16 July 2006 at 10:03:21 PM
I'm a Texas Observer reader, and noticed that Van Os wrote a letter to the editor entitled "Don't Dismiss Dems" in response to an article in the June 30, 2006 issue. Since I was on vacay when that issue came out, I hauled it out of the stack of reading material to see what caught his attention. Mann was at the state convention and wrote an article discussing the candidates. To give you an idea of the tone of the article, the call out reads "You didn't have to look hard at the convention to see the bare patches of a party that, in the here and now, will likely remain far from power", had an unflattering comment about Fred Head and said "Bell is the only one with even a shoot-the-moon chance of winning this year". One factoid in the article was that "There were no delegates at the convention from 98 counties, which is nearly 40 percent of the state's total of 254. The party is increasingly an urban one".
Before I go into a bit of what Van Os said in response in the July 14, 2006 issue, I have to say that the bald facts do show that the Democratic party in Texas needs to be energized, and I personally believe that having candidates that speak their minds to issues the people care about, rather than playing to the center and polls would achieve that . I believe Van Os is not only going about running for office the right way, but emphasizing grass roots efforts by speaking directly to the people is extremely effective. A few morsels from Van Os's letter.
I've been wondering why the Observer wasn't picking up on what is going on in the Texas country-side in response to mine and other's populist campaigns. Now I know. You have bought hook, line and sinker the talking points of the Democratic Pary establishment's money boys and consultantocracy.
Neither Dave Mann or any other Texas Observer writer has bothered to cover me on the campaign stump, or Hank Gilbert, Maria Luisa Alvarado, VaLinea Hathcox, Bill Moody, J R Molina, Dale Henry or Fred Head. ... Indeed, Mr. Mann was not there for our addresses to the delegates on the Saturday of the convention, so he did not witness the exuberant delegate reactions to our passionate populist messages. ...
Do you want to know why the majority of voters abstain in almost every election? Because they see the political and government spheres as being run by manipulative, self-serving social cliques that don't care about them... The populace is hungry for fighters who will fight for the people against the robber barons and power grabbers not down the road when it is "right" for political careers, but now when the need is great....
All I've got to say about polling is that it's a damn good thing the 56 signers of the American Declaration of Independence didn't run any polls before deciding to challenge the mightiest empire in the world with a ragtag of farmers and shopkeepers. And in case you weren't aware of it, the Declaration of 7-4-1776 is in a hell of a mess today and needs fighters to step forward and defend it. I welcome your readers to join the fight
That's why I'm voting for him for Attorney General. There was more of the letter in the issue if you want to enjoy the whole thing.
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