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We recommend Beto O'Rourke for U.S. Senate

By Dallas News

When, in the course of human events, a people become so divided among themselves that they can no longer engage in meaningful political discourseRead full story

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  • Dallas News historically favoring Republicans - endorses Beto.

  • Personally, the race between Mr. O’Rourke and Mr. Cruz, as well as the election of Trump, has forced me to think often about the changing nature of the Democratic Party in the post-2016 world, and specifically the Latinx community as it pertains to political participation. As many individuals who grew

    Personally, the race between Mr. O’Rourke and Mr. Cruz, as well as the election of Trump, has forced me to think often about the changing nature of the Democratic Party in the post-2016 world, and specifically the Latinx community as it pertains to political participation. As many individuals who grew up in a predominantly Latinx community, I began to realize as I became more politically engaged that, every two years, for a brief few months, Democratic politicians began speaking more on issues that pertain to immigrants’ rights and our country’s immigration system. Then, after an election, these issues seemingly disappeared.

    In the aftermath of the 2016 election, pundits and policy wonks alike were startled that a record number of Latinx voters, roughly 14.3 million, did not cast a ballot. This indicated to me that, simply put, Trump alone was not enough of a motivator than we had assumed, and that Latinx voters are complex voters who cannot be appealed to solely through conversations surrounding immigration. Moreover, I feel that this impulse to see such a diverse community and culture as completely monolithic has potentially led to the voting apathy that we witnessed during the most recent election.

    However, when I see candidates such as Mr. O’Rourke speaking to broader issues that affect everyone, while still being cognizant of the racial and cultural issues that appeal to his constituents, I begin to feel a slight tinge of hope for the expanding “we” that represents the Democratic Party, or at least what I hope it will become. Without getting into the O’Rourke vs. Cruz debates that fill newsfeeds, Beto’s message is one of genuine thought and tangible action, as mirrored by his work in the Texan House of Representatives. He has found a genuine way to represent unifying ideals that appeal to a broad and diverse base, while not taking the Latinx voter for granted- something I hope the Democratic Party will embody moving forward.

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