- Posted September 5, 2012 by
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Sights and sounds of the DNC
Castro Delivers, But Not Memorable
San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro gave tonight's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. With anticipation I had eargerly waited to hear the Mayor speak. I came away with a story that I truly found inspiring, but I doubt in the days and weeks ahead his speech will remain with me nor will it stay with the American people.
While I had high hopes that Castro would give us a speech that would catapult him into the national spotlight much as that of Barack Obama in 2004, I must say while an excellent speech, it didn't rise to that level.
The Mayor's family story, however, is one worth retelling time and again especially to our children. Castro's tale of how his mother and grandmother struggled with nothing to provide opportunity for him and his brother, Joaquin, who is running for Congress, is a real slice of the American dream. Castro duly noted the hard work, the never-say-die attitude of his mother and grandmother were passed on to him and his brother.
Neither of the Castro brothers were satisfied with what they had, but did what was necessary to reach for the stars and pull one down to Earth. Through hard work and determination they lived and succeeded at the American dream. Castro noted his grandmother laid the groundwork, but was not able to live to see how her grandsons would rise and grow on the foundation she laid along with the determination and fortitude of her daughter, Castro's mother.
An inspiring story which should not be forgotten, but told again and again. A story of not expecting life to hand you everything, but to set a goal and strive to achieve that goal.
However, I must say that while I was loving the family story and the how they overcame, in the middle of the speech I was put off. Castro went from the positive to knocking the Republican opposition as being out of touch and not understanding what it is too connect to the middle class. Up until that point, Castro had me. Then he lost me until he turned again to his own story, which drew me back to the man speaking.
As I said earlier this week, each time dirt was thrown on the opposition, for me, it would be a demerit. I wish that Castro had stayed on the high road.
From the Cornfield, my hat is off tonight for Julian Castro for the majority of his speech. He did his mother and his grandmother's legacy proud. It is understandable how he beat out his 4 rivals to win re-election in 2011 with almost 83% of the vote. I expect that Joaquin Castro will take his place in Congress come January.