On August 14, 2010, at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College in room 221, I engaged with the 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor, the former U.S. Congressional Representative of California’s 31st District, Hilda Solis. Although our conversation was interrupted by an irate middle-aged woman seeking amends for some incident that hardly seemed public, Hilda Solis transcended the moment by taking the time to fully understand the compliant and address it right then and there. I knew at that moment that I would never have to worry about Hilda Solis spending thousands of dollars to send annual egocentric Christmas cards to every registered voter in the State of California or waste Capitol Hill time authoring House Resolutions to honor the Anaheim Ducks and Luciano Pavarotti. Although her public history has firmly conveyed the seriousness of her political agenda, this moment told me she has the will to see it completed.
American politicians feeding from the public trough so rarely display the character emulating from Hilda Solis. It is now fairly obvious those GOP Senators sitting on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee felt threatened enough by the changes and importance Solis was sure to bring to the U.S. Labor Department, that for a lack of skeletons in her closet, they shamelessly attacked her husband in an effort to discredit her and destroy her spirit. Having survived that debacle, I am sure the candle is burning brightly in Industrial American boardrooms on strategies to avoid the comeuppance sure to follow after thirty years of abuses to the American worker and the American middle class.
We must do our part to support Hilda Solis and her agenda for the U.S. Labor Department. Her efforts to create new jobs by expanding and updating the manufacturing base that has been decimated by thirty years of union breaking, wage decreases, and mega profit-sharing onslaught assisted by the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush 2 administrations. This must be echoed loudly and clearly to the American working class, who has seen their jobs crawl across the border to Latin America and then drift away to China. President Obama’s appointment of Hilda Solis proves he shares this vision and wants it to succeed.
It was my pleasure to feel the strength of your character this past Saturday. Thank you Secretary Solis for your public service and the example you have set in your public life. You are proof that the political career doesn’t always corrupt, and corruption doesn’t have to exist in political change. I just hope that there are others who feel like I do and are committed to do their part in supporting you.
LatinoPoliticsBlog was in force Saturday, August 14 at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College on South Grand Avenue in room 221, for what was advertised as an intimate meeting of 70-80 Hilda Solis supporters. Although Secretary Hilda Solis headlined the meeting, and it’s a good thing that she did, the other two speakers, especially the first overstayed their moment in the spotlight and ran up the heat in the small classroom. Here’s our take:
In his hot pink top unbuttoned casual party shirt, minus any undershirt, the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (aka Villar) attempted to wing an introduction to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and associate himself closer to the main attraction U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, claiming to be a vital part of the Civil Rights movement that has opened public paths to both Barbara Boxer and Hilda Solis. His appearance probably nixed a showing of Gloria Molina, the powerful Los Angeles County Supervisor who was instrumental in mentoring Hilda Solis early in her public career and denied the 70-100 Solis/Boxer supporters a feminist troika event that would’ve been talked about for years. Instead the Mayor fell all over himself, repeatedly calling Barbara Boxer and Hilda Solis his “sisters”, and reminding all of us of his intimate political association with Dolores Huerta. Had this not been a feminist gathering of sorts, he probably would have spent more time publicly romancing fact and fiction trying to further his association with Cesar Chavez as a supposed fifteen-year-old Civil Rights activist. When the Los Angeles mayor obviously overstepped his boundaries trying to swallow the limelight from the main event, he suddenly stopped showboating, crawled back to the corner of the classroom, began interacting with one of his beautiful female aides, and then sought attention from the crowd by playing franticly with his left arm. It was all-so…Villar.
The U.S. Senator from California, Barbara Boxer followed Villar. She was timely and at times impressive following the Mayor. She displayed such intelligence and confidence at the podium, that she was able to absorb comments from her gang of Westside activist-supporters and incorporate them into her speech. And unlike her GOP opponent Carly Fiorina, Barbara Boxer refrained from telling lies and instead made light of Fiorina’s well-known CEO tenure at Hewlett-Packard and the board of director’s dramatic efforts to get rid of her. Listening to Boxer reminded me its time for Dianne Feinstein to quietly stroll into the sunset. With the eighth largest economy in the world, California needs to be represented in the U.S. Senate by people who are coherent and assertive. Feinstein doesn’t seem to be physically alive or ideologically, politically coherent. Goodbye, farewell Senator Feinstein — you’re welcome to that fat Congressional retirement pension fleeced from the middle and lower classes of America.
Villar’s self-promoting introduction to Boxer cut into the Senator’s structured tit for tat with her political support group leaders and left a fraction of the allocated time for the main event, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Nevertheless, Hilda conveyed a graciousness that will be long remembered by this blogger. Her tone, her energy, her intelligence and that organizational management mind condensed her obviously prepared speech and rapidly segued to a rally dialogue for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate reelection. With the classroom buzzing with excitement, Hilda made her way along the rows to interact and shake hands, something Boxer momentarily started doing, and Villar evaded doing altogether. Michaelr began a quick conversation with Hilda, but was interrupted by an irate middle-aged woman with some grievance. Sensing this was trouble, one of Hilda’s aides placed herself between the parties trying to shield the Secretary from this woman. But Hilda heard her grievance and addressed it, all very professional and genuine. It was obvious Loretta Sanchez’s social/political skills weren’t an influence during the time they spent on Capitol Hill together. Solis’s direct interaction with her constituents and the concern and commitment she conveys to them exemplifies why she is a class act. The Latino community needs gather together its political momentum and get behind this amazing civil servant. Hilda Solis is truly the right person at the right time. And she needs all our help in tangling with the destructive nature of Industrialized America, their minions in the GOP, and their efforts to run roughshod over their lower tier employees while abusing the environment.