February 6, 2023

The biggest story in politics right now is the Hispanic community’s rejection of progressive policies and progressive politicians. Polls and election data increasingly show Latino voters embracing more pro-freedom policies and candidates than ever before.

In Washington, this trend is being viewed mostly as a partisan story, with one side celebrating and the other in denial. But the real effect of this realignment is not that Latinos will help the Republican Party — they are going to redefine and lead it.

Inflation, falling wages, a crime wave, a border crisis and unprecedented learning loss from unscientific COVID-19 school closures have led Americans of all ethnicities to sour on the policies and politicians responsible for our national malaise. Neither “wokeness” nor “socialism” have much appeal to communities who love America’s culture of individual liberty and equal opportunity.

The vast majority of the Hispanic community believes in the American Dream: Working hard, playing by the rules, and giving their children a chance to do even better. And they understand that the greatest obstacle to that dream is the corruption and incompetence of big government.

If Latinos voted in larger margins for Democrats in the past that was only because it was the only party that had deliberately and loudly advocated on behalf of them at a time when Republicans were convinced minority communities were not necessary to win elections.

Let’s face it, that may have been a safe bet in the 1960s and through the 1980s. But the dramatic growth in Latino voters proved that strategy to be a loser in the long term. And the Republican Party has been paying a heavy price for it for 30 years now.

No longer. The GOP has ended its indifference to Latino voters and got to work, promoting a pro-growth, pro-energy and pro-freedom agenda that is a winner with Latinos.

The LIBRE Initiative Action shares those values. We have worked for years to promote them within the Latino community, and to identify political candidates committed to helping all Americans, including those in the Hispanic community, achieve them.

Many of the candidates are Latinos, but you don’t have to be Latino to represent, serve and empower Latino workers, small businesses, families and neighborhoods.

Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have done as much as anyone in America in recent years to expand the opportunities and improve the lives of Latinos in their states. As chief executives of large states, with large and growing Latino populations, they have pursued pro-growth agendas that put freedom first.

They both resisted COVID extremism and unscientific school closures. They signed legislation giving their states tax relief, safer streets, school choice and regulatory reforms to spur entrepreneurism and job creation.

There is a reason California and New York’s populations are shrinking while Texas and Florida are growing. DeSantis and Abbott are protecting the American Dream from the progressive policies that are driving people — Latinos included — down and out.

It is the same reason that their states have produced so many exciting Hispanic American congressional candidates this year, too.

These candidates represent a new generation of conservative and Latino leadership.

Daniel Garza is president of the LIBRE Initiative. This column was provided by InsideSources.

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