Friday, March 31, 2006

Move it on over

"...cause the Big Dog's moving in." (Hank Williams)

There is a pretty big rumor that Bill Clinton will soon begin openly pushing for Howard Dean and the DNC's 50-State Strategy with the big-dollar donors. This very well could be symbolic of the kind of Institutional sea change we've been hoping for since Dean was elected chairperson.

I hope this rumor is true.
-Synthesis

Monday, March 27, 2006

County Convention

After hours of work and tweaking, Lubbock Democrats have settled on some great resolutions and delegates to send to the state convention. If someone would send me a list of all the resolutions, I'd be happy to post them here.

In other news, I'll be leaving Texas in late spring. My most likely destination is Oregon, as I've been accepted to my second choice law school. My first choice is also in Oregon. If some of our Lubbock readers would like to give blogging a try, they should let me know.
-Synthesis

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Note

I will not tolerate foul language or foul arguments (i.e. racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.) on this blog. This goes for liberal and conservative commentors.
-Synthesis

Monday, March 13, 2006

Rolling Stone Article

It is about Senator Brownback. He is every bit as crazy as you think, plus a whole lot of extra crazy.

However, I recommend reading the article for the insight it gives into the organization of the right-wing. In it's own twisted way, it is awe inspiring.

Despite being within the mainstream of America, Democrats have not held majority power for 12 years. We are nowhere near as organized as the other side, and we have lost bitter elections as a result. Real political power lies outside just the 537 elected officials in D.C. and it is well past the time when we need to recognize this. It will take a lot of time and money, and we should be willing to give both.

Thankfully, we have begun building the machine that will take back the country from extremists like Brownback. Groups like DFA are the first cogs in the machine. Though we may not be able to elect the next president, we can still be very influential in matters like electing Glen Maxey to chair the Texas Democratic Party. The stubborn existence of DFA, and the refusal of former Dean supporters to just "go home" might be the very first steps of turning the tide. We'll have defeats, of course, possibly decades of them. Republicans took 30 years to build the machine they have now, and they are still refinining it. We've been building our own for about 2 years. Think of how strong we'll be 4 years from now. A decade from now.

Rome wasn't built in a day.
-Synthesis

Friday, March 10, 2006

Racism

I immediately bristle when white people talk about any race issue (the worst being immigration). It doesn't matter whether they agree with me or not, my response is the same. It comes from having experienced very explicit (violent) and latent racism throughout my life. Sometimes I wonder what percentage of Americans actually are racist.

Racism is systemic in our society, pervading much of what we do and how we live. Though a white man may harbor no prejudice toward anyone, he is still incredibly likely to benefit from institutionalized racism. His opportunities are luxuries I can only imagine.

I face a double-edged sword. Because I am Hispanic, I am more likely to be offered a position in a school or a job. However, I must perform exceptionally well to escape the guilt of Affirmative Action, or the stereotype of the lazy Mexican.
-Synthesis

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Primary concern

My precinct had a total of 38 Democratic voters. I have set the bar for the next precinct chair pretty low.

A big article on Abramoff will be featured in Vanity Fair of all places. Pigeon that he is, Jack names names. A PDF of the article can be found HERE.
-Synthesis

Friday, March 03, 2006

They are certainly arrogant

Our Executive branch has been replaced with an autocratic one.

I don't really know the details of this whole Dubai-Ports thing, but it has certainly made a lot of people upset, on both sides of the political spectrum. I am inclined not to trust the administration, if only becauce he has been so consistently wrong on almost every issue for the past 5 years. Were I the betting type, I'd wager good money that state-owned companies from the U.A.E. taking over 6 of our big ports is a catastrophe. Our president tyrant is going to go through with the deal anyway.
-Synthesis