About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Elephant Not in the Room

It is customary to woo various sectors of the US immigrant population by discussing items of importance to that group: Wilson's concern for Poland, Reagan's interest in Northern Ireland, or everybody's obsession with Israel and on occasion Cuba.  And non-Cuban Latinos?

The 2012 US Presidential election marks several important ideas for Latinos:

1) Nobody wants to talk about issues regarding foreign policy with Mexico and Central America.
2) Nobody CAN talk about issues regarding  foreign policy with Mexico and Central America because those issues are so central to the US perception of itself.

At some point the United States needs to recognize that the era of the German, Irish, and Jewish migrant is over and that the needs and issues of Mexicanos, Salvadorenos, Ticos, Nicas, etc., count.  When those issues are discussed, the Elephants and the Donkey's need to get in the room - and maybe you will draw some Latino votes.

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