October marks the start of Filipino American History Month. During a consequential election season, it’s important to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices Filipino Americans have made as well as the impact they will continue to have as we look toward Election Day.
Filipinos have been in the United States since the very beginning of our nation. Their strong work ethic and love for America has strengthened our country while Filipino Americans serve as health care workers, small business owners, and servicemembers in our military.
But over the last two years, Filipino families find themselves working harder to put less food on the table and less gas in the tank. Democrats like Catherine Cortez Masto have taken the Filipino American vote for granted and abandoned Filipino families. The results have been disastrous. Violent crime is skyrocketing. Lethal drugs like fentanyl are pouring over the border and finding their way into our communities, destroying our children’s lives.
The record is clear: Joe Biden and the Democrats have failed Filipino Americans on every issue. Worse, they don’t care.
Many Filipinos came to America to make a new life because this is the land of opportunity. But thanks to Biden, the American Dream is getting further out of reach every day. Democrats fueled historic inflation by spending trillions of dollars and American families are paying more at the grocery store and gas pump. American workers have taken a pay cut as real wages have fallen under Joe Biden. This could cost families a shocking $11,500 more per year as skyrocketing prices are crushing hardworking families.
Instead of focusing on solutions like cutting spending, Biden bailed out the wealthy with a student loan bailout whose cost could exceed $1 trillion while most of the benefits go to the top 60 percent of earners. Democrats couldn’t care less about the Filipino parents who worked extra shifts or took a second job to send their children to school. On top of that, Cortez Masto voted for Biden’s bill to hire 87,000 new IRS agents who will be unleashed to audit the middle class.
Democrats have abandoned the safety of Filipino American families in favor of a radical agenda. Cortez Masto votes 93% with Joe Biden and Democrats who have repeatedly called to defund the police, gutted bail policies, and supported downgrading crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. In fact, at least 14 Democrat-run cities broke homicide records in 2021, and at least six major blue cities are now on pace to break violent crime records set last year. It’ll only get worse if Democrats stay in power.
Instead of enforcing the rule of law, Joe Biden and the Democrats created a humanitarian crisis that has led to
4.4 million undocumented immigrants crossing the border. This means that more undocumented immigrants have crossed the border since Joe Biden became president than the 4.2 million Filipino Americans in the entire United States. Biden’s open border opened the floodgates to crime and drugs. Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18-45, and just last month 56 pounds of fentanyl were seized by Nevada troopers. This lawlessness is a slap in the face to Filipinos who played by the rules and came to this country legally. No one should be rewarded for breaking our nation’s laws, but it’s an everyday occurrence in Biden’s America.
The stakes of the upcoming midterms could not be higher and the choice could not be clearer. Democrat policies have caused historic inflation, a nationwide crime wave, and a crisis on our southern border, and partisans like Cortez Masto have backed them every step of the way. Meanwhile, Republicans like Senate Candidate Adam Laxalt will champion policies that will lead to economic prosperity, a secure border, and safe communities.
Republicans are invested in meeting Filipino voters and hearing what matters to you. The RNC has opened five Asian Pacific American community centers across the country, including one in Las Vegas where you can tell us what matters to your family so we can build a stronger country together. The polls show that our message is resonating. Asian Americans are leaving Democrats behind as they move further and further left.
Our country owes so much to the Filipino community. Now, Filipino voters have the power to impact the future of the Silver State. The choice is clear: another term of radical Democrat rule or commonsense conservative leadership under Laxalt and Lombardo. The GOP stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Filipino families. Restoring the American Dream begins with voting Republican on Election Day.
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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Asian Journal, its management, editorial board and staff.
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Ronna McDaniel is the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Prior to her tenure at the RNC, Chairwoman McDaniel served as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, She began her career in politics as a grassroots activist, serving as a precinct delegate, a district committee executive member, a state party committeewoman in Michigan, an RNC committeewoman and as a national delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District.