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President, Equal Rights for All Political Action Committee; President, American Civil Rights Institute; and a former Regent of the University of CA.
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Jan 2,
The first day of a new year always presents an opportunity for a new start, and our society is in desperate need of a reset. Let’s use thisas an occasion to reset our deeply divided nation. There is nothing inherently wrong with being “divided,” but our division seems pointless 2/and nothing seems capable of resolving our differences. Fortunately, our differences are largely man-made, and are therefore susceptible to human influence to mitigate them. I wish it were not so, but the political process has become central to our society, and I believe
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Sep 19, 2021
RECALL POSTMORTEM:
The CA Recall Process, which concluded on Sept 14, is very complicated, awkward & confusing. It is reflective of California itself. We are a dynamic society that is ever-changing, with several forces working concurrently and in contradiction to each other. 2/ While we bask on the beaches enjoying our beautiful weather, we are forced to fear the consequences of a never-ending drought. As the tent encampments proliferate all across the state, we can see the evidence of drugs, poverty and human misery symbolized by the tents. We seem
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Aug 21, 2021
The world of politics has become such a disgusting, shameful and ugly place that there is hardly a soul who is not affected by the immoral and stupid things that many of those involved in politics do. Given the influence of politics on all of our lives, one would think that 2/the people would be benefitting from constantly improving politics rather than watching politics lead our society down the path of deterioration.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently asked about the CA Recall effort. She responded by saying not to worry because she has a
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Aug 14, 2021
The citizens of California are roughly one month away from one of the most critical decision points in our history. Do we vote Yes or No on the question of whether to recall/replace Gavin Newsom as governor of CA. If a majority of us vote Yes, who do we install to replace him? 2/ CA is my home state, although I left in 2017 because of my frustration with our politics. I returned on May 13, 2020, because I love CA and I am not a quitter. This state is worth fighting for. The issue that compelled me to return was Prop 209. We passed it in 1996 and the
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Aug 11, 2021
There has been no claim of sexual misconduct leveled at Governor Newsom, but there are some significant similarities between California and New York. The most relevant of these is the fact that we are one-party states being held captive to progressive policies. In both states, 2/ taxes are choking the hell out of their citizens, people are leaving and the homeless issues are out of control. If your city is not safe and government is always picking your pocket, it is pretty hard to pursue happiness. CA state government is a disaster, in a political
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Aug 1, 2021
There are five basic issues which, in my opinion, directly affect the quality of life in our society: crime, taxes, education, citizenship rights and housing, and not necessarily in that order. On all five of these, I give Governor Newsom a less than passing or even average 2/ grade. Crime is out of control and there are so many who have very little respect for the rule of law. Taxes are so high in CA that they are driving many in the middle class away from here. Once upon a time, our education system was the envy of the nation. Now, we’re
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Jul 31, 2021
I have a very special friend who owns a nails salon. She loves this country, works 7 days/week, about 15/hrs daily, 6 days every week. Goes to church on Sunday, a single mom putting her daughter through college. Her son is in the military serving our country. Prior to Covid, 2/ her nails salon was the source of income for her and 6 other people. The very definition of the American dream and what it means to be an American. About 16 months ago, the Governor issued an order to close all businesses like hers. She and her workers wore masks, and she
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Jul 30, 2021
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Yesterday, I had a brief chat with the people's friend for governor, Larry Elder. He is holding up very well, despite the rigors of a grinding campaign. We couldn't ask for a better candidate to represent those of us who want to save and restore 2/ the California that we once knew. This is a very important election, and we all know it. Newsom is in big trouble, and he knows it. He is using "the Republicans" as the bogey man, and calling this the "Republican Recall." He is bringing in Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and
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Jul 20, 2021
UNFAIR...WRONG...CORRUPT...AN OUTRAGE!!!

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
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Jun 14, 2021
I can only imagine what slavery was like, but I know firsthand about Jim Crow; and for the government to dictate where I could live, who I could marry, what job I could have, with whom I could socialize, where I could go to school, or what public facilities - bus, water fountain, 2/ even toilet - I was allowed to use, is not remotely the kind of paradigm that I want for any human being. Certainly, America should resist in the strongest of terms any idea designed and implemented that would suggest a return to that era.
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Jun 4, 2021
President Biden has proposed a $6 trillion budget for the next fiscal year. That is a 6 followed by 12 zeros. Personally, I consider this a moral outrage, particularly when you consider that the President said this week that he will do whatever is required to close the racial 2/ “wealth gap.”

