By now you know that Trump won the Presidential election. This makes me feel good about our country. I am one of those Latinos, specifically Chicanos, who believed we were disenfranchised by the Democratic Party. As a younger Chicano, I always voted Democrat, that was just the way thing were. But as I started maturing, I also started asking the right questions. I wondered what the Democratic Party had actually done for me. I am not asking what the Democrats alleged they had done for immigrants from Mexico or other countries, I am speaking about we who were born in the USA with Mexican ancestry.
The Democrats whined about how much they loved the immigrant, but they totally ignored, yea, even shunned, the Chicano. We are United States citizens who are also proud of our American heritage. We have argued for many years that we do not want open borders which allow drug cartels to be able to send their poison across to our children. We do not want criminals crossing the border wantonly and committing crimes against our fellow citizens. We do not want an easy means of entering the US by possible terrorists who may want to impose violence against us. We are those Latinos who voted Republican, and therefore for Trump. The Democrats had shown us that they were not going to hear us, much less care about those things we hold dear.
When the smoke is cleared away, we will find that Latinos (Chicanos, Mexicanos, Mestizos, or whatever we call ourselves), voted in higher numbers than predicted for Trump, because we no longer trust the Democratic Party. I wrote an article ( a while back) where I urged the Republican Party to wake up and embrace everyone in a different way than they had until then. I now send the same message to the Democratic Party, stop being blind and focusing only on those emotional issues you have been prioritizing.
Stop lumping us into the same pile of crap as all the other people you also care less about. Latinos do not equate with Homosexuals, just as African Americans do not equate with the LGBT community. Latinos and Blacks have a proud culture of people who love God, believe people should work, prefer a job over a handout, and believe in these United States. As long as you continue to paint us with a broad paintbrush of inclusion, you also disregard and ignore what makes us who we are. We believe in the life of the unborn child. We love life. We don’t care what homosexuals do, in the privacy of their own bedrooms, but their sexual lifestyles should not be impose on the majority population of the United States. We don’t want to stop them from what they choose, but we will not accept being forced to live with their decisions.
The Republican Party did not defeat the Democratic Party in this election. It was those of us who did not fit well into either party that made the difference. Only a fool would look at the present Republicans and say they are the same as those from previous elections. Trump fought, not only against a vicious Democratic machine, against the political elite, against corrupt career politicians, and against fully funded slandering agents, but he fought against the Republican insiders. Many of us never felt welcomed by the standard Republican Party of yesterday. It felt too White and exclusionary. Now the Democratic Party is the exclusionary party, you want only those who agree with the lies which are perpetuated.
Many of us who voted for Trump are those people cast away from the Democratic Party. We will never return, as long as Democrats continue with the losing rhetoric. As with the pre-Trump Republican Party, I say the same to the present day Democratic Party, change or be left behind.