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The Californian-Patriot’s Voter Guide

By Ken Gulley

Capitol Hell

Hello Californian Patriots!

Yes, there a plenty of Red-Pilled Californians still left in this beautiful (but politically terrible) state. For those who are unsure and those who need rein for cement, here is a quick Voting Guide for Classic-Liberal / Libertarian / Conservative or Fed-Up Liberal voters. Leftists need not apply…

With less than 2 Weeks to go in the election season, in spite of early voting and mass mail-in ballots, the majority of votes will take place next week.

US STATE REPRESENTATIVES

California holds 53 Congressional House Seats. Given that large number, I will not go into each District and provide a detailed account on who to vote for – instead I recommend you consider the Party platform and how it applies to you.

Of the 53 CA-Representatives in Congress, only 7 are Republicans. California has a significant amount of Red counties despite its heavily Blue lean. Currently, there are 232 Democrat US Reps in the house versus 197 Republican Reps (total of 435). Picking up a few in California will go a long way to winning the House.

Peep the platform and Vote Red (if they have a significant shot – Right leaning Independents will do). https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_California,_2020

US SENATE

US Senators seats are not up for election in California. If Biden-Harris take the White House, Senator Kamala Harris’ seat will be filled in by the Governor.

CA STATE SENATE & ASSEMBLY

20 of the 40 CA State Senate seats are up for re-election. California’s legislative chambers are a Democrat Super-Majority that allows Democrat legislators to impose new laws at will. This is extremely unhealthy. My instructions are similar to the instructions above – Vote Red. Return some sense of debate and bi-partisanship to the CA Legislature. https://ballotpedia.org/California_State_Senate_elections,_2020

Of the 80 CA State Assembly seats, only 17 are Republican. Again, this is an unhealthy balance. https://ballotpedia.org/California_State_Assembly_elections,_2020

Red Wave?

PROPOSITIONS

California has a love-hate relationship with Propositions. In many ways, Propositions are simply ways politicians cast off items they fear making decisions on. In other ways, it is a way for Californians to have their voices heard in a State that has an unhealthy bias in the legislature (and everywhere else).

As time goes on, we are starting to see how little the Propositions matter to the powerful single-Party government. Twice in the past dozen years, two notable propositions were voted one way by the people and forcibly ignored by the government. Proposition 8 (Gay Marriage) in 2008 (https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_8,_the_%22Eliminates_Right_of_Same-Sex_Couples_to_Marry%22_Initiative_(2008)) by Judicial activism and Prop 66 (Death Penalty) by Governor decree (https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_66,_Death_Penalty_Procedures_(2016)).

There are 12 Propositions on the 2020 Ballot ( https://ballotpedia.org/California_2020_ballot_propositions ) Propositions typically mean more laws but occasionally they also mean throwing off excessive laws. If your tendency is to vote no, that is fine but pay attention two a few certain votes in particular. Here is my Voting Recommendation:

PROP 14: $5.5B in Bonds for State Stem-Cell Research Institute. (NO) – Wasteful. We have bigger more immediate issues to address. Completely lacking in oversight. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_14,_Stem_Cell_Research_Institute_Bond_Initiative_(2020)

PROP 15: Tax on Commercial & Industrial Properties measured at market value. (NO) – California already has the highest taxes by state and huge spending on education (and we are still nowhere near the front of education performance). Businesses will up their flight from California and this will encourage changes to Prop 13 if passed. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_15,_Tax_on_Commercial_and_Industrial_Properties_for_Education_and_Local_Government_Funding_Initiative_(2020)

PROP 16: Repeal Prop 209 Which prohibits the state from discriminating on the basis of sex, origin, ethnicity, etc. (NO). This bill is asking for a license to use sex, orientation, color, origin, ethnicity, as a reasoning for hiring & educating. In other-words, CA will no longer be an “equal opportunity employer.” Your mere skin color could be the deciding factor on if you get into Stanford Law in the name of “woke” social justice. This is the opposite of MLK’s Dream. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_16,_Repeal_Proposition_209_Affirmative_Action_Amendment_(2020)

End the Super-Majority!

•PROP 17: Allows Current Parolees to Vote. (NO) – Parole is reserved for violent offenders including rapists, murderers, etc., who have exchanged their prison term for restricted freedom under supervision. Let them complete their parole on good terms before they have the power of the vote. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_17,_Voting_Rights_Restoration_for_Persons_on_Parole_Amendment_(2020)

PROP 18: 17-Year Old Votes if 18 by the time of the general election. (Indifferent/NO) If a person is 18 by the time of the general election and they choose to vote, they should. If they are 17.5+ by the time of the Primary and they want to vote in said primary prior to the election, go for it. The concern here is a slippery slope to permitting 16 year olds to vote – a desire by the Left. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_18,_Primary_Voting_for_17-Year-Olds_Amendment_(2020)

PROP 19: Changes Property Tax Rules. (NO). Extremely convoluted. While it favors real estate workers it also may harm localities that rely on local property taxes. Some parts are good but overall its far too convoluted. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_19,_Property_Tax_Transfers,_Exemptions,_and_Revenue_for_Wildfire_Agencies_and_Counties_Amendment_(2020)

