When my ancestors, yes (I’m old enough to have them already), fled Communist Cuba in the 1960s for freedom, they did so to start a new life, as Americans. Not as Cuban-Americans. Not as a Latino or Latino-American. Not as a Hispanic or Hispanic-Americans. Just a red, white, and blue American.
It was also one of many reasons why, from a very young age, I was drawn to the Republican Party. The Democrats have been practicing hyphenated politics for a very long time. In fact, they made ethnic centric politicking an art form. And it is not just in the political arena. Fueled or inspired by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, it does not matter, popular culture bombards and reinforces what makes us different, not what unites us.
Over the long run, this outlook on life, politics, and even economics, is extremely toxic. It may sound nice, at first. However, it fuels envy, confusion, jealously, and resentment. For starters. This very un-American trait must be exorcised from the national political discourse. We’ve unloaded a few times on this subject. Besides a few venomous hate e-mail, and a few misguided tweets, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
It would be refreshing, and indeed even radical, if throughout the 2016 GOP presidential primary process all of our candidates, politicos, and campaign advisors, as well as the Republican national committee staffs, eschewed any ethnic-based pandering. As Mississippi Governor Bobby Jindal said at CPAC earlier this year, and again just last week, “I don’t know about you, I’m tired of the hyphenated Americans. No more ‘African-Americans.’ No more ‘Indian-Americans.’ No more ‘Asian-Americans.” Leave the corrosive and balkanizing politics of the Left, to the party of the Left, the Democrats.