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Section A: General News


Editorial: Why would a Hispanic vote as a conservative Republican in 2012?




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September 21, 2010 | 2,381 views | 42 comments

Recently, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked how any Hispanic could be a Republican. Several of my close personal friends have asked me the same question since I am a conservative Republican, and a Tea Party member and supporter.

My response is simple on several levels. First, I believe in God and in public prayer, while Democrats don’t support public prayer. In fact, I am shocked at President Obama’s comment last year that the United States is no longer a Christian nation. The vast majority of Americans are Christian and of those who are, most attend church.

The President’s remark was wrong, and yet no Democrat elected official, including Henry Cuellar, Ciro Rodriguez, or Charlie Gonzalez, contested the comment.

Furthermore, I believe in the sanctity of life, while Democrats support abortions. I believe a child should be taught morals at home, and not sex education at schools. I believe morality is the foundation of a civil society. Democrats seem to “trust in the arm of flesh” rather than in God.

I believe in free enterprise and self-determination, while Democrats want big government, which to me means more and higher taxes. A government that can give you everything can also take it away.

Because I am Hispanic, many think that immigration is an important issue to me; however, it’s only important to the extent of securing the border. I am an American first, and I am offended that non-citizens demand rights in my country when they have broken the law to enter it. I am concerned about the security of my country, and I believe Mexico (and other Latin nations) should take care of its own citizens in their native land.

Another reason that I am a Republican is that I believe I can make my decisions about life and money and other personal issues. I don’t need the government to “protect me” and “take care of me.”

History has shown that Democrat political bosses, such as Boss Tweed in New York City and George and Archie Parr in South Texas, used the poor and uneducated to help them maintain political and economic power. Lyndon Johnson created the “War on Poverty,” which only led to more people being dependent on the government. It created an entire industry based on service to the poor. No, thanks ... I don’t need the government to give me anything.

Finally, it may be difficult for most liberal Democrats and Hispanic activists to understand, but I am not so socially insecure that I see “racism” around every corner. I feel responsible for my own actions, good and bad, and for the results of those actions. When something goes wrong in my life, I don’t blame “los gringos.”

It is sad that race, ethnicity, and income are used by Democrats to divide our nation. Instead of inspiring people to achieve, Democrats tell people that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are beyond their control and that they (government) must help them. Democrats may seek to help Hispanics in South Texas, but all they do is retard their personal growth.

I could go on, but suffice it to say that I am a Republican because I love America and what it stands for. I love the principles of personal freedom and self-determination. I believe that people should be taught good principles, and left to govern themselves.

Rodriguez, a resident of San Antonio, is the chairman of the Juan Seguin Society, a conservative Hispanic organization. His father, Eduardo Rodriguez, worked at the Floresville Chronicle-Journal for 20 years before he retired in 1976.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Monica Quiroga  
Floresville, TX  
September 28, 2010 10:16am
 
Yo soy Mexicana, y bien orgullosa que soy Repulicana tambien. Trabajo duro, creo en nuestro Dios, y cuido a mis ninos cada dia. Translation***I am a hispanic female , and proud to be Republican as well. I work hard, believe ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
September 27, 2010 8:17am
 
Why do you think signing on with a different name, as if someone cares, makes your points any more right? You think that there's some kind of safety in numbers? Its pathetic. You're a partisan hack who doesnt really ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
September 27, 2010 5:41am
 
Why do you think signing on with a different name, as if someone cares, makes your points any more right? You think that there's some kind of safety in numbers? Its pathetic. You're a partisan hack who doesnt really ... More ›

 
Juwanna Duit  
Poth  
September 26, 2010 10:39pm
 
You have to know something first, fool.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
September 26, 2010 9:54pm
 
Why would we need a moderator? Just a conversation.

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
September 26, 2010 9:46pm
 
This discussion needs a moderator.

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
September 26, 2010 9:34pm
 
Obama He has parental alienation issue's and if he's jealous of his half sisters Sasha and malia. Are you Kenyan or Hawaiian

 
Alvin Charmaine  
September 26, 2010 4:16pm
 
I wonder if 4th generations daddy is Obama He has parental alienation issue's and if he's jealous of his half sisters Sasha and malia. Are you Kenyan or Hawaiian

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
September 25, 2010 10:32pm
 
By all means shoot be an email we can meet and discuss

 
Alvin Charmaine  
September 25, 2010 7:01pm
 
Obama is fantastic and Allah is great

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