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Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

Julian Castro: A Radical  Revealed

by Charles C. Johnson

4 Sep 2012

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.

[My mother] insisted that things  were changing because of political activism, participation in the system. Maria  del Rosario Castro has never held a political office. Her name  is seldom mentioned in a San Antonio newspaper. However, today, years later, I  read the newspapers, and I see that more Valdezes are sitting on school boards,  that a greater number of Garcias are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, and, of  course, teachers. And I look around me and see a few other brown faces in the  crowd at [Stanford]. I also see in me a product of my mother’s diligence and her  friends’ hard work. Twenty years ago I would not have been here… My  opportunities are not the gift of the majority; they are the result of a  lifetime of struggle and commitment by adetermined minority. My mother is one of  these persons. And each year I realize more and more how much easier my life has been made by the toil of past generations. I wonder what form my service will take, since I am expected by those who know my mother to continue the family  tradition.

Rosie named her first son, Julian, for his father whom  she never married, and her second, who arrived a minute later, for the character  in the 1967 Chicano anti-gringo movement poem, “I Am Joaquin.” She is particularly proud that they were born on Mexico’s Independence Day. And she was  a fan of the Aztlan aspirations of La Raza Unida. Those aspirations were deeply  radical. “As far as we got was simply to take over control  in those [Texas] communities where we were the majority,” one of its  founders, Jose Angel Gutierrez, told the Toronto paper. “We did think of carving  out a geographic territory where we could have our own weight, and our own  leverage could then be felt nation-wide.”

Removing all doubt, Gutierrez repeated himself often. “What we hoped to do back then was  to create a nation within a nation,” he told the Denver Post in 2001.  Gutierrez bemoaned the loss of that separatist vision among activists, but predicted that Latinos will “soon take over  politically.” (“Brothers in Chicano Movement to Reunite,” Denver Post,  August 16, 2001).

Gutierrez made clear his hatred for “the gringo” when  he led the Mexican-American Youth Organization, the precursor to La Raza Unida.  According to the Houston Chronicle, he “was denounced by many elected officials as militant and un-American.” And anti-American he  was. “We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean  by that is if the worst comes to worst, we have got to kill him,”Gutierrez told a San Antonio audience in 1969. At around that time, Rosie  Castro eagerly joined his cause, becoming the first chairwoman of the Bexar  County Raza Unida Party. There’s no evidence of her distancing herself from Gutierrez’s comments, even today. Gutierrez even dedicated a chapter in one  of his books to Ms. Castro.

While apologists for La Raza Unida now claim that the group  has been dedicated to the “civil rights of Mexican-Americans and promoting a  strong ‘Chicano’ identity,” as Zev Chafets of the NYT puts it, its brand of populism and socialist radicalism was controversial among Mexican-Americans and Democrats who considered it too extreme. The party pushed racial redistricting, affirmative action, bilingual education, and Chicano  studies.

 

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One of La  Raza’s most powerful leaders, Frank Shaffer-Corona, an at-large member of the Washington, D.C. school board, even visited communist Cuba for a conference on Yankee imperialism and conferred with Marxists in Mexico. He was prone to conspiracy theories, decrying the “pervasive influence of the Central  Intelligence Agency on American politics and what he says is a conspiracy of the  multinational corporations against all minorities and the people of Latin  America,” in the words of the Washington Post. (“His Pitch: Populism, and Very  Latino; Shaffer-Corona Unruffled After Trip to Cuba,” Washington Post, August  28, 1978).

The radical organization’s second most successful  candidate, Texas gubernatorial aspirant Ramsey  Muñiz, remains in prison on drug charges. La Raza Unida members  periodically call for him to be pardoned, saying without evidence that the  corrupt Muñiz is a “political prisoner.”)

Carlos Pelayo, another founder  of La Raza Unida, clung to communism even after the breakup of the Soviet Union  in 1991, telling a San Diego paper that “the desire of people for social  justice will never end.” “If it doesn’t work [the Soviet Union’s] way, it  doesn’t mean it doesn’t work,” he said. “So we capitalists have 20 different  cereals and Nike shoes. Over there [in the Soviet Union], they have free  education, free medical care.” (“Fall of Communism Fails to Deter Local  Communists,” San Diego Union Tribune, 9, 14, 1991)

Is Ms. Castro repentant in the slightest over her involvement  with La Raza Unida? Not in the least. She sees the rise of her sons’ political  fortune as the fulfillment of her promise—some say threat—in 1971 when she lost  her bid for San Antonio city council: “We’ll be back.” “When Julian was  installed, it was just such an incredible thing to be there because for years we  [the Chicano activists and La Raza Unida] had been struggling to be there,” she  told Texas Monthly in 2002. “There was so much hurt associated with being on the  outside. And I don’t mean personal hurt, but a whole group of people [the  activists] being on the outside—the educational, social, political, economic  outside.” Now she has not just one, but two men on the inside—her  sons.

