Bustamante and MEChA

An open letter to California Republicans

By Bob Mulholland
Published on LatinoLA: September 6, 2003

Bustamante and MEChA

You Republicans never miss an opportunity to bash Latinos. Your latest attack is to accuse MEChA of being a threat to America. At Chico State University in the early 1970's, I knew a number of MEChA members. I went to their meetings and we worked together on campus and community affairs. Some of them were in college on the GI Bill, as I was, for serving in the U.S. military.

And some of these "radical" MEChA members, like me, had served in Vietnam.

And a couple, like me, were wounded in Vietnam.

Are you Republicans trying to claim that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served in the Austrian Army and over the years has made despicable remarks about Jews, African-Americans, gays and women especially, and backed Pete Wilson and Proposition 187, is a better American than those who served in the U.S. military
and were active in MEChA?

And does the Wilson-Schwarzenegger-Prop. 187 team have the same criticism of all those Republican leaders who have Confederate flags in their bedrooms which represent those who wanted (and killed other Americans) to have a Southern United States and a Northern United States?

P.S. Minorities were well over their "quotas" (deaths and wounded) in the U.S. military in Vietnam. Some of the Hispanics I knew in Vietnam might have joined MEChA in college, but they died on the battlefield so they missed the opportunity.

P.P.S. Don't most of you come out of the radical group "Young Americans for Freedom," the one with little tolerance for almost anyone?

About Bob Mulholland:
Bob Mulholland is a Viet Nam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne in 1967-68.

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