Wednesday, September 03, 2003


Bustamante, Bustamante. What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?
- paraphrased, from The Godfather

I'm curious. Perplexed. Probably pissed off.

The American left is constantly on 24/7 vigil, scrutinizing every word uttered by every politician they revile. Anything remotely politically incorrect gets major airtime/column space for weeks. Remember Trent Lott's comment about Strom Thurmond's bid for the presidency about a hundred years ago, and how it lost Lott his seat as Senate Majority Leader?

OK -- here we have Cruz Bustamante, new darling of the left in California (for what it's worth, they hated him a few months ago) stating his support for a Mexican-American student association (he is a former member of MeChA) that still openly advocates "for the race, everything. For those outside the race, nothing."

Ok, let's be objective. How long do you think it would take before any major Republican leader would be removed from office if they were found to have been a member of an organization that espoused the same goal? Why is it different when the person involved is the member of a minority?

In Bustamante's case, the mainstream media never made a big issue of it but he has finally issued a belated renunication of the goals of MeChA. But unlike Lott, it appears everybody is now saying "what's the fuss, he did the right thing".

One last thing. . . this isn't the first time Bustamante has displayed a casual attitude about racial issues. In 2001, he uttered the "n" word in a public speech and belatedly apologized for having said it. Again, ask yourself what would've happened if Bustamante were a white Republican?


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