Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
The Register’s Oct. 26 issue looks at “El Voto”—the Hispanic vote, and finds it solidly for Obama. The Catholic Thing, however, looks a little into the future and sees that vote ripe for change ...
George Marlin writes that surveys show most Hispanics:
• Oppose abortion
• Attend church
• Believe that couples should marry if they intend to live together
• Say that unwed parents should be legally wed
• Hold that government should promote “personal responsibility” instead of “bureaucratic paternalism.”
• View welfare as a temporary safety net, not a permanent way of life.
“These data explain why the most significant Bush gains in the 2004 presidential election were in the Hispanic communities,” Marlin writes.
• In 1996, 21% of Hispanics voted for Bob Dole;
• In 2000 34% voted for Bush
• In 2004, 41% voted to re-elect the President.
Marlin quotes Dick Morris’ conclusion: “More Hispanics voted Republican for a variety of factors, including Bush’s efforts to cultivate them, his proposals to legalize guest workers, and his conservative position on social values, which was a special importance to religious Catholic Hispanics.”
Leslie Sanchez, president of the Impacto Group, a Republican communications research firm, agreed: “There is no doubt Hispanics share many of the values of the Republican Party.”
Stay tuned to see how that plays in November ...
— Tom Hoopes