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  •  Perhaps think that all Latinos are like (13+ / 0-)

    my abuelita, dressed up in black and heading to church every day with a rosary in her hand.

    Or maybe they think that all Latino men are macho men who dominate the thoughts and actions of their wives and daughters.

    Maybe they think Latinas don't use birth control, because, you know, the Pope.

    These and other stereotypes about Latinos contribute to the Republicans' mistaken belief that the Republican party is Latinos' "natural home." That, and a fixation on older generation Cubans in Florida, whose natural home really was the GOP due to their hatred of Castro and Communism. But guess what? Younger Cubans don't see anti-Castroism as their most important issue, if its an issue at all.

    As for myself, I recall vividly what my father told me after  my parents had been unable to buy a house in a NJ suburb that was still subject to a racially restrictive covenant (it was the early 60s): "Republicans don't care about people like us." True then, true today -- even though today I fit into their cherished 1% economic demographic. They don't get my vote just because now I'm rich enough that they think I deserve a tax cut.

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