The overwhelming win of “Hispanic votes” in this past Florida elections are by no means a true reflection of the Hispanic vote nationwide, actually is far from it. The majority of Hispanic voters in South Florida, Cubans to be precise, are not affected by the immigration laws, as it is the case with the rest of the Hispanic population in Florida or anywhere else in the U.S.
Cubans have been the envy of many Hispanics that pursue a residency in United States; Cubans for decades have been privileged and have enjoyed a preferential treatment, thanks I should add to a Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, if Cubans touch American land they are welcomed to stay, period. So the radical deportation laws supported by Mitt Romney do not affect them and it looks like they couldn’t care less what happens to the others that are seeking the American dream just like they did. The Cubans that fled to this country for the last 30 to 50 years are in their vast majority Republicans. If you ask them why, it has to do with John F.Kennedy and Bay of Pigs, they felt betrayed by a Democratic president and they will never trust another Democrat. It doesn’t matter that you try to explain the reasons JFK had to back down on his offer to back the Cuban invasion in Bay of Pigs, it doesn’t matter that not two individuals are the same regardless of party affiliation, Cubans are like elephants (they chose the right party, at least the right mascot) they never forget. However, the younger generation of Cubans is seeing things differently and is abandoning in great numbers the views of their progenitors.
I am sure that the fact that Romney can claim that he has family in Mexico and that his father is Mexican born who came to this country as an immigrant is enough to make these older Cubans vote for Romney and not for Gingrich. I am also sure that most of these Cubans don’t know that Romney has never visited Mexico – his claimed roots – that he doesn’t personally know his Mexican family and that his Spanish is worse than any other American that learned Spanish in second grade and never practiced it since. They will not look for these facts and even if told, they will think of it as irrelevant. For Cubans in South Florida all it matters is that he has the support of the strongest life-long political Cuban figures in Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who probably coached him about what to say, after all, they’re experts at milking the Cuban cause for their gain… It is easy for any politician to win the old school Cuban votes, it will suffice to say the same bullshit that has been said for the last 50 years: “Down with Castro’s policies”, “tighten the embargo”, “end the Communist regime in Cuba”; Cubans are either so naïve, so stupid or both that after hearing the same shit for half a century they still believe that anything will be done by an American politician – doesn’t matter which party they belong to! They have yet to realize that is not “good business” for the Cuban sharks, I mean politicians, comfortably sitting in Washington to end that which ails Cuba but that is great to maintain their lifestyle and fill up their pocketbooks, they would be out of business if it did and that works against their benefit, hence they will never do what is necessary to change the current situation in Cuba and they will continue doing what it has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective – the embargo – making of Castro a modern day martyr for the rest of the world.
Are you wondering what Cubans think about The Dream Act? Cubans are the first one to cry out loud – and I mean loud – against deporting these young men and women that were raised here and going to school. They will call the radio stations and proclaim their disapproval in no uncertain terms, Cubans are very passionate in the way they speak, to put it in a nice way, but that outrage disappears when faced with their innate, and somewhat justified, hate for Castro – so they’re willing to ‘sacrifice’ The Dream Act, after all it doesn’t apply to them, if Romney promises that he will remove Castro from the island. The Never Ending Story that Republicans brilliantly use time and time again when campaigning in Miami or South Florida.
Cubans represent only about 4% of the Hispanic population in the United States, according to the latest Census, so regardless of how impressive Romney’s Hispanic win in Florida may seem, it is definitively not a true representation of how the Hispanic vote will be on November 2, 2012.
(this article was first published, with minor differences, in http://technorati.com/ by Independent Thinker)