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On the right, we have people who somehow forget they didn’t come over on the Mayflower; and on the left, we have boobs like Harry Reid who only want immigration when they can use it to beat the other party over the head with it.

In the middle are a pretty savvy group of people—actual citizens—who are a lot more conservative than most people know, but they don’t vote in the same numbers that other groups do.


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“Decisions are made by those who show up.”

It would appear that someone in the Washoe County Republican Party just figured that out. The Democrats are taking Hispanics for granted. There is a tremendous opportunity here for Conservatives (real Republicans) to go forth and convince Hispanics like New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, who famously told the 2012 Republican Convention why she became a Republican:

“Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told Chuck, “We’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.’’ But we talked about issues — they never used the words Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned. we’re Republicans.’’

“Decisions are made by those who show up.”


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Registering and voting are the most important things any citizen can do. But if you want to, say, keep a family together by forcing comprehensive immigration reform, Hispanics as a group need to get in gear. They need to think about what they really believe. If they can become a serious force in the Republican Party, something will get done. Sooner rather than later.

“Decisions are made by those who show up.”

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