You’ve Been Had

Written by Jill Chapin. Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Published on October 23, 2014 with 6 Comments


By Jill Chapin

October 23, 2014

The L.A. Times recently reported that Latino voters may opt to sit out the upcoming mid-term elections. Why?

Because as one man lamented, it is President Obama’s failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. “Obama promised but never delivered” he said. Most discouraging, he asks why Latinos should bother voting, “when the politicians never listen to what the people say.”

With this sentiment, we need to applaud the Republicans, who set us all up to blame President Obama. It was their master plan and it is working beyond their wildest expectations.

Having Latinos sit out this election is their dream come true, because Latinos are overwhelmingly Democrats. And Republicans understand that in order to win, they don’t want you to vote. So how did they single-handedly drive so many Latinos into this apathetic state?

Here’s how they did it, and if you don’t vote, you will have to live with the realization that you are hopelessly gullible.

Need proof? The following is a quote from Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, spoken at a Republican retreat at the Library of Congress right before Obama’s first inauguration in 2009: “There are enough of us to block the Democratic agenda, as long as we march in lock step. As long as Republicans refuse to follow Obama’s lead, Americans will see partisan food fights and conclude Obama had failed to produce change.”

Latinos wield a great deal of political power, but only if they enter a voting booth. According to The Times, Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political scientist conducted extensive nationwide polling among Latinos and found that they could make the difference in more than three dozen races across the country.

You have the power and you have the numbers. Use them.

Sitting out this election will be a self-inflicted wound. President Obama can’t help you if you allow more Republicans to block his every move. If you are unwilling to use the ballot to protect yourself from a Republican take-over, don’t blame anyone but yourselves when their brilliantly executed con job on Latinos across the country results in less support for Latinos in the future, not more.


Jill Chapin

Jill Chapin

Jill Chapin has been a guest writer and columnist in several Los Angeles area papers for over fifteen years. She has written a bilingual parenting book titled, "If You Have Kids, Then Be a Parent!" and a children's book entitled, "My Magic Bubble."

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