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Julian Castro Is The New Star Of The Democratic Party

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A star was born last night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Enter San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who electrified the crowd of Democratic supporters unlike anyone since President Barack Obama captivated audiences throughout the country in 2008.

Until last night, Julian Castro was unknown to most people in the country. That won't be the case any longer after his powerful speech, which focused on the spirit of the American Dream - particularly detailing the struggles of his grandmother and mother, who helped raise their family.

What is most important is that Castro didn't resort to divisive rhetoric or attempted to shove his religious values down the throats of the American people. This is my biggest criticism of the Republican party. If they are seeking to rebuild the economy, then leave religion, anti-gay rehetoric, and that family value nonsense out of it. That has no bearing on creating jobs.

Unlike many of his far-right Republican counterparts, Castro understands what is pressing to the American people - and it has nothing to do with controlling a woman's body, who can marry who, and putting more money in the pockets of the wealthy.

Despite the struggles of his mother and grandmother they trudged forward and never gave up. And, now their twin sons are extremely successful. Julian's brother Joaquin is currently a State Rep in Texas and running for Texas' open seat in the House of Representatives, which was left void by the retirement of Charlie Gonzalez.

There is  a remarkable difference between a man like Julian Castro and career Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It's clear that Castro "gets it." He understands the struggle of being a working class individual and how hard it is to get ahead these days. He fights for the working man unlike President Obama's Republican counterparts who simply want to put more money in the pockets of their wealthy consituents.

At one point, he brought up one of Mitt Romney's speeches where he gave some business advice to the audience of college students. He told them to "borrow money" off their parents. Sure, that's fine and good if your family has money. But, what about the millions of struggling families in this country who can't afford one that option? "We know that in our free market economy some will prosper more than others. What we don't accept is the idea that some folks won't even get a chance," he said. "And the thing is, Mitt Romney and the Republican party are perfectly comfortable with that America." Castro hit the nail on the head right there.

President Barack Obama has come under fire due to a huge national debt and the nation's high unemployment rate. This is despite the fact that many experts predicted there would be high unemployment until 2014 or later, well before he ever set foot in the Oval Office.

Regardless, the President must take the heat like an NFL Head Coach or Quarterback, despite many other variables and factors which are out of their control.

Last night Julian Castro injected a new energy into the Democratic Party. Get used to him, because he's going to be a rising star and around for a long, long time.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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Photo of Julian Castro from AP