- - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It’s difficult to deny the ring of truth in certain platitudes. Heads nod in agreement with the wisdom of “change is the only constant in life,” often attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. But 23 centuries later, French journalist and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr similarly nailed it again with his observation that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Common sense is a convenient tool for sorting out life’s inconsistencies and forming a suitable resolution. Some things change, but not everything, nor should it.

In the wake of political tremors felt with the midterm elections, we’re all left to ponder whether the evolving demographics of America are leading to a fundamentally different nation. As the whirlwind of change reshapes the landscape, it’s only through preserving the core values of faith, family and freedom that America can remain the exceptional nation that has been — and is — the envy of the world.

The single and abiding issue of the Trump era is whether the people who live here as citizens still have a say in who may settle in their midst. Donald Trump won the White House primarily on the strength of his promise to clean up after Barack Obama and Congress refused to deal with the chaos on the southern border.

Open-borders advocates contend that in a nation of immigrants, anyone blocking the path of an aspiring American is a hypocrite. That’s a red herring. America is a nation of legal immigrants. If the nation desperately needed what Barack Obama calls “fundamental transformation,” waves of eager aspiring immigrants would not be flowing over the southern border for a chance to live and work in America like it is.

An analysis of exit polls collected on Election Day 2018, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that Latinos comprise nearly 13 percent of the U.S. electorate — their largest share ever — and they preferred Democratic candidates over Republicans 69 percent to 29 percent. Black voters favored Democrats 90 percent to 9 percent, and Asians 77 percent to 23 percent. Only whites leaned Republican, 54 percent to 44 percent.

These trends are not unusual, but another one is, and could have profound effect on the future. Among Hispanic voters, 27 percent said they were casting a ballot for the first time. Pollsters found that 18 percent of black voters said they were visiting the ballot box for the first time and 12 percent of whites were new voters.

In Florida, where razor-thin Republican margins are shrinking still further amid ballot recount chaos, Hispanics sided with Bill Nelson in the Senate race and Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race, by much smaller margins than previously, 54 percent to 45 percent. Historically, Florida Hispanics have favored Republicans, owing to the anti-communist passion shared by the GOP and the state’s large Cuban community. Beto O’Rourke won an overwhelming 64 percent of Latino votes in losing to Sen. Ted Cruz. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat, put away Martha McSally, a Republican, in their face-off for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat in Arizona on the strength of winning 69 percent of the Hispanic vote.

The takeaway from the Pew analysis is that Latinos — young voters in particular — have provided new strength to the Democrats and are likely to continue the party’s dash toward left field. Their impact could set off an unstoppable metamorphosis in which red states turn purple, then blue.

The Washington Times reported Monday that the number of illegal immigrant families who slipped into the United States, primarily from Central America, broke every record for October. Stopped at the border were 23,121 persons, parents and children, 40 percent more than the next highest number and 400 percent more than the number apprehended a year ago. With single adults and illegals seeking asylum included, the figure reaches nearly 51,000.

The courts blocking Trump administration attempts to limit the flow of illegal immigrants almost inevitably encourage the new residents to raise young Hispanics partial to the Democratic Party. Though their Catholic roots align with Republicans on traditional pro-family, pro-life values, Hispanics are more sympathetic to big-government entitlement programs, tipping the balance in favor of Democrats.

The United States is at fault for failing to imbue the new arrivals with an appreciation of the fundamental values of faith, family and freedom that immigrants crave. If the nation that builds itself anew with each generation can manage to impart a reverence for the ideals that made it great, America will always feel like home.

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