|WACO, October 1 - I was listening to the verbose junior United States Senator from Texas, Rafael Edward Cruz during his attempt to filibuster the business of the United States Senate and annul the national health law known as Obamacare.
It is sad to see such intellect and capacity to speak before an audience, as has been demonstrated by Senator Cruz, go straight to the dung heap of the body politic.
This Canadian Cuban has one agenda and that is to show us just how smart he is. The objective for his hyperbole is to prove that he belongs. Well Rafael, I for one acknowledge that you are indeed a very educated young man; educated but not very smart. As a counterweight to you is my father who never even went inside a public school but was both smart and wise and knew when not to speak and what not to say.
As a native Texan, I must remind you that you may become an American citizen through an exam or some other dubious nature of birth but you have to be born a Texan. You are no Texan. You are too lazy to get to know the character of Texans and carry a funnel in your back pocket for the Tea Party to feed you its misguided values and venom for those of us that are different. We Tejanos are different and very unique but you are determined to never get to know us.
In all of your rhetoric and rants you have demonstrated that you lack the courage or tenacity to lead. Winston Churchill said that, “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” To-date you have not put forth the courage to offer any studied alternative to Obamacare or the immigration bills that have been bandied about Congress. The balance of your legislative agenda is directed at proving that you know more about the U.S. Constitution that the rest of us. Well Bully for you!!
If you are so gung ho on sticklers regarding the Constitution, why don't you review the law and tell us what it says about respecting international treaties such as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848? That treaty made the citizens of Mexico, who resided in the conquered southwestern states, de jure citizens of these United States of America with all due rights and liberties. Why don't go and discover the many illegal means that have been used by the white citizens of these same United States to disenfranchise those same Mexicans who are now the Tejanos that you do not even recognize or know. I challenge you to introduce legislation to make us Tejanos whole as citizens of America instead of behaving like a "Latino Gringo" that curries the favor of misguided politicians who are intimidated by us as we retake the southwestern United States.
You behavior and actions bring to mind the lyrics of Psycho Killers as sung by the Talking Heads in 1987 (© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.). Just follow along and you may, hopefully, get the gist of what is being said in song.
"You start a conversation you can't even finish it.
You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything.
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed.
Say something once, why say it again?"
Senator Cruz, you just don't get it! And you want to be my president. It is rather easy to be a critic of a house once it is built but it is another undertaking to offer a better architectural rendering to improve on the finished structure. All you offer is talk. You remind me of the fellow that we Vaqueros and Cowboys used to describe at the Muleshoe, Texas feed and grain store as "having lots of hats but no cattle."
Baltazar Acevedo Y Arispe, Jr., Ph.D., is a Chicano activist who resides in Corrales, New Mexico and Waco, Texas. His columns appear regularly in the Guardian.