Geraldo Rivera new book on Hispanics’ new era of prosperity

Geraldo Rivera has written a new book,  “The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity.” According to the Today Show the book “details the evolving role of Hispanics in shaping every facet of American culture.”  You can read an excerpt of the book here. The Great Progression.small

The award-winning journalist of Puerto Rican and Jewish decent brings up some interesting figures in his book, including predicting that Latinos will be compose the majority of America’s population.

“In 1950, there were 5 million Latinos. Today, there are more than 46 million. And the recent downturn in illegal immigration due to the lack of good construction jobs in our faltering economy will only marginally slow the pace….”

“If current trends hold, 25 percent of the U.S. population will be Hispanic by 2040, and by the end of the twenty-first century, the United States will be a majority-Hispanic country. Put another way, there are people alive today who will be around to watch America take its place as the world’s largest Hispanic country by population. Perhaps more surprisingly, it is already number two behind just Mexico and already ahead of Spain.”

Rivera, who regularly appears on Fox News, talks about the power of Latino voters and how they express their power at the ballot box. Using the 2008 election as an example he writes how Hispanic Americans, upset at the negative rhetoric of some immigration extremists, who unfortunately sometimes identify with Republicans,  voted down conservatives and helped Obama to victory.

“…Meantime, real-world Hispanic American citizen voters looked around and realized how insulting the conversation had become. In November 2008, Latinos made the Republican Party pay, and the price was steep: control of Congress and the White House. In record numbers Hispanics voted and in the end made a major, if not the decisive difference in the elections. By several sober analyses, including my own, there but for almost 12 million Hispanic voters John McCain would be president. But “I told you so” is not what this is about. The surge of Latino voters happened and, in a larger societal sense, is happening, and this book is about what that means.”

I haven’t read Rivera’s book yet. I do look forward to learning more about his point of view.

Like many I believe that Latinos can, and will, connect with the Republican party, but it will take hard work from all in the GOP. Latinos and Republicans have a lot of issues in common –  improving economic opportunities, the power of small business to create jobs, creating more educational choices, and understanding that the most important unit is the family.

I look forward to the 2010 and 2012 races to see how politicians on the right side of the political spectrum connect with Latino voters. It’s important for candidates and elected officials to talk about immigration reform. Especially the need for safe, legal immigration without insulting the millions of  immigrants, and their descendants, working and voting in this country.



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  2. Geraldo, Im so glad I took the chance to listen. There was a time I felt like the victim, poor me and rich people don’t care about the common man. BUT, I had to grow up and take responsibility for myself and educate myself once and forall. Thank goodness my parents taught me to seek out and you will find the truth. I don’t believe in Obama At All! I think he is a wolf with a sheep coat, a disguise. I think he doesn’t care about any of us Hispanics but again you and all the rest of the Latin people are fooled. Without rich people as yourself who are supposedly hoarding it all, should be crusified but I tell you, without rich people there would not be any handouts because Im damm sure no poor person would have any funds to support anything or anyone so you all better get with the program and jump on that train and make something of yourself where you can make money but first learn to speak ENGLISH and not be so ignorant. Spanish can be used but English is first. Go to Mexico or other Latin countries if you want to be a full fledge spanish speaker. There is so much that needs to be told to the latin community and no one has the guts to say it like it is. Latin people need to assimulate to our ways and our country, there is a reason why they fload her like a out control stream, Dah…the opportunity is here and all they have to do is educate them selfs and not carry their flag from mexico anymore but carry the USA flag with pride and this my friend is my country and that’s what we do here. Quit your negative talks with our people about educate them, Get them to become citizens and be done with it. Tell them to talk english! tell them to finish school, tell them to stop having babies and collecting welfare, tell them to stand tall and proud and own things, Be a stronger smarter people. You Geraldo can have a great influence on Latino People!

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