Leftists scowl in disbelief all the polls tell them that Latino voters are beginning to shift significantly to the right. A survey has been done in Texas to show why this is happening.
In fact, the large Mexican American population of this state loves their country—that is to say, the United States—and they do not respond in any way to the stereotype of angry and resentful victims that the left insists they be.
The left must understand what Texans feel. Texans don’t make claims, and woke attempts to impress upon them that they are being unfairly treated are not only disgusting and hateful, they are also increasingly futile.
It is evident that the Democrats breed resentment.
This is not a new concept. Independent polls have shown that Mexican Americans in the Southwest United States are repeating the same sentiments for decades. The left believed that it could dismantle its “false consciousness” with costly “consciousness” programs.
These are not working. The results of a survey of 608 “Hispanic adults” living in the state of Texas, conducted in February by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, is the best evidence.
When asked if they agree with the statement that “America is a land of freedom and opportunity,” 83% answered yes, while 15% said no.
Respondents also feel very proud to be Texans. In fact, 84% respond affirmatively and 69% state that they feel “very proud.” And they feel even more proud to be Americans. To the question “Are you proud or not proud to be an American?” the results were even better, with 87% to 89% affirmative responses.
The closer you are to the government, the more trust you have in it. 58% trust the federal Government, 62% trust Texas’ state government, and 70% believe they can trust their local government.
They see Republicans as the educational rights party, and that’s great news for them. This conviction is supported more than three quarters (78%) who support school choice that allows money to follow the child, even if they send them to a private school.
Another negative sign for Democrats is the fact that 73% of them recognize that there is an ongoing border crisis. Border security was actually tied at No. 1 on the list of issues they considered important for the Texas Legislature. Both were 1 percentage points ahead of education, while immigration reform was No. 1.
These Texans also worry that it’s getting harder and harder to get ahead in life. 32% of respondents believe the American Dream is less available, while 22% think it is more.
This should not surprise anyone who has taken the time to study the long-term social trends of Mexican Americans in Texas. Although the Texas Public Policy Foundation survey referred to “Hispanics,” 85% of those living in Texas are of Mexican origin. Some are newcomers while others have ancestors who lived there since 16th century.
Nationally, Mexicans outnumber all other groups. They make up 61.4% 62.1 million people considered “Hispanic” by the U.S. census. These North Americans make up 19% of the US population, or almost one in five Americans. This figure has wide-reaching political implications.
There are many inconsistencies being written about the “Hispanic” vote right now. Americans have their reasons for doing what and who they are. If we take a generalization, it is wrong to do this without considering national origin. Even then, cross-referencing should be done by region.
For example, Cuban Americans in Florida’s Dade County have always favored the Republican vote, and the Democratic Party’s shift to the extreme left has accentuated this earlier trend. However, Cuban Americans living in New Jersey vote similarly to their neighbors in the state, electing Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez or Rep. Albio Sires.
Mexican Americans in Texas have their own uniqueness, a reality that is magnified for those who live south from the Rio Grande Valley, the heart and soul of Texan culture. They are Texas: Their cultural imprint is visible everywhere, from the language to the clothing, not forgetting the Tex-Mex gastronomy.
This has been going for decades, if it isn’t a century and half. The Ford Foundation funded UCLA researchers Leo Grebler (Jan Moore), and Ralph Guzman (Rural Antonio) to conduct a study using 1,550 interviews with residents of Los Angeles and San Antonio in the late 1960s.
The Ford Foundation received bad news when the researchers returned to it. The report stated, in part, that “prejudice has been a common topic of conversation throughout Mexican American communities. In fact, saying that Mexican Americans are a “minority” and insinuating that the population is the victim of prejudice and discrimination has upset many, who prefer not to be distinguished from white Americans.”
As I wrote in my book, “The Plot to Change America,” “that survey had found that the lived experiences of Mexican Americans showed that they were not passive victims of structural discrimination, much less racial hatred. They felt that they were masters of their destiny and that they were also responsible for their own failures, something that, according to their own life experience, could be corrected with individual actions (such as dressing and speaking well) and not through group mobilization.”
Anyone who meets Mexican Americans will be able to tell that they are proud of their cultural heritage. This is evident in the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s survey. People who are proud about their heritage are more inclined to want to preserve it than transform it. People who want to preserve it and not destroy it are naturally conservative.
They can vote for Democrats at their local level because the Democratic machine is very powerful, but as we saw in 2020, there are also those who will not vote for Democrats. voted massively for Donald Trump, such as the counties of the Rio Grande Valley.
It is very possible that these voters believe that wokism destroys cultural heritage, instead of preserving it, as when they try to impose the absurd term of “Latinx,” destined to erase any gender distinction, when in English the term “Latin” lacks, precisely, gender.
The work of the woke organizations is not to promote the pride of feeling Latino. They want people to feel offended. It is actually an incitement towards hatred.
Don’t you just believe it? Listen to Voto Latino’s leader. described her work: “The difficulty of my work in Voto Latino is that I am not able to agitate people because many times they are not aware of the enormous damage that the structures in which we have grown up have inflicted on us. But once they start to understand and recognize it, they act and react, fight and run for office.”
The Texas Public Policy Foundation survey is a disaster for them. It confirms everything we knew.
This article was first published in Spanish at FundacionDisenso.org.
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