10 Ways Conservatives Can Appeal to Hispanics (Without Becoming More Liberal)

This is from Mike Gonzalez at the Daily Signal — his introduction and then his list without the supporting materials under each of the ten:

Far too many conservatives have grown pessimistic about the prospect of Hispanics ever agreeing with their policy prescriptions. Others have erred in the opposite direction, suggesting that only shifts in tone or even engaging in a pandering competition with liberals could fix the problem.

These approaches are wrong and self-defeating. If conservatives allow liberals to have a monopoly on Hispanic aspirations and dreams, they will find it increasingly difficult to enact their policies. At the same time, conservatives must understand that some of their problems with this demographic have structural aspects that require long-term solutions.

Hispanics had a higher margin of support for vouchers (+47 percentage points) than Republicans (+42 percentage points)
Here are 10 suggestions for how conservatives can start the arduous work of convincing Hispanics that conservative policies are better. They are found in my recently published book, “A Race for The Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans,” which I will discuss with National Review’s Jim Geraghty tomorrow at 11 a.m., at The Heritage Foundation in a program introduced by Heritage President Jim DeMint.

1. School choice.

2. Family formation.

3. Get them to become savers.

4. Show them how liberal policies have put them in a hole.

5. Give them their proper stake in the culture Without Mexico’s cultural imprint, the Southwest would be a scorching version of the Midwest, which for all its allure simply lacks the legendary nature of the Wild West.

6. Sever the perceptive link between success and government intervention; end affirmative action.

7. End Bilingual Education.

8. Ask them if they want to replicate conditions that made them abandon their homeland.

9. Return to assimilationist policies.

10. Explain to them that it’s not a question of being dependent or not, but of depending on someone in your family, in your community or circle of friends, or on a government bureaucrat.

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