The Abortion Issue and Hispanic Identity Politics

It is certain that the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court has shed light on the importance of Hispanic voters in future elections.

Identity politics is becoming more and more prominent these days with politicians, especially certain Republicans whose blinders prevent them from finding an answer that has always existed.

Early in their careers, moderates found it necessary to affiliate themselves with the Republican Party in order to win elections in conservative districts or states. They now are rethinking their positions on social issues while trying to distance themselves from abortion.

This morning I found myself thinking along the lines of identity, so I did a quick ‘Net search on Google by entering the key words, “Hispanic voters abortion”. It came as no surprise that the results showed a majority of Hispanics were against abortion.

Recently I heard Alan Keyes speak on Sean Hannity’s radio program. He remarked that Democrats are unafraid to champion abortion rights and homosexual rights and do so without regard to how these issues will be percieved by the more conservative members of their party. Think of all the excuses that otherwise decent people will make for the Democrat politicans who fall in to the category that Keyes is naming. We go to church with many of them, for crying out loud!

Hindsight is vital in politics. Mistakes were made by the McCain Campaign. Perhaps the greatest mistake was the refusal to make abortion more of an issue. At the risk of offending moderates, John McCain squandered the opportunity to illuminate the hypocrisy shown by candidate Barack Obama at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Forum. “Above my pay grade” is so familiar in pro life circles that it requires zero elaboration. The quoted phrase, which amounted to a wink and a nod, was proof of the disdain Obama has for the Amercian electorate and shows Rush Limbaugh to be correct when he states that those who voted for Obama “like to be lied to”.

Sarah Palin, the candidate whom squishy Republicans blame for McCain’s loss was anything but a “drain on the ticket”. She represented the greatest fear those in politics have for an opposing candidate. Palin was one who not only spoke the truth, but lived by that truth in her personal life. This fear permeated throughout the ranks of Democrat voters who voted “party” instead of being inspired by Governor Palin.

Personal responsibility is a good issue and a vital one if our society and our country is to survive. All demographics are capable of understanding this issue and putting it in to practice.

Hispanic voters are no different than any other demographic. What is needed is Republican candidates who are unafraid to speak the truth. The polls say that Hispanic voters, by a large percentage, oppose abortion. What else is there to say?

There is a higher calling than the political one on earth. This higher calling is one that we pursue in order to bring us closer to the God who created us and all those unborn children who have been destroyed for the sake of convenience. Hispanics, as well as voters of every other race, understand this.