The Democrat Dream Come True!

A Castro gives the Democrat Convention Keynote address — and he’s a radical leftist, to boot!

Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, who will be giving the keynote address tonight, is, according to some, the next Obama. But while Obama’s radicalism may have escaped the notice of the DNC in 2004, Castro’s views are bit more transparent.

Indeed, he, along with his twin, Joaquin, currently running for Congress, learned their politics on their mother’s knee and in the streets of San Antonio. Their mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest.

Today she helps manage her sons’ political careers, after a storied career of her own as a community activist and a stint as San Antonio Housing Authority ombudsman.

Far from denouncing his mother’s controversial politics, Castro sees them as his inspiration. As a student at Stanford Castro penned an essay for Writing for Change: A Community Reader (1994) in which he praised his mother’s accomplishments and cited them as an inspiration for his own future political involvement.

“[My mother] sees political activism as an opportunity to change people’s lives for the better. Perhaps that is because of her outspoken nature or because Chicanos in the early 1970s (and, of course, for many years before) had no other option. To make themselves heard Chicanos needed the opportunity that the political system provided. In any event, my mother’s fervor for activism affected the first years of my life, as it touches it today.

Castro wrote fondly of those early days and basked in the slogans of the day. “‘Viva La Raza!’ ‘Black and Brown United!’ ‘Accept me for who I am—Chicano.’ These and many other powerful slogans rang in my ears like war cries.” These war cries, Castro believes, advanced the interests of their political community. He sees her rabble-rousing as the cause for Latino successes, not the individual successes of those hard-working men and women who persevered despite some wrinkles in the American meritocracy. […]



6 thoughts on “The Democrat Dream Come True!

  1. I’m watching the DNC at this moment [Michelle is speaking now] and I heard Julian Castro talk a little earlier. In my opinion, the great Latrino Hope fell flat. The MSM is going to have to peddle furiously in order to spin that speech into something special. To me, he was ostentatious and manufactured with all of his forced smiles, allusions to his grandmother-the-maid, his hard knock-life growing up, and how he owes his success to the government [i.e. affirmative action], etc… I was not impressed and when compared to Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Michelle Obama, there was absolutely no comparison. Content aside, and whatever feelings you may have about Deval or Michelle, they are phenomenal speakers. Julian Castro is not. In fact, I’m watching MSNBC [no, I don’t watch it regularly] and they have not mentioned Castro’s speech. There was this build up to his speech and now its anticlimactic. They are not even talking about him.

  2. Well, you are far better people than me. I came in late (after a hard day’s work-is that ever mentioned?) and sat down and heard Sibelius for 5 minutes and promptly turned off the tivo. Yuck. Couldn’t bring myself to hear the Castro’s nor the rest of them (feels like we are being attacked by people out of Haight-Ashbury, 1967). But my mom did, and unlike Rayarena, she seemed to think that they will resonate with many of the “latin” voters and that they were effective; I hope not.

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