In the Wednesday Point of View, Jose Zapata Calderon (professor of Chicano Studies at Pitzer College and president of the Latino and Latina Roundtable) pointed out that President Obama's policies are eroding his support. However, Calderon believes this is due to insufficient class warfare and lack of redistribution on Obama's part.
Calderon seems to think that "black and brown" are systemically excluded from full participation in the U.S., and by conservatives. Despite residue from generations of subjugation (welfare) and limitation ('victim' mentality) by Democrats (which actually supported southern slavery and resisted equal rights in their history) the 2008 elections alone are proof that this is not true. He notes the plans of organizers of marches in 2006 (the ones where school kids were encouraged to skip classes) included plans to use them for voter organization.
Calderon claims that Obama and the super-majority Democrats have been "blocked" in the promised social justice by the banking industry (which they have taken over), Financial Services Roundtable (which has no legal authority) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (also powerless other than representing nearly all small businesses, which create 75% of new jobs). And though Obama has met with immigration rights leaders and promises amnesty, Calderon is upset that enforcement of the sovereign laws of the U.S. have have inexplicably continued.
Calderon warns of a "movement that promotes racism and scapegoats immigrants and working people for the economic problems". He mentions "thousands of conservatives that took to the streets ... questioning Obama's citizenship", probably referring to the millions of working people nationwide that mostly protested obscene spending and socialist programs, in addition to Obama's qualifications and other viewpoints. The same conservative protests that had zero arrests and less litter than global-warming and anti-capitalist protests that were 1% of their size. Calderon somehow divines that, when Obama repeatedly and demonstrably lied during the State of the Union address and a senator yelled "you lie", it must be based in animosity toward blacks.
Lastly, despite the Democratic super-majority, Republicans (who cannot even get the President's campaign promises or insurance regulations passed) are somehow blocking progress and Democrats cannot seem to get universal, government health care enacted.
None of these issues, of course, have anything to do with the fact that the ovewhelming majority of voting, tax-paying citizens oppose mindless spending, unsustainable debt, increasing taxation of every class, killing the job market, loss of the world's best health care system, unconstitutional government control of the People and states, or throwing open the borders while we are under continued terrorist attack.
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