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Issue: "Do the math," Nov. 7, 2009

Q: What's GOP outreach to Hispanics like? They tend to do one of two things: They hang up a piñata and throw a Cinco de Mayo party. That is patronizing and condescending and turns people off. Or, they propose "Democrat Lite," a partial welfare state, and think that's outreach. The truth is: The Hispanic community is a deeply conservative community. It believes passionately in faith, family, patriotism-the military enrollment rates in the Hispanic community are the highest among any demographic group in this country-and it's also a group that believes passionately in the American Dream, in the incredible promise that freedom and opportunity present.

Q: Republicans need to do better regarding immigration. This country is unique in the world because for hundreds of years the United States was formed from people from all over the world. It wasn't the smartest or the richest or strongest who came here, it was people crazy enough to leave everything behind in pursuit of freedom. That basic ethos of what it means to be an American shows what is wrong with what President Obama is proposing doing. The government taking over the economy destroys freedom and opportunity. That's a message that resonates in the Hispanic community, because they believe passionately in working hard for the American Dream and a better future for their kids.

Q: What makes a successful president? Three things. One, firm principles-you have to know what you believe, you have to have a solid foundation, and you have to have studied. Two, it takes backbone and the competence to act on those principles. That's an area in particular that Republicans have been lousy in lately. All of us learned in high school biology the basic principle that invertebrates can't walk upright, and yet politicians disprove that every day. But you don't just need principle and background: You need the ability to communicate. You have to be able to motivate, inspire, and connect with people. And maddeningly, in the Republican Party we manage to elect people over and over who don't have firm principles; if they have firm principles they don't have a backbone; and if they have firm principles and a backbone they can't communicate to save their lives. That's consistently a recipe for failure.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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