$64 million man
In the end: "No way Jose !!!"
Turn out the lights Molly Beth: Racism in the United States of America as evidenced by the 2002 Texas Governor's Race
Well it has been two years since the campaign for governor of Texas began. I was the first to declare my Democratic candidacy on January 1, 2001. But the Democratic Party sold out to the corrupt billionaire Hispanic Tony Sanchez.
Early on the word was that John Sharp, who lost to Governor Rick Perry in the lt. governor's race in 1998, thought that if he could recruit a rich Hispanic to run for governor, then it would energize the Hispanic voters and give the Democrats the edge they needed to reestablish themselves in the state. It was a brain fart of gigantic proportions and one that all White males in Texas over the age of 50 understood to be a joke. All White males over 50 who were raised in Texas as children came up in segregated schools, in a segregated society. And their silent mantra was always, "No Way Jose'"
All children born before 1950 in Texas came up hearing the words that are no longer used in public. Those were times when all Blacks were called niggers, coons, spooks, coloreds and all Hispanics were referred to as Mexicans or Mescans and wet backs ( a reference to swimming across the Rio Grande from Mexico to Texas), pepper bellies and beaners. These are all very ugly words that evidence the previous level of contempt of White males over 50 for people of color. These words are now only used in the most back woods areas of the state (oh yes, they are still used). Sometimes when old White boys gather to shoot the bull you still hear these words occasionally. You have to be a over 50 White male raised in Texas to know the truth of what I am saying.
The generation that fought in World War II never considered the possibility that Texas would become an integrated society. These White guys were born in the nineteen twenties when there were still a few Confederate veterans alive. The fact that the South lost the Civil War did not change their attitude about Blacks. These men were only three generations removed from the Civil War. These men all knew that the KKK was alive and well even if they did not belong to it or participate in its terroristic activities.
These were times when there was a poll tax ( A fee charged to vote) and when Blacks were harassed and threatened away from the voting booths. This is when Blacks were given a Chinese newspaper to read to prove they could read the ballot that of course was in English. Times when Blacks rode in the back of the bus and didn't dare try to eat in a White restaurant. And integrated couples lived in other states. For a Black man to be seen with a White woman was equal to a death wish in those days all over the state. Now this attitude is pretty much limited to Vidor, Texas.
(Incidentally, the only other place more racist than Vidor, Texas is Laredo, Texas, Tony's home town which his ancestors founded. Percentage wise, there are fewer Blacks in Laredo than in Vidor. When the campaign started the "Stars and Bars" (Confederate Battle Flag as opposed to the Confederate Flag) was flown at the Laredo International Airport and the flag is a large part of the terminal floor still. When I pointed this out early on in the campaign, the flags in front of the airport were all changed to American flags. This was to hide Tony's own racism. Has anyone looked at how many Blacks have jobs at the top of the Tony Sanchez International Bank of Commerce empire?)
In Texas, the Hispanics generally consider themselves White and superior to Blacks. I used to know Hispanic that hated Blacks more than any Whites I knew. And the integration of Blacks and Hispanics in Texas neighborhoods is rare.
In the not to distant past there were no Blacks in management positions and generally the only Blacks a White kid saw was when the garbage truck came by or the maids got off the bus to go to work in a house or two in the neighborhood.
And what about now? The largest corporations still have a glass ceiling at the tip of the pyramid. There are no Black or Hispanic governors or U S Senators in the United States. At the top of American society, White men rule. The all White tip of the social pyramid is shrinking but it is still significant. And it still controls and rules.
The Republicans understand this. They understand that Whites rule and they were not stupid enough to run a person of color in the top four offices in this state. (governor, lt. governor, attorney general and U S Senator)
One must consider that the WWII generation came up celebrating San Jacinto day. And many are still silently mad that now Cinco de Mayo is the big event in the state and San Jacinto day is no longer a state holiday.
After the Civil War, the Blacks were Republicans because the Republican Lincoln freed them. And so the Whites migrated to the Democratic Party. Texas has always been White and conservative and from the 1870's to the 1980's these White conservatives were all Democrats. But then in the 1980's there began a migration back to the Republican Party where America's conservative (and Christian) Whites have been for a long time.
Now, due to the vision of John Sharp, almost all the rest of the White male Democrats have gone Republican in response to the rainbow dream team.
John Sharp had a great liberal idea of integrating Blacks and Hispanics into the Democratic Party. It was great right up to the point where the Whites males in the Democratic Party were made to feel like second class citizens. A fatal mistake. What was John Sharp thinking? More than one Democratic county chair whispered to me that they were not going to vote for no Mexican.
It was interesting for me on the campaign trail to go to large political events and see mostly over 50 White faces and about ten percent Black faces and very few Hispanics. I kept wondering where all the Hispanics were outside of South Texas. I kept wondering where the much touted Hispanic enthusiasm was. The reality was that it was all a lie spun out by the Tony Sanchez campaign money.
The reality was that these White males were not attending these Democratic functions to decide on the best Democrat for each office. They were deciding if they were going to remain Democrats.
Sanchez didn't even campaign until January 2002. He only went to controlled events where he did not have to interact. He refused to attend any of the rank and file events. And he did everything he could to avoid sharing the stage with WorldPeace. He was an ex-Republican. He was a political dud. He had no enthusiasm. He had no charisma. And he is just too arrogant. The last thing the over fifty White males are going to put up with is an arrogant Hispanic or what used to be called an upity N.
