The Hispanic vote went heavily for President Obama in the recently-concluded presidential election, and its aftermath is the one most obvious consequence of the usual mix of soul-searching, self-immolation and overanalysis that a losing party usually does after a presidential campaign.
The Republicans are looking for a way to mobilize the Hispanic vote. This is logical and more power to them—but there’s a more important, overarching issue at stake and it’s what the Catholic Church is going to do with the large influx of Hispanic newcomers to the United States.
This is a political post so I’m going to pass on the more important points of noting that the Catholic Church’s most important role is do for the Hispanic newcomers what it did for the Irish, Italians, Polish, etc., in previous generations—give them a home in their new country, evangelize and teach the Faith and provide educational opportunity. But since this is a political post, we should also emphasize that it’s important the Church teach the importance of voting for life.
We’re no longer in an election year so the phrase “voting for life” shouldn’t be taken as a euphemism for voting Republican. Rather, it should be taken as motivating force to also nominate pro-life candidates in the Democratic Party. Simple deductive reasoning tells us that if the incoming Hispanics are heavily Catholic and heavily Democratic, then they can represent the single greatest threat to the Abortion Industry’s control over so many Democratic primaries, especially the one that at the presidential level.
The right to life is too important to be left in the hands of one faction of one political party as it is right now. Fundamental human rights in America are being left to sway based on whether the economy is up or down or which party has the more television-friendly candidate. And if the right side wins, we’re still left crossing our fingers that they’ll keep their word.
I know a lot of pro-life Catholics sincerely believe that’s the best we can do in what they see as a society gone completely hedonistic. Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but I’m not there yet. The Abortion Industry and a left-wing chokehold on the Democratic Party can collapse as surely as the Berlin Wall did. And the single fastest way to do it is for a rising grass-roots wave of Catholic Hispanic votes coming from within the Democratic Party itself.
Dan Flaherty is the author of Fulcrum, an Irish Catholic novel set in postwar Boston with a traditional Democratic mayoral campaign at its heart, and he is the editor-in-chief of TheSportsNotebook.com