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  • Morning Bell: Hispanics and the 2012 Election

    After last week’s Republican primary elections in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., the 2012 presidential primary season is reaching an inflection point, and eyes are turning toward America’s final decision on Election Day in November. While pundits and pollsters speculate on the horse race and who will capture the hearts and minds of the American people, one segment of the electorate is garnering increased attention — Hispanic Americans.

    It is, to be sure, a population that continues to grow in size, voice, and importance. In the 2008 election, Hispanics turned out in force — 9.7 million Hispanics voted, and those numbers are projected to grow to 11.8 million to 12.2 million in 2012, with particular importance in presidential battlegrounds such as Colorado and Nevada, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

    Last May, President Barack Obama spoke to Hispanic voters in El Paso, Texas, and delivered a highly partisan speech on immigration reform where he chastised his political opponents and their views of border security. In July, the President reached out to the Hispanic community at a gathering organized by The National Council of La Raza, where he again attempted to use the issue of immigration as a wedge issue, casting conservatives as being anti-immigration for their opposition to illegal immigration.

    The President’s effort in appealing to Hispanics is not surprising given how that population has suffered under his economic policies. Clearly, he sees there is work to be done in order to firm up his base. From 2005 to 2009, median household wealth among Hispanics fell by 66%, compared with a drop of 53% among blacks and 16% among non-Hispanic whites; the unemployment rate among Hispanics in March was 10.3 percent, compared to 8.2 percent among the broader population; and between 2006 and 2010, the poverty rate among Hispanics increased more than any other group, from 20.6 percent to 26.6 percent, all according to the Pew Hispanic Center. And a majority of Hispanics believe that the economic downturn has been harder on them than on other groups in America. It’s not surprising, then, that Hispanics rank jobs, not immigration, as the number one issue in the 2012 election. Additionally, 56 percent are dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed.

    None of this is to say that any one ideology has an iron-clad lock on Hispanics’ loyalty. In fact, among registered Hispanic voters, 35 percent say they’re conservative, 32 percent view themselves as moderate, and 28 percent describe themselves as liberal. What it does mean, though, is that conservatives have a compelling message for the Hispanic community and a case that needs to be made.

    And what is the liberal message? They say Hispanics are victims in a racist and unfair society and need government to give them protected status. Is this an inspiring message for the latest group seeking to realize the American Dream and get on the ladder of success?

    On the issue of immigration, conservatives have always recognized the need to have more legal immigration. Illegal immigration, though, ignores all the law abiding individuals seeking to legally obtain their citizenship, while others illegally flout the system.

    Conservatives must make the case, too, on the issue of jobs, enterprise, and free markets. Like all Americans, Hispanics are suffering high unemployment rates, joblessness that has gone on too long, and stagnant home values. The promise of the President’s big hand of government — the trillion-dollar stimulus, Obamacare, and his mountain of regulations — has not delivered a better life for any American, Hispanic or otherwise. Meanwhile, America’s debt continues to grow, and future generations of all backgrounds will be saddled with the burden of having to cover the costs of the checks the President is writing today. Conservatives, on the other hand, call for a government that lives within its means, empowers the people, and lifts burdens from job creators so that they can grow and thrive.

    The Heritage Foundation’s Spanish-language website, Libertad.org, communicates The Heritage Foundation’s policy analysis and research to a Hispanic audience that prefers to read in their first language. Its goal is to educate a growing community about conservative ideals and how limited government — not big government — can help them achieve the American dream.

    Hispanics are an important and growing part of America’s fabric. Those who immigrate to the United States are in pursuit of a better life, and they want to be rewarded for the fruits of their labor, just as any other American would. They’re a growing political voice, too, and they should hear the message of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Those concepts are vital to ensuring a strong future for all Americans, no matter their heritage.


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    47 Responses to Morning Bell: Hispanics and the 2012 Election

    1. Gary says:

      ….all so true, but how do Republicans effectively communicate hispanics (and everyone else for that matter) are being led over the cliff?? It takes an effective message and an even better communicator. Morning Bell is "singing to the choir" but the party needs clearly heard alarm bells going out to independents and minorities. I'm not sure we have someone who can do it.

