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Hispanics and the Redistricting “Hype”

The nation is looking at Texas to see how things shake-up regarding redistricting.  Our Hispanic population surged in the last ten years, and because the law requires equal representation, Hispanic communities and regions are up for grabs.  It reminds me of the game where a person stands in a glass closet and tries to catch money blowing around.  They can grab all the cash they can before their 30 seconds is up.

Is that what we’re all about?  Seizing the opportunity to claim territory in high Hispanic regions?  Democrats are fighting for Hispanics like we were pieces of gold, whose statistics, whether legal or illegal, equates to millions of dollars from the federal government.  Sounds like a field day for Democrats, who are experts at getting “theirs.”  I can only imagine how they’re already spending the money.

Republicans have an issue with redistricting because they know Hispanics traditionally vote with Democrats, and they see it as a loss.  Recently, Attorney General Abbott struck a deal with several “Hispanic Rights” groups, giving them two new districts in heavily Hispanic regions.  Take a look at the groups we’re dealing with –  Texas LULAC, MALDEF, GI Forum, The Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center, Hispanics Organized for Political Education (HOPE), the National Organization for Mexican American Rights, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, the William C. Velasquez Institute, Southwest Workers’ Union, and other plaintiffs collectively known as the “Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force.”   Don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  In the end, the deal-making wasn’t enough.

Who’s involved in the “Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force?”  A bunch of Special Interest groups jockeying for their piece of the pie?  Why are they fighting so hard?  What’s in it for them?  I can’t believe they are going through all this for no reason.  They’re up to something, and it stinks.

We Republicans want these districts, but if somehow we got them, would we be able to keep them?  It’s time to ask some tough questions.  Have we been doing enough to include the growing Hispanic population in our Party?  Do Hispanics identify with our Party?  Do they vote Republican?  When we break it down in simple terms, it’s easy to see why we do not have any traction with the community.

We, as a Party, have only pandered to Hispanics, calling on them when we need the votes.  Now, we must have more than rhetoric.  We need solutions and leadership to open new doors and embrace conservative Hispanics.  If we do this, then it doesn’t matter how the districts are split.  Either way you cut it, we should have the message that wins, and the platform that resonates.  In time, with hard work and perseverance, we will prevail.  Key word…”work.”  Without it, we’re just going in circles, fooling each other.

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