The Hispanic Values Issue

In a recent poll, 55 percent of Hispanic voters in California “favored an immediate and outright ban on fracking"


At The Corner, Heather Mac Donald raises an interesting point.

It has already been repeatedly pointed out that if Republicans want to get on the right side of Hispanic political values, they will have to junk their opposition to Obamacare (Hispanic support for Obamacare: 62 percent), big government (Hispanic support for big government: 75 percent), and racial preferences (the Latino Caucus in California is close to its longstanding goal of overturning Proposition 209’s ban on racial preferences in public higher education), as well as their positive view of capitalism (55 percent of Hispanics have a negative view of capitalism, the most of all groups surveyed by the Pew Research Center).

Now we can add a new stumbling block to the post-amnesty Hispanic-Republican embrace: Republican enthusiasm for fracking. In a recent poll, 55 percent of Hispanic voters in California “favored an immediate and outright ban on fracking that could be lifted only by the Legislature — a view shared by only 42 percent of whites,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “Sixty-four percent of Latinos sanctioned a moratorium that could be lifted only after an environmental study; a lesser 56 percent of whites shared that view.”

So are Latinos fanatical environmentalists? Is opposition to fracking a basic part of their value system?

Their skepticism toward capitalism, is not surprising considering that capitalism in Mexico means about what it does in Moscow, and is often indistinguishable from crony capitalism and organized crime. But the bigger issue is that they oppose fracking because they are knowingly or unknowingly part of a liberal coalition.

Their media and their community leaders, who live off liberal cash funneled to them, tell them that fracking is bad. So they oppose it. It's less of a value system than it is a political system.

Republicans have failed to reach those voters. Adding millions more of them to the rolls will not change that. The voting shift didn't happen because of the Republican position on illegal immigration, but because the Democrats have gotten better at organizing exactly the kind of immigrants who are dependent on them for their point of view.

Values are not really an absolute. They're taught. And liberal coalitions are teaching their own values lessons to Latinos and everyone else. That's the culture war we're stuck with.

Republicans haven't been that great at winning the culture war with younger white voters. What chance do they stand with young Latino voters? Amnesty is putting the cart before the horse. First win the culture war. Then talk about legalizing them.