Born September 16, 1974, Julián Castro is the current Mayor of San Antonio, Texas where he formerly served on the San Antonio City Council for four years. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He is on track to becoming a career politician.
His twin brother, Joaquín Castro, is also a politician who is incumbent Representative from Texas. The Castro brothers’ parents are political activists and their father is a math teacher. Because they are exceptionally bright and academically accomplished, they are rising stars who represent the Latino community (and all Americans). The questions that I pose are: Does America need and want career politicians to represent them? Are the Castros the wave of the future?
Here is an analysis of Julian’s keynote speech.
The most brilliant part of Julian Castro’s speech is in these words:
“In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.
And while she may be proud of me tonight, I’ve got to tell you, Mom, I’m even more proud of you. Thank you, Mom. Today, my beautiful wife Erica and I are the proud parents of a three-year-old little girl, Carina Victoria, named after my grandmother.” Julian Castro
Julian established the foundation for his speaking last night that was based on his orphaned grandmother entering America as an immigrant, working as a maid, raising her daughter who would have twin sons. Grandmother only had a fourth grade education yet her grandsons demonstrate what can happen when brainpower is nourished with education and an opportunity.
(In the back of my mind, when I see exceptionally intelligent people like this, I wonder what would happen if they were aligned with venture capitalists and encouraged to create new products and new business units as an alternative to becoming career government employees.)
Grandmother “taught herself to read and write in both Spanish and English”. She died before witnessing her grandsons’ accomplishments that she helped inspire.
The Castros’ path was forward in America because there was opportunity to gain self-reliance.
Julian acknowledged the contribution from the middle class that is the “engine for economic growth.” He said that with hard work, everyone has a place in the middle class. Getting there and staying there is the American dream as he sees it.
For Julian, “our investment in opportunity makes it a reality”.
That begs the question, whose investment? It is our taxpayer investment in the infrastructure and foundation that makes it possible, combined with capitalists’ investment in free enterprise, new products and new business unit development. (I argue that success of free enterprise in producing a sustainable economy is prerequisite to all of the rest.)
“Now, in Texas, we believe in the rugged individual. Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps, and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can’t do alone. We have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow,” said Julian.
Julian emphasized the importance of education as part of what our investment provides as an opportunity builder.
He positioned President Obama as an opportunity multiplier.
He correctly criticized the incomplete notions offered by Mitt Romney who addressed college students by telling them to start a business. He didn’t offer mechanisms for supporting and just threw the words out there. That is an example of empty ideas from Republicans.
Julian critiqued that Republicans fail to address the fact that many people are denied opportunity to pursue self-reliance and to exploit their brainpower. A critical difference between Republicans and Democrats, Romney and Obama is how they address the opportunity gap.
“The Romney-Ryan budget doesn’t just cut public education, cut Medicare, cut transportation and cut job training.
It doesn’t just pummel the middle class—it dismantles it. It dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class,” he spoke.
Dismantling the middle class is what Republicans promise in their deeds and actions.
Republicans are resting on their investments,” he spoke.
Romney-Ryan offer a trickle-down approach that history proves doesn’t work. Their skewed wealth has come at the expense of the American middle class. Romney-Ryan will continue to neglect it.
By contrast, Obama’s actions have helped the auto industry recover and to survive. He has provided a solution to affordable health care for all Americans. He is trying to help immigrants continue to find and exploit opportunity as all Americans have done before.
America has emerged from Depression on Obama’s leadership and against Republican obstruction.
So, now voters must choose between a champion for the middle class or neglect.
Mitt Romney was an instrument for outsourcing jobs, for instance.
See Julan Castro’s speech here: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/04/160574895/transcript-julian-castros-dnc-keynote-address