My state of California is a great state, with some phenomenal people. We come in all colors and we embrace different religious and political backgrounds. We, the people, have learned to live by the creed that our color, sex,
2/ "race," ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity should not deny us the right to participate in or contribute to our society. We give true meaning to the overused term, "diversity." On Nov. 3, 2020, we reaffirmed our dedication to the principle of
3/ equal citizenship by rejecting Prop 16 by the landslide margin of 57-43.

A closer look at CA will confirm, however, why the characterisric of "diversity" can be such a misleading attribute. The reason is that it masks the many things that have CA on a path to destruction:
4/ unmanageable and excessive taxes, rising crime, an unprotected and porous border, homelessness, and a collapse of our moral code. Added to these woes, CA has evolved into a grossly dangerous one-party state. In such instances, political accountability suffers and the party
5/ in power often acts irresponsibly. For roughly a quarter of a century, the CA Democrat Party has sought to repeal or circumvent the prohibition of race preferences in public employment, public education and public contracting. Finally, all the stars aligned for them (at least
6/ they thought so) and the project to repeal Prop 209 was put in motion. Heretofore, the effort was led by the Legislative Latino Caucus. This time, the project was placed in the hands of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, then-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. Although the
7/ voters rejected her measure (Prop 16) quite decisively, Weber had well served her party and Governor Newsom rewarded her with the appointment of Secretsry of State when that seat became available. At that time, the effort to Recall was in full bloom.[to be continued on 7/20]
8/ On March 15, 2021, Gov Newsom said that if Senator Feinstein retired, he would appoint a Black woman to fill her US Senate seat. A couple of days later, Senator Feinstein said that she had no intention of resigning. So, why the hypothetical statement by the guv and to which
9/ Black woman was he referring? It bears emphasis that the guv has sworn to uphold and defend the CA Constitution, which explicitly forbids the granting of preferential treatment based on race, sex; color in public employment. The guv draws a public salary, as do our two Sens.
10/ My friends, that's public employment, and we voted on this last Nov. Unless he has vetted the options and concluded that a specific Black woman is the best candidate, the guv was willing to confer preferential treatment when he said, essentially, that no male, or Asian,
11/ Latino, Native, White or decine to state need apply. Again, we just voted on this issue, guv. Is this another of your French Laundry-type "mistakes" or are U immune from having to observe the rules? Roughly two million Californians signed petitions to recall the guv. Among
12/ them are people from all across CA. Many want a change in the corner office. Let us vote! Larry Elder is a prominent Californian whose views are on display 3 hrs/day, 5 days/week. He has one of the best gigs in America, but he has been persuaded to lead CA from the cliff. He
13/ did not ask for this job. This is the kind of person that we need in politics. I believe he is the only announced candidate who can make the Recall a success, and the CA Dems know that as well. Running for guv is a MAJOR sacrifice for Larry, but he loves CA so much that he is
14/ doing it. Other than Nina, I was probably one of last people with whom Larry interacted before he made his final decision. Thus, I feel a certain responsibility for the unfairness being visited upon him. Finally, I believe there is more to this than the reason given by the
15/ SOS, which was "incomplete redacted and/or unredacted income tax returns were filed." If you have a belief system shared by Larry and me and you stray from the position that is stereotyped for you, "then you ain't Black" a Presidential candidate once said. Political
16/ candidates who are conservative and "Black" are identified as "sellouts" if they wander off the plantation. Larry was subjected to that nonsense in a recent LA Times opinion piece by Jean Guerrero. She said, Larry "builds on the fantasy that it's not racist to deny the threat
17/ of white supremacy." The translation of this garbled sentence is that America is a racist nation and if you deny that, then you live in a fantasy world and/or you are a racist. Sen. Tim Scott, Larry, I and countless others know our history but we also know the promise of our
nation is a promise of equal opportunity for all, and we the people of CA want to be judged by our fulfillment of that promise. Some of us believe that we are doing a pretty good job of it...and that's not a fantasy!

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