      • tucanofulano says:

        Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

        "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

        Theodore Roosevelt

      • LDommel says:

        MY MESSAGE: We are a land of LAWS if we do not uphold our laws we will become MEXICO. If SOMEONE breaks our laws they are punished by the requirements layed out. This has NOTHING to do with MEXICANS, it's about upholding our laws and NOT BECOMING corrupt MEXICO. WHAT DON'T THEY GET ABOUT THAT? We as AMERICANS respect and want our country to have LAWS that are upheld so we do not become like the country they came from!!! We do not want laws being picked out and upheld or not because we become CORRUPT and the thugs will rule us!!!

        • Bobbie says:

          But how do we stop the law makers from their corruption? Everyone was equal under the laws of America. Now being redefined!!!!

          We were a land of laws now it's become a land of OZ! Everyone under their own socialist set of rules deemed by paid unconstitutional government conditioned ignorance!

    2. Jim Buzzell says:

      Lets get it right, first if we are United States citizens we are Americans first, then if we choose to identify with our ethnic heritgate that comes second; so I am an American-Italian, and the sooner we get back to identifying ourselves correctly the better for our divided nation of the Progressive Movement to put everyone in camps.

      • tucanofulano says:

        “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
        ? Theodore Roosevelt

        • Bobbie says:

          as far as "he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else" is a definite word game for today's independent socialists and their skill to influence misinterpretation. "He shall be compliant equally with the law" everywhere else he's on his own. But because of failed and weak leadership from the past and present, today we have laws skin color coded so there is no law equally enforced without careful government discrimination because the government feels not everyone is capable of minding ones own business so the law is circumvented for skin color appeasement. It's SICKENING that Obama would suggest the laws were written for white people only? when there is no specified race or skin color mentioned! Like people that aren't white aren't expected to follow! He's insulting, mentally deranged, deriving tensions when mention from this is imposed by government not by the people.

          Americans aren't going to get along when laws are divided and enforced discriminatingly.
          Just because some men that wrote the laws happen to have been white doesn't mean they didn't respect all men so to suggest laws written so "some" men couldn't follow them is mind altering inferiority! Immigration wouldn't exist! Common law and the American peoples' constitution is how Americans of every humanity, gets along! America is wrongfully led by a promoter of self victimization.

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        I would have to be identified as English/ French/ scottish and Danish American, since my English ancestor came on the Mayflower, French to escape the religous persecution, scottish from Cromwell sending them here as indentured servant, Munro's< and Danish from my father, Icoose to be just an AMERICAN WITH a wide interest in the making of this country.

    3. B Skinner says:

      Conservatives have always believed we need more legal immigration? Really? Not this conservative, and I don't think most Americans believe we need more legal immigration. Have you ever heard of Tom Tancredo? The time for mass immigration is over. Do you see open frontiers? Does LA need one single person more? We particularly don't need mass immigration while our national cohesion and faith in our Founding Fathers is withering away. Good grief!

      • Rick says:

        I agree with B Skinner. With 12 million plus, unemployed in this Nation, we need to close our borders and insist our unemployed work for the welfare they receive. Pandering to any group, using my tax dollars, is unacceptable. We have no jobs for the immigrant in the foreseeable future. It's time for the HF and conservatives to speak with a loud voice regarding this issue.

      • KHM says:

        @BSkinner, You took the words right out of my mouth. First, people should come her legally and go through the process. Second they should want to become Americans and learn the prevailing language-/English. Even our level of legal immigration is too high. With our current economic situation we cannot have such huge numbers entering legally and illegally. If you enter Mexico illegally you can be jailed.
        I think maybe those of Hispanic heritage, other than La Raza followers, may see the damage O has done to them and will either not turn out in such numbers as in '08 and some will even vote Republican. Zero can no longer count on them to be such a big bloc vote. Also taking on the Catholic church probably didn't help Obama with those who are active in their faith.

