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A Fierce Competition for Hispanic Votes

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on January 10, 2022

Since March of 2021, and the Republican National Party have been locked in a fierce competition for a strategic political alliance with Hispanic-Americans. The Republican Party views Hispanics as the key to their efforts to install white "minority-rule" in America over the next two decades., a leading news service for Independent voters, wants to usher Hispanic voters away from the plantation politics of the two major parties and into a new haven for Independent voters.

The National Democratic Party is somewhere in the mix. Today, Democrats seem to be mired in a non-stop effort to stabilize President Joe Biden's sinking approval rating as he sleep-walks through his presidency. Vice President Kamala Harris seems to be no help because she fills her days following Biden around like a star-struck groupie. Democrats naively believe Hispanics will automatically turn to their Party because of America's racist past towards migrants of color from the Caribbean Islands, Central, and South America.

The ugliest episode in American history was "Operation Wetback", a 1954 U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service program where 1.3 million undocumented Hispanics were rounded up in California, Arizona, and Texas, placed in railroad cattle-cars, and deported to Mexico. Undocumented white migrants from the same countries were exempt from "Operation Wetback's" mass roundup and deportation.

Republicans Have Decided that Hispanics Represent Their Best Options for New Voters

For all practical purposes, Republicans have largely abandoned their outreach to black voters in significant numbers. They believe their future rests with Hispanic voters.

Since March 2021, has engaged in permissible First Amendment outreach activities that are designed to register Hispanic voters, provided education on the power and influence that flows from block voting as political Independents, and prepared to get the vote out on election-day for the 2024 U.S. presidential election. We work these outreach activities all day, every day.

Unlike African-Americans, Hispanics are not diffident as a result of 400 years of slavery in America. Hispanics are very politically active.

A Decline in the White Population Fuels Republican Competition for Hispanic Votes

According to the 2020 census data, the total white population in the United States shrank below 60%. In 1980, 75% of the U.S. population was white. Falling birth-rates and rising deaths have produced a unique situation where the white population had more deaths than births in the last decade.

The U.S. population grew by 7.4% over the last decade to 331 million Americans. Hispanics account for 51% of this ten-year population growth.

Those under the age of 18 totaled 73.1 million people, or 22.1% of the population in 2020. More than 47% of the under 18 population are non-white children and teenagers.

Today, Hispanics represent the dominant minority ethic group, with 62 million people or 18.7% of the U.S. population. African-Americans account for 41 million people, which represent 12.4% of the population. Americans who claim two or more races in any combination (a/k/a the multiracial U.S. population) account for 33.8 million people. Additionally, there are 20 million Asian-Americans, which represent 6% of the population. Finally, there are 3.7 million Native-Americans, which represents 1.1% of the population.

At its current rate of decline, the white population will drop below 50% by the 2040 census. Political efforts during the Donald Trump presidency to stop or slow the "browning of America" have failed. These efforts included: (a) banning abortions in the hope of boosting the white birth rate; (b) building "The Wall" along America's southern border to keep migrants of color out of this country; (c) separating migrant children from the parents; (d) curbing applications for political asylum from migrants of color; (e) increasing the incarceration of Americans of color; and (f) ramping up the execution of death sentences in capital cases, which impacts defendants of color in a disparate manner when compared to white defendants.

The Republican Plan

In 2020, the National Republican Party began implementing a strategic plan for prolonging white political power in America as the number of whites in the population continues to decline. First, Republican-controlled states would purge black voters from the voting rolls in massive numbers in a fashion similar to what Confederate states did after post-Civil War Reconstruction ended in 1870. Second, Republican-controlled legislative bodies would gerrymander legislative districts at every level of government to gut black political influence nationwide. Third, Republicans would essentially pick and control black elected officials by financing their campaigns with 501(c)(4) corporate PAC money. Fourth, Republicans would use their control of multimedia programming to redefine "success" for blacks from the traditional business professional and entrepreneur to a narrow zone of rappers and sports stars. Fifth, Republicans have perfected the art of minting non-controversial, diffident "Negroes" who have no real-world leadership skills or political power or influence.

Republicans believe, and rightfully so, that they can engage in the disenfranchisement of millions of black voters because Democrats will not protect them with new voting rights legislation. Republicans believe that their plan, coupled with strong backing from the most conservative U.S. Supreme Court since the 1857 Dred Scott Court, will effectively decimate the political power of black voters on the national scene.

Republicans have hitched their political fate to a new, sophisticated, low-key program to capture a majority of Hispanic voters. It's a tough sell, but a necessary one because most whites are uncomfortable with close socio-economic relations with the growing Hispanic population for several reasons. First, most whites do not speak Spanish and they dislike not knowing what Hispanic-Americans are saying in their native languages. Second, many whites only know Hispanic-Americans based on the negative way they are portrayed by demagogues, opportunistic politicians, and Hollywood movie producers as drug dealers, gang members, domestics, day laborers, and unworthy migrants who want to rape white women, steal personal property, peddle illegal drugs, and/or take jobs traditionally held by whites. Third, the birth rate for Hispanic-Americans vastly exceeds the birth rate of other ethnic groups primarily because the overwhelming majority of Hispanics are Catholics who believe children are a gift from God.

For the first time, Hispanic voters have a viable political option beyond life on a Republican or Democratic plantation. I want to work with them as a longtime political Independent.

IMAGE: Long lines to vote outside Texas polling location

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