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January 26, 2006

Dems Pick Villaraigosa to Rebut State of Union, in Spanish

Photo of Antonio Villaraigosa with Kerry during the last Presidential election year...............


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the Spanish-language response to President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Democratic congressional leaders announced.

Villaraigosa has been seen as a rising Democratic star since his election in May as the first Hispanic in 133 years to lead Los Angeles, the country's second-largest city. He will deliver his remarks from his Los Angeles office, said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"Mayor Villaraigosa is working hard to increase economic opportunity and provide affordable and quality education for the people of Los Angeles," Reid and Pelosi said in a joint statement Wednesday. "As the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in more than a century, we are proud to have his diverse voice within the party."

The Democrats' English-language response is being given by newly elected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group and a critical voting bloc that typically leans Democratic.

In the last presidential election, exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks found Bush winning 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, up from 35 percent in 2000. Democratic Sen. John Kerry won 53 percent, down from 62 percent four years earlier for Democrat Al Gore.

Stop the presses............Just who is Antonio Villaraigosa????

Antonio Villaraigosa (then, Tony Villar) leading a protest to include the Communist organization "Committee to Free Los Tres" on the Steering Committee of the Chicano Studies Center. UCLA campus, May 23, 1974.

While on campus, Villar joined the UCLA chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), and was part of its leadership by 1974. MEChA had only been founded as a regional movement in 1969, and in many ways, the UCLA chapter, and the radical Chicano student left today, is a direct product of Villar’s work then.

Villaraigosa refuses to repudiate the aims of Chicano separatists for a nation of Aztlan. Instead he hides behind the Museum of Tolerance, which is looking more and more like one of the old Communist Reeducation Camps.

Villaraigosa want illegal aliens to get taxpayer- provided college education!

Aztlan is the name Chicano activists have given California and the southwestern U.S., land taken from [sold by] Mexico after the War of 1848. Barbara Coe of CCIR said MEChA has distributed "anti-American hate literature on our campuses" and has attempted to "poison the minds of impressionable youth" with the assertion that the southwestern United States was stolen from Mexico.

Villaraigosa quotes....

" "I was chairperson of MEChA 20 some years ago," Villaraigosa said. "I'm proud of it. "

Villaraigosa sharply criticized unnamed Latino leaders for supporting legislation that denies driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "They don't belong in office, friends," Villaraigosa said.

The current attitude of militant Hispanics toward the United States, the English language, European-Americans, and seizing control of the U.S. Southwest -- or Aztlan -- was revealed at a strategy session held in January 1995 at the University of California at Riverside under the title "Latino Leadership Summit Response to Prop 187."

Antonio Villaraigosa was also a speaker at that meeting. Among the many declarations uttered at the meeting which Villaraigosa did not repudiate were "English should be a foreign language"; "We are hostages in our own land, prisoners of war"; "We live under occupying alien force."; "We live in the annexed territories of Aztlan"; and "We're in a state of war ... a vicious threat to our existence."

Although Villaraigosa was and is a public official, he did not condemn the repeated calls for the establishment of an independent country of Aztlan or the references to this country as "AmeriKKKa" and the "United Snakes of America." In fact, Villaraigosa praised one of the participants, Jose Angel Gutierrez, Director of Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, who has professed since 1970 that "Our devil has pale skin and blue eyes," and who once said at a MAYA (Mexican American Youth Organization, the forerunner to MEChA) meeting, "To the gringos in the audience, I have one final message to convey, 'Up yours, baby. You've had it, from now on.' "

Two of Antonio Villaraigosa's close friends are California State Senator, Richard Alarcon and his sister, Evelina Alarcon. Evelina Alarcon is Vice Chair of CPUSA (Communist Party U.S.A.) and is chair of the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA and is the Secretary of its National Mexican American Equality Commission. She also writes editorials for the communist "People's Weekly World."

Wild Thing's comment.........
Will someone also deliver a speech in Polish? There's a large voting block of poles in the US too. What about Italian? Or how about German, French, or Russian? Maybe he can even deliver it in Chinese and Japanese? I hear there are many immigrants in the US who came from those countries too. Oh yea I forgot, all these immigrants were decent enough to bother to learn the language. Like my parents did from Switzerland. hmmmmm Do you think our Forefathers are tired of turning over in their graves because of all the things the Democratic party does and says just about every day of the week?

I think everyone should take pride in their heritage and where and how their families came to this awesome country. They should pass down to their children the pride they had in coming here and the hope of a better future. And tell their children why this is the greatest Nation on earth and why we live in the land of the free. Teach them to respect our Military and the price they paid so we can live with the freedoms and security we have. To thank Veterans and why it is important never to forget what our Veterans have done for us and the world.

But to single out and encourage and pit one group against another. To demand and force on others a constant reminder of differences instead of oneness in ones land and country is not good. This kind of thing goes way beyond social get togethers of a Cinco de Mayo or Octoberfest, or when Italians, Greeks, Irish etc. celebrate.

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.... A hyphenated American is not an American at all... Americanism is a matter of the spirit, and of the soul...The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans...each preserving its separate nationality.... The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans.... There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American." Theodore Roosevelt

Posted by Wild Thing at January 26, 2006 01:04 AM


Good catch WT, I'd forgotton about that Communist Villar, it looks like Communism is still on the march in California, this stuff was going on back when Caesar Chavez was agitating the farm workers. This is what we can expect from the CPUSA which is why they don't run their own candidates anymore, they're now Democrats. I couldn't agree with you more about the hyphenated American, it's a sure sign of not trying to fit in.

Posted by: Jack at January 26, 2006 04:33 AM

Antonio Villaraigosa's past and present rhetoric is disgusting. His intentions, and the communists he associates with, are not about freedom, far from it. Gulags, re-education camps, and the destruction of the freedoms and heritage that I hold so dear.

My grandfather immigrated to the US from Poland in 1898. He was 12 years old, spoke Polish, German & Russian. In Poland that's what you did to survive either German or Russian occupation. He learned to speak, read and write english by age 14. He was not taught english in public schools. The Polish community organized their own ad hoc schools to teach immigrants english. The point here is that ethnic groups that have come to this great country have intregrated themselves into our society. Not our society into theirs. When I was young, I asked my grandfather if he was still Polish. His response was, "Yes, but I'm an American now, I came from Poland for a better life." I think that says it all.

In 1907 Theodore Roosevelt made this statement:

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Posted by: RightToCarry at January 26, 2006 06:12 AM

Hi Jack, thank you for commenting. What a wonderful party the Democrats have...not.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 26, 2006 09:44 AM

RightToCarry awesome thank you so much. Thank you for sharing about your Grandfather. I love it, what a great story.
Thank you too for the quote! Excellent.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 26, 2006 09:49 AM

My grandfather emigrated from Italy and him and my grandmother spoke Italian to each other, especially when they were arguing. But, my mother and her 5 siblings don’t know any Italian except how to cook Italian food. He refused to teach his children Italian, saying “you’re in America and you will speak American”.

My dad grew up speaking Polish, even going to a Polish Catholic School that used both languages but he never taught me a word of Polish. My parents and grandparents were Americans and believed you should speak the tongue of your land.

Posted by: BobF at January 26, 2006 11:57 AM

Hi Bob that is great. Thank you so much for sharing about your family.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 26, 2006 02:55 PM