Natural Republicans: The Honorable Hispanic Legacy

A variety of issues draw Hispanics to the Republican Party: personal freedoms, economic opportunity, the rule of law, and family values. There is one overarching issue: the right to life.

Forty-seven years ago, Maria del Carmen Guzman-Weese stood with her mother and sister to take the oath of US citizenship. Then 17, Maria suddenly turned to her mother, and said: “I love this country but I cannot be a citizen because of you. I need to want it because of me.”

Three years later, Maria finally took that oath, because it was her choice, and so she could vote for Ronald Reagan. “That time it came from my heart,” she said.

Many Hispanic immigrants like Maria feel a natural affinity for the Republican party — an allegiance that often bewilders Democrats. 

The NY Post, 23 Jan 2021 | Why the US Hispanic conservative movement is surging — even without Trump

There is an overarching issue that draws Hispanics to the Grand Old Party: the issue of life.

First sentence, second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence

Do you know?

What is the longest, continuously serving pro-life organization of the face of the earth?

By the end of the 15th century, the Middle Ages came to a close as the modern world emerged. The legacy of the Middle Ages, the “Age of Faith,” left its mark on the future of religion in Europe and after 1492, on the Americas. That year, Spain militarily defeated the Moors and initiated a period of expulsion for those who would not convert to Christianity. Following Columbus’ first voyage, Spain had a new goal in that regard. When the cartographer Juan de la Cosa drew the first map of the Americas in 1500, he depicted a symbol of the Medieval past on the extreme left of his map where he had placed the North American coastline — St. Christopher bearing the Christ child across the sea. In his Book of Prophecies (1501), a collection of biblical texts presented to Spain’s sovereigns, Christopher Columbus, who signed his name Cristo Ferens, or Christ Bearer, asserted that the first steps toward bearing Christianity across the Atlantic had been taken.

The National Park Service | The Significance of Spanish Colonial Missions in our National Story and our Common Heritage with Spain, Mexico and Latin America

What motivated Columbus to sail west from Spain?

It was the Lord who put it into my mindThere is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.

The Christ Bearer, 23 October 2020

“The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family and because of the number of lives destroyed.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Priorities At The Polls

According to the CDCs Abortion Surveillance System, 619,591 babies were killed in the womb in 2018. In that same year, 655,381 people died from heart disease, the number one leading cause of death in our country. Abortion, the killing of babies in the womb, is the second leading cause of death in the United States of America.

The Right to Life is the preeminent natural (God-given) right. The GOP is solidly right-to-life; the Democratic Party is solidly pro-abortion. The Hispanic legacy to end child sacrifice, to uphold the natural right to life, has a home in the Republican Party.

John N. White
Rockwall, Texas

References

1-CDC Leading Causes of Death in 2018
2-Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2018
3-The 2020 Texas State GOP Platform
4-The 2020 Texas State Democratic Party Platform

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