Democrats, Republicans and the Latino vote
Arnoldo S. Torres writes in “Vida en el Valle”:
I continue to be surprised about the credit that several blogs, political talk show analysts and the political media give to candidates who advertise and reach out to the Latino community. Many of them often write and refer to these efforts as if the candidates and campaigns directing them have a real interest and commitment in interacting with the Latino voter and community. Yet when you look beyond the sound bites, images and posturing, you find that the candidate knows very little about the realities and problems that confront Latinos. Most of the time they deal with a set of preconceived notions about Latinos, a stereotype of the community and voter.
With Democrats, they approach the Latino community by criticizing Republicans for not caring about the socio-economic conditions of Latinos and always speak about their insensitivity and xenophobia about immigration. They stress their support for bilingual education, social programs and always warn Latinos that Republicans are against them. With Republicans, they stress their commitment to economic development through support of small businesses and they highlight how their party values are consistent with the values of Latinos — commitment to family and belief in God. They speak about how government over-regulates the economic arena, that they are the party that can help Latinos maneuver the government process. They have begun to stress that they will reduce taxes, create more jobs and through this Latinos will realize the “American Dream.”