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Pocho Saurus Votes!

2 November 2008

I will vote for Sen. Barack Obama.

I will vote not liking the guy, but then again, never having met him nor reading much about him. I will vote for Obama regretting that Sen John McCain, the man who I voted for in 2000 against George W. Bush in the primaries, has long disappeared  into a black hole of Karl Rove attacks and unfocused campaigning. 

I will vote for Obama knowing full well that my vote is for a historical figure who will try to change Washington, but will ultimately make so many compromises that he will let down his most ardent supporters. I wish that I was as enthusiastic about Sen. Obama as I was about Sen. Hillary Clinton. I knew her to be a tough old bitch, and knew that even with all of her baggage, and maybe because of it, she wouldn’t change Washington necessarily, but she would have gotten her agenda passed. Oh well.

I will vote for Obama knowing that we will have 4 years of people whispering about racism. That issue is so enormous I will try to write about it later. But race is an issue that won’t go away, and to not vote for an African American just because they are African American is stupid. Even I never thought of it that way.

I will vote for Obama for all of the African-Americans who have struggled and died to vote, to be even considered equal and human and who will see him as the result of their two-hundred years and longer oppression and struggle. I know that many tears of joy will be shed if/when Obama wins on Tuesday, and I do wish to be a part of it.

Still, I do resent the media’s bias against John McCain, the enormous and outrage-free financial advantage of the Democrats this year, the arrogance and cockiness and sense of inevitability that the Dems have shown since June.

Here’s to the next President!

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An Undecided Voter

20 October 2008

 

My Secret Ballot

My Secret Ballot

 

 

Pocho Saurus here. The election is looming. My ballot is in hand (I am a Permanent Absentee Voter). That’s right – Democracy through the U.S. Mail!

As a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, I am supposed to suck it up and vote for Sen. Obama. I can’t. 

At least not yet.

I’m very conflicted, with issues of loyalty, race and fairness swirling around my head. The media clearly has a bias towards one candidate and against another. It makes me angry when I see the sneers on CNN – the insta-polls, the millions of dollars, the glib and arrogant tone of *some* of Sen. Obama’s supporters.

 

Still, a little backstory is in order. I actually voted for Sen. John McCain back in 2000, in the Primary against then Governor George Bush. I enjoyed McCain’s no-bullshit style, his then “straight-talk” and his promises to cut down on defense spending. His personal story, while inspiring, didn’t move me to register (briefly) as a Republican. His call to national service did – in those pre-September 11th days, John McCain urged all people, especially young voters, to serve a cause greater than themselves. Back then, it was different, it was new, and it inspired me to drive all the way to the 24 hour Post Office by the airport and register to vote.

So now I am two weeks away from Election Day. I have read the reports and seen the polls. I have watched the debates and gotten into too many arguments about this election. But I want to start over and see if I can, with a clear and objective mind, truly decide who to vote for – without worrying about the racial, gender, or hysterical issues surrounding what is our privilege to vote.

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John Wayne and Pedro Infante

30 July 2008

If Pocho Saurus ever had an origin story, this would be it. Perfect example of how distinctive and different it is to be a Mexican-American today – with nationalism, assimilation and family pressures coming at us from all sides, Chicanos, Radicals, Pochos and Coconuts can all agree that we are in a unique situation. Edward James Olmos explains:

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(Non) Racial Politics

29 July 2008

I know that religion and politics are the topics you don’t bring up in polite conversation, but…

Today in the news is Sen. Barack Obama’s multi-million dollar drive to recruit LAtino voters. The same Latino voters that overwhelmingly voted for Sen Clinton in the primaries. Now, I’ve heard many theories about why so many Latinos didn’t vote for Obama – and the worst reason was a conspiracy/theory about Latinos not trusting African-Americans. Yes, racism exists and there may have been an aggrieved sense that African-Americans shouldn’t get into the White House before Latinos. I don’t believe that. I do believe that amongst Sen Clinton’s supporters, there was a sense that she would do more for the Latino community – although there’s little evidence to support this.

Sen Obama is walking a fine line on the racial issue – his appeal is his “post-racial” status. In other words, he’s a black guy not running as a black guy, yet not running away from his blackness. Compare him to another successful minority politician, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: he didn’t run as a Latino pol either, yet he didn’t shy away from chumming up with his East-side supporters and labor background. Which is smart politics.

Which brings me to a point I’ve heard made long ago: that Latinos are, on the whole and on the issues, more conservative ideologically and should be voting Republican:

 

  • anti abortion
  • pro family
  • anti tax
  • pro small business
But then you get into other issues that the Republicans have completely fucked up on:
  • immigration
  • public education
  • public transit
It’ll be interesting to see how many Latino votes Obama actually gets.
Not Pandering At All

Not Pandering At All

*Caveat* I suppose younger Latino voters are probably a lot more liberal than their older, more conservative counterparts.
Politico article here
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Here We Go…

25 July 2008

I’m sure this story has just started to make the rounds – first in the L.A. Times – picked up this discussion of Metafilter (the very first blog I ever read back in the 1990s).

Asians and Latinos: Guess Which Ones Make It?

The difference here is that the students at Lincoln were actually speaking up about it, instead of just grumbling at it by themselves. Hopefully this coverage will wake a few of them up. It’s simplistic to say that it’s just because the Latino kids are poor that that’s why they don’t make it. Stand and Deliver, anyone?

Seriously, it’s the parents who force these Asian kids to study at all hours, to fill up their time with coaches and drill and kill and SAT Prep. I know Asian kids are lazy, horny, distracted, just like Latino kids – difference is that Latino kids don’t have parents who tear them down when they “only” get a 90% on a test. I’ve seen it.

Most kids just want to be kids. If it wasn’t for the pressure parents exert, most would just stay home and MySpace with their “friends.”

Wonder why the drop-out rate is so high? It’s because Latino parents themselves (again this is all just generalizing, so be kind) didn’t go very far with their own schooling. This is an outdated model, but some Latino parents want to see their kids working, making money, helping out with the household expenses. Schooling is something abstract and work is a concrete, character builder.

Nothing wrong with that. Right?

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/columnone/la-me-lincoln16-2008jul16,0,7519572,full.story