Sanchez is a liar and unindicted criminal. But he has a lot of money and the party bosses could not resist the money. Nor could the newspapers and other media outlets who took Sanchez's millions for advertising. The two great whores of the 2002 governor's race were the Democratic Party bosses and the newspapers and television stations.
Nobody cared about the fact that Sanchez refused to attend their events. Nobody cared that he refused to campaign. No one cared about his Mafia connections. No one cared about his Vietnam Era draft dodging. All they cared about was his money. And the naive Sanchez mistook the friendly White faces as acceptance of him when it was just joy over getting his money. Few over 50 White males in Texas will ever consider a Hispanic their equal much less a Black. No amount of money or education or anything else will make that happen. The most low rent cracker always considers himself better than a man of color.
I was pushed to the side in lots of places on the campaign trail. Party bosses manipulated events to give Sanchez a priority on the podium. And the Neighborhood Democrats in Houston actually called the police to make sure that WorldPeace could not get into their Democratic event where Tony was going to speak. The police, the hotel security and Tony's Mafia goons got toe to toe with WorldPeace and kept him out of the event.
And during all this time, I never stopped saying that no Hispanic was going to become governor of Texas and especially one who was a borderline criminal and all around worthless person like Sanchez. I kept asking why the party did not put a man like Victor Morales in the governor's slot. A man of integrity and a real Democrat, not an ex-Republican Bush Pioneer. A man who almost beat Phil Gramm in the 1996 Senate race. A Hispanic of substance has a chance of becoming governor of Texas. But Vic did not have any money.
You can see on my WorldPeace for Governor of Texas web page that from the beginning of my campaign I said that if the Democratic Party tried to run Sanchez in the governor's slot, the only thing left to do after the election would be to turn out the lights.
And guess what? The lights were turned out. The Republicans not only took all the state wide offices, they picked up 88 seats in the House. Liberalism is dead in Texas. And people of color have been sent a very strong message about their place in Texas society.
The future of the Democratic Party is to move to the middle. Its future is to become conservative while at the same time pushing a pro business platform and a social agenda of health insurance for all, quality education, equal rights and protection of the environment. But unfortunately, John Sharp and his dream team idea turned into a night mare as the remaining White males left the party in droves. And ditzy Molly Beth Malcolm, Chairperson of the Texas Democratic Party is still flitting around saying stupid things like "this was just due to the popularity of George Bush." Hey, Molly Beth, its racism stupid.
There are a lot of Whites who want to vote Democratic. Or I should say older White males. But they are going to have to be acknowledged as the back bone of the party. One half of the Hispanics are Republicans which speaks to their successful integration into White society. ( And by the way Hispanics have a history in Texas of splitting 50/50 between the parties so no matter how many new Hispanics you bring into the electorate the Democratic Party attains no advantage. I said this from the beginning as well.)
The Blacks have never fully integrated. Therefore, it is the White males who are going to continue to run Texas for the next decade or so. There is only going to be real social change with time when the older White males who came up in a segregated Texas begin to die off in large numbers. Until then, politics is Texas is going to remain racial and controlled by Whites.
It is doubtful that any Hispanic or Black is going to waste his or her time running for governor or U S Senator in Texas in the next decade. If Sanchez could not do it with his $64 million campaign, then there is little or no hope for another rainbow candidate.
The message to Democrats in Texas and America is to move to the center politically because liberalism is dead as a door nail in America. The great civil rights experiment didn't actually end with this election cycle but it is no longer a viable issue. All the energy of King's civil rights movement is gone. Mostly due to the corrupt and ego centric leadership that tried to fill the vacuum his assassination left.
The one thing that I was wrong about was that all over fifty Whites were racists. The truth is that the over fifty White women voted both Republican and Democrat. It was the over fifty White Democratic males who abandoned en mass the Democratic Party. These are the men who run Texas. These are the men who said, "No way Jose'". This is the voting block I was talking about when I said early on that no Hispanic has a dog's chance in Hell of being governor of Texas.
A reading of my web pages will clearly indicate that I and no one else has so committed himself to racial, religious, national and sexual equality as I have. My commitment is so entrenched that I changed my name to John WorldPeace fourteen years ago. Anyone who terms me a racist is just stupid.
The reality is that no one wants to admit that Texas is racist. And further, that racism exists all over the United States and that is why there are no Black or Hispanic governors or U S Senators even now. And that racism is the reason why there is little resistance to the wholesale killing of Arabs in the Middle East.
What is interesting to me is that the real turning point is always going to be the 2000 Presidential election in Florida and the appointment of George Bush President by the U S Supreme Court.
Lastly to all you reporters who laughed and wrote the crap you did about me, do you have the guts to print the fact that you were wrong and I was right? No, I do not think so.
I am the new Democrat. Pro-business. Pro-equal rights. Pro-education. Pro-environment. and spiritual.
In the end, WorldPeace.
I am working on what I believe will become an Internet book about the 2002 governor's race in Texas. This is the first of many articles to come over time. I am going to try to bring all my notes together into a coherent readable story. So stay tuned if you are interested.
How can we manifest peace on earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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