In 2008 I wondered to myself why I was leaning more and more towards a vote for Barack Obama, after having been a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton. I could not initially figure it out. When it all began, there was no doubt it was Hillary for me. The thought of Bill back in the House was beautiful. The right-wingers would be sleepless, I thought, and thinking the world was coming to an end. That also made me sleepless, but in a good way and only because I didn’t want to miss the news to see and mock the right-wingers complaining about the administration, no doubt whil
Memorial Day just passed and besides the beer, the drinks, barbeque and get-togethers, is something so much more important, that it should not even be mentioned in the same sentence. Not to take away from other recognized holidays, but this particular holiday that we just celebrated, may be the most important holiday that people, as citizens of a Nation, can be proud of and remember what it’s about. There is no greater sacrifice than that of an individual who lays down his or her life in defense of their Nation when called to do so, not to mention the countless others who return home, but
The road for both candidates, Willard "Mitt" Romney and Rick Santorum, to get enough delegates to sew up the Republican Party Presidential Nomination prior to their convention, is looking mathematically impossible. I only mention these two, because it appears that Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are toast and probably only staying in hoping to get offered Secretary of Something.
The question was why Chicanos loathe getting involved in politics or vote and also how the Chicano Channel would convince Chicano/as to do it. Some went so far as to say we had to throw a barbecue and beer pachanga in the middle of Chicano neighborhoods to let them know we are there and to talk to them about the importance of being involved in politics, face to face. Hijole, really? What’s so difficult about realizing the importance of being aware of what’s going on out there and voting?
You would think that lynchings were a thing of the past, but late February’s murder of Trayvon Martin and the amount of publicity it has generated, has shown you that in fact not only are they still occurring, but they now have received legal cover by the NRA-backed, "Stand Your Ground Law". Who wouldn’t support a law with that name, standing your ground is in almost every Chicanos' DNA, but when it is used to pop a little brother for no other reason than because he is black, than it is simply a legal lynching law.
Mr. O’s Justice Department today blocked Texas’ new voter identification law, saying it was done primarily to negatively affect the Chicano vote. The older Chicano population, who by the way have been voting legally forever, would be the most negatively affected because they may not be driving anymore, thus would not have a driver’s license anymore. The new changes would have also allowed for hunting licenses to be acceptable, but not student identifications.
President Obama and the Democrats are in a good groove at this time, their numbers with Women, Independents and Chicanos are pulling away into double-digit leads nationwide. Rush Limbaugh helped by calling law student, Sandra Fluke, a "slut" and a "prostitute", simply because she testified about the medical necessity of contraception before Congress. Obama played chess with the Republicans when he made the comment that he would apply his healthcare initiative, free contraception and preventative care for all women, to the Catholic Hospitals.
A four-term Texas State Representative from San Antonio, Joaquin Castro is now running for the U.S. House Seat in the 20th District, the same position once held by the infamous, late Henry B. Gonzalez since 1961. After Henry B. retired, his son Charlie Gonzalez won the seat and has held it until his decision recently not to run for re-election in 2012. Rep. Castro, who had been running for the newly created and very controversial U.S. House District 35, then switched to run for the 20th District and was endorsed by outgoing U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez.
We have been accused of being completely Democratic, anti-Republican and even reminded that all Chicanos (Mexican-Americans) are not Democrats. To the last point, we know that already and that is not our fault, just kidding. We would remind people that currently there is only one race and that is between the Republican Presidential hopefuls wanting to be nominated to run against Barack Obama and the fireworks emanating from that is what we have been writing about for a while.