April 23, 2004

The Public Forum... El Foro Público

Políticos Tras el Voto Latino

Justo cuando se intensifica la guerra en Irak y se inicia la campaña política estadounidense, también se anuncia la primacia de la minoría hispana y se estrena “El Alamo” como película histórica. ¿Es simple coincidencia o conciencia actual? De inmediato resalta el interés de Bush y Kerry por nuestro voto aunque la Casa Blanca parece incapaz de ganar la guerra y preveer el 09/11. Y en cuando a la película, aunque nos lleva al pasado está íntimamente ligada al noticiario del momento actual. En ella resaltan Crocket y Bowie como super-héroes y Santa Anna como el gran villano aunque los tres son expertos explotadores y cambia-casacas. Crockett, por ejemplo, adquiere su educación en la cantina de su padre y de él hereda la puntería infalible para cazar indígenas y alcanzar la legislatura. Bowie, famoso como pleistista temerario, se alía al pirata Laffite para convertirse en el mayor propietario de esclavos. Ofrece también ser leal al imperio español, lo traiciona al adquirir la ciudadanía mexicana a la cual traiciona al aliarse a la independencia tejana. Sin embargo ambos son simples peones dentro del “Destino Manifiesto” esta-dounidense de extenderse por todo el continente a base de compras, matanzas e intervenciones armadas. Así lo establece doctrinalmente O’Sullivan aunque se trae desde Jamestown y Plymouth Rock. La invasión y “compra” de México se consuma por medio de Santa Anna. Este corrupto y cambia-casacas inicia su heroicidad “supervisando” militarmente indígenas para el imperio español y combatiendo a los primeros insurgentes mexicanos. Pero al triunfo de Iturbide/Emperador se somete a él para luego derrocarlo a nombre de la república y derrotar definitivamente a los españoles. Cinco veces en el ejecutivo nacional, una de ellas como “Alteza Serenísima”. Y es quien, al final, acepta el pago estaounidense a cambio del West U.S.A. Pero, en suma, ¿en qué sentido la mencionada película señala la realidad actual? En que los Estados Unidos siguen invadiendo territorios y México continúa siendo muestrario de corrupciones. Si el lector lo duda basta con que se asome al periódico y noticiero de hoy.

Juan Leandro Garza
Chula Vista, CA



Failed Policy in Iraq

It is increasingly obvious that our leadership is not only misguided, but dangerous in its ignorance of foreign policy and world opinion, its open contempt for intellectual rigor and its secrecy. This contempt for knowledge and culture sets a poor example for our youth and pollutes our environment in every way - socially, economically and politically.  We cannot maintain a place of world leadership with such arrogant and ignorant people in power at the helm.  God help us if this group stays in the White House!

Lauren Liefland, Ph.D.
Chula Vista


Roots of corruption

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this story getting at the roots of corporate corruption. I’d love to see more articles on this topic: “Wal-Mart Loses a Battle, But Why Was It Allowed to Fight?”By Jeff Milchen. Published April 16, 2004. http://www.laprensa-sandiego.org/current/walmart.htm

Luisa Ortega
Via email


Pride in Heritage

While going through the website this morning I came upon La Prensa San Diego from a list of California newspapers.

I am glad that people such as yourselves are holding on to, and propagating your Hispanic heritage. This land California belonged to forefathers and by right is yours. One must not be ashamed of just who they are or ever deny their heritage. Pride in ones heritage is pride in ones being.

Kenneth T. Tellis
via email


Woodward book strikes a nerve

Distressing news has come up about an international conspiracy to flummox the American electoral process next November! It involves multinational organizations whose interests may often be inimical to those of Americans.

Journalist Bob Woodward has raised a number of disturbing questions about the President’s relationship with the Saudi royal family. The details have been published in his recent book.

We now know from this source that Bush has a secret deal with the Saudis to influence the November elections by manipulating gas prices — a deal that is costing Americans at the pump.

If President Bush can make deals with OPEC nations to lower gas prices, why isn’t he doing it now, while Americans face record prices at the pump, instead of using that influence to manipulate the election?

President Bush needs to answer other questions about his relationship with Saudi Arabia too, including why he revealed secret war plans to Saudi Prince Bandar before he showed Colin Powell.

Californians remember when Ken Lay and Enron cornered the market on natural gas shipped to California, holding the California consumers up for exorbitant prices. The profits have yet to be accounted for. These are Texas-style business practices in which G. W. Bush was deeply enmeshed for years before trying for public office. See Molly Iven’s book: “Bushwacked.” It appears to be just more of the same.

It’s time for President Bush to stop the stonewall and come clean about his relationship with the Saudi royal family and their plan to manipulate the elections.

Robert T Gustafson
National City

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