Bruce Bialosky
Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, had the honored position of giving the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. The 37-year-old had a lot of pressure as he was being compared to Barack Obama giving his speech in 2004. Fortunately his grandmother was not there because she would have taken him over her knee and given him a good thrashing.

Castro spoke of his grandmother often during the speech, speaking of her coming to America from Mexico as an orphan. She persevered despite never even finishing grade school. She worked as a maid, a cook, and a babysitter, Castro told us, and she scraped by to provide an opportunity for Castro’s mother. Castro tells us that she prayed for a grandchild and ended up with two as his mother had twins.

His grandmother lived with him and his brother and learned along with him. She taught herself to read in both English and Spanish and remained a deeply religious person. He tells us how unfortunate it is that she did not live to see him and his brother in public service. What is very fortunate is that she did not see him dishonoring everything that she created and sacrificed herself for.

You see Mayor Castro never once paid tribute to the private sector. His grandmother worked in the private sector to give his mother and him a better life. Castro and his brother graduated from a private university (Stanford) funded by successful Americans, where they obtained their undergraduate degrees. They then attended law school at a university (Harvard), funded by successful Americans where they obtained law degrees. But never did they think of working in this private sector that provided their grandmother her living and them their high level education.

Castro displayed his complete ignorance of the private sector by making fun of a comment Mitt Romney made about starting a business. Romney suggested to students instead of waiting around to find a job that they start their own business. He suggested they borrow some dough from Mom and Dad. Castro thought that was silly. That is because he made no effort to understand how many people have done just that -- how many minority communities like Jews, Greeks, and Japanese had pooled their money to provide start-up capital for businesses. That tradition has now continued with Indian and Afghan immigrants. It appears Castro would rather do what Paul Ryan characterized as having these young adults staying in their childhood bedrooms staring at faded Obama posters and hoping to someday get a job.

Bruce Bialosky

Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee to The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Follow him on Twitter @brucebialosky or contact him at