The Top Ten Reasons why the Revolution Bypassed California

Steve Baldwin Steve Baldwin 9 Comments


Many pundits are trying to explain what happened in California.  After all, Republicans lost every state-wide race,  picked up one Congressional seat and actually lost a seat in the State Assembly. Moreover, California voters elected dozens of hard left wackos and removed the 2/3 vote in the Legislature that had protected us from out of control budgets.   Unfortunately, California will pay a heavy price for such stupidity at the polls.  Hundreds of our largest businesses have already fled and many more are now planning to do so.  There is little hope at this point that California can escape a long-term – perhaps permanent – recession.

Here are my theories as to why the voter revolt had little impact on California:

1. The unions totally control this state unlike any other state. The Assembly Democrat Caucus outspent the Republican Assembly Caucus 8-1 this election cycle and 80% of the Democrat money came from unions, which illegally and unconstitutionally coerces this money from workers.  The union lobby virtually controls the legislative process and no bill passes without their consent.  No other special interest group has this level of power and money.  Republicans have to raise their money from voluntary sources, the Dems don’t.

2. The business world supports the Democrats. Most people don’t realize this, but every single business PAC in California except three gave more money this election cycle to the Democrats than to the Reps. Why? Because they feel the Democrats are in power indefinitely and want access in order to protect their industry from bad legislation. Unfortunately, the alligators will eventually eat them as well. If all business PACs were to start putting their principles first and support pro-business candidates, they might be able to turn California around.

3. The State GOP Leadership is incompetent and should all resign. If we are losing seats in the biggest election year for Republicans in 100 years, there’s a problem here Houston.

4. The Tea Party movement is not yet an effective movement in California. Many Tea Party groups are 501 C3 tax exempt educational groups and cannot support candidates or be politically active.  This is ridiculous. They need to learn how to form PACs and 527 committees.  They need to master campaign techniques and learn the ins and outs of independent expenditure committees.  They need to learn how to draft solid candidates and run the candidates through campaign schools.  Aside from the Tea Party Express, none of the major Tea Party groups in California actually engaged in any serious fundraising for the purpose of assisting candidates.  It’s not enough to hold rallies and listen to speakers; we’re at war for the soul of America and the Tea Party movement needs to become politically sophisticated or it will be short-lived.

When I hear stories of Tea Party groups purging from their boards those who’ve been active in the Republican Party, I cringe.  The conservative/constitution wing of the GOP has been fighting RINOs for generations.  This war has been going on within the Party since Robert Taft.  The mantle was then handed to Goldwater and then to Reagan.  All over California there are veterans from the Reagan years who have years of experience in polling, fundraising, organizing volunteers, direct mail, media relations,  etc., but I see little evidence that Tea Party groups have reached out to form alliances with these veterans or with conservative groups such as the California Republican Assembly.  The Reaganites were the original Tea Party activists in modern times; if the Tea Party movement doesn’t understand this and integrate them into their movement, they will burn their members out with ineffective strategies and simply fade away.  It is far easier to work with conservatives to ensure that the local Republican Party is a conservative entity than to start a third party, which, if history is instructive, could very well be a dead end street.

5. Voter fraud is alive and well. ACORN has reconstituted itself under new names.  They are active all over California and seem to have no fear of the authorities.  After all, ACORN chapters engaged in massive fraud here in San Diego and elsewhere and no one even investigated their activities. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn’t even bat an eye despite pleas from local officials. I estimate that there may be as many of 50,000 fraudulent voters registered to vote in San Diego County and probably ten times that state-wide. Many of these voters are illegal aliens but without voter identification laws and lackadaisical officials, they have no fear.

6. Obama has screwed our military voters. The Obama Administration refused to enforce federal law that requires states to develop a plan to get ballots out to military veterans in a timely fashion.  As a result, hundreds of thousands of military personnel based here in California were unable to vote.  Got it?  Illegal aliens can vote here but those who put their lives on the line are denied this sacred right.

