Fidel, the only Democrat for the job of State Party Chair!

Fidel Acevedo is the only candidate for state party chair that  does have all of the necessary leadership qualities and qualifications any Democrat can possess to take Back Texas for the people of Texas! Fidel is the most qualified, the most honest, integrity minded, progressive Democrat and the only man for the job.

History speaks for itself when it comes to telling the story of past party leaders.  The leader must be a person of the people and not a person of the same old status quo “quid pro quo”  that has led the party to it’s current downward spiral to destination no where.

If  Texas Democrats have learned anything it’s that money, even $70 million will not get a Democrat elected statewide in Texas. So why is the focus always on raising money. Here is the problem …

He is my friend.  Ann Richards was my friend.  
Bill White is a very dear friend.  
Molly Beth Malcom is a very dear friend.  Yep!
What is the political  field in Texas... 
if lame Ducks can still do a lot of good with a good staff 
and money raising is the main goal?

We are experiencing the results of such…

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Burnt Orange Report: Disaster Recovery: A Path Forward for the TDP and Texas Democrats

Burnt Orange Report: Disaster Recovery: A Path Forward for the TDP and Texas Democrats.

A conversation that began a few days ago has quieted down some, but the message that the TDP needs to be revamped it quite loud. Not everyone agrees that the current leadership has been ineffective, but I think the general consensus is that the party leadership could have done better.

It is time to take a serious look at the TDP infrastructure, the leadership and it is time for democrats to put their friendships aside and make some critical decisions as to how and what will move the party from its stagnate state.

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’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.”

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s all about values

I spent the weekend listening and watching the events in Arizona wondering how something like this could ever happen in this great country that I love so much.  The Oklahoma bombing was senseless, as was the vicious attack on the World Trade Center, then the bloody rampage at Fort Hood.  All of these events were insane, and now another senseless killing in Arizona.  More innocent lives lost.  The distance between sanity and insanity is a thin red line and no one knows what is going to cause a person to snap.  Today, I heard right-wing radio defending itself as the perpetrators used the old quote, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  Of course they are right and to say that right-wing talk shows are the cause is absolutely wrong.  As I have said before, right-wing talk show people smile all the way to the bank.  The question is, did right-wing talk show radio cause this young man to snap?  We may never know. 

Folks, it is time for right-wing radio to take responsibility for the polarization of politics in America.  Even today I kept hearing of the evil liberals.  Somehow, right-wing talk show people believe liberals have an agenda that is a clear and present danger to conservatism in America. Right-wing talk show people have spewed this rhetoric for years.  However, you say this enough times and before too long, people are going to believe it.   Right-wing talk show people are excellent communicators.  I heard the denials and of course, they deny, deny, deny.  For the love of God, I believe that it is time for both political parties to sit down and talk, be human and civilized.  Let’s put a stop to this insanity.  For us, it means not buying the products that keep right-wing talk show people in control of the airwaves.   

My condolences to all the victims in Arizona.  Keep the faith.  Trust in God and please trust in the USA.

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wait folks! Felix is the only candidate with a plan!

 

Yes, Felix is the only candidate with a plan to address the critical issues facing us… a daunting task even for the current leadership that have consistently fallen short and to date fail to rise to the occasion…  All we have to do is turn around to see the failures of our current leadership. Nowhere is it more visible than in south Texas. We did not make it to the bottom by sheer luck. It took years of hard work, and neglect to get here. There is plenty of blame to go around.

“The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.  Author: John Stuart Mill”

While the anointed and the millionaire have been filling the airwaves with empty rhetoric, empty punches and receiving their due reward, Felix has been steadfast at presenting solutions.

While the establishment rule has worked diligently at promoting their worn out strategies to elect “one of their own” Felix has impressed upon us all that we, the people are highly capable of choosing our own leaders.

Felix presents solutions for education from the heart of the problem. He did not gain insight into the problems in the classroom from any secondary source.

Felix is close to the working men and women who struggle to maintain a remnant of the American dream.

Felix knows the ills that plague our health care system, our military veterans and our seniors.

Someone once said that “Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity (author: Charles G. Dawes).” Well, mediocrity is not what we need in Austin. We need someone who offers workable solutions. The old phrase “Where’s the beef?” describes the platforms of the only two candidates that merit any attention from the democratic establishment.