First, I consider it inappropriate for the government to even try to equalize wealth between “racial” or any other groups. Second, I consider it an impossible mission, because within weeks after being equalized, it would quickly become unequal again.
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Jun 2, 2021
Yesterday, Pres Biden pledged to close the “racial wealth gap” by making racial equity payments to those in certain groups. How do I count the ways to say that this is a very, very bad idea?

Wealth represents an accumulation of assets over a span of many years, unless one wins 2/ a lottery or some such instant income.

What about disparities in income within a so-called race?

It is proposals such as this that makes this President and Democrats vulnerable to the charge of socialism. Government intervention to cure so-called gaps in wealth is the
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Jun 2, 2021
Dear friends:
In the wee hours of May 19, I awakened to find myself on the floor in my bedroom. I don’t know how I got there. I was in no pain and there were no scratches or bruises. I could not stand. Fortunately, my cell phone was within easy reach. I called my cousin, in whose 2/ house I am residing, and advised her of my condition. She immediately came to help, but was unable to lift me. She called “911.” Within a few minutes, the local fire department arrived and lifted me from the floor. Because of the circumstances, it was their advice that I
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May 12, 2021
For the past four years, there has been a running narrative that Donald Trump was the source of the major division among the people in our country. Because of the mercurial nature of his approach to all things political, I too have often been less than enthusiastic about Trump. 2/ I learned quite early in the Era of Trump that there are two sides of Trump: Style & Substance. Style can be infuriating, but Substance worthy of emulation. The election of Biden is a valuable lesson for us, the people, about distinguishing between these two characteristics.
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May 1, 2021
When MLK shared his dream of a day when his little children would not be judged by skin color but by the "content of their character," he didn't say that Black people or Democrats would be exempt from this dream; that they would continue to be judged on the basis of skin color. /2 Tim Scott is not a Black Senator. He is a Senator who happens to be identified as "Black" along with a number of other traits. As such, we should expect him to view issues from the overall perspective of what he considers in the best interest of the country, not just for Black
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Apr 29, 2021
Tonight, U.S. Senator Tim Scott honestly told the American people that "America is not a racist nation." That is, of course, his opinion. Some may disagree. I do NOT disagree, because the evidence is compelling that we are not. There is a debate raging throughout our country " 2/ about Critical Race Theory. At the heart of this view is the claim that there is rampant "White Supremacy" in America, and that it is "systemic." President Biden has made such a claim. He did so tonight. I am happy that Senator Scott refuted it.

Nations are defined by their
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Mar 21, 2021
One thing I have learned is that those of us who believe in equal rights fight one battle at a time, while those who seek to “transform America” are engaged in a long-term war. We win a battle and take a breather while they have already moved on to the next. We defeated the 2 Equity movement in CA by a whopping 14-point margin, but while we were basking in glory, those who believe in so-called diversity, equity and inclusion were electing a US president who embraced the “dei” movement as the centerpiece of his administration and selected the public
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Mar 15, 2021
1 If you are a resident of California, I believe you will agree that our state is governed by a political monopoly. I have often stated my belief that monopolies are inherently bad for the people. Re public policy, they are often reckless and inconsiderate. They often produce 2 results that are inconsistent with the will of the people. Prop 16 was a textbook example of the problem. I was president of the No on 16 campaign. I have a track record of success in 9 states, but when I sought financial support from major donors, I struck out. One said,
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Feb 23, 2021
7/ inquisitive about life. My mother died when I was 4, and uncle James, aunt Bert and my grandmother became the "raise Wardell squad." The squad said, these are the rules boy. Now, "make something of yourself." Read the Bible, do your homework from school, get good grades, treat other people the way you want to be treated, nobody is better than you, but you are no better than anyone else, respect your elders (at 81, I now concur) and put your faith in the Lord. I faithfully followed these rules.

Then, along came a preacher who said, "we
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Dec 2, 2020
It is currently fashionable to argue that health disparities are evidence of “systemic racism.” This argument and the issue of choke-holds are the rationale for trying to reinstate race preferences in WA. If you don’t genuflect to this claim, the diversity enforcers and the race advocates will seek to make your life miserable. This is happening to Sue Frost, a Sac County Supervisor who was recently on the short-end of a 4-1 vote about precisely this issue. These are pc bullies, supported by the media. We should give moral support to those who refuse
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Nov 30, 2020
Our governor, our Legislature, our major university, big businesses, unions, those who teach our kids - all seem to disagree with us, the people. Over time, what do we do? We cave or we fight? I suggest we fight. If we choose that course, how? How can we close the gap between us and those who act on our behalf, who make the decisions that govern how we live? Perhaps, I am not being sufficiently trusting. Perhaps, all within our "elite" class will see the Prop 16 vote and obey the will of the people. Unfortunately, history does not vindicate that forecast
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