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.
Let’s say that a certain NFL team decided they were going to crown themselves Super Bowl Champions. To do this and appear legitimate, they divided the team in half, had a scrimmage and declared the winner “Super Bowl Champ.” Minority districts are that way. Once upon a time, they might have made moral sense. Today, the districts are manipulated to benefit a specific person or party and not necessarily the people in a district. In this situation you are going to have “Ins” and “Outs” in a district. Some people are going to be “In” and some are going to be “Out”. Who you send to Austin or Washington is going to determine the quality of legislation. Too much time has been spent on issues that are irrelevant to the economic prosperity of America. No one can change Washington, or Austin. What you can change is who represents you in these places. When you do that, you will have changed Washington and Austin.
I can recall my poker playing days. Of course, we played for money. Real money. I can vividly recall everytime a new hand was dealt and watching all the other players around the table trying to catch a clue as to how powerful a hand they had been dealt. With some players you did not have to do that. You knew they were going to play every hand, win or lose, most of the time lose. Ocassionally they would win a hand but that rare ocassion did not make up for previous loses. That money was gone, into somebody else’s pocket. Sad, but true. As I see all the fenagling with redistricting, I am reminded of those card playing days. I see the TDP chair, trying to win that one big hand that would cover all previous loses. Just one more round. The fight in the Republican Party is over values. This is what the base of the party want. They want to know where their presidential candidates stand on values. Of course, Obama will probably be reelected. I would be surprised if he was not. You can bet your bottom dollar that he will join in the values fight. In Texas, the drought has been harsh. In the TDP there has been a long drought also. Perhaps it is time for the TDP chair to learn from R’s and Obama himself. A values dance might just end the drought.
How often do we hear the same old song, “Latino’s don’t vote”. Every year we go through the same ritual called, “get out the vote”. Yet the stats continue to echo the same words, “Latino’s don’t vote”. ???????????????
As someone who lived through the civil rights era, I can remember being singled out because of my color, race and last name. The only recourse I had was what we all had, fisticuffs. Of course, when you did that you fell into a trap from which there was no escape. Yes, you can say I have felt discrimination and racism personally. I did not read it in a textbook nor saw a film about it, I lived it. The emotional scars have healed over time. Yes, there is still discrimination today, but it is not easily visible. In a way it has been institutionalized in many ways.
I say this because I have seen the fight over redistricting and have heard the word discrimination used too frequently. I understand disenfranchisement. I also understand that redistricting is a political process with the party in power holding the winning hand. The political landscape has changed a lot in Texas and what was true once upon a time may not necessarily be true today. Somehow, it appears like the Democratic Party wants to win elections by having districts that are overwhelmingly minority. The perception is created that the only offices minorites can win are those where the votes are stacked in their favor. Of courses minorites do not always get elected in these minority districts. It is not about empowering minorities but about maintaining Democrats in office. It makes a person wonder how Bill Flores, a Spanish surname, was elected in a heavily Conservative Republican, White district. There are other Hispanics who have similarly been elected in non-minority districts. I say this because a person that gets elected in a minority district whether Republican or Democrat has not achieved much. Once elected these minorities benefit from incumbancy and when these elected officials are not effective officials it is the minorities that suffer. We need Latino leadership all over Texas and the status quo is not leadership, it is an impediment.
Overheard yesterday. “The Democratic Party wants to win a statewide election, it just does not want to be democratic about it”.
I attended a funeral yesterday and like most funerals it was a very sad affair especially when it is someone you know and remember fondly. I saw around me and heard all the kind words of sadness, sorrow and encouragement. I could not help but think of politics. I recall comments that I read about the candidate for state chair from South Texas and his plan to turn Texas Blue. I thought to myself, “I do not believe anyone in here cares a rat’s rear what color Texas is. They just want something better, not so much for themselves anymore, but for their children”. The cuts in education hit this group of people hard. In one of my political interviews I was asked, “when does a person stop paying for a crime? When you speak of a male adult with children who is being denied the right to vote, the punishment extends to the children. The Democratic Party has for years had a loyal following of Hispanics and African-Americans. As I look around I see why some of these voters are looking elsewhere for political power. Will redistricting really change anything around here? When we say “Turn Texas Blue” are we no better off than someone saying, “Make Texas more conservative”. Both sides miss the point. The point is about making Texas better. Does anyone out there have a “how to plan?????”
Now that everyone has recuperated from all the celebrating it is time to get down to business and figure out how to get Democracts elected. Of course, there are some Democratic candidates that I support and others that I believe should reassess their ability to move the party forward. Certainly, I hear the same old worn out rhetoric about how to turn Texas blue. The old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result rings true in many corners. There are so many experts out there, people who believe that they have the answer, that they have a winning formula, etc, etc. Folks. You want to make Texas blue???? Start with the TDP chair.