I believe it’s possible to turn California around and finally get her going back in the right direction. We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of the Gray Davis recall, and we still haven’t addressed the problem policies that caused it. We sent Arnold to Sacramento only to have his mediocre efforts rebuffed by the legislature, then again by the very people who sent him there. California is bleeding out, and our legislature seems to want to give it an IV of anti-coagulant. The people are getting wise to this, I think. The results of this past primary seem to indicate that even in progressive strongholds like San Jose the people may be, indeed, getting wise.
Republicans have an opportunity to make some headway. The pillar of this opportunity is our candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Emken. Ms. Emken has a real shot at winning this election, but only if she can avoid the mistakes made by her Republican predecessors. Her campaign has to fight all day, every day, against a political machine that will show no mercy, and is willing to lie, cheat and steal to secure victory. Make no mistake, this is either going to be a fight to the political death, or it’s going to be a cakewalk for Feinstein. There is no in between.
If Diane Feinstein can be defeated in California it might be the death knell of progressivism all over the country. If we can couple that defeat with a gain of just one or two house seats it will be a major victory. More than that, and more important for the state itself, is our state Assembly and Senate races. If Republicans can make any kind of headway at all in those races, if we can pick up any seats at all in the Assembly and Senate, it will create an environment for 2014 that could finally turn the state around.
Come 2014 we need the right candidate to run against Jerry Brown. It can’t be the same old squishy Republican. Our state wide candidates have, for some inexplicable reason, run on a platform of moderation and mediocrity. This is not ever going to work again. There was a time that it could, and even did, but that’s not going to cut it any more. The Democrats have such an overwhelming advantage in numbers, organization and propaganda that we have to actually defeat them intellectually if we’re ever going to defeat them politically. That’s where Elizabeth Emken, and in turn, our gubernatorial candidate in 2014 come in.
Elizabeth Emken is a prolife, pro-constitution conservative. If she can articulate that conservative message in plain and unambiguous terms to the people she has a solid chance of winning this race going away. The same is true of our next gubernatorial candidate, but there is more to that race than just making the conservative case. Our next candidate for governor must run not only against the current governor, but against the legislature as well, and even against progressivism itself. The progressive government centered society model must be roundly exposed, refuted, discredited and finally defeated at the polls. Not just in the governor’s race, but all the way down the ballot.
A properly organized campaign, using simple, no nonsense language need only point to the condition the state is in and how we got here. It’s not rocket science. All we need to do is shine a light on what’s really going on in Sacramento and Washington. The rest will fall into place. Remember Tom McClintock? He’s now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Not a bad place for him to be, but he should have been Governor.
A large number of the people who voted for Arnold in the recall would have preferred Tom McClintock, but didn’t think he could win. They were wrong, and so was I. I was one of those people. To this day, I’m still kicking myself over that vote. Never again! Conservatives can win statewide elections in California, but only if the California Republican Party lets them! No more mealy-mouthed, half-hearted campaigns for Republican candidates! If you want to run, and aren’t ready or willing to take the fight to the opposition, please do not step up. We need candidates who are prepared to speak in no uncertain terms about freedom, liberty and the values that made this country and this state what it is, or at least, what it was.
California has always been a world leader in a lot of things. Agriculture, technology, entertainment and, unfortunately, progressive policies. Progressivism seems wonderful on the surface, but as we’re now seeing here in California, across the country, and even around the world, once a certain level of progress is achieved, everything goes to hell, and usually not even with the benefit of a ride in a hand basket. There is a lot of talk about the difference between Marxism and progressivism. Actually, the answer is quite simple the former is like a supersonic jet, while the latter is like a slow boat. The problem is, they both go to China.
California is loosing its edge in all areas. Businesses are being driven from the state by insane government taxes and regulations. Even if the federal government gets its act together, California will not benefit much, if at all. Not unless we also get our act together. That won’t happen unless we completely change the government and political nature of the state. Unfortunately, we’re running out of time. If we can’t get this turned around by 2014, it’s over. Run like hell!