal, they are very entrepreneurial, they are extremely patriotic and serve in great numbers in the armed services, and they are typically more optimistic than the general population.

The core values of Republicanism still resonate among most Hispanics — things like family, faith, freedom and opportunity. Core principles also ring true, including personal liberty, individual responsibility, human/civil rights, national security, economic prosperity in a free-market economy, limited but effective government, fiscal responsibility, limitless opportunity for all, traditional values and a respect for the family as the foundational element of society.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2009 11:37 AM
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