As the uncommitted Mexican American Super Latino, I get to comment on what stupid people forget.
Not so long ago, a white guy (now the Chair of the Democratic National Committee) said that his election was not going to be about “God, Guns, and Gays.” As a result, the right wingnuts went crazy with shock and awe. The point of the statement was that he was not going to limit his campaign to issues that he believed had little to do with the success of America as a nation.
Now for take two, Obama, another (half) white guy, has said that people who are afraid fall back on religion and guns and attacking immigrants. Again, everybody is going crazy. Many are even saying that this is an insensitive elitist statement.
Let’s face it. Obama is right. All we have to do is look at what happens every time the economy tanks. People, no matter what color, fall back into things that they know the best. And, yes, as a gun owner, I know that when he talks about guns he is not talking about shooting Bambi; he is talking about the wingnuts who run around and believe they see a federal agent around every corner. (The second amendment crazies may be right by the way. The purpose of the amendment may have been to protect the citizenry from the government and not the other way around.)
As to the religion issue, Democrats have allowed the wingnuts to take over the issue of so called family values and prayer and have fallen into the “faith-based” political agenda.
If you have been a student of American history you would know that god was intentionally left out of the constitution for specific reasons. One reason was that Catholics, like the Bishop of Baltimore, feared the crazy puritans. I am not saying that the Catholics weren’t crazy also, but hey!
So that brings us to immigration. Let’s say it again until someone pays attention.
Mexican citizens are not taking jobs out of the hands of American citizens. If they are taking jobs from anyone, it is from other Mexican citizens who are competing for survival.
Here is the question of the day, again, when will the Party of the old slaveholder (the famed humanist, Thomas Jefferson) get it together and realize that the key to winning the national election is to get the (Catholic) Mexican American voter to believe once again that the Democratic Party will not take them for granted?
I have been asking for a commitment of $20 million for a national Latino voter project. I get the shock and awe look from people who say that’s a lot of money. To which I reply that the Kerry campaign spent a billion dollars to lose and wouldn’t spend one million on Latinos. For the last eight years that I have been on the DNC, I have been asking for $3 million a year to do voter registration education and vote by mail efforts in the Mexican American community. Oh, “we can’t do that,” I am told. There are (as we all know) ten thousand ways to say no and only one way to say yes.
I went to the California convention and was asked over and over again why I was an uncommitted superdelegate. I replied (as I did in one of my previous editorials) that loyalty is a two-way street. So far, the Mexican American community outside of California has seen no reason to believe in the Democratic Party.
It is time to pay up. It is time to get on the train. We are tired of being told we are auxiliary and that we should wait and see.
So to the national campaigns, I remain uncommitted and am willing to abstain from voting until the third ballot at the national convention –until there is a budget and a plan. [By the way, for those of you without a calendar (Howard) the convention is after July 2008.]
Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the Democratic National Committee and a long time political activist. Contact Steven at: [email protected], This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.