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“A Hispanic in Support of the Republican Party”

As Published in  TIEMPO Newspaper

There’s been a change in Republican politics in McLennan County. In case you missed it, local Republicans elected a new Chairman to run the Party. Ralph Patterson, software development businessman, and Lorena resident, became the newly elected Chairman in the Primary election last month, and his vision for growing the Party is a good sign for McLennan County residents.

I realize the majority of Hispanics who vote in McLennan County are Democrats, and I don’t blame them for having loyalty to the Democrat Party. Republicans, for the most part, have been absent from the community, focused more on reducing taxes and balancing the budget. In many ways, Republicans have been there for the Hispanic community, but in a different way. Because we weren’t in the neighborhoods, Hispanics felt abandoned, but in reality, it was the Republicans who helped create the boom in Texas by allowing businesses to thrive, without being taxed into submission.

Wouldn’t you agree Texas was least affected by the recession? Why is that?

Republicans have led when it comes to the issue of LIFE, and abortion. We stand with the Catholic Church, who feels the Obama Administration is forcing them to violate their principles by providing contraception to employees. We oppose Obama Care because it is unfair to force us to pay for insurance, or pay a fine. Now, we find that Obama’s healthcare plan is nothing more than an elaborate Tax scheme shoved down our throats. We have allowed the Liberals to infiltrate our Public Education System and Universities, filling our children’s minds with their agenda, and now, we’re paying the consequences.

Today, a nineteen year old thinks he should start a job in management. He thinks he’s owed special treatment, and gets his feelings hurt when you don’t ask him nicely to do something. They don’t understand what it’s like to earn their way into management. Instead, they quit, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

I see young people everywhere, struggling to get jobs, frustrated and annoyed with life. Many drop-out of school, and eventually, they give up and say, “I was dealt a bad hand…this is where I’m supposed to be,” settling for a mediocre income and a lifetime of struggle.

One thing I’ve learned is, we are where we are because of the choices we make. Sometimes it’s hard for us to accept that. We say, “I don’t want to be broke, with a car about to break down and not enough money to buy my kids new clothes for school!” But, when we think about it, we do. We continue making decisions that keep us trapped, stuck in limbo between success and failure.

What does it take to change ones course? Is it possible to pull ourselves off one track and place ourselves on another? Of course it is…but first, we must decide to do so. We must come to grips with the reality of our situation and decide to take control of our lives. Fathers and mothers, no one is coming to offer the high-paying jobs, we need to prepare ourselves to go and get them. It is our responsibility to ensure our children are prepared.

Do we want our families to enjoy the finer things in life? Of course we do. Do many people in our own community frown on us when we achieve some success? Of course they do. Does it matter what others say about us? Do we care what others say? I certainly don’t. No one pays my bills for me, and I don’t expect anyone to take care of me.

Problem is, too many young people are being conditioned into thinking they deserve success. As if it’s just going to come to them. But it won’t…not until we make the switch and decide to control our destiny.

So how does this all relate to politics? Simple, the course set by Democrats has led to extremely high unemployment rates in the Hispanic community, high drop-out rates and a low percentage of Hispanic students going to college. Sure, Democrats have constantly advanced the idea that they were the Party of the “average guy,” but their policies have proven to do just the opposite. Instead, the Democrat Party has shifted away from Godly principles and into a dark side; many no longer recognize or care to associate with.

In the end, it comes down to one thing…a decision. We either decide to accept things as they are, or we decide to improve our lives and loosen the shackles that have held us back. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, while expecting different results. If Hispanics always vote for Democrats, our community will never change. But, if we make a bold shift, and bring our voting strength with us to the Republican Party, we will open the world for our children, and begin a new journey. No empty promises…just the offer to work with you and resolve our issues together.

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