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Obamanos! A Man with the Courage of Robert Kennedy


Finally, after eight years there is a budget and a plan for the Latino voter! It must really gall a bunch of folks within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) (who have bought off on the Dean theory of kumbaya and let us do a 50 state plan) to see that Obama gets it. You have to win Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.

The $20 million dollars is going to be a real squeaker. Lets face it 20 million is not really enough. I knew that if I said $40 million dollars the East Coasters would go crazy or think I was. Now there is barely enough time to get the real job done - this all needed to get started four years ago. But you go to war with the army you have, right?

So what is the question of the day? It seems that we Latinos need to step up to the plate and get ready to raise money for this earmarked effort. Not since Bobby Kennedy have we seen a real commitment from a presidential candidate to our voters and issues. Obama, in fact, looks like one guy who wants to go the distance.

I have seen courageous men and women in my lifetime. They are people who despite being afraid continue to do the job. There are certainly three people in this election year who by those standards are courageous.

One without a doubt is McCain. [Not for what he is doing in this race because he has surrendered his courage to the Republifacists who must now maintain their so-called honor. Even Sun Tzu in the art of War a thousand years ago knew that this was a weakness. No man of honor has to really maintain his honor, either he has it, or he doesn’t.] The second person in the race with real courage is Michelle Obama.

Finally the person with all the courage is Obama, who is under constant attack now that he is the nominee.

Senator Obama has challenged us as Americans to believe that we can do what America has the capability of doing. Obama has challenged us as Americans to get back hope. Obama has challenged us as Americans to look into the better nature of ourselves and see the possibility and for all these things, he is being attacked. He looks at all of us and says let us get going or in Spanish vámonos.

He is being attacked for challenging America the way it was challenged in the Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. Is this any reason for him to be attacked? I listen to the right wing nuts say that he is pictured as the messiah. I just want a president who cares about the people in this country and this hemisphere.

I am going out to help raise the money that Obama says he wants to commit to our vote. I know he has the money already, I just want to prove the point that loyalty is a two way street. The answer to each of the questions of the day is and has always been when someone stands with you - stand with them. We may lose this election but it will not be for lack of my trying.

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My old friend Cesar Chavez used to say Sí se puede! He would go through the whole conjugation of the verb until he got to the statement no tengo poder. This means I have no power. When we as a nation admit we cannot do something, it means we are powerless as a people. I know, as did Cesar, that admitting that one is powerless means that others will control their existence.

No one controls my existence. I am responsible for my country and myself. I know we can as a nation do better, be better, and have hope again about our future for our children yet unborn.

Until today, I signed off all my DNC correspondence with the term Siempre Adelante, which means always forward. From today until my term in office ends, I will sign it off - OBAMANOS!

p.s. If you would like to contribute to the effort to get Mexican American and other Latino voters to vote in this election for Obama go to for information on how to do that and for the links to many site already up and running.

Thanks Barack soy en su lado!


by Steven Ybarra

Steven Ybarra 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: This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in and but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.

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