Harry Reid, Hispanics, and Identity Politics

Jenny Erikson

jenny eriksonOn Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?"

Well, I don't know how anyone can vote based on identity politics. No one should vote for one party or another because they're Mexican, black, female, or a circus carnie.

I'm not a Republican because I'm a blonde California mom that drinks too much Coke Zero. To say that is to say that Republicans treat my kind of people and other minorities differently than they treat other groups.

The fact is that every single person in the United States is a minority, and impossible to fit into a little box. Statistically speaking, I'm young and a woman, so I should vote Democrat. On the other hand, I'm pro-life and a homeowner, so I should vote Republican.

Democrats love women, but hate anyone against abortion. Democrats say they want kids to get a great education, but then deny the access to it by not allowing school vouchers. How is one supposed to align themselves with a party based on identity politics, when every person is a unique individual made up of a little of this and a little of that?

Republicans don't play identity politics because they don't need to. The truth is, Republican Party values are better for everyone, not just select groups of people.

Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) weighed in on Harry Reid's comment:

"The truth is the fundamental issues ... are no different for Americans of Hispanic descent then they are for anybody else, and that's economic empowerment and the desire to be able to live in a country where if you work hard, not only can you do better for yourself, you can leave your children better off than you were."

Leslie Sanchez shares a similar sentiment in the introduction of her book Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other:

"There is nothing more American than our entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to dream big dreams and take big risks. It is precisely this ideal -- and the prosperity it has engendered in the United States -- that has attracted millions of Latino immigrants in the last 30 years ... No tax hike or wild-eyed feminist rant has ever helped a single immigrant family success in this country."

Harry Reid wonders how Hispanics could vote Republican?

Republicans don't care about minority groups. They care about everyone. Can Democrats say the same?

P.S. Because I know that some people will jump down my throat over some of the Republican representation in office at the moment, I'd like to take a moment to point out that I'm talking about party values and ideals, not individual politicians. Go ahead; reread the article if you don't believe me.


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