Mayor Julian Castro proved to the world tonight that Texas has real leaders ready to meet the challenges of our state and our nation.
In his historic keynote tonight, Castro reminded the rest of the country that we're not just a state of bumbling Republican yahoos who can't count to three, who proffer endless ideological lawsuits intent on ginning up partisan fervor rather than policies that solve the pressing problems facing everyday Texans.
Castro's speech outlined the infrastructure of opportunity that has been a hallmark of his service as Mayor of San Antonio and his brother's service in the Legislature and soon Congress. Castro is not content to see only himself succeed: he wants everyone to have the same opportunity to maximize their potential. His answer to how we multiply the success of one individual is the reelection of Barack Obama and his investment in infrastructure, education, and jobs. As Castro made clear, “opportunity today leads to prosperity tomorrow.”
Here in Texas our Republican majority in the Legislature and our Republican governor have already stopped investing in that opportunity, and as a matter of fact are making steep and risky withdrawals from our future, to be paid back dearly by subsequent generations. Slashing billions from education, preventing women from accessing healthcare, running up steep and irresponsible bills that will come due next session, and refusing to be honest about the tremendous challenges facing our state now and in the years ahead — this is not political courage, but political cowardice.
Meanwhile, President Obama is committed to pursuing the policies that build this opportunity for all, the opportunity that allowed Castro's grandmother, a maid, to see her two grandsons go to Stanford and Harvard and build the foundation for tremendous careers in public service — as Castro put it, to make sure he was on that stage tonight holding a microphone and not a mop.
President Obama wants to move this country forward and provide that opportunity, a message all of tonight's speeches underscored. Shore up the middle class and build our economy from the middle out, not top-down. Provide opportunity for all, not just those who can afford to live off of their millions in investment income.
This message was not only repeated by but also embodied by tonight's keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Castro has a bright future ahead of him, in our state and perhaps nationally. But we can't merely hope that leaders like Castro take office and help lead our state back to greatness, to a Texas that provides opportunity for all of us and showcases leaders of which we can be unabashedly proud. It's going to take hard work to turn our state Blue and give leaders like Castro the chance to take the helm. After tonight's speech, however, I think we'll have a whole lot more hands ready to pitch in.