A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans

A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans

by Mike Gonzalez

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A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans by Mike Gonzalez

A landmark work examining the impact of Hispanic immigration on American politics, with a blueprint for what conservatives must do to recapture the American electorate.
Since 1965, millions of people have come to this country from Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking freedom and the chance to make a better life. Now accounting for more than 16 percent of the population, His­panics have emerged as a decisive voting bloc that overwhelmingly skews liberal as they influence pivotal electoral races. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.
In A Race for the Future, Mike Gonzalez describes what the term Hispanic means, correcting the erroneous assumption that it is a homogenous group and presenting an un- varnished look at the challenges each nation­ality—Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and many others—faces in America.
Despite their growing political power, His­panics have largely been kept separate from mainstream America, and many of them are consigned to an underclass status. A Race for the Future reveals exactly how bureaucratic decisions that encourage public assistance and discourage assimilation hinder Hispanics and allow them to be politically monopolized by progressives.
Gonzalez shows how conservatives can begin to reverse this damaging trajectory by supporting policies that would help Hispanics thrive—education choice, family values, and financial freedom.
By returning to their core values of community, industry, and independence, conservatives can actively court the vital Hispanic vote. The fate of too many key battleground states, from Texas to Florida—analyzed in depth here—depends on the Right’s ability to successfully do just that.

A powerful take on a rapidly changing and diverse community, A Race for the Future is a much-needed course correction on how our country can successfully enable Hispanics to flourish while standing firm on our principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804137669
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foun­dation, spent close to twenty years as a journalist, fifteen of them reporting from Europe and Asia. He left journalism to join the administration of President George W. Bush, first at the Securities and Exchange Commission and then at the State Depart­ment. He was born in Cuba in 1960 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He and his Scottish-born wife, Siobhan, live in Bethesda, Maryland, with their three children.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I Varied People, Varies

Chapter 1 The Mexicans 27

Chapter 2 Puerto Ricans 47

Chapter 3 The Cubans 67

Chapter 4 Central Americans and Dominicans 81

Part II Collision Course

Chapter 5 The Making of Hispanics 99

Chapter 6 The Making of Latinos 113

Chapter 7 The Perfect Storm 131

Chapter 8 The Aftermath 147

Chapter 9 Battleground 167

Part III The Way Forward

Chapter 10 The Ultimate Forms of Social Capital: The Family and the Community 185

Chapter 11 Human Capital: Education 205

Chapter 12 Growing Financial Capital: Savings and Business Formation 227

Chapter 13 A Call to Action 239

Acknowledgmets 267

Index 269

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