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Latinos saying “adios” to Democratic Party

Latinos saying “adios” to Democratic Party

Since the 1960s, the growing Latino community has aligned with the Democratic Party.  Among the Spanish-speaking (and Portuguese-speaking) Americans there have been differences.  Cubans have leaned to the GOP.  Puerto Ricans have associated with Democrats to a greater degree.  Mexican have mostly split.

In recent years, there has been a notable shift to the Republican Party.  It is an important shift because Latinos comprise 18 percent of the population.  They are the largest minority population in America.  By way of comparison, blacks represent 13 percent of the population, Asians 6 percent — although the fastest growing with Latinos a close second.

A shift to the GOP would be an unmitigated disaster for the Democrats.  It could literally put them out of business as a national party – relegating it to a bi-coastal regional party.  Without strong support from the Latin community, Democrats cannot control either chamber of Congress – and their current control is razor slim.  Democrats would be incapable of electing a President of the United States.  And without a hold on those offices, they have zero chance of restoring a liberal Supreme Court.

Let’s look at the numbers.

President Trump won 32 percent of the Latino vote in 2020.  That was the highest percentage for the GOP candidate since President George W. Bush.  A recent Quinnipiac poll shows that among the Latino community, President Biden’s approval rating is an anemic 24 percent – even lower than his overall dismal approval rating of between 35 and 39 percent, depending on the poll.  That is not a “shift” in sentiment.  That is a “hemorrhaging.”

So, why the shift? 

Part of the trend is based on the universal non-racial issues.  Latinos – as much as most Americans – are concerned about inflation, gas prices, crime and employment.  But that is only part of the motivation to switch to the GOP.  Latinos are a major group within what the left calls “people-of-color.”  And that is the problem.

If you follow the Democrat’s language when talking about people-of-color, they are predominantly talking about Black issues and Black opinions.  Democrats treat their people-of-color as a homogeneous group as if there is no distinction in culture, issues, and opinion between Blacks and the other minority groups the left lumps into their arbitrary people-of-color demographic.

The first pushback comes from the fact that most Latinos have never thought of themselves as people-of-color in the traditional Black sense of the term.  Other than those who descended from slaves, most Latinos consider themselves as … White.

While the Democrat left tries to package all non-Whites into their people-of-color mishmash, the groups are too distinct to coalesce on command.  Latinos are not only different than Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans, they rightly feel that they are left out of the Democrats myopic focus on Black issues.  Latinos have no reason to feel they fit in the overarching amalgam of people-of-color – and same with Asians and Native Americans.  It is not a hostility, but a general lack of commonality.

The distinctions within the people-of-color designation are more than skin color.  There are fundamental cultural differences.  Latinos hold more conservative religious values.  They ascribe to strong family values.  They are more likely to oppose abortion and a lot of the lefts gender fluidity issues.  They tend to be small business entrepreneurs.  

Latinos are not in favor of open borders as Democrats seem to believe.  Those living in the Democratic Party-controlled barrios understand that the drug cartellians and gangbangers who embed in the migrant caravans come to their neighborhoods to ply their criminal trades.

Latinos also live in large numbers along the border – and the overwhelmed border agents are mostly Latino.  They see and feel the problem of mass border crossing.

If Democrats believe that the millions of migrants crossing our border will be a future solid block of Democrat voters – as many do seem to believe – they might be badly mistaken if you look at the actual voting trends in the Latino community.  Many of the arriving migrants have stronger conservative values than their American counterparts.

There is worse news for Democrats.  Even though their losses are worse among Latinos, they are losing ground in both the Black and Asian communities.  Not sure what is happening with Native Americans.  The pollsters tend to ignore them.

With the nation being so divided on partisan lines, it does not take a lot of shifting – one way or the other – to switch the balance of power.  At this point virtually every major ethnic group in America is trending toward the GOP – some a little bit and some quite a bit.  But it is another indicator that the Republicans will do very well indeed in the November midterm election – and beyond.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Rat Wrangler

    Why aren’t these minority groups creating their own political parties? Any student of history knows that neither the Democrat nor the Republican Parties have done much for the poorer 90% of the American citizens, and minorities overwhelmingly fall into that group. A predominately minority Party, be it Latino or Black, that offers a plan to improve the lot of the poorer Americans in a fair and equitable fashion might attract votes from Whites who are not part of the wealthiest 10% or in favor of the Corporate America that moved jobs overseas in the name of profits. Now, more than ever, we need viable third parties, as we cannot depend on either of the two major ones to help out the majority of American citizens.

    • Ted

      All of that falls back on the democrats

      • Ben

        Wow Ted, you don’t believe that Republicans, like Senor Larry, are not responsible for this migration?

        Harsh man, very harsh.

        • Ted

          They are seeing what a stupid party that the democrats have became And they don’t like Biden’s cages

        • larry Horist

          Ben…. You are not familiar with the Push/Pull Theory. The Democrats push them away with their terrible policies and the GOP pulls them in with our more attractive policies. Either way, the left losses.

          • Ben

            Sounds like a plan to me! Like I said, you got us coming and going, it’s all over I guess. We’re so terrible and you are so attractive. I especially like the body armor and AK’s so many of your attractive policies like to wear.

            Luckily we still have the 12 million illegal aliens voting for us.

            And the cheating. You still can’t even find it, much less catch us, oh yeah, we still got that working for us. I would say, in spades, buy apparently you have that one covered too. Man, you guys are good, Amazing you couldn’t pull of the coup.

            Funny how Open Borders, whatever that means, is working for you. I am guessing it was your plan all along.

            No wonder we are paying off all those student loans, it’s the only voting base left to us. Oh, the horror of it all. Guess we will spend 2023 impeaching Joe Biden. What fun.

            Congrats on your win by killing us all. Ain’t war great? Makes me want to toss my burger at the wall, grab the steering, wheel, and head down to the Capitol.

  2. larry Horist

    Rat Wrangler … The easy answer is that our system does not enable third parties. Through law and tradition we have created laws and barriers to third parties — especially when it comes to major offices. The only thing third parties have done in the past 150 years is to cause the defeat of the party to which they are most closely aligned. The Bull Moose party defeated Taft. The Dixiecrats led to Eisenhower. Ross Perot helped defeat Bush. The Green Party candidacy of Ralph Nader defeated Al Gore in Florida and cost him the presidency. The libertarians have never done the same in many election. A party based primarily on race would be a disaster for America.

    I also would disagree that neither party has been beneficial for minorities. Just look who rules over the places where blacks and Latinos are segregated and oppressed — impoverished, unemployed, under-education and killed. Those facts are beyond refutation. And which party championed civil rights in the 1960s? It was not the Democrats. But that is a much longer discussion.

  3. Ben

    Yeah, Larry sees all. Latinos are leaving, Blacks are leaving, Asians are leaving, Jews want Jerrod, even White young progressives are fed up. Last commie committee meeting I attended, it was just old white guys with Masters Degrees. Turns out abortion bans, insurrectionists, supremacists, are all the rage amongst minorities.

    Like I said when Larry announced the great Black migration to the elephant, it’s all over for the Democrats. Unless Republicans shoot themselves in the Scotus, we don’t have a chance. Makes me want to toss my burger at the wall, grab the steering, wheel, and head down to the Capitol.

  4. Ted

    Illegal immigrants voting is voter fraud

    • Ben

      Thank you Captain Obvious.

      Sarcasm is lost on the braindead.

      • Clifford mckinney

        So why do you keep posting?

        • Ben

          Another Captain Obvious moment: isn’t your question really: “why do you keep reading my posts?”

          • Clifford mckinney

            For laughs