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In an earlier post I described the First District race as a contest of two progressives against one conservative.  Few are questioning Cliff Berkowitz’s progressive credentials, but on another forum and in emails and private messages I have been told that Elias Garcia-Munguia, the 18-year-old in the race, is more conservative than not and that his familial relationship with former candidate Alan McCloskey should not lead to assumptions about his politics.

Point taken.  The above-linked article mentions his support for more money to law enforcement, which is I guess kind of “conservative” although progressives have also complained about the lack of adequate funding for law enforcement as well as other agencies.  And Garcia-Munguia also supports increased funding for other agencies, right there in the article.  Increased money to government anywhere except for the military is generally considered “liberal.”

But he is also against the needle exchange and discusses homelessness from more of a law enforcement perspective than a solution orientation.  Okay.  Fine.

Still, what we have is an 18-year-old stepping up and running for office.  He’s young and is approaching politics from the perspective of youth and if he continues as a leader regardless of the election results, his politics will evolve as he is more informed and experienced in life.  We probably shouldn’t characterize him in any way until is ideas are more developed.  Maybe they will be more developed by the election.

The point is that in a country where getting young people to vote is a major chore, having some of them show some bravery to actually run for office is something progressives should encourage and nurture.  Give him a chance to define himself before we define him.  So I hereby retract my characterization of him as a “progressive,” but I also won’t characterize him as a conservative.  I will let him speak for himself.

The photo is borrowed from the article linked above.


Federal judge enjoins the administration’s policy of requiring that asylum applicants apply for asylum and be denied in Mexico (if they are Central American) before leaving that country.  This is a pretty good indication that the executive order will ultimately be overturned.  Apparently some federal judges still believe that Congress writes the laws.

This is really good news for a bunch of recently-interviewed asylum applicants!  It seemed like there was a rush to process and deport a large number of Central Americans, who would have been returned not to Mexico but to their countries of origin where they could be killed.



September 2019