And who was the expounder of this pearl of wisdom? You might think it was some big beefy white guy dressed in a white sheet, with a pointy white hat on his pointy white head. Maybe with swastikas tattooed on his big beefy biceps."No more Portuguese for Mayor!"
Well you would be thinkin' wrong.
Rather, the Erudite in question was one of the blue-haired little old ladies being "appreciated" that day.
Now, MNYT has made no bones about it's disdain for Mayor Martins and his minions on the Board of Trustees. Jack Martins has lied to the people who pay his salary. Repeatedly. And if the 7th Senate District race does end up going his way, he will continue to lie ~ only to a wider audience. But don't bring his Portuguese heritage into it. That's just nasty. AND ignorant. And it doesn't say much about your own upbringing.
|John F. Kennedy|
Does she distrust Jack Martins? Well, she's in good company. Lots of people don't trust him and for very good reasons. But none of those have to do with his ethnic background, nor should they.
Maybe this woman has forgotten that Mr. Martins' predecessor was not Portuguese, nor was he the paradigm of integrity. Yet there is talk about the possibility that this individual will run for Mayor in 2012 - eight years after he was voted out.
Perhaps for some folks lack of integrity is more tolerable when the "Playa" is of Northern European extraction (i.e. "Lily White" to use the vernacular).
Let's keep the criteria regarding our political leaders focused where it belongs - on their honesty, integrity and leadership skills. Keep skin color, sexual orientation, ethnic heritage, gender, and religious practices out of it, shall we?
For more information on JFK's defense of his ability to lead despite the perceived "handicap" of his religious upbringing, or if you're just in the mood for a damn good speech, click on the following link: