These days Latino momentum seems to be on the side of Pres. Obama. You can even see anger raging from Hispanics against the right verbally personified when comedian George Lopez went off on a curse-filled rant against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his recent HBO special.
Si, we are winning, at least in the polls; but before we get too excited, there is ample reason for us to keep imagining the reality of a Romney presidency. For Latinos, it is our machismo, our ego, our over-confidence, that could be the fizzle at the end of this election cycle.
Despite all the energy we in our bubble of social media view daily, the actuality of poor Latino voter turnout in November is real and could easily help give Romney the throne.
According to a Gallup poll released last week, only 64 percent of registered Latino voters say they will definitely vote this fall — that’s 14 points lower than the current national average of 78 percent. For all our “macho talk” and “Si Se Puede,” we usually don’t turn out on Election Day. Liberals are famous for protesting and then not showing up when things count, while Republicans have a track record of turning political energy into votes.
The most recent case in point is the Tea Party. Started as a pro-small government battle-cry, within a matter of two years, the group is electing senators and passing laws. Yet, on the far left we have groups like Occupy that have done nothing to take their momentum and organize it into a political force. That drum circle may be amazing, but all you really did at the end of the day was annoy commuters.
I must confess, I’m just as guilty of jumping onto the self-righteous Latino bus. Like many Latinos, something in me said “heck yeah” when Lopez ranted “F#$% Sheriff Arpaio.” The machismo in me just swelled. Lopez was saying what we’ve all been thinking on live cable television. Wow! Victory has come, but in business and in life, talk is cheap.”
The real and only way to ensure a decisive Obama victory is if Latinos get registered and vote in November.
But if Lopez can go on a rant, so can I, minus expletives.
If by now you haven’t registered to vote and can, sorry but you’re a loser (yeah I said it).
Here’s a solution: come December, why don’t we round up and deport all the Latinos who didn’t vote and legalize all the undocumented who have been begging to become part of our country so they can vote. We can start in Arizona and work our way through all the swing states.
I can respect a Latino who votes for Romney — may not understand them, but I respect the fact that they are making their opinions heard in an intelligent way. What I don’t respect is a Latino who doesn’t vote.
Don’t you think its about time we look inward and stop blaming whitey? Arpaio is a mean little pig on a big farm, but we control who can become the farmer and lock that pig up for good.
It’s time we as a community channel our anger at the 36 percent of Latinos who aren’t sure if they are going to vote this fall. If you know one, drag them, shame them into voting. They deserve our rage.
There’s my rant.
Jose Cruz is the editor of OurTiempo.com worked in the Clinton White House and on three Presidential campaigns. He is the founder of ImmigrationPAC a pro-comprehensive immigration reform Federal Polical Action Committee and active political commentator.