Monday, October 8, 2012

Cesar Chavez Memorial Dedication

President Obama was in California today for the dedication of a national monument to Cesar Chavez.

Cesar Chavez is a hero of mine. The blood, sweat and tears he put into farm labor, activism and his military record is incredibly exemplary.

It was no surprise to me that the GOP attacked the president for being at today's memorial dedication. Mr. Doc Hastings, a Republican congressman from Washington state, is one of those unhappy Republicans. I'm sure one reason is the obvious - honoring labor. As we know, celebrating anything to do with labor and unions is a big sad face for the GOP, and Mr. Hastings made his feelings quite clear, stating, "this national monument designation is an unnecessary use of presidential powers and appears to be based more on politics than sound policy." Let's remember that not only was Chavez a hero on labor, he was a Navy veteran, serving our nation proudly during World War 2. 

On Obama using presidential authority to acquiring the land the monument is built on, Hastings said, ".... such a transaction should have faced more scrutiny from Congress and local officials." Or in other words, the Tea Party didn't have the opportunity to shut it down, call Obama a Communist thug and Chavez a socialist agitator.

You know, I'm waiting for it to get to a point where the president can't use the bathroom with out the GOP throwing a fit. The GOP is so pathetic that it's really starting to hurt now. What President Obama did was what any president should have done - recognize heroism and honor it. Cesar Chavez did more for this country than the GOP could ever dream of doing.

1 comment:

  1. When I was a kid, we boycotted grapes, our priest told the congregation it was the right thing to do, because the farmworkers had poor living conditions. Iceberg lettuce too. My dad would grocery shop (he was a Republican, btw), and he would ask my mom about the list, "No iceberg, right?" We kids wanted the "good kind of lettuce" and he told us we shouldn't eat it because the workers didn't have heat or running water.