LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2016 — Most people have never heard of Al Waisman or Noe Chavez. They are like many of the more than 300 million people living in the United States. They are also something that many liberals could never reconcile. Waisman and Chavez are proud Americans, proud Hispanics and proud supporters of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States.
When the time came to choose between Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Waisman and Chavez were aware of the potential for history. Trump is pure Caucasian. Cruz would have been the very first Hispanic presidential candidate of either party. Waisman and Chavez saw their fellow Hispanic and went with the white European. My friendship with them brought another contradiction. As the non-Hispanic among the three of us, my ballot could have gone for my fellow Caucasian. Instead, Cruz was my choice.
This was not the first time that liberals were politically dazed and confused. A white liberal reporter at the 2011 North Carolina Republican convention was confounded after approaching me and a black acquaintance. The white liberal reporter played every stereotype, including that of a typical white liberal. The white liberal condescension dripped with every question of this black man minding his own business.
“What is it like to be an Obama supporter surrounded by all of these conservatives?”
The man responded with the appropriate level of righteous indignation.
“I’m a Republican!”
The reporter, with a chance to redeem himself, kept digging.
“Well you must be so proud of Herman Cain.”
The man responded with more frustration.
“I’m supporting Michele Bachmann!”
The reporter could not stop himself.
“Don’t you understand that Herman Cain is…”
The man then uttered the phrase that every white liberal reporter should have stamped on their foreheads.
“I don’t care what color he is! I have a philosophy!”
The reporter turned to me without a hint of self-awareness.”
“Now you are Jewish. Who are you supporting?”
The answer was obvious.
“Actually, I like Herman Cain.”
The reporter walked away, having learned nothing.
In 2011, the Jew voted for the black man while the black man voted for the white woman. In 2016, the Hispanics voted for the white guy and vice versa.
The explanation is so simple that anybody other than a patronizing white liberal can understand it.
We are conservatives. We have a philosophy. We have an ideology that represents a doctrine of beliefs.
Contrast this with liberals and their burning obsession with identity politics.
In 2008, liberals voted for Sen. Barack Obama because he is partially black. They wanted to make history. He had zero executive experience, but his supporters did not care.
In 2016, liberals are expected to continue treating the leadership of the free world as an affirmative action project. Hillary Clinton’s own supporters cannot name a single meaningful accomplishment she has had in four decades of government. Her tenure as secretary of state did not provide a single diplomatic success. Every major relationship the United States had deteriorated on her watch. However, she wants to be the first female president. The women in charge of the Democratic National Committee have practically rigged the nomination in her favor.
Her vice presidential choice will be made with ethnic considerations in mind. Hispanics are demanding that she choose a Hispanic.
Democrats claim they want to unite the country but spend their entire political lives dividing Americans into groups.
Republicans have a different approach. Qualifications matter. Philosophy matters. Identity politics is the absolute worst way to choose a president. It is the last thing conservatives would even consider. The liberal approach is not just insulting. It is as wrong as wrong can be on every ethical and moral level.
Rather than treat Al Waisman and Noe Chavez as self-hating, misguided or anomalous, it would behoove liberals to stop talking and just listen. Ask these two men what they think and believe. Based on their philosophy, their candidate of choice makes perfect sense.
Anybody can see the color of a person’s skin. It takes much more effort to follow the advice of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Judge people by the content of their character.
Conservatives have long understood this. When enough liberals do, we will all be better off, whoever we are and whatever we look like.