7. California public schools teach progressive values. Logic hasn’t been taught in our schools in decades.  How else to explain the hundreds of thousands of voters complaining about high taxes and bloated governments but then voting for leftist politicians?  Nor do our schools teach the fundamentals of free enterprise or even basic Constitutional values.   Due to this censorship by omission, our schools have become propaganda factories and are largely responsible for dumbing down our population.  Remember, our schools are last or near last in the country in both Math and English so it naturally follows that our California voters would be the most ignorant.

8. California’s Culture is dumbing our voters down. More than any other state, California is saturated with the Hollywood entertainment culture. The average Californian knows more about Snooky and other reality show bimbos than they do their own government.  Our obsession with Hollywood has created a generation that is shallow and does not seem to care about anything but the next reality show plot.

9. The Left has targeted Hispanics for indoctrination. There are scores of leftist groups in California that target Hispanics for indoctrination.   They perpetrate myths about the Republican Party that have little to do with reality – the GOP hates Hispanics, the GOP is only for the rich, etc, etc.  This propaganda now dominates the Hispanic media and there’s no one out there telling them anything different. The left loves to exploit immigrants for their own political gain.

10. Arnold Schwarzenegger harmed the Republican brand name and Whitman’s views didn’t help either. Gov. Schwarzenegger embraced many tenants of the left, thereby undermining the reputation of the Republican Party in California.  Whitman’s support of Schwarzenegger’s liberal views on global warming, abortion funding, gay rights, etc. confirmed for many voters that the Republican Party was no longer a conservative party.

Can California ever be turned around?  Maybe, but lots of things would need to occur.  The Tea Party movement needs to become a politically sophisticated movement.  They need to form alliances with its natural allies; campaign schools need to be formed for Tea Party-supported candidates and campaign personnel; a “pay-check protection” initiative needs to pass in order to disrupt the union money machine. Another initiative needs to pass abolishing the full-time legislature and bringing back the part-time legislature.  Voter Fraud monitoring groups need to be formed as they have in other states. The Tea Party/conservative movement should consider boycotts against the businesses most active in supporting the Democrats.  Serious efforts need to be made to educate Hispanics about the real Democrat agenda such as its support for homosexual marriage, abortion and other issues anathema to most Hispanics.


Comments 9

  1. All you say is correct. In addition, we had bad candidates. Meg Whitman thought that she could buy the election and never responded to the housekeeper attack. She came across as an arrogant, mean woman. Fiorina could not deny that she sent 50,000 jobs offshore at HP. My biggest concern about the Tea Party is that some seem to believe that ideology and passion are enough. I wish it were true, but we must have excellent candidates with clean records and good, professional fundraising and campaign organization. Reagan understood this and built a great statewide (and, eventually, nationwide) operation. I fear that the Tea Party momentum will dissipate in petty squabbles and ideological wars. In their zeal to exclude anyone who has political experience, the Tea Partiers may deny themselves the tools needed to win elections. We cannot win by destroying the Republican Party. Third parties have not fared well in American politics. They burn brightly for a while, but burn out quickly. I hate to say it, but California may be a lost cause. The tax receivers are soon to outnumber the tax payers as the unions feed off the corpse. It will take a generation to pay off the massive pension debt. In California, the ending of “Atlas Shrugged” may be happening before our eyes. Bonnie and I may head to Texas for retirement.

  2. All very good and accurate points. My only thought is on the Tea Party comment…this seems to me to be a group of citizens who are fed up with politics as usual, including both political parties. and the ridiculous amounts of money spent on campaigns. They are political novices who fear being sucked into the Party infrastructure, which is probably why they purge and avoid political professionals. I don’t think they will go looking for the Reagan advisors as you suggest, but rather I think it will be up to the Reagan advisors and others who truly believe in the mission of the Tea Party to reach out, earn the trust of skeptical Tea Partiers, and build the alliance that way.

