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November 11th, 2007 · 11 Comments

This past week I have been busy with other things in my life and haven’t had time to blog. I am thankful that I have been busy since it means that my skills and services are being utilized, allowing me to pump a little more money into our tanking economy. But blogging wasn’t the top priority this week. Hopefully, I will have a little more time this week to bring you some news and commentary regarding our politicos.

While I was away, I did notice that none of the Latinos in Congress had the cojones to back Dennis Kucinich’s effort to impeach Dick Cheney, despite broad public support for such a measure. If Bill Clinton can get impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice relating to his personal affairs with Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones, why does Dick Cheney get a pass for lying about events leading to the war in Iraq? Some of the blacks in Congress had the balls to support this such as Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Hank Johnson, and Diane Watson, but why didn’t we see Joe Baca, the Sanchez sisters, Xavier Becerra, or any of the other Latinos jumping on this? Maybe someone with some influence with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will read this and offer some insight.

I also found this article over the weekend regarding black political power in Los Angeles. Although the percentage of African-Americans has declined in the Los Angeles area, relative to the growing Latino population, it seems that their political influence is still strong. So much for the myth that Latinos were encroaching on their gains, huh? I believe that Latinos can learn from the networks and civic tradition of blacks in America to create something for the better. Just looking at the willingness of some of the African-American members of congress who put themselves on the line to impeach Dick Cheney says something about their political will to stand up and fight.

Tags: African-Americans · Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Congressman Joe Baca · Dennis Kucinich · Dick Cheney

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Nov 12, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Working Joe Baca is too concerned with the gold content in the Congressional Medal of Honor, and whether State Assemblyman’s Fabian Nunez’s gossip about Loretta Sanchez being a whore has any historical merit to pay attention to the felonious crimes of Dick Cheney. The meager accomplishments of the current U.S. Congressional Latino Caucus pale in comparison to the achievements of the current U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. As Congressional representatives of the Latino community, they will always inadequately serve the interests of their constituents, while at the same time profit handsomely from their association with corporate lobbyists. The Iraq war profiteering of Dick Cheney has taken the children of the Latino community and sent them to their deaths, so Halliburton, the oil industry, and Blackwater can steal from the U.S. taxpayer. I wonder if the U.S. Congressional Latino Caucus even has the collective intelligence to recognize that.

  • 2 Frank // Nov 12, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I ask again, when are we all going to think of ourselves just as Americans rather that constantly pointing to what race or ethnicity we are? The same thing occured in this OP piece about our congressmen. Who cares what ethnicity a congressman is? They also should be working together collectively for all American citizens no matter who or what we are. Ethnic politics is a divider in this country.

  • 3 reenee // Nov 12, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    I must agree with Michaelr here. I’m waiting, but not holding my breath, for the U.S. Congressional Latino Caucus to do something. I will be the most surprised person in the country if they ever achieve what the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus has.
    Having a Latino/Hispanic majority will never mean squat without decent leadership. We remain peasants without it.

    Frank, we will never get to the point where we as a country do not automatically draw lines between ourselves. It’s big business. Extra bean counters have jobs because of it. Remember back when there were only three choices? These days there are so many choices that people filling out forms for the feds have so many options that they themselves do not know what to enter.

  • 4 Frank // Nov 13, 2007 at 7:18 am

    That attitude needs to change in both our society and congress. That is the key to stop being a divided nation by race/ethnicity. It needs to stop in congress first. Society will follow suit when certain groups start to realize that they are not going to be catered to in that way. The way that some groups want leadership in our government that are of the same ethnicity as themselves tells you right there that something is amiss with both that group and with that politician who puts those of his own ethnicity above the welfare of the citizenry of this nation as a whole.

  • 5 Michaelr // Nov 13, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Frank…that’s easier said than done. The racial divide will always be superseded by the social divide, and vice versa. There was never a time when U.S. law, opportunity, and taxation were equally applied amongst all American citizens. And it never will be. Attitudes don’t change anything, other than to hide the true face and promote what really isn’t there. Open your eyes Frank, because the clouds covering them have revealed the true sky. I am disappointed with the performance and leadership of the U.S. Hispanic Congressional Caucus. As civil servants, they have ignored the people who put them in there, and catered to Corporate America. Should I not be disappointed?

