The View from the North: The Goya Episode


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By SILVIO CANTO, JR.

As my late father used to say, “la bola pica y se extiende,” or, loosely translated, “the ball hits the ground and keeps on rolling.”

It’s actually an old Cuban baseball expression about a ball that lands between two outfielders and rolls to the wall.

It’s used by Cubans when a situation just keeps on rolling without any end in sight.

Well, the extreme left in the United States just keeps on rolling.

Its members just can’t stand anyone who has a kind word for President Donald Trump.

It’s Trump Derangement Syndrome 24/7!

Last week, Bob Unanue, the CEO of Goya Foods, went to the White House as part of a proclamation on Hispanic prosperity.

While there, Unanue praised Trump and said this:

“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” said Unanue, who is of Spanish descent, at the event.

Almost immediately, the arrows started flying, from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka, AOC) to former Secretary of Housing and Development Julian Castro.

Some in the left even called for a boycott of Goya Foods, warning their supporters to “think twice” about buying their products.

Perhaps they should have first done a little research into what they were protesting.

To begin with, Goya Foods is an amazing Hispanic story.

It started in Spain back in 1936 and was later transplanted to New York, where it grew into a major transnational corporation.

It employed — and continues to employ — thousands of people.

From everything I’ve heard, it’s a good place to work, especially for new immigrants who have trouble speaking English.

I recall that the company hired lots of Cubans back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Boycotting Goya would only hurt the employees and retailers who sell the brand’s fine products.

So what were AOC and Julian Castro thinking?

Does Ocasio-Cortez not remember her self-defeating stunt to reject Amazon from establishing a hub in New York and how thousands of jobs ended up going to another state as a consequence?

It is precisely these types of unthought-out, irresponsible actions that the U.S election process of 2020 is all about.

And it is also precisely what more than 150 well-known artists and writers who signed the open letter published last week in Harper’s warning of the pivoting of U.S. society toward a “climate of intolerance,” in which “the free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted” due to “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.”

On the one hand, there is an imperfect Trump, who probably tweets too much, but who understands that this is a noble country where Goya Foods can be a success story and believes in free speech.

On the other hand, there are the “boycott” people who just want to bring down anyone who thinks differently from them.

So I’m voting to reelect Trump. For me, the choice could not be more clear.

SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.

…July 14, 2020

 

 

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