Democrats insist that Latinos don’t receive a fair shake in America – that they’re the victims of anti-immigration bigots in the GOP. In a recent address at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards dinner, the President himself charged that Republicans are the ones “standing against you.” But Rubio’s life story is evidence that the American Dream is there for the taking, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity or economic background.
So is Damon Dunn’s. The Republican candidate for California Secretary of State, Dunn is an African-American who was born in dire poverty to a 16-year-old single mother, and who lived in a three-bedroom trailer with ten other people. He grew up to win a football scholarship to Stanford University, played in the NFL, then co-founded a successful real estate firm – all while also serving in a variety of impressive volunteer capacities and as a licensed Baptist minister.
The lives of Damon Dunn, Marco Rubio and John Boehner are emblematic of the qualities cherished by the Republican Party. At its best, the GOP strives to create and maintain the conditions under which the American Dream can thrive – enabling individuals of talent, merit and diligence to triumph over their circumstances and rise in the world, whatever their origins. In contrast, the Democrats see a nation of helpless, hapless victims who need an all-powerful, all-controlling government to combat the intractable systemic injustices visited upon them by a “downright mean” country (as Michelle Obama once characterized it).
As much as November’s elections are about policies and politics, they are about the parties’ competing visions of America. Will voters agree with President Obama and the Democrats that America is a nation of pitiful victims – or will they stand with the likes of Marco Rubio, Damon Dunn and John Boehner, who prove that when the government is confined to its proper role, there is no limit to the victories that regular people can achieve in The United States of America?