The debate over which party to vote for might still be a question meant for a galaxy far, far away but the subjects that presidential hopefuls are battling it out on, range from Latin Americans to public-sector unions reforms.
The papers are abuzz with the news that Jeb Bush has followed in the footsteps of almost the rest of the family and thrown his name into the Republican Presidential nominee ring. He is, in my view, the weakest link in the chain because his flashy gimmicks, worth millions, doesn’t really bring anything new to the political table, aside from seeking power in a swing state (a state where it is difficult to determine which of the party’s candidates, would win), to continue the legacy of the Republican Party and spread far-and-wide across America, the beliefs of his father, the former President George Bush Sr. The nomination for this party has become a hotly-contested seat, solely because of the campaigns the candidates have fought, and because of the kind of candidates that have contested for it.
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Scott Walker are some of the prominent candidates in the race, and there has even been fringe candidates, such as Donald Trump who came to limelight with his “controversial” remarks on Hispanics in America – he doesn’t warm to them, a great deal, but there is no doubt that even he knows how to differentiate “the Hispanic problem” from the Hispanic population in America that need support. The frontrunner so far has been Marco Rubio, because a poll has revealed that most Republicans would like to see him in the White House. The questions over Hispanics is actually a really crucial one and it has become something that has dogged the Republicans for a long time.
As Hillary Clinton vouched to keep undocumented immigrants inside America, on the other side of the spectrum, Mitt Romney lost out on his seat in 2012, because he was against the idea – Romney wanted to see Hispanics leave America. I have never been kind to the idea of Latin Americans crossing over the border fences and come and seek a pathway to citizenship in America, simply as a means to escape the brutal totalitarian regimes that exist in that region. President Obama took a very “difficult” step when he planned to grant millions of undocumented immigrants the right to stay inside the country – a decision that Hillary Clinton, wholeheartedly supported.
This policy push has been an important political decision by the Obama administration – I was on the other side of the debate, voicing my opposition to the political decision, and instead aiming to clear out the backlog of cases that had accumulated for immigrants, over all this time. There is no doubt that immigration reform is a good cause but there is no denying that President Obama’s policy choice was rather unpopular, to certain political factions. Most Republicans and the American population are against the idea because they actually want to set a cap on immigration.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, seems so interested in engaging with that kind of Latino crowd – she is a sharp contrast in this whole leadership race, and nothing like her contemporaries in the Republican Party. GOP frontrunners prefer to refrain from engaging, with “that crowd” and focus on other more important matters in the United States, such as what to do over reforms to public-sector unions – it’s a good thing they are not familiar with the noises coming from those quarters about how engagement could lead to political stability because that would surely be the icing on the cake, in a smart field of political talk.