      • JohnLeeHooker says:

        I don't agree – the US should welcome highly skilled immigrants who will contribute to the technological progress and growth of the country. It is a waste to have PhD/med school grads come to the US and then return to their home country.

      • Bobbie says:

        I think the key word is "legal" but I don't agree we need more. It should be the freedom of choice of the foreigners without American government obligating tax paying accommodations. That sends a message of sincerity.

    4. doris jessemey says:

      Hispanics hold well paying jobs more than we make in the school district 80K a year. Don't tell me they are working in the fields. They are holding down jobs just because they are bilingual and when they get into those jobs they are not qualified otherwise to hold them but they are taking away jobs from other Americans in the meantime. Your comments, we should feel sorry for the Mexicans, I am sorry I am just not buying it. And as far as the vote come 2012. All of them should be showing ID to make sure they are eligible to vote ..

    5. Canthaveitbothways says:

      How can "his opponents" view on immigration be racist? Suddenly, Hispanicans are "white" in view of the George Zimmerman case.

    6. Whicket Williams says:

      obamalot and the libs keep missing is Legal Hispanics don't want illegals here, so he will lose their vote

    7. Greg V says:

      Well said. I agree.

    8. @gobz says:


      I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Inspiring. Thank you.

    9. Morton Friedman says:

      I will posit that literacy in English is the biggest problem that Hispanics face in gaining meaningful employment in the USA. Without it many doors to advancement are closed to them. Does a Spanish language website help? Hardly. It merely exacerbates the problem. The schools are fundamental in providing a meaningful change. I am not talking about so-called Higher Education, but a crying need to revert to the three R's, and getting away from the public schools as institutes of indoctrination. I find it an abomination that one can become a citizen, a voting citizen, without a capability to use English, and then we pander to that populace by posting in Spanish at our election locations.

    10. John C. Davidson says:

      At some point in time politicians should start treating everyone as an American who has legally established themselves. Catering to people bent on unlawful behavior makes most of us mad.

    11. Ken Jarvis says:

      Murdoch is going after the Latino Vote
      he has a web site –
      Fox News Latino – http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/money/2011/02/18
      It is part of Fox news, Fox Business, Fox News Radio, Fox News Latino, Fox Nation.
      Murdoch’s Empire is the Voice of the GOP

      • Murdoch is "going after the Latino vote"? I don't see you point. If you read the article at your link, you learn that these radio stations are simply playing Latin music, with NO political discussions at all.

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    13. Carol, AZ says:

      Yes, the Latino community and their vote is part of the fabric of America.They built the west and other areas of our country for decades Many are ranchers in AZ, want total border protection, their livelihood cmpromise everyday. La Raza ( the race ) is not represented of the Latino community.
      Rarely defined correctly: It's the SP, KKK and a militant organization that's anti-American, using extortion and intimidation on their own race.They were very effectively as the strong arm, by unionist to incite rioting during the circus like atmosphere for passage of, SN-1070 here in AZ. They were bussed-in, by unions from CA. La Raza exist by private funding and this has tripled under the Obama administration, rarely exposed to the rest of America outside of the West. The danger of Obama to pander to this group, and the DOJ, recently slamming another lawsuit on AZ for having the voter I.D law is the ugly story here.
      Obama will take any means necessary to get the illegal vote.
      The established Latino population realize they are being extorted as a race of citizens_ by our own govt.

    14. Tony H. says:

      Come hell or high water, Hispanics vote 2-to-1 Democrat. Perennially poor groups vote for the big government party. Period. Republicans can't face reality.

      • Carol, AZ says:

        Your correct poor people typically do vote Democratic..
        Here, the bigger issue is the blatant discrimination from, DOJ to use any "warm body" , of "any ethnicity," for votes, in 2012.This old style ugly racism defiles all races that are legal citizens registered voters.

        AZ estimates, ~ 400,000 illegals, are still living here from ~ 128 counties around the world.
        We voted on and passed Voter I.D law, in AZ and have had the law for some time.
        In another desperate act to block States Rights , the DOJ has come after all states that have the law with a huge Hispanic base.
        MY question is: Does your State have the law and if not, why not.?