  • 6 Bearguez // Nov 13, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Henry B. Gonzalez, former U.S. Congressional representative from 20th District in Texas would be all over this White House Administration. The question is…where are his son’s ambitions in Congress? Charlie Gonzalez certainly hasn’t risen to the occasion like his father did. Where are all the leaders these days?

  • 7 Stephen G // Nov 13, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    You know, for a community that is in a state of crisis and on the decline, I must say that the African American community did one thing correct in our history: learn the political game and deeply ensconce ourselves in the process.

    I may not be enamored of our so-called political leaders – the ones who thrive off of constantly making us out to be victims instead of partners in building a better america – but I cannot deny the political power and respect (rapidly waning, though it may be) we have amassed over the years.

    Being that we do seem to feed our nation’s cancer – racism & isolationism -the challenge for us and the congressional black caucus – for our own survival’s purpose – will be to reach out to other minority groups and perhaps form a congressional minority coalition. The goal here being to address like concerns and work towards finding the cure for racism so that there will no longer be a need for any minority caucus. Open dialogue, by the way, is the cure.

    OBAMA ’08!!

  • 8 Frank // Nov 14, 2007 at 6:37 am

    Stephen, I know you are referring to White people when you mention racism. I think Whites have come a long ways in shedding that stigmatism. What I am finding today is nearlly as much racism among minorities as there ever was amid the White race. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Isolationism? What is that? If you are trying to claim that we don’t welcome legal immigrants anymore, you are dead wrong. We still take in millions of legal immigrant all over the world every year.

    If you think we need caucuses to support groups of people because of racism, then lets let every race have one because all races in this country including Whites have been the victims of racism. Racism is growing among minorities. I know you probably hate to admit that but it is true. Personally, I think we need to eliminate the dividers of this country and our politicians need to stop playing ethnic politics.

  • 9 tfume // Feb 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    the blantant media “NON-COVERAGE” OF US Presidental grassroots campaign launched by Cong. Ron PAUL. his unorthadox “president for the people” and strict constitutionalist “unsullied” political voting record would seem newsworthy. the fact he outlasted other canidates that have dropped out of the race (.ie gulliani amongst others) and yet ron paul isn’t even listed by most mainstream media in polls is just the “right in front of your face evidence/reason why the mainstream is only covering select canidates. why? even though he’s labeled “wierd” by right/left paradime loving pundents, what RON PAUL say’s is verifiable and stands up to scrutiny. in an election that is so vital to the future of americas future, its coverage is worthy of “bandwagoning infective ignorance. while the clintons were silencing witnesses and lying under oath, obama was shoring up favors as gov., macain was playing flip/flop politic, RON Paul was in the house of congress being the lone voice warning of the economic crisis the americas find themselves (and as we now see effecting the global economy. while the bush/cheney “war-monger” machine lied the nation to an illegal war, Ron Paul was the lone voice trying to explain how the war would bankrupt america not only financially but in the eyes of the world, morally as well. now the media has to ask itself why more and more people have more and more draw to alternative media resoures and less & less faith in mainstream? the people want truth not agenda. how is it that Ron Paul beat macain in nevada and be flat out removed fron the listing in most reportage of the nevada primary?

  • 10 Lizzie // Feb 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Excuse Stephen, but who told you African Americans were in a “state of crisis and on the decline”? CNN or FoxNews? Please get out of your bubble and take a trip to places like Atlanta, Charlotte(NC) , Dallas or even WestChester County. These places like many others are saturated with educated African Americans. Please stop dumping the media “hood” stats in the laps of African Americans that are hard-working, stable, and educated. In fact, we have more going on positive than you will ever know. Unfortunately, you are not interested in that, you only want to hear about the negative in the “hood” which keeps you feeding into your theories of our decline, which somehow I think you are waiting for it.

  • 11 Razzo // May 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I have to agree with much of the sentiment regarding the Hispanic Congressional Caucus. Although I just ran into this piece I invite readers to “Why is the Congressional Latino Leadership so Mediocre?” which can be found at: http://eristic-ragemail.blogspot.com/2008/05/why-is-congressional-latino-leadership.html

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