Pander Me Not

Political pandering can be hilarious to watch. Chronically out of touch politicians try desperately to convince people who are very different from them that they “totally get them.” What follows is an awkward and hesitant employment of vague stereotypes that usually ends up confirming just how out of touch they are. It’s better than watching grandparents try to participate in something that “kids these days” are doing.

But pandering misses the entire point of getting public support. The people don’t need someone who talks and acts like them… they have pop stars and celebrities for that. They want someone who can secure a better life for them.

“Hey hombre, I’m all down with the cholos, man! I eat tacos just like you, I understand la raza! I can even roll my Rs when I practice in front of the mirror for like five hours, guey! Vote for me, paisa!” All of which means nothing if said Panderer-In-Chief makes them poorer by raising taxes and regulations on business. No one cares how much someone talks like them if that someone won’t give them equal protection under the law, and keeps their hard-working relatives from coming to the country. And all the inside lingo and references will mean nothing if they’re under constant fear of being watched by their government, arrested for saying the wrong thing.

What do minorities want? The same things everyone else wants. They want peace. They want freedom. And most importantly, they want to be able to feed themselves and their families. Homie better be down with that.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.