It seems that there is a political preoccupation
with who will Hispanics vote for president? The Republicans are
obviously worried because political experts have said that without
between 30 to 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, Romney is not going to
win. This worry has given a huge boost to
Rubio is young, handsome, articulate and very bright, and Hispanic, wow, numerous top Republicans including Tea Party followers are ready to hang their hat on Rubio’s VP chances.
But a number of Republican print, radio and television commentators say that the main preoccupations of Hispanics are the economy and jobs just like any American and thus they will vote Republican, because Obama has not come through on his promises to fix the economy, improve education and create jobs.
However take note that those who give us those opinions are mostly if not all, non Hispanics. It seems that they have not bothered to go beyond the surface of what Hispanics consider just as important as the economy, education and employment an other issue of which Republicans are sorely devoid of providing and in fact abuse - respect.
A segment of the Republican right has made their life’s mission to perpetually insult, discriminate and, make it clear that Hispanics do not merit respect. This negatively affects the entire Republican Party mainly because party members (including Hispanic members), in the middle say nothing and do nothing to stop the onslaught of insults aimed at Hispanics under the cover that they are talking about illegal immigrants; while all brown skinned Hispanics are subjected to those insults and draconian legislation introduced and enacted into law by Republicans in various states, engulfing Hispanic citizens and legal permanent residents with abuse of their constitutional and civil rights.
Considering Marco Rubio as the messiah, who will bring together Hispanics into the Republican fold, is yet one more insult in the main ethnic group within the all inclusive name ‘Hispanic.’ The gorilla in the Hispanic community is the Mexican-American by a huge margin, were they at all taken into consideration when Rubio’s name was being promoted for VP? No.
Not withstanding this snub, would Mexican Americans
warm up to Rubio? It would be a hard sale. First, because he will be
seen as the ‘token’ to lure Mexican-Americans (and other Hispanic
groups, mainly from
An additional and major consideration is that Rubio
is Cuban-American whose Spanish is as spoken in
All Hispanic groups have a great deal of respect
for Cuban Americans and what they have been able to accomplish since the
This is far different than the majority of