Mecha and Tony Villar
A posting here on the Sister City prior to the December 2nd debate echoed a post on Lone Wacko that further echoed comments from gadfly Hal Netkin's site "MayorNo" (originally set up in 2001 to oppose Tony, but has now been expanded to oppose all candidates except Walter Moore). This was concerning a question asked of Villaraigosa during the 2001 debate by Frank Mottek of KNX Radio.
It has been reported Mr. Villaraigosa that when you were at UCLA you were active in a Latino rights group which among other things says in its constitution that it is in favor of forming a separate republic in the Southwest United States. Do you hold the beliefs of that organization as your own and do you still support the group and what do you tell kids that see this kind of stuff on the Internet?Antonio gave some sort of rambling message about the Museum of Tolerance and typical for most politicians in most debates, he did not directly answer the question. Though Mottek did not mention Mecha by name, most consider this was the group he was referring to and indeed Villaraigosa (like numerous young Latinos in college) belonged to Mecha.
As well, the notion of Mecha being an anti-semitic and anti-gay organization has been propogated by, among other sources, Netkin himself. Key to this argument is linking Mecha to another radical group, La Voz De Aztlan. This group seems to hate everyone from Jews to Gays to the ACLU to Spanish language daily La Opinion to even Antonio himself! They do seem to like Mayor Poopy.
La Voz De Aztlan Speaks Out On Antonio Villaraigosa:By the way, La Voz De Aztlan even goes as far to claim that Cesar Chavez was a puppet of the Jews and that Latino dominated labor unions are actually run by Jews.
Villaraigosa was perceived as a candidate being shoved down our throats by principally Jewish interests from the westside of Los Angeles. (Click here for more)
The U.S. Zionists and specially those in Alta California were contented when they could easily manipulate their Chicano lackeys in the Democratic Party as they were successfully doing with politicians like Tony Villar. (Click here for more)
Even the Anti Defamation League has come out to say that Mecha is not an anti-semitic group and should not be confused with La Voz De Aztlan.
Mecha has also put out a statement debunking many of the perceived myths about the organization.
Now I don't go in much for Mecha's socialist politics, and I am sure that there are folks within Mecha who are as radical as the folks at La Voz De Atzlan, but I think its unfair to link Tony Villar with as radical an agenda as this. His agenda is radical enough in my view.