I spoke, texted, messaged, etc. several members of the legislature. I won’t list their names in order to comply with some of their wishes to be off the record. This is a commentary on what I heard.
I have to start out by giving props to two of the most insane people I’ve ever met in politics – Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson, the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister – both of these guys have serious personal issues but many years ago they both warned me about the power of Sacramento and what it does to people.
Ken Campbell in particular told me that you have to evaluate everyone by their personal core convictions and nothing else matters. Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen this play out repeatedly. Some of the biggest conservative frauds fell prey to their ego and self-importance. Liberals? They have no core convictions, so when a liberal / moderate / RINO collaborate with the commie-lib-socialists in Sacramento I was never surprised. Campbell’s problem is that his definition of Conservative changed with his medication levels, but if you took his advice and removed his insanity from it, it was spot on.
Thomas N Hudson, whose political life is replete with the skeletons of people he has skewered in his quest to be right, told me that Republican politicians that cut deals with democrats are fools.
Maurice Johannesen, Anthony Peschetti, Anthony Adams, Dick Dickerson, Abel Maldonado, Roger Niello and many others reside in the dust heap of political history after cutting a deal for things far, far less onerous than AB398. All saw their “deals” rescinded the very next legislative cycle as the democrats resent having to make a deal with anyone to serve their god of government.
Many of the liberals supported Proposition 14, which has created a shooting gallery for special interests. This has enabled PG&E, Chevron (two of the biggest winners from the wealth transfer known as Cap and Trade), the Realtors, the Dentists and the Charles Munger funded Spirit of Democracy to spend millions hunting principled conservatives. Rocky Chavez, Heath Flora and other Cap and Trade Supporters benefited from millions of this largess.
The same group spent huge on California Republican Party Central Committee Races and now that has come home to roost.
Chad Mayes, the morally and ethically challenged Assembly Minority Leader led 7 members of the Republican Caucus to vote for “Cap and Trade”. Senator Tom Berryhill was the 8th.
Cap and Trade is a tax on industry in the name of air pollution. These republican leaders believed that by engaging in this process that they could somehow make AB32 / SB32 less onerous on Californians. In so doing, they gave blessing to the second largest tax increase in California History.
In so doing, they put the Republican label on idling tickets hammering Truck Drivers. In so doing, they gave the GOP label to another ($.40-$1.40 depending on who you listen to) additional per gallon gasoline tax.
When I had the flooring put in to my house, it had a “CARB Compliant” sticker on it. How much you want to bet some poor person in Mississippi whose income is less than half of mine is buying the exact same flooring whose cost is inflated by the Republican Leadership backed plan?
How about that $15 hammer at Home Depot? Their prices are the same in the lower 48 states. This means that the poor of Arkansas are subsidizing the horrendous costs of doing business in California.
We are lectured that we need to get millenial voters. Millenials love the environment, so the solution is to jack up the cost of living and tax the poor?
We are lectured that we need to get latino voters, so the solution is to torch family farmers, replacing them with corporate farms living large off of my tax dollars (see also farm subsidies which were larded in to this cap and trade bill en masse) who lay off dozens of workers through consolidation?
They were so convinced they were right that they had TV ads that were likely produced two weeks ago that were just rolled out within hours of the vote being completed.
Years ago I was told it was abortion is a loser. I watched the democrats attack Tom McClintock in 2002 relentlessly over abortion while the liberals in charge of the California GOP poured $10 million in to the feckless Greg Conlon instead of McClintock who lost by 30,000 votes. It wasn’t abortion, it was the Republican Leadership refusing to support a Conservative. McClintock gets $1 Million he’d have won.
Years ago I was told we have to soften our stance on Gay Rights. Once Marriage was gutted, bakers are getting $130,000 fines for not doing cakes for gay weddings, Churches are getting threatened, dudes are marching down main street with a dress on and said pride celebrations involve having sex on sidewalks. Somehow, some in GOP leadership think endorsing these sorts of gateway drugs to societal dissolution are a good thing.
Years ago I was told we are too strident on Gun Rights. Now we have Republicans voting on Magazine Bans, and turning people that bought guns legally in to convicts after the fact.
Years ago I was told we have to support tax increases in certain circumstances because the system is broken. It wasn’t just small tax increases like Measure J, they have gone all out on Car Taxes, Sales Taxes, Massive Bonds, Massive Fee Increases and a potpourri that has seen the state budget detonate in to a third world mess.
I looked at the party platform again and read it. I was looking for anything in the California Republican Party platform that has been unturned by Republican “leaders” in the last few years.
I couldn’t find anything. Perhaps this is why some of the few remaining donors want to gut the platform so it means nothing. There is nothing like removing the measuring stick in order to escape accountability.
Remember the Central Committees? Yeah, the donors spent a couple million gutting crazy tea partiers, trumpanzees, conservatives and anyone else branded as a malcontents off of County Parties. Now the very people that would be screaming the loudest were all rounded up and shot politically by the same donor class fully invested in this horrifying prostitution of Republican values. Most of the Central Committees are controlled by legislative staff and political consultants.
Some wondered why I wrote about Chad Mayes cheating on his wife with Kristen Olsen the current CRP Vice Chair (who also cheated on her husband). Both claim Christian Faith and wear it out there publicly. Mr Mayes morally bankrupt personal behavior means something when you are looking for answers as to why our leaders consistently betray Republican values. Both are party leaders, and both need to resign their leadership posts – even though my profile of both of them says it will not happen.
So I sit here asking myself, what do I tell Republicans is the reason why to stay Republican? Why should a non-Republican register Republican? My pastor once said, don’t let Christians keep you away from Christ. It is still pretty difficult to become a Christian if public examples of Christians sleep with other people’s spouses. It is pretty difficult to talk someone in to joining a GOP grassroots group, much less registering as a Republican when the leaders of the party represent Democrat Party Values.
I am going to stay a Republican. I am going to continue lighting a torch and burning everything down. The current slogan of the CAGOP is rebuilding from the ground up… but there is still something left of the old regime. I am afraid it all needs to be burnt to the ground, purged and the ashes used to fertilize a completely new apparatus. My new slogan is BURN IT DOWN.
I had a legislative chief of staff tell me there is no place for Conservatives in California, and he was serious as he lamented his own irrelevance. The GOP leadership know in their hearts that the California GOP is on life support and desperately wanted to be relevant, and in the process they killed the California Republican Party.
I’ll be dammed if the most paranoid fantasies of Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson are coming true.