In July of this year, she attended a reunion of the  now-defunct party. Its promoters recalled her 1971 bid for the San Antonio city  council and announced that her sons were the heirs of the party’s founders and  thought. Indeed Irma Mireles, who after Rosie was the second chairwoman of the  Bexar County Raza Unida Party, “sees results of the party’s work” in Mayor Julian Castro and her godson, Julian’s brother Joaquin, who is running in the 20th congressional district as a Democrat. Mireles and Ms. Castro continue to  use the experience they got running the party to benefit the Castro brothers.  Zev Chafets of the NYT writes of the “barrio machine” that got both  elected to office straight out of law school. He was elected to the city council  in 2001 and was elected mayor in 2009 and 2011 after narrowly losing his first  bid in 2005.

One of Julian’s first acts as mayor in 2009 was hanging a 1971 La Raza Unida city council campaign poster, featuring his mother, in his office. While it’s possible  that Castro was hanging the poster in deference to his mother, it is  unimaginable that a candidate who was the son of one of the leaders of a white  supremacist party would be given similar latitude.

Far from distancing himself from his mother’s odious views, Castro cites them as an asset, though perhaps one he isn’t always ready to advertise. “She has never held political office,  but has always been civically involved,” Castro told Time magazine. “Growing up,  I learned to appreciate the value of the democratic process through her love for  making a difference in the lives of others.” Chafets of theTimes explains just  what the Castro boys learned.

In their spare time they accompanied their mother to political  events and strategy sessions, where they were exposed to her fiery sstyle of radicalism… ; met the key figures in the Chicano political world; became  practiced community organizers on political campaigns; and learned to make the system work for them.

Julian Castro’s keynote speech at the Democratic National  Convention is sure to help grow his profile along with his campaign coffers. But in his decade in public office, he has racked up something that Obama lacked: a paper trail, which might make his political career beyond San Antonio  short-lived. He pushed a divisive resolution that opposed Arizona’s immigration  law, which two council members (including the first immigrant on the council)  called a distraction. He’s pushed for a sales tax-funded expansion of the  federal Head Start program, even though the evidence is pretty clear that Head  Start doesn’t have much lasting impact. And he’s been a busybody, calling for a  cell phone ban in school zones that would include all types of cell phones, even “hands-free” devices.

In standing up for affirmative action and bilingual education,  the mayor evokes some of the demagogic language of La Raza Unida. “Make no  mistake, Mitt Romney would be the most extreme nominee the Republican Party has  ever had on immigration,” the national co-chairman of Obama for America  breathlessly told reporters on a teleconference call with reporters arranged by  the Obama campaign. He’s turned San Antonio into a sanctuary city, meaning its  police aren’t allowed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and  attacked Senator Marco Rubio’s proposed alternative to amnesty for illegal  immigrant children as “cotton candy politics.” He considers efforts to restrict  illegal immigration to be anti-immigrant and even anti-Hispanic.

Mayor Castro calls voter I.D. laws “voter suppression,” repeating the common left-wing canard that Hispanics, who have marginally higher  rates of lacking an I.D., won’t be able to cast ballots. The possibility of a  smaller Hispanic turnout also has Julian and Joaquin upset because it might  delay their paths to statewide office.

The choice of the left-wing mayor as keynoter at the party’s  convention is perhaps as much psychological warfare as anything else, not only  part of a longer-range plan to mess with Texas’s electoral math but also an immediate attempt to remind those ‘racist’ Republicans that the future is here.  Until that day comes, National Public Radio can gush that it hopes America will  one day look like San Antonio—and the Castro brothers can wait, anxious to do what La Raza Unida’s founder told all young Hispanic men to do in 2003: “get a  job, get an education, and go paint the White House brown as soon as you  can.”

Like Obama, the Castro brothers have been presented as pragmatists and centrists. But those who know them best say it’s a lie. And now  Julian is the convention keynote speaker for a party led by a far-left president  in many ways similar to himself.

