Jorge Ramos and the Cruel Myth of the ‘Latino Vote’

By Stephen Herreid Published on January 19, 2016

This month, Univision Network’s Jorge Ramos accused Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio of “disloyalty” to Latino-Americans, since the two Latino presidential candidates are pro-border security. While Ramos may be dedicated to fighting racial prejudice against Latinos, his own language is far more racially charged than the rhetoric of either Cruz or Rubio.

In fact Ramos clumsily takes Cruz and Rubio to task precisely for not acting their race, so to speak, and even chides them for not being like other Hispanic politicians:

[L]ook at how Luis Gutierrez and Nydia Velazquez — Democratic representatives from Puerto Rico, or Cuban-American Republican lawmakers Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and brothers Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart have defended the undocumented in the past.

Ramos seems to start with the assumption that Latino politicians must all stand for the same monolithic interests, regardless of Party affiliation. “Of course, the fact that a candidate is Latino doesn’t mean that Latino voters will automatically vote for him,” Ramos states. “On the contrary, Latinos actually demand more from a Latino candidate.” Presumably “Latino voters” will demand the candidate conform to Ramos’s notably progressive idea of what a Latino candidate should be.

A 2014 NBC poll indicated only 43 percent of Latino-Americans supported President Barack Obama’s proposed executive action on amnesty for illegal immigrants. Fully 37 percent of Latinos opposed amnesty, and one could argue that Latino-Americans had more motivation to oppose it than most, and for the same reason why many white Americans did: for fear that a vast influx of unassimilated foreigners would further destabilize a nation already suffering from cultural decay at the hands of a big government, which would only grow bigger with millions of new citizens to accommodate.

What is more, Hispanic politicians are far more likely to belong to the Democratic Party than Latino-Americans are as a whole. For example in 2014, almost 90 percent of Hispanic State senators were Democrats, while only 62 percent of Latino-Americans voted Democrat.

But to the extent that Ramos’s view of the “Latino voter” prevails, what sets them apart from their white fellow citizens is not that they are more progressive. Rather, what sets Latinos apart is that they are hit much harder by the cultural decay that progressivism propels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanic babies are more than twice as likely to be aborted as the unborn children of white women. Latinas are more likely to be impregnated out of wedlock than any other women in the country. In 2012 the United States Census Bureau reported that 31 percent of Hispanic children are being raised by single parents, compared with 21 percent of white children. According to Pew Research Center, the Latino poverty rate is well over twice that of American whites. Also according to Pew Research Center, both native- and foreign-born Latinos in the U.S. are losing their Christian religion at an alarming rate.

For Latinos who are Christian (still nearly all of them), and concerned about growing threats to religious liberty, Biblical morality and family life, the chance to vote for a pro-family, small-government Christian Latino candidate in the 2016 presidential election is an unprecedented blessing. The fact that Latinos have the luxury of choosing between two such candidates in the GOP primary is truly extraordinary.

No ordinary American can be surprised that a Jorge Ramos, a Mexican-born atheist living in Miami, would differ from a Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American evangelical from Texas. What is ironic, and even amusing, is that Ramos himself seems to be surprised and bewildered that the two first Latino politicians within arm’s reach of winning the White House are so different from himself. So much more like many Latino-Americans than he — Christian, patriotic, and devoted to the wellbeing of the American family.

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