    Election Day was a great starting point across the USA on the road back to sanity but we have a long way to go. With Jerry Brown and a crazy Dem advantage in the legislature, we are going to see the stupidity continue over the next two years. We need to fight like mad against this insanity and then throw it back in their faces and try to regain some of our legislature.

  3. As usual, my friend Steve Baldwin has hit the nail on the head. My only fear as California goes, so goes the nation. It is the trendsetter, the leader, and leads culural values. If the economy collapses in California because of its out of control debt, it would be a disaster for our country. There may not be much time left, and if Obama gets re-elected in two years, as have Democrats that survived mid-term tsunamis in the past, we may be heading off the cliff. Conservatives, both fiscally and socially must work together to turn this around with God’s help. Sen. Jim DeMint has led the way and done a great work nationally, but the new Senators must hold their ground against the establishment Republicans, and conservatives in California must get organized in order to win in 2012.

  4. I no longer consider California a trendsetter. People and business’s are leaving California in droves. Our small company is looking to expand. Not even considering one hire in this State. I am in the credit and collection industry and all the major call centers here have already left.

    Great opportunities in our industry. All of them outside of this State. California is giving us the perfect example of how not to do and will replace Chicago as the corruption capital of the free world.

  5. Larry, I’m with you. We’re in the process of relocating three companies out of state, and expect to leave by Feb/Mar next year. It’s sad because I grew up in San Diego and have so many families and friends here, but there is so much more opportunity elsewhere.

  6. Steven,

    As always, you have explained the facts only to fall on deaf ears. I too was born and raised here and have watched this once great State chase every worthy business and decent tax paying citizen right out of their desire to be here. I am sick and tired of watching ignorant voters and San Francisco decide what is best for all of us. We have allowed all involved to ruin the worlds seventh largest economy and tax to death those that are left to pay for more power and control of this great State.
    Last year I put together in order to start making a difference. I held back promoting the effort this year to see what would happen in CA. As I feared, nothing changed. I am glad we didn’t spend the money to mass campaign because I was afraid of the Tea Parties lack of ability and experience. However, I am not giving up. I still believe we can organize and gather all the conservatives left in this state and slowly over the next few elections make a huge difference. It will probably take a generation to change this state back to what it once was but is worth the fight and effort. But I need help, GOOD help. We need as many people as possible to get involved and set up the trainings and schools you discussed as well as create our own grass roots effort to change CA.
    I have created the base for what we need Steve. Now all we need is good people and a long time desire to change back our state within and eventually try to become the great conservative powerhouse we were when Reagan was here. We owe it to him to do our best and not quit the good fight. I also owe it to my children.

  7. Another problem that I have seen in the past few years with the various GOP volunteers, GOP social clubs, and HQ’s during election season is that they don’t work together and OFTEN act as adversaries!

    The other problem is that some orgs included in the Tea Party movement have sold out to the GOP establishment, accepting anonymous donations, have GOP establishment on their board, while presenting a “face” of grassroots on all their communications. Until and unless we quit turning a blind eye to the Big Government Republicans, and GOProgressives, we will accomplish nothing. (Doesn’t Meg Whitman prove that? How many times, California “conservatives,” are we going to do the same thing and expect different results? Arnold gave the Party a bad name??? And THEN we get Meg? ugh

    My suggestion is to look to informing and empowering THE ELECTORATE. They are the key, the politicians are only the RESULT. To that end, I suggest American Majority Activist Training: American Majority dot org slash california slash events slash

    Let’s get to setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men….

  8. The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”.

    The GOP has went on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse.

    Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution (with all Amendments), and the Declaration of Independence, in their crazy notion of wanting to take away rights that all of us take for granted in their misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes (how is that working), they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits.

    When most Americans (of Latin America roots) went to the polls this November we all remembered who stood with us, our children, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, our parents and grandparents, in one word our families and who stood against us, so trying to make amends now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you did not change our minds. Your hate made you do it, and you found out that you reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

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