“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” – Marcus Aurelius
Why do people love the term “being on the right side of history?” They love it because it implies that at this current moment, they know what’s best, that they are prescient. Telling someone “We are on the right side of history” while still in the present gives one a sense of empowerment, and self-righteousness that isn’t necessarily real–because at that moment, they don’t truly know the “right side” of what has yet to happen. This phrase is used by the left frequently. Most recently, it has been used by proponents of amnesty.
According to Tony Lee of Breitbart, La Raza President and CEO Janet Marguia appeared on MSNBC recently, telling Jose Diaz Balart:
“Ultimately, we can determine which politicians stood on the side of the law and of history and our community and which ones did not…[There will be an] unprecedented effort to get out the vote as we see the presidential elections looming large in 2016…This issue is of great importance to us as a community and as Latino voters, and it will be one of the top issues in which we use as a lens to determine our vote…”
It’s funny that Marguia believes that this issue will be one that will dominate the voting for Hispanics in 2016, because the numbers from the last election don’t necessarily play that out.
When the ballots were counted last November, according to Pew, Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott won 44% of the hispanic vote, after having run against amnesty. Also in Texas, Senator John Cornyn received an unprecedented 48% of the Hispanic vote, beating his opponent, David Alameel by 1% among the Hispanic vote. And in Georgia, Senator David Purdue won 42% of the Hispanic vote.
On the whole, Hispanics voted overwhelmingly Democratic in November, 62% to 36%, according to Pew—but that’s the way it’s been for at long time. The interesting news is that very anti-amnesty candidates won such large shares of the Hispanic vote, despite the national average. If amnesty was the most important issue for Hispanic voters, that seems an odd result.
“Asked about a variety of pressing national priorities, 49% of Latino voters identified the economy as the most important issue facing the country, followed by health care (24%) and illegal immigration (16%). That ranking is similar to that of all U.S. voters, among whom 45% named the economy, 25% heath care and 14% illegal immigration.”
It seems as though the Hispanic community has their own ideas about who will be on the “right side of history”—the candidates who present the best vision for economic recovery.
To any Republican candidate afraid of this issue, and afraid of opposing amnesty, I would show them the poll results from Texas, and Georgia. Janet Marguia, the Democrats, and their acolytes will blast the airwaves going into 2016 with the idea that amnesty is the single most important issue among Hispanic voters, and that going against that will always lead to defeat. That is simply not true.
If Republicans can articulate a positive agenda, one that benefits the legal immigrant population economically, and socially, they can gain in the demographic. Republicans may not win Hispanics nationally in 2016, but they can make gains, and, in time, they can eventually win over the demographic wholly.
Do. Not. Cave.
The idea of the “right side of history” is an illusion which will destroy the Republican Party if they allow themselves to fall for it.