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.

The Primaries…

are bloody affairs..as Felix likes to note. The White Sham scam is buying up air time to spread their agenda, force feeding it to Texans and it’s considered newsworthy. I said their agenda, because their want to be governor has little to do with addressing the needs of Texans.

Running for office, raising money is all well and good, but we already have plenty of career politicians that do that quite well, and well…let’s face it…how well has that worked for the people of Texas? We’ve had Texas millionaires run this state. How has that work out for Texans?

I find it interesting to note how many candidates, especially those that are part of the political elite identify with the common people, when they are so far removed from the struggles of ordinary citizens.  We…we…we…turn that w upside down and the truth is revealed. Career politicians stay focused on the “me” lane. If one race falls through…there is always another one to pursue.

Texas is long over due for a leader with vision and direction that will address the needs of all Texans. Texans need a leader who can say what he can and will do, and then do it. Texans deserve a leader who can stand on his own merit.  Look around this state, and you will see that few politicians have little reason for boasting about their political records. As Texans we need to hold all our elected officials accountable for our current situation. We need someone in Austin who has not been bought out by big money.  We need someone who can be objective and efficient. We need a leader that can stand strong against the status quo.  We need to remember that the status quo mission is to support a system that favors a particular group of people. It is does not identify with any particular party.

Not all Texans are struggling during this economic downturn. Not all children attend substandard public schools. Many Texans are covered by affordable health care plans. For these Texans, the level of concern, and the reason for concern over these issues may be vastly different, but this is where we need a leader that can stand strong against the status quo that merely seeks to pursue the interested of a few.

We need some different. We don’t need the stereotypical politician.

We need someone who can identify with the people of Texas! We need Felix Rodriguez Alvarado!

more later…

Latino candidates awaiting right time

This article appeared on www.mysanantonio.com.  I found this assessment quite interesting.

“The demographics just aren’t there yet — only 37 percent of Texans are Latino. To win, a Latino candidate will need a large war chest, strong cross-over appeal among Anglos and a statewide network.

In some ways, 2010 is an annunciation year for the new generation of Latino leaders in San Antonio — they hear the call but are waiting for the right moment. Many, including state Rep. Mike Villarreal, the Castro twins — particularly state Rep. Joaquin Castro — were lobbied to run but decided to sit tight.

Right now, Texas does not look like it’s racing into a new future. But change is coming. By 2020, the Democratic Party’s strong Latino farm team — most of them with headquarters in San Antonio — will be ready for statewide play.”

I personally find it quite insulting. As a Latina I can pretty much decide who I want to support in a political race. I would support a Hispanic candidate, with or without a war chest, just as I would support any candidate of any race or ethnicity that could convince me they could do a better job at running state government and that they have a grasp on the issues at hand.

It  is quite disappointing to read that our current Hispanic leaders do not have the fortitude to run for office, especially if they believe they could do a better job for the people of Texas and in what capacity. If they don’t that’s fine, but we should not be out there recruiting candidates simply because of their race/ethnicity to bring out the Hispanic vote.

Felix knows he can do better for the people of Texas. He does not need a general consensus to convince him that he should run.  He does not need a clear slate. The whole purpose of elections is for the people to vote for the best candidate.

Our seniors, our children, our Veterans and every Texan out there affected by our current situation cannot wait until 2020 for real change to come to Texas. Felix has said over and over again. We need to prepare all Texans to compete in a global economy. We need a leader with vision, with leadership abilities, someone that is concerned for the needs of Texans today, not 4 to 1o years from now.  We need a leader that can stand on his own two feet. We need someone who can reach people and not just elected officials.

We have a farm breeding Latino politicians?

Latino candidates awaiting right time

No cheap shots here…

Politics is dirty business…that’s “politics as usual.” The Alvarado campaign is not into “politics as usual” and will not resort to rhetorical tactics to win in 2010.  

We cannot deny the fact that some people are still waiting for a winning candidate, but we accept it.   We are also aware that many Texans have yet to give serious thought to the governor’s race, much less recognize who is running for governor, with the exception of Perry and Hutchinson.  We are working diligently at reaching as many people as humanly possible, with available resources, with dignity and resolve to pass on our message of hope.

Felix Alvarado is in this race to win.  In our travels, the message has been loud and clear…things need to change.  Felix Alvarado is about bringing real change to Texas government.

The real battle, and the only one that matters is set for Nov.2, 2010. People are ready for change. Whether or not that change will take place in 2010 is yet to be known. Our goal, is to make sure it does happen.

Every voter has but one vote to cast.  Before casting your vote, answer this question. Right now, what does your future look like?  

www.felixalvarado.com

Talk is cheap!

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Enough is enough!

The message is loud and clear.

Our veterans should not have to travel over two-hundred miles to get the medical care they need. For years, our Rio Grande Valley veterans have been clamoring for a VA hospital. Enough is enough! If elected, I promise to use all my power – as governor to make a VA hospital in the Rio Grande Valley a reality.  Let’s face it – all we need is the political will!

www.felixalvarado.com

Published in: on September 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm  Comments Off on Enough is enough!  
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