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In the American mainstream media, for several decades now, there has been a narrative that seeks to present the Latino who arrives in Florida or Texas as a needy, weak, uneducated man, who has escaped from his country of origin and desperately needs government aid to survive.
This narrative has also been promoted by the most important media of the Latino community in the country, as is the case of Telemundo and Univision, who with their progressive look have constantly highlighted and put the focus on the checkpoints at the border with Mexico and the less thriving populations, but little they talk about the success stories of Latino migrants who, far from seeking a state pather familias, have come to the land of opportunity in search of something very simple: freedom.
To paraphrase Reagan, nothing should worry us more than when the government tells us “I am from the government and I am here to help you.”
Those of us who have escaped from freedom-stifling countries ruled by collectivist tyrants who want to run societies according to their own mental schemes and redistribute private wealth as if it were their own, know how valuable it is to simply be able to live in a place where we do not have government breathing down our necks, and where government simply acts as a protector of the individual rights and duties of each of its citizens.
Regardless of the fact that the mainstream media wants to impose this hopeless view of the Hispanic immigrant, the truth is that the Latino community is the most entrepreneurial and one of the largest generators of wealth in the country.
By 2018, according to The Hispanic Council, the Latino community became the main economic engine of the United States, despite representing only 18% of the population; the reason for this is that Hispanics are entrepreneurs by nature, many come to the country not only with the intention of working for someone else, but also to form their own businesses; by 2012 there were just over 3 million companies created by Latinos, by 2017 there had been an increase of 46% consolidating more than five million companies.
Florida is the future of the United States
A new empire rises in the south of the United States, while the traditional leading state of the country falls apart -New York-, in Miami and the rest of Florida’s cities the sun always shines. The stark contrast between the two states could not be more extreme, the mandatory quarantine imposed by Cuomo destroyed the city’s economy and left thousands of people unemployed, many of them packed their bags and decided to go to a place where a tyrant -now accused and investigated for alleged sexual harassment and also for his negligence in ordering nursing homes to receive infected people- does not prohibit them from working in order to be able to eat.
With Ron DeSantis at the helm of the southern state, Florida’s economy managed to survive the onslaught of the coronavirus by allowing citizens greater freedoms, while maintaining better health records compared to much more restrictive states such as New York or California.
But of course, none of this is a coincidence, for several years now, the Republicans more sympathetic to small government and who respect and promote private initiative have won in Florida, followed by a large Latino community that values the efforts of GOP leaders to maintain their state as a land of freedom and innovation, which also stands firm against the tyrannies that crush their fellow citizens in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Since the Latino community is essential in electing the authorities that govern tax, economic and legal policies, Florida’s system represents the Latino essence that advocates business creation, innovation, low taxes, and individual freedoms.
Francis Suarez, a worthy representative of the Latino Community
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, of Cuban descent, has become one of the pillars of the decentralized financial revolution to which the world is now pointing. Suarez has not only facilitated and invited large entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in South Florida, but has also developed a plan for Miami to become the first city in the country to incorporate cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to its public payroll, investing in such assets, and promoting part of the payroll in cryptocurrencies, understanding that this will drive greater decentralization of power and allow more people in the future to trade freely, to generate greater wealth.
That the governor of Florida and the mayor of Miami in their public policies promote individual freedoms is no coincidence, they do it because people have voted for them precisely because and for that, And so, little by little, they have become an example for the whole country that from a distance observes -some with envy and others with joy- how in Florida a new empire is rising up that intends to dispute New York’s title of “The Capital of the World”, and that with the Latino community at the forefront, today inspires much more confidence to the big investors than the cold streets of Manhattan.
Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American