 

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The Hispanics That Democrats Love  to  Hate

By Humberto Fontova On September 10, 2012 In Daily   Mailer,FrontPage |

 

“My Hispanic can beat up your Hispanic!” pretty much  captured  the convention kick-offs.

“Republicans chose Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a   Cuban-American, to introduce Mitt Romney,” reported the AP. “Democrats  picked  Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, a Mexican American, as keynote  speaker. Both  are considered rising stars.”

Ah! But what fun the Republicans missed. Given the era’s   political correctness, politics in the U.S. get pretty boring nowadays. No   present-day politician or their slick consultants could possibly publicize   what’s forthcoming in this article. So please stick around, because I belong  to  neither profession.

Most immigrants arrive in America poor (especially by  U.S.  standards). Some arrive destitute. Almost all Cubans arrived  destitute. The  Castroites stole everything they owned. Yet in his classic  work, The Spirit of  Enterprise George Gilder titled a chapter, “The Cuban Miracle.”“No other  immigrant group so quickly and successfully  transformed a city, while achieving  such multifarious business  breakthroughs as the fugitives from Castro’s regime  who made Miami their  home after 1960.”

More infuriating still (for the Democrat-Media  Complex) the  2000 census showed that second-generation Cuban-Americans  have educational and  income levels higher — not only than most ethnic  groups who dutifully punch the  clock at the Democratic plantation — but  also higher than the U.S. population in  general.

But according to the Center for Immigration  Studies 75 percent  of Mexican immigrant households receive government  checks of one form or  another. This percentage perfectly matches their  Democratic  affiliation.

In fact, the most lopsidedly loyal Republicans in the  modern  history of our Republic are a genuinely (meaning descended from  inhabitants of  the Iberian Peninsula) Hispanic group. You read right: Back  in 2006 Senator Tom  Tancredo complained that Cuban Americans “refused to  assimilate.” He took a lot  of heat for the quip — but in fact he’s  correct. To wit:

While a healthy majority (56 percent) of their  countrymen  voted for Obama in 2008, a miniscule portion (33 percent) of  Cuban Americans did  so. While a majority of their countrymen register with  the Democratic Party, a  minuscule (20 percent) of Cuban-Americans do  so. Cuban American votes for Obama  represented the  tiniest percentage of Obama voters of any ethnic group and Cuban  American  party affiliation marks the smallest Democratic registration of any  ethnic  group in the U.S. These percentages clearly show Cuban American disdain   for the political folkways of their adopted country.

A 2009 Gallup poll found that only 34 percent of   Americans  found the ideology of the Republican Party “about right.” But  over double that  percentage of Cuban Americans find it “right.” These  exotic Cuban Americans are  clearly thumbing their nose at the  political  norms of the nation that so  graciously accepted  them!

Earlier immigrant groups have all yielded to  mainstream   American political enlightenment. Though the Reagan  Revolution made  inroads,  over a third of Italian Americans remain  registered with  America’s majority  political party, along with  almost half of Irish  Americans. Jewish Americans  habitually skew  65-85 percent for America’s  majority party.

Yet these insufferable Cuban Americans simply will not  see  the  light—simply will not politically assimilate. Not all the  Kings Horses  or all  the King’s Men can bring them around to follow  the lead of the  majority in their  adopted country and register  Democratic.

 

SURPRISE!!! (regarding an icon  of Democratic Golden Boy Julian Castro’s Mother) (By Humberto Fontova, on September 6,  2012)

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You will never!!! In a million GAZILLION years!!! Guess who's  an icon!!! Of La Raza Unida!!! The Chicano group who  Democratic Golden Boy Julian Castro's mother helped found!!!

The pic above is taken from La Raza Unida's very Facebook page.

 

During candidate Obama’s campaign visit to Miami summer  of  2008, a huge crowd clapped deliriously at the Democratic Messiah—while  outside  the convention Hall, Cuban Americans marched and waved picket  signs denouncing  him. This was the first instance of such irreverence  towards The One during this  campaign, and it greatly discomfited his  team.

To add insult to injury, a formal letter drafted by  five major  Cuban American organizations at the time, including the Bay of  Pigs Veterans  Association and Cuban Political Prisoners Association,  called Obama’s candidacy “an affront” to their very sensibilities. Nothing  remotely of this sort had been  mounted by properly assimilated Americans  on any campaign stop by the Democratic  candidate.

