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Why Democrats are losing their grip on minorities

Why Democrats are losing their grip on minorities

Most folks would agree that Democrats play the race card a lot.  They create a stark difference between themselves and the Republicans – basically creating a straw man argument.  To make themselves look good, Democrats must distract from the issues — and then dishonestly demean and malign Republicans.

Democrats have arbitrarily created a homogenous class of “people-of-color” as the victims of Republican racism.  Of course, there is no such demographic group as “people-of-color”.  Search as hard as I may, I cannot find a “people-of-color” restaurant.  I do not know their religious affiliation … the customs … their culture.

And calling them victims may be a stretch.  Indian people-of-color is the highest income group in America – topping Whites.  Other Asians – Chinese, Japanese, etc. – also do quite well.

And that is the Democrats’ first mistake.  For purely political purposes, they are lumping together folks with very different backgrounds, traits, customs, and cultures.  And food.  (🡨That is always important to me.)

It is no small irony that the Party that proffers the importance of “identity” is the same Party that obliterates it. In the progressive world of Democrat philosophy, you cannot be Puerto Rican or Mexican.  You must be Hispanic or Latino – or in their case the ridiculous people-of-color.  You cannot be Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese.  You are Asian – and just another subgroup of people-of-color. You cannot be Egyptian, Ethiopian, Ghanian, Jamaican (like my daughter), or Haitian.  You are a person-of-color. Ironically, you cannot even be German, Italian, or Polish.  And you cannot be people-of-color.   Folks like me are simply “White.”  

And the last thing the left will allow you to be is … American.  The left does not believe in assimilation.  Assimilation makes it harder – virtually impossible – to pit groups against one another for political advantage.  Through assimilation, we retain – to some degree – our historic antecedents as we evolve into the common culture.  That is the last thing the left wants to see happen – a common culture.

The far-left Democrats (pardon the repetition) and their media cronies see the political world as a conflict between Whites and people-of-color – except for the Whites who control the Democratic Party, the social media platforms (minus one, thanks to Elon Musk) and the major news industry.  According to Democrat orthodoxy, the only Whites who are not racist as those who rule over people-of-color like plantation overlords.

So, Democrats give us a world in which White progressives are the caretakers of people-of-color against White Republicans who are oppressors of people-of-color.  But there is a flaw in their strategy.

Not all people-of-color are Democrats – or liberals.  In fact, not all those Democrats designate people-of-color are people-of-color.  Many are White.  Most Hispanics think of themselves as White.  AND … there are a lot of Black Republicans, Hispanic Republicans, Asian Republicans and Native American Republicans.  During the Trump years, the GOP enjoyed a seven percent gain among Asians.  Despite the best efforts of the Democrats and the leftwing media to paint all Republicans as outrageous racists, more and more people-of-color are switching to the GOP.

We see the evidence of that in recent elections.  President Trump – who the left sees as the poster child of racism – actually garnered more Black and Hispanic votes than did such establishment Republicans as George Romney.  There are more Republican minority officeholders and candidates than ever.  Recent polls are picking up on a significant shift to the Republican Party among Hispanics – and they are the second largest ethnic group in America.  

So, why are Democrats losing minority voters?

The most obvious answer is that all those Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans are not monolithic even within their demographic designation – and too diverse to be lumped into the left’s people-of-color blandness.  In short, the various minority groups are not believing the Democrats’ propaganda.  Many do not like being stripped of their ethnic identities and cultures only to be homogenized into an artificial, meaningless and featureless people of people category.

It is also the issues.  Democrats assume that all their people-of-color agree with the leftwing agenda.  The left assume that Hispanics want open borders because most illegal border-crossers are Hispanic.  The fact that the gangbangers and drug cartellians are setting up shop in Hispanic neighborhoods – and committing their crimes against fellow Hispanics– does not compute with Democrats.  

Democrats push for defunding the police – a policy of White liberals and black elitists.  The folks in the ‘hood are asking for more police protection.  Minorites are among the strongest supporters of Second Amendment gun rights as a means of self-protection.  The want better schools and school choice.

In addition, the minority population is realizing that Democrats have been all talk with few deliverables. The segregation of Black and Hispanic minorities continues – as do the oppressive conditions in those Democrat-created and maintained ghettos.

Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans have come to realized that for all practical purposes, the left’s people-of-color grouping focuses largely on Blacks even though Hispanics are almost twice the population of Blacks. Inclusion of the other groups is merely an attempt to pad the anti-conservative, anti-Republican narrative.   It is a smoke-and-mirrors strategy.

Democrats are likely to keep losing the minorities because they do not understand the dynamic.  The Democrat White establishment – in partnership with an elitist Black class that profits from race baiting – are losing credibility on a wide range of public policy issues –and especially the claims of serving the interests of average Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans.  

The cause of greater minority support for Republicans can be fairly debated.  But the fact that the shift is to the GOP at this moment seems indisputable.  We will have to see how this plays out in the 2022 midterm elections.

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.

12 Comments

  1. frank stetson

    Didn’t you already write that minorities fled the Democrats before the last election? Why the rehash? Do you repeat yourself to make it true, repeat yourself to make it true?

    “Search as hard as I may, I cannot find a “people-of-color” restaurant. “ Funny, when I goggled that, all sorts of black-owned restaurants came up plus many stories of restaurant racism against people of all types of color, or for Larry —- alleged, probably falsely, by non-white Democrats. Funny that you of all people would have troubles with this concept.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=people+of+color+resturant&rlz=1C1CHBH_enUS923US923&oq=people+of+color+resturant&aqs=chrome..69i57.6725j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    “And calling them victims may be a stretch. Indian people-of-color is the highest income group in America – topping Whites. Other Asians – Chinese, Japanese, etc. – also do quite well.” Wow —- so rich non-whites can not be victims or racism because of income levels? Tell that to a young Asian in a Mercedes….. New selling point: ”yeah, the car will save you…..” Heck, this stuff is so ingrained we have stories about it, DWB jokes, and stuff like this from Reddit: “A black man is driving his Mercedes when he gets pulled over by a cop. The cop asks him for his license and registration and begins to question him about his car. “Where’d you get the money to buy such a nice Benz?” The man replies, “I’m a specialty surgeon, I enlarge assholes.” Skeptical, the officer asks more about the procedure. The man explains, “First you work a finger in, then two, three, until you can get your whole hand in…then you do the other and slowly pull and work the rim until you can get a foot in for more leverage, then both feet and pull and stretch it until it’s about 6′. The cop asks, “What the hell do you do with a 6-foot asshole?” The black man replies, “Give it a badge and a radar gun”.

    It’s not funny that it’s funny, right?

    The rest of your story wanders around, says little, conjectures much, and has a few really stupid lines like: “Democrats push for defunding the police.” This is just not true and you know it, you weasel worded it, and you went with it. Weasley lump all Dems together lose the plain speak to CYA. The correct phrase would be “a few Democrats push for …..” Like a handful in Congress. That’s it for Congress Larry, and you know it: a hand full.

    Or “Minorites are among the strongest supporters of Second Amendment gun rights as a means of self-protection” which seems to totally disagree with PEW:https://www.pewresearch.org/2011/01/13/views-of-gun-control-a-detailed-demographic-breakdown/

    And PEW in later years: https://www.abc10.com/article/news/community/race-and-culture/gun-control-in-america/103-f1d4a331-2d6a-47fb-8d5d-762c78bb3f46

    I am guessing you have another source, or some more weasel words, to make your incredible claim?

    So, you said it before, you said it again, it wasn’t true before, it’s not true now. Sure, some minorities have defected from the Democrats; some of which is due to the homogenization you noted which, IMO, is stupid and inadvertently racist, and therefore adding to the alienation they may feel. But some whites have defected from Republicans, most of which is due to Trumpublicans like Larry or Trumpublicans even more extreme and their divisive views. (How do you like generalizations and stereotyping now Larry? :>)

    Fact is Democrats would be hard pressed to show minority improvements, there is no where to go but down. Likewise for Republicans and the white demographic, especially if Larry is right. I, for one, hope Larry is right about this, more right than he is about Trump. I would love to see Republicans have policies that are inclusive rather than their current tighty-whitey righty win/lose platform of racial divisiveness while constantly bringing up Lincoln and the Southern Democrats as the only laurels they can rest upon. Show us the money today folks; you got nothing.