    15. toledofan says:

      I think we have to enforece the current laws and secure the borders immediately. No more questions asked and then decide once and for all how to deal with those that are here already. But the key is to start doing the heavy lifting to bring the problem under control, now. It's pretty clear to me, the Arizona debacle shows what the problems really are, indicated that as long as the Democrats control the Whitehouse and the Congress, not much will be done. The governemtn will just give more lip service, make more race baited speeches and continue to do more of the same. Now that's the hope and change Obama brings.

    16. Victor Barney says:

      It all depends upon who these Hispanics are? Hispanics from Cuba have been great for the workforce, as well as, many other Hispanics from third world countries. However, I know that this president will NOT WANT anybody wanting to WORK even to be here! He want's and has even promised to destroy u.s. No, this is not his father's Kenya, the only other Republic in the world at the time before it was overthrown into Marxism through Obama's father. TELL ME ABOUT OUR CIA/FBI? DUH! By the way, WELCOME TO THE EVIL EMPIRE! I guess that's ONLY if YOU consider our CREATOR EVIL and SATAN enlightened, right? I wonder if our more verbally endowd women even care, let alone know about Obama's father overthrowing the only other Republic in the world. Just saying…

      • Nuula says:

        Please research the Treaties of North America, broken, the Slave Trade, War of North & South, lets jump ahead in time to Guatemala, then Cuba, then Afghanistan, etc. etc, etc……then get back to me? PS.. Obama is not his father. Completely different entity. I need to shush before I lose patience. We see differently, is all. Sanctions are placed for one reason only, and NO it's NOT Obama imposing sanctions. That dirty work belongs to……… "your governing forces of a select few", sad to say.

    17. Pappap42 says:

      How about just running for the American vote only.

      • J. Gerant says:

        Heritage Foundation had a workable essay/plan about making Hispanics fully functioning U.S. citizens, or not.. The current animosity is unnecesary and acomplishes nothing. Thank God we still have people who want to be here. We need more of this group as they will energize our culture and future in a world of declining and aging populations. They want the same things we do and are willing to work for it.

    18. O2BMe says:

      I don't think most people hate Hispanics. They just want the borders closed so that when we send a crook back to Mexico or wherever that they don't just come back the next week. Closing the border also slows (probably nothing will totally stop) drug and gun traffic. I don't understand why there can't be work permits for the people already here or who come later legally. Companies like Microsoft get them for people all the time. I don't think anyone should be forced to become a citizen, but if the don't they shouldn't be allowed to vote. they should vote in their home country. As for English, it is to their benefit to learn it because it will increase their earning power. If they are here legally on work permits they would be paying taxes like the rest of us.

    19. Belleboy says:

      If Conservative/Republicans have to pander to any ethnic groups than all is lost. As I see it, we must convince "minorities" that Obama's Marxist/Socialist goals will destroy America and the American dream.

    20. dodger says:

      I believe the majority of LEGAL Hispanic immigrants are not in favor of ILLEGAL immigration or amnesty. From comments I've read, they feel that if they had to do it legally, so should the others who want to come here. By the way, the comment about most conservatives being aware of the need for "more legal immigration" needs to be re-examined. All who are concerned about immigration, both legal and illegal, should go to numberusa.org and watch the short "gum ball" video (you'll know it when you see it) that explains how immigration is overwhelming the country.

    21. guest says:

      The legal Hispanics the repubs have a good chance with, the illegal ones will vote in massive for Obama. why don't we get control of our federal laws so we don't have to worry about the rapid growth rate, or we will have Harry Reids and Obama in indefinitely. And how about we demand Voter ID all the way to the supreme court? we all know darn well Harry Reid didnt win that election by American Citizens, first thing Harry did was offer amnesty when he got back in. we must demand Voter ID or the Mexican Illegals will all vote for Obama by the millions

    22. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Until 1932, blacks voted Republican. Hispanics could change their votes if they woke up and saw that the Democratic Party wasn't the party for them. Cubans, most of whom are anti-Castro, vote Republican. It's the
      Dominicans, the Mexicans, Guatemalans, Panamanians, Colombians, Puerto Ricans, and other Hispanics, that
      the Republicans have to attract.

