Disenchanted with President Barack Obama for delaying executive action on reforming the nation’s deportation system, apathetic about Democratic candidates that for the most part haven’t made a direct appeal to Hispanics and without a galvanizing bogeyman on the right to vote against like Mitt Romney in 2012, Hispanic voters are poised to let Democrats lose Senate races and state houses they could otherwise win, key Hispanic advocates said Monday during a briefing at the National Council of La Raza.
The preemptive blame-shifting comes as Democrats across the spectrum – from Mr. Obama on down – fear diminished turnout from the base in November’s midterm elections. Gary Segura, a Stanford University professor who is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, said Latino voters would show their influence by letting some Democrats, like Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, be thrown out of office.
In any instance where a Latino-preferred candidate loses and that Latino community turned out in smaller numbers because of the disillusionment, Latinos did make a difference. The decision not to vote is still a political decision and is not necessarily irrational,” Mr. Segura said. “If you’re a Latino in North Carolina and the president delayed his decision to help Kay Hagan in her election, why would you go vote for Kay Hagan? … Latinos can have influence by letting people lose, just as they can have influence by helping people win.”
If this sounds familiar, it's the same tactic far left liberals have been using for years. To which I will say this: abdication of voting is cowardice, plain and simple. If you make the political decision to stay home and not vote in order to punish politicians, you are a coward, and you deserve no voice at all in our political process.
Too many people have fought and died for women, African-Americans, Hispanic and Latino, Asian, and other minorities to be able to vote. Walking away from that is not only irrational, despite what Gary Segura says, but suicidal. If you feel that you are voiceless, why make yourself voiceless by not voting?
I can respect voting for the other candidate in order to punish the one you're angry with. That's at least still exercising the right people bled for. But to stay home and do nothing? Insanity. You only assure that you will not be taken seriously in the future and that your concerns will be ignored.
Why should politicians care about those who do not vote at all?