    Meanwhile, remember this —– while all Republicans are not overt racists, the vast majority of overt racists vote Trumpublican, if they vote at all.

    Remember this: For four hours, Trumpublicans shut down Congress preventing the certification of our next American President after attending a Donald J. Trump misery rally and being goaded to go to Congress and get wild. “‘We won this election, and we won it by a landslide” he told them. They planned; they were prepared. “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore” and they fought like hell and now they don’t have their freedom. “‘We are going to the Capitol” and off they went while Don went to watch it on TV and to do absolutely nothing about the clusterfuck he spoke about minutes before it occurred. Now over 823 people are charged, all Trumpublicans. Eleven have been charged with seditious conspiracy, the top charge. Over 270 have pleaded guilty. Only a few have gone to trial, all guilty, guilty. This is Trump’s Legacy. This is The Big Lie’s consequence.

    Never forget this party, it was “wild.”

    • Ron

      I’m just waiting for the greater numbers of ghetto scum to be prosecuted for looting and burning. Not gonna happen. But us home and business owners have a damned good remedy. You print about the Trump supporters but not a damned word about mob violence from the ghetto trash

    • larry Horist

      Frank Stentson …. do you hit the bottle before you write?

      • Joe Gilbertson

        It’s weird. Sometimes he will make a statement that is cogent and makes sense. But rarely two in a row. Maybe he needs new batteries…

        • Frank stetson

          Pot kettle big lie believer.

          I get some control on your website. I am tired of people‘s both in my name. That’s how you lost Ben, Apparently the only names you can protect are yours and other conservatives. But you ain’t biased…

          • larry Horist

            Frank Stetson … We have not lost Ben. He has changed his screen name — repeatedly. Maybe that is why you have the impression of several critics. Check out Beven nation.

        • beven nation

          “Talk, it’s only talk
          Arguments, agreements
          Advice, answers
          Articulate announcements
          It’s only talk

          Talk, it’s only talk
          Babble, burble, banter
          Bicker, bicker, bicker
          Brouhaha, balderdash, ballyhoo
          It’s only talk
          Back talk

          Talk talk talk
          It’s only talk
          Comments, cliches, commentary, controversy
          Chatter, chit-chat, chit-chat, chit-chat
          Conversation, contradiction, criticism
          It’s only talk
          Cheap talk

          Talk, talk, it’s only talk
          Debates, discussions
          These are words with a D this time
          Dialog, duologue, diatribe
          Dissention, declamation
          Double talk, double talk

          Talk, talk, it’s all talk
          Too much talk
          Small talk
          Talk that trash
          Expressions, editorials
          Explanations, exclamations, exaggerations
          It’s all talk
          Elephant talk
          Elephant talk
          Elephant talk”

          Belew/Bruford/Fripp/Levin – King Crimson

      • Telinger mOnk

        What’s Frank been smoking? He’s so full of shit his brain is smothered. As a black man, I find no humor in his racist comments

      • Frank stetson

        Are you still beating your wife?

      • Frank stetson

        Why bother being cogent? You usually respond with some sort of a inane commentary like this.

        Or you say, everyone knows it look it up. You don’t dialogue, you diatribe.

        Just like you did this response, you just say I don’t make sense and move on. Easy peasy. Or you generalize with some negative on how I’m just like all the other Democrats. And then you move on.

        I no longer write to discuss with you, to dialogue with you, it’s a useless endeavor to attempt to engage. Just like all the other Trumpublicans, you are not able to discuss because you have nothing to discuss except conspiracy, lies, and on truth. You are a bogus actor. Just like all Trumplicants, you talk integrity and act out of the gutter.

        Nope, it was a good post. You’re just a dick.

        • Frank stetson

          Yep, I have five other people, and they all said you’re a dick too . Must be true.

          I see your tidy whitey brother has leaked theater offense too. Nothing like a little gangbang on a liberal to brighten up your Mother’s Day. Wonder what they call a couple of Dicks that like to hang out together…

  2. Ben

    Minorities are realizing that they aren’t as stupid as the democrats say they are