Indeed, the inaction of traditional allies - including, with few exceptions, the state's Latino leadership - became a sore point within the opposition campaign. Republican Governor Jane Dee Hull reportedly convinced many Democrats to unite behind Proposition 301, a sales-tax-for-education initiative, and to keep a low profile on Proposition 203.
"We saw a remarkable political cowardice from all sides," said Jeff MacSwan of the Arizona State University College of Education, "from both parties and especially from former supporters like Senator John McCain, who were completely silent." For him to support something then being apathetic about it is too flaky. It is like he picks up a stand then drops it. Which is which?
The website explained that “Arizona Proposition 203 to stop bilingual education was passed on November 20, 2000. Proposition 203 requires public schools in Arizona to end traditional bilingual education in favor of placing immigrant children with limited English skills in an intensive one-year English immersion program. Fed up with the failure of bilingual education to prepare immigrant children for success in America, voters on Nov.7 approved the controversial Proposition 203 by a margin of 63% to 37%. The measure repeals current bilingual education laws in Arizona and requires that all classes be taught in English.” This drew fire among stifled linguistic cultural groups such as Spanish, Navajo, Korean, Chinese, Tohon O'Odham crying for social injustice.
“In protest of Proposition 203, a measure to eliminate bilingual education in Arizona, about 25 University of Arizona students went without food or sleep for 24 hours. Other students participated in the fast to show unity and many people showed their support by wearing red and white ribbons. 'I'm doing this in the spirit of the Chicano movement and Cesar Chavez,' said Nicole Trujillo, a psychology junior who fasted and wore the ribbons. 'I'm trying to protect our native languages.' " Holy smokes, doesn’t that sound familiar to you guys? What is strikingly similar to the Gallaudet protest is:
* The media has had not publicize about the concerns of Preposition 203 from the side of the minority groups just like when the media covered a perfunctory report about the Gallaudet protest that they did not gather clear information for Fernandes to resign.
* Students of University of Arizona protested by fasting almost like Gallaudet hunger strike (except when fasting lasted for 24 hrs) and wearing red and white ribbons almost just like signs of UFG/tent cities to symbolize the unity for Gallaudet or justice for that matter.
* Oppression in linguistic culture (Spanish, Native American and ASL) in both Universities.
Since Senator McCain is from Arizona and running for president, this certainly does not look good from the perspective of the minority groups.
Finally about the wardrobe of Senator McCain’s position on gay marriage, it is interesting to see how wishy-washy he has been on this topic.
The source mentioned how w Romney was less charitable to McCain, who on Sunday (November 21st) told ABC News: “I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states.” McCain also said, “I believe that gay marriage should not be legal.” Romney seized on the remarks. “That’s his position, and in my opinion, it’s disingenuous,” he said. “Look, if somebody says they’re in favor of gay marriage, I respect that view. If someone says — like I do — that I oppose same–sex marriage, I respect that view. But those who try and pretend to have it both ways, I find it to be disingenuous."
Now you can see the picture of McCain's style when it comes to dealing with such controversial issues that he does not take a strong , one-sided stand for what he really believes in. I don't think it is feasible having a president who is pretentious, don't you? Barb DiGiovanni