The New Pope, or Why the Republican Hispanic Outreach Will Continue to Fail

The new pope’s ardent focus on poverty will undermine any efforts by GOP to reach out to Latinos, who care a lot more about poverty than abortion or gay marriage. When the Catholic church had a conservative white pope, the GOP had hope that he would encourage Latinos to vote more conservatively. Now Catholics have a Pope that is consistently and persistently focusing on the negative effects of poverty.  He sounds more like a socialist than a capitalist.

GOP efforts to defund food stamp programs will hurt poorer Latinos, but they will also offend the Latino Catholic belief that you shouldn’t abandon children, the elderly, the poor and the downtrodden.

Most Latinos are not fans of Ayn Rand, and it is her brand of antisocial, anti-family, predatory capitalism that is worshiped by the GOP. Her views on poverty and capitalism will more likely offend Latinos rather than woo them to the GOP brand.

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  1. GOP efforts to defund food stamp programs will hurt poorer Latinos, but they will also offend the Latino Catholic belief that you shouldn’t abandon children, the elderly, the poor and the downtrodden.

    Unless, they’re low IQ roaches/rats swarming into the US taking our jobs and culture. (note: sarcasm, not my true feelings) 😆 It’s sad the world is so hateful now, that even compassion is looked down upon. However, the immigraton and free trade policies of the elite class have lead to this situation.

  2. Most Latinos are not fans of Ayn Rand, and it is her brand of antisocial, anti-family, predatory capitalism that is worshiped by the GOP.

    Except when so many white and black Americans view Latinos as predators, taking all the jobs.

  3. I’m not a Christian just an outside observer, but it looks to me as if the prosperity doctrine so popular among evangelical protestants is borderline heretical.

    1. Its not just borderline heretical, it is heretical. But most American Catholics believe it too. Its sort of an American religion masquerading as Christianity.

  4. Dear Robert

    One of life’s mysteries is why so many ordinary Americans vote for the Republicans, a plutocratic party that is clearly committed to making the rich richer. One explanation may be that old-stock white Americans have imbibed the myth of the American Dream, that is, the optimistic notion that anybody can be financially successful as long as they have sufficient economic virtues such as diligence, persistence, prudence, foresight and frugality. If people sincerely believe that, then they will see poverty as the result of personal inadequacy and have little sympathy for the poor. They will also blame themselves if they aren’t prosperous.

    Not many foreigners believe such optimistic nonsense. When they arrive in the US, they will not immediately change their thinking and become true believers in the American Dream. As a result, they will be immune to Republican propaganda. They will much rather vote for a party that offers social programs for the majority than a party that proposes tax cuts for the wealthy.

    The Republicans are in a bind. If we assume that they will never get more than 1/3 of the non-white vote, than their share of the white vote will have to increase as the white percentage of the population declines. When white voters will be 60% of the electorate, the Reps will need to get at least 62% of the white vote to win a majority. The future for the Reps is grim. As more and more Americans realize that the American Dream is just that, a dream, they will not vote for the Reps anymore.

    It is true of course that economic virtues matter, but they can bring wealth only to those who have the right talent as well. Moreover, the economic climate has to be right. To believe that all people can be rich if only they have the right virtues is like believing that everybody can win a race as long as they train vigorously enough.

    Regards. James

    1. Perhaps though the goal of the American dream isn’t necessarily to become rich, but maybe also middle class.

    2. BUT! Isn’t their behavior in their own country responsible for them needing to come HERE to STEAL a better life, rather than EARN one in their own country?

      What kind of religion is it where AMERICA must pay the dues of the foreigners by the MILLIONS, if not pay for their whole COUNTRY’S economic mistakes? America can’t, and even if we COULD, why SHOULD we?

      And all Republicans have to do to save themselves is undo the Immigration Suicide Act of 1965!

      1. You must not forget ep-gah that American assholes pushed free trade on Latin America. If your some poor Latino driven off his land by monopoly farming, cheap imports etc.., then what other choice do you have? That true especially when, after going to the cities (in the third world), you still can’t find anything. These are desperate people with families, much like those you’d see on The Grapes of Wrath

  5. Steve Sailer has been on this. When George W. Bush was President, the Republicans did take a fairly large percentage of the Hispanic or Latino vote. Sailer pointed out that this was entirely due to the large number of Hispanics living in Texas. In Texas, all voting groups vote more Republican, apparently just due to being in Texas. The gap between White voters and Hispanic voters is the same as elsewhere, but this means in Texas a significant chunk of Hispanic voters do vote Republican, and this affects the nationwide statistics. But this is not translatable outside of Texas. The only other Hispanic group that might vote Republican are Cuban-Americans living in Florida.

    By the way, Sailer advocates that Republicans just concentrate on taking larger and larger shares of the White vote, which is a coherent strategy, though in the long run it hurts a party to write off entire demographics and regions (and in the real world they are not doing that).

    1. Didn’t Sailer also write that the Republicans are FINALLY getting why immigration MIGHT be a bad thing — but in context of what’s bad for the PARTY, not what’s bad for the COUNTRY?

      It still “counts” if they do a good thing for the wrong reasons, right?

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