We do not need someone who can pay off for not delivering on a promise. We do not need another mediocre leader in Austin whose campaign tactics take us back fifty years. We do not need a leader in Austin who has to be seduced to lead, or who bows to the demands of deep pockets.

 We need someone with actual leadership skills. We need someone committed to the people and who will diligently pursue, and put into action solutions to our current problems. That candidate is Felix Alvarado.

He has proven himself steadfast and committed to presenting real solutions to real problems, while the anointed and the millionaire have been diligent at promoting the status quo.

March 2, 2010 Texans will have a choice… Keep with indifference or make a difference!  

 The only real choice is Felix Alvarado.

Lubbock Democratic Candidates Banquet

I was so impressed and proud of the Lubbock Democrats that arranged the event last night.  They are the Democratic group that make me proud of being a Democrat.  I am sure that those who attended would agree.  I understand that the event was completely sold out with people waiting hopelessly for tickets.  Clearly, the candidates did not disappoint.  This is the kind of enthusiasm we need all over Texas. This is the level to which every one who calls himself a Democrat should rise….

My special message for the South Texan Democrat that suggested that all politicians unite behind one candidate…”You should have been present at last night’s event.”  This is a Democratic primary and Democrats should decide whom they want to challenge the Republican winner.  This primary contest is not fought in the middle, it is fought on the left and the right. “This is a fight!” said one gentleman.

After Lubbock, I headed on to Knox City.  As I was enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant I took the opportunity to speak with some clients about what three issues were most important to them.  Their response… jobs, education and health care.

From the beginning, my campaign has focused on creating jobs, immediately and long range planning for jobs that cannot be outsourced.   We continue on that path.  This campaign is not about rhetoric.  It is about action.

I will be speaking in Knox City at today at 2:30 p.m.

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More later…….. Felix

I get the message folks. This is a fight. The Primaries is where we choose our David. With a sling-shot and a stone…we can be victorious in November.

Read about Felix…

He is not the chosen one, but he is the only real choice…Felix Alvarado.

http://www.living-magazine.com/online/publish/Politics/Felix_Alvarado.shtml

Felix has not diverted from the issues that remain problematic for most Texans.  We have witnessed our elected leaders rush to helm to fix certain issues before re-election. We have witnessed candidates stepping aside to let the chosen king pass.  We have witnessed more ills in our democratic process than we care for, and we call it “politics as usual.”  Yes, there are many issues facing various demographic groups and all are equally important, but their effect varies. That does not mean they should be ignored only that as Texans we have to concede that educating our children, our livelihood and our physical well-being must take priority.  I heard these issues referred to as bread and butter issues, well that may be so, but they too are socially divisive.  At this juncture this is what troubles Texans.

Funding education, how? We do not want a state tax! Anyone remember the Robin Hood plan? People recite the problem with fancy statistical data, but come on, we all know the problem.  The real challenge is coming up with a workable solution that will produce the desired results.

Providing equal and affordable health care access to all Texans is  needed, but defining the limits has been quite divisive. To make it worse, we have worked against ourselves.

Jobs, jobs, jobs…and still we need more jobs. We like to boast about the living in the 12th largest economy, but frankly it is not much to boast about unless you are on the receiving end.

So far, Felix has offered an immediate-short-term solution, with long-range planning. He has not had to spin someone else’s work and then call it his own.

My Fellow Democrats, I invite you to come out and meet Felix Alvarado at one of our meet and greet’s.

With deep south Texas roots, humble beginnings unequaled, yet climbed all the way to the top of the enlisted ranks in the military, being born and raised poor did not dissuade Felix from obtaining higher education. A true Tejano, a Texan, and a proud American, neither lack of funding nor political experience will dissuade Felix from taking a stand for the people of Texas. In 2010, the Governor’s mansion may finally board a true Tejano. Tell your friends, bring a friend, but don’t stay home and miss this opportunity to meet the next, first Hispanic Governor of  Texas.

Please call Herbert Lacy for ticket information at 210-216-6669.

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Felix Alvarado on Education

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Published in: on January 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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