This political and cultural non-conformity has often  goaded  the Democratic/Media axis to enraged sputterings against Cuban  Americans. During  their convention in 2004, America’s majority political  party feted Michael Moore  as their honored guest, seating him in a place  of honor right next to Jimmy  Carter. “Cuban-Americans,” wrote this honored  guest for America’s majority party  in his book “Downsize This,” “are  responsible for sleaze and influence-peddling  in American politics. In  every incident of national torment that has deflated  our country for the  past three decades, Cuban exiles are always present and  involved.” Change  Cuban for any other ethnic group in the above passages and  imagine the  media UPROAR! About “RACSIM! and “BIGOTRY!”

“My mother sees political  activism as an opportunity to change  people’s lives for the better,” gushed Democratic Convention Golden Boy Julian  Castro this week. Yet his  mother proudly marched under the banner of Che  Guevara, as uncovered by  the intrepid bloggers of Babalu Blog.

“Changed lives for the better,” Mr. Castro? Your  mothere’s  icon co-founded a regime that plunged a nation with a standard  of living higher  than half of Europe and swamped with immigrants into a  pesthole that repels  Haitians.

“My family’s story isn’t  special,” continued Democratic  Convention keynoter Julian Castro. “What’s  special is the America that makes our  story  possible.”

Then why does your mother  idolize a Stalinist who cursed her  nation as “the great enemy of mankind!” and greatly regretted not nuking it: “If  the missiles had remained in Cuba  we would have fired them at the heart of the  U.S.!” boasted Che Guevara to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker,  Nov.  1962.

 

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Julian Castro’s Grandmother Would Be Rolling in her Grave
Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky

 

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, had the honored **noallow** of giving the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. The 37-year-old had a lot of pressure as he was being compared to Barack Obama giving his speech in 2004. Fortunately his grandmother was not there because she would have taken him over her knee and given him a good thrashing.

Castro spoke of his grandmother often during the speech, speaking of her coming to America from Mexico as an orphan. She persevered despite never even finishing grade school. She worked as a maid, a cook, and a babysitter, Castro told us, and she scraped by to provide an opportunity for Castro’s mother. Castro tells us that she prayed for a grandchild and ended up with two as his mother had twins.

His grandmother lived with him and his brother and learned along with him. She taught herself to read in both English and Spanish and remained a deeply religious person. He tells us how unfortunate it is that she did not live to see him and his brother in public service. What is very fortunate is that she did not see him dishonoring everything that she created and sacrificed herself for.

You see Mayor Castro never once paid tribute to the private sector. His grandmother worked in the private sector to give his mother and him a better life. Castro and his brother graduated from a private university (Stanford) funded by successful Americans, where they obtained their undergraduate degrees. They then attended law school at a university (Harvard), funded by successful Americans where they obtained law degrees. But never did they think of working in this private sector that provided their grandmother her living and them their high level education.

Castro displayed his complete ignorance of the private sector by making fun of a comment Mitt Romney made about starting a business. Romney suggested to students instead of waiting around to find a job that they start their own business. He suggested they borrow some dough from Mom and Dad. Castro thought that was silly. That is because he made no effort to understand how many people have done just that -- how many minority communities like Jews, Greeks, and Japanese had pooled their money to provide start-up capital for businesses. That tradition has now continued with Indian and Afghan immigrants. It appears Castro would rather do what Paul Ryan characterized as having these young adults staying in their childhood bedrooms staring at faded Obama posters and hoping to someday get a job.

Castro went on to talk about “investment,” which, as you know, is the Democratic code word for government spending. After all, he borrowed $596 million as Mayor to spend on government projects. He speaks of “investing” seven times. His answer appears reminiscent of our president – the government will do the job.

Castro only mentions his mother once and barely tells her story. That might be because she is the real source of his commitment to government as the solution. In fact, he previously stated "My mother is probably the biggest reason that my brother and I are in public service.” She was a political activist that helped establish La Raza Unida which means The United Race. When asked about the Alamo, Rosie Castro stated "I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for." This is not exactly mainstream American thinking. There is nothing wrong with ethnic identity and pride. We have many such manifestations. But being against an iconic American symbol speaks loudly of her twisted perception of American life.

Now Ms. Castro has her two sons in office where, instead of aiming toward providing impetus for their community building businesses and participating in the miracle of American free enterprise, they want to tether people to government through their “investment” of our money on the projects they deem appropriate.

Yes, Grandma would be rolling in her grave; and, though she might be proud of her grandsons for achieving public office, she also might say to them “Go get a job and see what real life is like.”