It’s all about values…

Veteran’s Affairs.

This agency is a severe blight on America’s soul.  Most people acknowledge the veteran, but not all veterans are the same.  I am a disabled veteran.  I am a disabled peacetime veteran.  There are others who are peacetime veterans.  There are those who made the military their career.  These career soldiers served in some war or another, some had more than one combat tour.  Some military people were killed serving their country, others wounded, others just served.  I am one of those that just served.  I had opportunities to be involved in combat but I was fortunate that the enemy never attacked when it was my time to play soldier.  I was exposed to Agent Orange and from what I understand now it was pretty nasty stuff.  My disability was caused in peacetime.  A year ago I was operated for a peacetime injury.  I applied for compensation.  For over a year I have heard VA say “we are working on it”.  Letters to the secretary and the president have not been answered.  When I identify myself as a veteran I hear people say thank you for your service.  I do not want “thanks,” I want someone to make the VA get off its butt.  Is that possible?  Where are the elected officials?  Why aren’t they doing something about the service from the VA?  I also hear, “VA has too much work.”  VA is the most urgent matter that the Congress has.  Where is the Congress?

Last topic is inclusion.  What does the word mean?  How is it practiced?  I have personal experience with the Democratic Party and inclusion.  In my experience it has been more exclusive than inclusive.  When I ran for Congress the first time, county chairs took me under their arm and gave me advice about being a politician.  One piece of advice that they gave me was to get a hold of Martin Frost, find out his schedule and be at all his events.  That was easier said than done.  Or as a pundit explained, “Martin has to see Barton every day.  They are buddies.  Martin is not going to endanger his relationship with Joe to help you”. Then there was the infamous hot check.  As I recall the TDP chair removed my name from the ballot because the check did not clear.  Well this time the check did clear.  However, this time the TDP chair decided that only the anointed one would be the only one welcomed at the county level and all of us were excluded by most county chairs.  Funny thing, the TDP did not return anybody’s check.  The TDP kept the money. So if we are talking about inclusion, transparency, and accountability we need to play with a full deck.  Thus far, the TDP has not played with a full deck.  Manipulating elections favoring some candidates over others is not necessarily democratic.

Four years ago I said that what the Democratic Party needed was leadership.  Today, I repeat my words of four years ago.  What the Democratic Party needs is leadership.  I believe that it is wrong to fabricate some great hope, building everybody’s hopes when the party does not realize that the leadership is out of step with Texas politics.  Old style closed room, cigar chomping people making decisions as to who was going to represent the party, well those days are over.

It is all about values..

I am a Social Studies teacher.  As a Vietnam veteran who lived and experienced the civil rights era, I am witness to a student population that could care less about any trials and tribulations of those who participated in these events.  To many students these events are just footnotes in history.  Most of the parents of today’s student population themselves have no recollection of these historical events.  I grew up in the Westside of San Antonio.  You would think that as a barrio boy I would automatically bond with today’s students.  Not so.

Today’s barrio is much different than the one I grew up in.  I am certain that barrio kids today love their parents, brothers and siblings, that they have barrio friends just as I did.  So what is different?  The values have not changed, what has changed are the circumstances and surroundings.  Many of us grew up hearing “I made it, you can make it.”  Today’s kids are more apt to say, “You made it, I can make it”.

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It is all about values…

For a while I have said that in politics it is all about values.  Values make you a Republican a Democrat or an independent.  Values make a statement about you.  Values establish a bond between people that is hard to dissolve.  If you ask someone to describe a Republican this is what you may get back:

Pro-Life          Pro-Gun          Pro-God          Pro-family      Small government

Low taxes       Anti-abortion                          Balanced budget

Anti-Gay         Strong military                       Pro-business

Ask someone to describe a Democrat and this is what you may get back:

Tax and spend             Pro-abortion

Big government          Weak on military

Big spender                 Anti-second amendment

Keeping in mind that these are merely perceptions.  One of the enduring lessons from my military experience is that perceptions are reality.  Or, as one of my supervisors once said, “don’t confuse me with the facts.”

Great News! Maybe.

The state chair has decided not to run for reelection…frankly, sounds like a ploy.  I support Fidel for county chair, but it will be interesting to see who else jumps in the race and who the state chair will recommend.

Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Democrats against Democracy

This is a clear case of democrats against democracy.

Democrats against Obama…the group was renamed Boot Obama out today (BOOT)…how many Texas democrats are on that list?

It is unbelievable that many Bexar County precinct chairs resigned their positions after Obama won the primary…

Now, San Antonio Democrats and a few Texas Democrats are demanding Dan Ramos resign…and then post such information on the party website…that is nothing short of treacherous. What a great example of how democracy works.

With such a divisive mentality, it makes complete sense why Democrats cannot get anyone elected to statewide office.

Democrats against democracy…huge problem with the TDP.

 

 


 


It’s all about values

I heard it again today.  The revised budget shortfall is now $15 billion down from $27 billion.  It looks like the budget shortfall suffers from the same malady as  the TAKS results, a floating decimal.  Where is the ax going to fall first?  Second?  Third?  Please, no more tax increases on beer and tobacco products.

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s all about values

I listened to right-wing radio talk shows (RWTS) today.  I listened as they blamed mainstream media, liberal Democrats and “they” for the accusation that inflammatory RWTS’s were responsible for the killings in Arizona.  The self-defense talk was non-stop all day.  Of course, RWTS had plenty of ammunition to show that Democrats had engaged in similar tactics in the past.  Nevertheless, it is time to put this in proper perspective .  First, there is no mainstream media.  It is merely a figmentation of the RWTS imagination.  Second, there is definitely no left-wing mainstream media, written or otherwise. It too is a figmentation of the RWTS mind.  I heard a lot of mention of “they” as if  “they” existed.  It sure did seem like the more people who called in to defend RWTS the more commercials they played.  RWTS people will say they are not politicians, that they are “entertainers”.  Well, entertainers make money by selling the product of their sponsor.  The reason this topic has gone on so long is that the sponsors are reeling in the money.  Finally, when RWTS people extol the virtues of conservatism and Republicanism while demonizing liberals and Democrats – that is politics.  RWTS like to believe that their words are neutral, however, there are two quotes that apply here; “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and “words are like weapons they hurt sometimes.”  I always tell my students “you cannot have an intelligent conversation with a parrot.”

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Fidel Acevedo Running For Texas Democratic Party Chair

Fidel Acevedo Running For Texas Democratic Party Chair – Texas Democrats , Texas Democratic Party, Progressive Hispanics.

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It’s all about values

The final numbers were released today.  The state is $27 billion in the hole.  I heard it today; a Republican saying cut things, a Democrat saying increase taxes or fees.  Score a +3 for the Republican and a -10 for the Democrat.  There is a strong TEA party in Texas and we all know what the T stands for.  So a word of advice to all elected Democrats, please do not mention taxes at all.  It is like this – the ball is in the other party’s court – let them play, observe, listen, say nothing.  The game is called politics and like football the objective is to win, not at all costs, but to win.  To win, you must have a strategy.  Elected Democrats answer this: Who is going to do the play-calling?

It’s all about values…

Conservatives make a big issue about America having been founded on conservative principles.  As I recall the conservatives that wanted to hold on to the British way of life went north to Canada.  Those that stayed and fought for liberty, well, they were liberals.  In today’s world, those right-wing talk show folks, well, they are not conservatives – they are capitalists.  There is nothing in the constitution about political parties, however the two-party system works well, but we need the dialogue from both parties, so good legislation can follow.  Conservatism and liberalism are not values.  They are simply labels.

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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