Courting ‘new’ votes

During the recent election campaign I couldn’t help noticing that Donald Trump devoted considerable attention to Hispanic and black voters, two demographics that normally do not vote for right-wing parties — not that the GOP is right-wing, really.

I was all ready to write a piece pointing out the futility of courting those who find their interests better answered by socialist-leaning parties. The official line out of the Trump campaign was that Trump was making great inroads into the Hispanic voting demographic, and even better, was winning “unprecedented” (that was the word they used) numbers of black voters. At the time I was skeptical.

But just as I was composing a piece in my head about the subject, I find that at the Council of European Canadians blog, there was this article, by a Pedro de Alvarado, cautioning that the American right would be wise to avoid ‘minority outreach.’ In the article, the writer cites the fact that Trump’s share of the White vote decreased slightly, from 57% to 55%. And despite the boasts of a sizeable increase in the share of the black vote and the Hispanic vote, the reality was apparently not so impressive:

“Trump’s numbers with Blacks remained stagnant — staying at 8% in 2016 and 2020 — and Hispanics — going from 29% in 2016 to 32% in 2020 — were a solid increase but nothing to write home about.”

Pedro de Alvarado, Council of European Canadians

The same thing happened when George W. Bush’s campaign claimed to have garnered a larger share of the Hispanic vote than the actual 44 percent. Even having Hispanic family ties through intermarriage did not get Bush a majority of that ‘coveted’ demographic. And why is it so important to our politicians (“our” politicians?) to pursue minority voters? For the sake of holy diversity-and-inclusion? And what does that mean, in itself? Our own replacement?

But here’s an idea that many American voters might not have considered:

“The Trump campaign’s fetish with attracting minorities may have likely cost President Trump his re-election. Upon reviewing the initial data, Trump traded miniscule minority gains for marginal, yet crucial drops in the overall white support. A foolish gamble indeed.”

Pedro de Alvarado, Council of European Canadians, 12 Dec 2020

I’ve always felt, too, that trying to bring in minority voters just for the sake of meeting quotas or increasing our diversity points was wrong-headed. Bringing in people who are, as Pedro de Alvarado says, ‘not natural conservatives’, works against a supposedly conservative party’s natural goals and misdirects the party and its members in a leftward direction, from which it’s all but impossible to turn back, having committed to meeting the ”needs” of the new minority members. It puts the party at the service of the ‘diversity’ vote. No one can serve two masters; like a polygamous marriage with more than one wife to keep happy, it won’t end happily.

Please read Pedro de Alvarado’s piece; it’s informative and it’s a viewpoint that’s rarely heard in this diversity-driven society.

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