I was going to spend some time going through Vero's campaign website, but it's somehow "unverified" and my internet thingy doesn't want to display it. I was really going to make one point anyway, so I'll just do that here today.
Have you ever met someone who attended Harvard? Their Harvard attendance is usually the first, last and middle part of anything they have to relate. Their matriculation from the institution does nothing for you, but it really makes them whole... I guess. They need to validate themselves, or whatever they're saying, through this personal award ceremony because they don't feel they have another way of convincing others what they say is right. "The sky is green, and I should know, I went to Harvard." Can't argue there - the sky is obviously blue, but this guy went to Harvard and you didn't, so you better believe him.
The practice of thought bullying doesn't only apply to those who can claim Harvard. People use many different labels, achievements, birth places, relationships etc. to claim privilege. Whether it be the privilege of being right in an argument or say the privilege of being anointed a congressional seat. No matter what, the benefactor of this privilege is always a single person - the one claiming it.
And let me clarify something here. I have really liked Vero in the past. I think she was a great person and very good legislator. I felt she was truly plugged in to the community and its needs. I always hold out hope that she can return to that person that won me over.
Lately she and her crew have resorted to dirty, underhanded tactics to retain power. They defame others. They impede the progress of public entities to carry out political payback. They hire bloggers to shit on their enemies. They hide the failures tied to their efforts and then blame others. They sacrifice innocent people to save their own legacies. This is no longer the group of bright-eyed do-gooders hell bent on making El Paso a better place. It's about survival now and it's ugly.
I secretly hope this is like an 80's teen movie where the loser turned popular guy realizes almost too late that he stepped on his real friends to be the cool guy and then goes back to be the guy he used to be (think Teen Wolf). Not likely.
So, if you've seen Vero's web page or heard her speeches, she's pretty much putting her whole campaign on the fact she'd be the first Latina congresswoman in Texas. Hey! Isn't that just grand?!?!?!?
For Vero it is.
For you? Doesn't mean shit.
That's something Vero can put on her resume. You can't put that on yours. It gets you nothing. You're still going to have to go to work in the morning and I-10 is still going to be a mess. Nothing changes for you if you make her famous.
Vero's approach to the election is that she reserves the privilege of being the first Latina congresswoman from Texas. How dare anyone challenge her - she's the first Latina congresswoman for Texas. We should all sit down, shut up and do what the first Latina congresswoman from Texas says to do.
I have found it interesting that nobody has called her out on this. The "I, I, me, I, I, me, me" culture of Democratic leadership put on blast by President Obama has seeped all the way down to the district level. You have someone telling you to your face that you should vote for them based on something that is only good for them personally. Do you not see where that's wrong?
It's called the U.S. House of Representatives... Let me bold that last part for you so you get the idea REPRESENTATIVES. They represent YOU. They are there to do things for YOU. That's why YOU get to pick who REPRESENTS YOU.
Making Vero or Norma the first Latina congresswoman from Texas isn't going get you squat. Even Norma isn't trafficking in that kind of narcissistic rhetoric hoping you'll somehow glam on to her own personal success. And you gotta kind of wonder what a person thinks of you if they are trying to sell you that bag of kale doughnuts.
Be wary of someone who has started with the "I, I, me, I, I, me, me" speeches long before they've taken up residence in the swamp. It leaves you with little input with the person who should be seeking your opinion.
Remember when you are listening to them speak - What is good for them? What is good for YOU? Unless you are the Latina being elected to congress, it doesn't mean anything to you other than warm and fuzzies. And how long do those warm and fuzzies satisfy your need for legislative representation?
And before everyone starts calling me an asshole - be honest with yourself. Sure, it would be cool if El Paso had the first Latina congresswoman from Texas. However, at what expense? After the initial party, what does that get you? Do you want a city run by a political mafia that chooses the winners and losers based on donations and your ability to stay in line and not seek elected office until given permission? Hell, vote for Norma if you want the first Latina award. At least she won't send henchmen after you, your job and your reputation. You can also stop the tradition of anointing people to offices they should be elected to.
Bottom line - do something for yourself, not someone else's ego and resume.