While a healthy majority (56 per cent) of their countrymen voted for Obama in 2008, a miniscule portion (33 per cent) of Cuban Americans did so. While a majority of their countrymen register with the Democratic Party, a minuscule (20 per cent) of Cuban-Americans do so. Cuban–American votes for Obama represented the tiniest percentage of Obama voters of any ethnic group and Cuban-American party affiliation marks the smallest Democratic registration of any ethnic group the U.S. These percentages clearly show Cuban-American disdain for the political folkways of their adopted country.
A 2009 Gallup poll found that only 34 per cent of Americans found the ideology of the Republican Party “about right.” But over DOUBLE that percentage of Cuban Americans find it “right.” These exotic Cuban-Americans are clearly thumbing their nose at the political norms of the nation that so graciously accepted them!
Earlier immigrant groups have all yielded to mainstream American political enlightenment. Though the Reagan Revolution made inroads, over a third of Italian-Americans remain registered with America's majority political party, along with almost half of Irish-Americans. Jewish-Americans habitually skew 65-85 percent for America's majority party.
Yet these insufferable Cuban-Americans simply will not see the light—simply will not politically assimilate. Not all the Kings Horses or all the King's Men can bring them around to follow the lead of the majority in their adopted country and register Democratic.
During candidate Obama's campaign visit to Miami summer of 2008, a huge crowd clapped deliriously at the Democratic Messiah—while outside the convention Hall, Cuban-Americans marched and waved picket signs denouncing him. This was the first instance of such irreverence towards The One during this campaign, and it greatly discomfited his team.
To add insult to injury, a formal letter drafted by five major Cuban-American organizations at the time, including the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association and Cuban Political Prisoners Association called Obama's candidacy “an affront” to their very sensibilities! Nothing remotely of this sort had been mounted by properly-assimilated Americans on any campaign stop by the Democratic candidate.
This political and cultural non-conformity has often goaded the Democratic/Media axis to enraged sputterings against Cuban-Americans. During their Convention in 2004, America's majority political party feted Michael Moore as their honored guest, seating him in a place of honor right next to Jimmy Carter. “Cuban-Americans,” wrote this honored guest for America's majority party in his book “Downsize This,” “are responsible for sleaze and influence-peddling in American politics. In every incident of national torment that has deflated our country for the past three decades, Cuban exiles are always present and involved." Change Cuban for any other ethnic group in the above passages and imagine the media UPROAR! About “RACISM! and “BIGOTRY!”
“My mother sees political activism as an opportunity to change people’s lives for the better,” gushed Democratic Convention Golden Boy Julian Castro this week. Yet his mother proudly marched under the banner of Che Guevara, as uncovered by the intrepid bloggers of Babalu Blog.
“Changed lives for the better,” Mr Castro? Your mothere’s icon co-founded a regime that plunged a nation with a standard of living higher than half of Europe’s and swamped with immigrants into a pesthole that repels Haitians.
“My family’s story isn’t special,” continued Democratic Convention keynoter Julian Castro. “What’s special is the America that makes our story possible.”
Then why does your mother idolize a Stalinist who cursed her nation as “the great enemy of mankind! “and greatly regretted not nuking it: “If the missiles had remained in Cuba we would have fired them at the heart of the U.S.!” boasted Che Guevara to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker, Nov. 1962.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.
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