March 19, 2014

Obama to salute Cesar Chavez (again) today

This is how I plan to fly below the radar...swish.
The Washington Post reports that the president will attend a private White House screening of the film "Cesar Chavez", a film chronicling the life of the labor activist.  The option to view this particular film is very telling about the president, but let's face it: it's going to go unnoticed.
The official D.C. premiere of “Cesar Chavez” will be held at the Newseum on Tuesday night. But on Wednesday the film’s director and stars will head down the street to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for a private White House screening. The biopic’s director, Diego Luna, told The Wrap that he hoped the president would tweet about the movie.
This isn't the first time the president has honored Chavez.  In 2011, Obama declared March 31st Cesar Chavez Day.  Some might argue that this is merely political pandering - appealing to a large voter constituency with an honor for a member of their community.  Certainly there is an element of that to Obama's deliberately visible actions.  But if it were merely a matter of honoring a member of the Hispanic community, there are a lot of other better options available. How about Cesar Millan or Jordi Muñoz?  Don't know who Jordi Muñoz is?  Maybe if Obama honored someone who succeeded from the ground up in a major way, you'd know about some very inspiring Hispanic individuals.

There's a marked difference between working for worker's rights in places where unfair practices are being employed and making the leap to espousing government control of the means of production.  Cesar Chavez was at a minimum, a socialist and more likely a communist.  Trevor Louden pointed this out in 2011:
C.S.O., under the leadership of Los Angeles leftist President Ed Roybal (father of current congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, mentor to far left congressman Xavier Becerra) and organizer Fred Ross, and with the financial backing of independent Chicago radical Saul Alinsky, became a major force in “progressive” politics in Los Angeles in the 1940s.

C.S.O. created the first broad-based organization within the Los Angeles Mexican-American community. It had also established ties to organized labor, the Catholic Church, the Jewish community and to individuals in both the Democratic and Progressive parties, creating a broad based coalition that succeeded in electing Ed Roybal to the Los Angeles City council and then later to the U.S. Congress.

C.S.O. pioneered, with the assistance of Saul Alinsky, the type of multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition that would elect Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency some 60 years later.

Both Ed Roybal and Cesar Chavez worked closely with a leading Los Angeles Communist Party USA member and Democratic Party activist, Bert Corona.
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The optics of this film viewing doesn't make a lot of sense with the on-going crisis in the Crimea that Obama dedicated all of about 3 minutes to in a statement about sanctioning a dozen or so Russians.  But you won't hear about it from the mainstream media.  In fact, you probably won't hear much about this private screening at all.  CNN for example, has spent almost all of it's time talking about the minutia of the missing 777 in Malaysia.  It does nothing to make the president look bad or weak on Crimea.  The media also has no interest in letting you know about the president honoring a community activist with ties to communists.  They are aware that those who support progressivism and those in the Hispanic community will know about this event already.

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