    23. Bobbie says:

      It's embarrassing this government singles out Americans by skin color or race! How do they come up with percentages without fudge? Why does the government in control promote the idea that people who aren't white are inferior, as a good thing? How disgustingly deplorable to show the acts of government control to protect one man over another because of skin color or ethnicity, using money from the other! The President and his government select, show to be the source, instigators and promoters of the racism that does exist!

      Degrading America is to have any ethnicity appreciate this government exploitation and even lower of the President to lead the exploit. God Bless the good of all people Obama lays heavy sacrifice on purpose. God Bless the strength of all good people that comes in every color from around the world and in America, to challenge themselves to the equal opportunity America (provided?)s?,) once had!!! God Bless those who respect those whom haven't given a reason to be generalized but actually promote and respect the good of the mind and thinking of all individual people of any and all ethnicity…
      God Bless America!!!

    24. Jose Luis Lira says:

      Latinos who continue to support Pres. Obama, should be very concerned about giving their vote .. again, to re-elect a guy who has failed to keep his word or promise to them. No excuse. Obama had the best opportunity to comply to his campaign promise on the issue of immigration reform when the Democrats held both houses of Congress, And the truth is that, anything that he may say or promise this time around .. with a Congress, more divided than has ever been; the Latino voters cannot afford to believ on Obama's promises. "Fool me once .. shame on you; fool me twice …… you know the rest.

    25. brit77 says:

      For every Hispanics and black the Republicans kiss up too, they loose at least two votes from the conservatives or independents.Remember centrist John MC Cain.

    26. Robert4america says:

      NO mexican, NO african, NO italian, NO nothing, ONLY AMERICAN. english speaking, law abiding, GOD loving americans…period….end of conversation…

    27. LDommel says:

      I believe the message to the Hispanic on ILLEGAL immigration should be told to them as we the amercan citizen feels WE ARE A LAND OF LAWS, do they want us to be like Mexico where LAWS mean nothing? We must enforce our laws to continue our way of living and not allow the underground criminals to RUN our country as they do in MEXICO. DO THEY NOT GET THAT. They do not want America to become like the country they left and it will if we do not enforce every law on our books equally. We can not pick and choice the laws because u become a corrupt country like MEXICO. WHAT DON'T THEY GET ABOUT THAT??? THEY NEED TO GET REAL and understand the LAW means ALOT to us!!!

    28. Diane Clay says:

      Please be clear with your definition of Hispanics, not to be confused with Latinos. There is a difference.

    29. Guest says:

      No sabeis lo que decis y el idioma en el que lo decis no tiene ninguna importancia, porque eso no borra in la ignorancia ni el prejuicio, ni sabe medir el corazon y los deseos de la comunidad Latina.

    30. Joan from Dallas says:

      Stop pandering in other languages. Hispanics will need to be proficient in English if they plan on raising themselves up, passing high school, finish college, and have a job in the ever growing global workforce THAT IS learning English. We are not doing them any favors and our country cannot be split.

    31. irish1919 says:

      Hispanics for the most part are conservative fiscally and socially. I cannot see why the democrats get most of their votes. A vote for democrats is a vote for continued servitude. The democratic party is the party of Reid and Pelosi today. It is a party of no to individual liberty and yes to tyrany. How could any true patriotic American who believes in people and not big government continue to vote for these people? I guess their are many in this country who feel they are entitled and have absolutely no intention to ever fend for themselves. This is not a hispanic issue but rather an American issue.

    32. Janice says:

      There is no body who is getting ahead with the Obama regime, except the Hollywood scene who support him and
      who don't have to work in the real world.

      • Bobbie says:

        Hollywood scene AND the government elite. Obama does protect his own!!…unfairly at everyone elses expense!

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