Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, otherwise known as “Big Sis” as a take-off on the commonly used term “Big Brother” to denote big government oppression, has inadvertently admitted that the Democratic Party counts on Mexican immigrants for votes.
Napolitano made the remarks during a discussion with reporters Tuesday, which was sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor and broadcast by CSPAN 2. The Washington Free Beacon reports that in answering questions from the press, Napolitano’s attention was turned to the state of Arizona where she once served as governor.
When asked if she foresees Arizona turning into a so-called “blue state” dominated by Democrats, Napolitano said she sees the same trends in the state that resulted in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada turning blue. Eventually, she said, Arizona will turn blue as well, although in the short term it will be “purple”–a swing state that can go either way.
The reason? Immigration. Or more precisely, the lack of rational limits and restrictions in immigration policy that has allowed millions of illegal aliens into the country while at the same time severely restricting the number of Europeans that are allowed to become citizens.
The wide-open “see no evil, speak no evil” philosophy that has dominated U.S. policy toward the southern border for decades has resulted in quickly changing demographics in the country, particularly in the southwestern states. The result has been open attacks on U.S. culture by some Hispanics who neither value nor respect the American flag and our time-honored principles of limited government, lower taxes, and freedom of the individual. Some of the immigrants have insisted on replicating their culture here, complete with erecting the Mexican flag and demanding “open borders” that would open the floodgates to millions more who seek entrance into the United States.
To be fair, Mexican and Hispanic immigrants who have gone through the proper legal channels to become citizens have become some of America’s most loyal citizens. They work hard and they exhibit solid family values that once characterized most of America but somewhere along the way became lost in a vast sea of multiculturalism and secularization.
The problem, however, is that in spite of the admirable qualities these immigrants have brought to the country, they tend to have a predetermined mindset that favors the notion of big government and the higher taxes that go along with it.
Thus, it is no accident that as the western states have become flooded with Hispanic immigrants, those states have gradually turned solid blue in spite of having once been solidly red.
Napolitano’s argument, therefore, confirms what conservatives have said from the beginning. Democrats oppose voter I.D., sensible controls on immigration, and enforcing existing law for one simple reason — they are counting on immigrants for votes. And they are getting them.
Several holes can be found in Napolitano’s theory, however, when one considers other factors that have contributed to the red-to-blue state phenomenon. The Colorado Model, which Democratic billionaire mega-donors devised to take over the state, is being used in other states, such as North Carolina and Florida. It is a safe bet to assume that this model is also being implemented in Arizona and other states in the region.
In addition, Democratic legislatures at the state level can gerrymander districts in such a way as to insure that Democrats will be elected. The majority party in a state has the power to set districts for state offices. California, for example, has been dominated by Democrats for so long that the districts are configured in a manner that heavily favors Democratic candidates. There is no doubt that this is also happening in Colorado, Nevada, and other states that have turned blue.
But perhaps more importantly non-Democratic candidates have not been adept at reaching out to Hispanic voters. Mitt Romney, for example, rarely spoke to Hispanic groups. And the message delivered to such voters by Republicans and conservatives has not been entirely palatable to those who have immigrated across the southern border.
In order to correct that problem, conservatives can be proactive in seeking out Hispanics and in letting them know that we are actively seeking their votes. We can be successful in this strategy by appealing to those qualities that conservatives have in common with them, such as hard work and self-reliance, the individual initiative to care for our families, the rich religious/spiritual heritage that we share, the aversion to abortion, and other such issues that could potentially endear conservatives to Hispanic voters.
The only point of contention is the big government philosophy. But if conservatives can show Hispanics that our values have always resonated with theirs, which should be fairly easy to do, then it is also possible that we can convince them of the folly of relying on government to take care of us. After all, Hispanics are not the only ones who exhibit an affinity for the notion of the big government nanny state. Europeans are notorious for it. Yet we have managed to convince millions of European descendants in this country of the deadly folly of expecting government to be benevolent once it amasses total power.
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