The Texas Democratic Party has set history by electing the first Hispanic chair. While this may be historic, history is written at the end of whatever. Then history will record successes and failures. I read about two conventions this weekend, the Democratic Convention in Houston and the Republican Convention here in Fort Worth. They can be contrasted. One is in power (Republican), the other one (Democrat) has been out of power for almost twenty years. I have been an observer and participant in the Democratic Party since my first attempt at elected office in 2002. I have seen one dream team and two anointed candidates for governor. In trying to win elections the party has thwarted the democratic process in the erroneous belief that “we” know best. “We” of course is synonymous with the TDP. There are no names and no faces, just “we”. In the case of Bill White, the “we ” is Gilberto Hinojosa because he was quoted as saying that everyone should get behind White because he was the only one that could win. He was wrong. Success breeds success. Failure does not breed success. The state needs two competitive parties. Some in the party are waiting for the Republican Party to implode. That is a poor strategy for getting elected. Candidates must offer a viable alternative to whatever the Republicans propose. At the moment the TDP does not offer viable alternatives to whatever the Republicans propose. It is not about turning Texas Blue, it is about viable alternatives.
What is wrong is wrong no matter if you sugar coat it or gold plate it, it is wrong.
Minority Opportunity Districts were created to allow minorities to be elected to office. We know that people tend to vote their color so it is difficult, not impossible, just difficult, for Hispanics or African-Americans to be elected in mostly White districts. I have long criticized the lack of leadership, vision and direction of the Democratic Party. It is not a viable party in the state. The TDP has long placed a burden on Latinos to get out and vote for its candidates. When candidates lose, the fault is usually attributed to a lack of Latino voting. Latinos are not to blame for the lack of leadership in the party.
I have a question. “Is it right for a well-funded non-minority, that cannot be elected otherwise barge into a district that has been created for a minority and abscond with a prize that rightfully belongs to a minority?” At issue is specifically Congressional District 35 where the courts had to intervene to create a minority opportunity district only to have a person who could not be elected otherwise decide that he would run in the district because he could win.
Wrong to deny minorities representation and wrong to blame Latinos for the failure of the TDP.
After this short hiatus I am back on-line and we will be able to share our thoughts.
First one is going to ask the question, “Is this wrong?”
Next one is going to be about the Incomplete Public Education.
I am taking a brief timeout. I have things to say so keep coming back. Until then. Keep the faith.
I wonder who was the first Rock Star Politician. It appears like politicians are trying to pass themselves off as rock stars and not as politicians with a message of hope for the community and for America. America is transitioning from one era to another. Yesterday is not today and today is not tomorrow. That is how rapid change is occurring and we need to prepare the American people for today and tomorrow. You hear “Change Washington” so much that it kind of like this saying has a life of its own. But it doesn’t because it means nothing. Yup, that is what it means, Zilch, Nada, To change Washington, you have to change whom you send to Washington. And folks that is not easy. When you get right down to it, we know Washington is broke but we keep sending the same people back to Washington. If you think changing Washington is easy, watch and see who newspapers endorse for election. You will see that mostly all incumbents are going to be endorsed by newspapers with a complete list of everything they have accomplished. How do you change Washington?? .
I read an article about public education and as I contemplated the article I made some notes. The problem with public education in Texas is not that we teach to the test. Testing allows us to rate schools and hold administrators accountable. As a politician I learned that people want accountability of their schools. Testing and accountability go hand in hand, side by side. Dallas ISD is going through a rigmarole right now looking for the perfect superintendent, the Real Superman. And let us not kid ourselves, Dallas is looking for Superman. Once located, that Superman is going to be paid a good bundle of money to produce results. That Superman is going to have one mandate – improve test scores. Guess what the marching orders to the principals and staff is going to be? The staff will look under every rock for a program that guarantees improved test scores. Principals will have to implement whatever program is bought and whatever they find on their own. All these programs will have one objective in common, improve test scores. Testing was not intended to give birth to a test culture, the test culture evolved from the demand placed on superintendents to improve test scores. There is only one measure used to hold superintendents accountable, test scores. The job security of all administrators is based on test results. There may be other factors that are cursorily considered, but their importance is miniscule compared to test results. I believe that the state has a vested interest in knowing how well our children are being taught therefore testing should be a viable tool to assess performance. The food chain would look something like this; legislature, school board, superintendent, staff, principals, teachers, students. Theoretically, the community would be the legislature. Once report cards are issued to superintendents, report cards are passed down to the principal and then the teacher. Some superintendents began competing against other school districts to be the best. That is probably how test culture originated, but then it is just a guess. Job security probably has a lot more to do with test culture than anything else. If you are at the top of the food chain and get fired, there are not those many places to go for a job. The real question is “how can you have accountability without creating a test culture?”
The primaries are underway and from these events will emerge one man or woman to go forward to the general election. As we proceed we must remember that ultimately, we want to rebuild the Democratic Party. That rebuilding can only occur if those who are elected take an active interest in helping those who are trying to get elected. Rebulding the party is going to start from the ground up, or as we call it “grassroots”.
Best advice I can give to the TDP. Let Freedom Ring, let people decide, get the heck out of the way. you have tried too long to manipulate the will of the people it is time to let go. You have created a party with a loser mentality, that the only way to win an election is to create minority districts. Then elect non-minorities. Where is the American fighting spirit?
Of course, the RWTH (right wing talking heads) have done a great job of destroying the liberal media. Every communication media out there, radio, TV, newspapers, they are all labeled as “liberal” by the RWTH. Frequently I observe bumper stickers denigrating the liberal media. Liberal and Conservative are no longer equal, one is good and one is evil. I love to see an occasional sticker that boldly states “proud liberal”.
If you read my previous posts you will read about Right Wing Talk Show Talking Heads (RWTSTH). I explained that they are entertainers. Their sponsors pay them based on how successfuly they are at marketing their sponsor. You saw where Limbaugh apoogized to the young lady for some improper remarks he made. This apology was driven by the sponsors. These entertainers are very successfuly at swaying peoples feelings politically, but they are still entertainers. So. Tired of RWTSTH? Don’t buy the products.