Without Change, the GOP Will Die
For many Republicans, Barack Obama’s re-election was catastrophic. They lamented the fact that America had doubled-down on failure; in that claim, they’re absolutely right. Americans voted for a President who oversaw the nation’s worst economic recovery since WWII; they voted for a President who increased our national debt by 60%; and they voted for a President who believes that taxation is the best way to stimulate the economy. America voted for failure.
Despite the monumental mistake that this nation made, however, the President’s victory is the least of my worries. What worries me more is the way in which Mr. Romney lost. Despite what some might say, I am of the opinion that he not only lost, but lost decisively, and looking at the numbers, it’s clear that Hispanics were the deciding factor.
Continuing an alarming trend, Romney lost the Latino vote by an overwhelming margin. In Colorado, President Obama won 75 percent of the Hispanic vote, which made up 14 percent of the state’s electorate; in Florida, he won 60 percent of the Hispanic vote, which made up almost 20 percent of the state’s electorate; and nationally, he won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, which made up 10 percent of the nation’s 2012 electorate. To put these numbers in perspective, if Romney had received at least 52 percent of the Hispanic vote, he would have won the popular vote and undoubtedly the election.
I do not believe, however, that Romney was the problem. The problem was the political party he pledged allegiance to. As my colleagues’ outdated and unappealing positions on immigration repulse Latino voters, I wonder how long it will take for the party itself to collapse. Considering the vast demographic shift that we’ve seen just in the last 8 years, it seems to me that without a concerted effort to attract minority voters, the Republican Party will cease to exist.
This problem can be rectified quite simply, however. As Charles Krauthammer writes, the Hispanic community “should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative.” Latinos, however, have refused to embrace the Republican Party, whose members have chosen to stand against amnesty and the proper treatment of illegal immigrants. Hispanics, despite their evident proclivity toward conservatism, simply cannot vote for candidates who treat Mexican immigrants like second-class citizens.
The answer to the GOP’s “Hispanic problem” lies in one simple idea: amnesty. By changing its platform to support such a measure, and voting in favor of legislation like the DREAM Act, the Republican Party would attract Hispanic voters and end the Democrat’s grip on that vital demographic. Furthermore, such a move would not only be politically sound, but also morally and economically sound. As long-time readers know, I believe that Mexican immigrants are an integral part of our economy and deserve to be treated in a humane manner. Therefore, I oppose deportation and support granting amnesty to all non-violent illegal immigrants.
To conclude, I believe this is the best way forward. After losing on Tuesday, due in large part to overwhelming Democratic support in the Hispanic community, Republicans must come together and make the common sense decision to reach out to Latinos. If we fail to do so, and allow the Democrats to tighten their grip on minorities, the Republican Party will die.