PROP 20: Changes current “misdemeanor” Offenses to Felony, Restricts Parole. (YES) Supported by some of the largest Police organizations, this law seeks to undue some of the damage done by Prop 47/57 and AB109. Makes laws like firearm theft and vehicle theft felonies (instead of misdemeanors depending on the value of the item). Returns some violent crimes to their property category – example: date rape, being slashed with a knife, etc. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_20,_Criminal_Sentencing,_Parole,_and_DNA_Collection_Initiative_(2020)

PROP 21: Rent Control Authority Expansion. (NO) California has an obsession with housing yet it fails to realize the more it controls the numbers to more it harms housing prices by creating artificial scarcity. Rent control reduces the quality and quantity of housing. This is a failure of economics. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_21,_Local_Rent_Control_Initiative_(2020)

Just don’t do a background check on your driver…lol

PROP 22: Lyft/Uber “Independent Contractor” Designation (YES) The issue is simple. If people want to work as independent contractors they should be able to. Forcing another business out of California is foolish. This also affect Doordash, Postmates, and Instacart. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_22,_App-Based_Drivers_as_Contractors_and_Labor_Policies_Initiative_(2020)

PROP 23: Dialysis Requirements (NO). Forcing one on-site physician to oversee such centers is creating a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist. Forcing centers to seek state consent before closing is the key issue and a means to control where the state should not seek to do so. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_23,_Dialysis_Clinic_Requirements_Initiative_(2020)

PROP 24: Consumer Privacy Amendment. (NO) How often do you see the ACLU and the Green Party join Republicans and Libertarians? More Bureaucracy where it is not needed. An attempted quick fix on a very complex issue. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_24,_Consumer_Personal_Information_Law_and_Agency_Initiative_(2020)

Prop 25: Referendum on Bail. (NO) The Bail system is not perfect but it is not as arbitrarily subjective as the random whims of leftist judges like that in California. Bail reform laws all around the nation with similar changes have proven to be disastrous. Cash bail already sustains a risk assessment. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_25,_Replace_Cash_Bail_with_Risk_Assessments_Referendum_(2020)

Re-classifying crime doesn’t stop crime

PRESIDENTIAL

Trump / Pence – The chances that CA turns red are little to none, making it just a little more unlikely than it was for Trump to beat Clinton in 2016. As frustrating as the man can be, I vote for policies not personality.

I refuse to stand beside a part, platform, and candidate that seeks to murder babies up until the moment of birth – at the whims of a “mother’s” desire. I will not stand beside a party that promotes socialism, critical race theory, restricts religious freedoms, restricts freedom of speech, restricts gun rights, dismisses the Constitution.

Trump is an imperfect vessel but so am I. My vote for him doesn’t approve of his past infidelity or his future wrongs. It instead is a vote for the policies that stand for American principals and those that do not force a conflict with my Jude-Christian value (whereas the Left forces Christians to give up key beliefs in their faith or otherwise play a game of cognitive dissonance).

In 2016, I voted for Evan McMullin in protest of what I saw as a moderate-Democrat running as a Republican. For someone who considers themself a “Constitutional Conservative Independent” as I do – though I am registered Republican for sake of primaries – I have been so happy to be extremely wrong about the candidate I saw as the 16th of 16 Republican candidates to take on HRC. My candidate then (Ted Cruz) would have been steamrolled with today’s Left but even he now has learned to dish away the former overly polite character to one with a set of gonads to stand up to the Left.

My vote for Trump/Pence is a vote to Keep America from losing itself.

It’s okay to Love America

“Stand back and Stand by,” How the First Debate’s Loudest Story Was a Cover

By Ken Gulley

A moment that will live in the mainstream’s sound bite loop for years – or until Biden takes November 3rd.

“Stand back and Stand By.”

Article after article has run this very moment as the perfect “gotcha” moment against Trump.

So, what happened here? Lets watch below:

“Stand back and stand by…”

If we analyze the situation objectively (which no MSM group will do) we will see that Trump’s response was not an intentionally act to give “marching orders” as the media claims it to be. In fact, it was damn near similar to the prescribed statement fed to him by Wallace.

But the prescribed statement was a trap from the start.

The debate’s “moderator,” Chris Wallace, asked Trump if he was willing to condemn white supremacist and malitia groups. Wallace also asked Trump if he would tell such groups to “stand down.”

Before he even finished the question, Trump responded “Sure.” In fact, Trump has condemned such groups on many occasions.

Unfortunately for Trump, lies like the one’s perpetuated by Biden in tonight’s debate (for example the suggestion that Trump was speaking to White Supremacists when he stated there were “Very fine people” in Charlottesville) have a louder voice than on bias news channels than the Truth.

Trump is notably perturbed by the loaded questioned asked to him – as it assumes Trump has the power to tell said groups to “stand down” – Trump then moved to ask Wallace to get specific about who he wants him to condemn. The Proud Boys are hap-hazardously thrown out as an option.

White supremacists? Wait…

Then, in an ineloquent and fumbled delivery, Trump attempts to mimic Wallace’s “stand down” verbiage. Instead of saying “stand down” Trump responds by saying “stand back and stand by” and moves right into questioning any calls to call out Antifa by the Left. Something Biden and Democrat congress members have been unwilling to do.

Ted Cruz asks Dems to call out Antifa

Mind you – what if he said “stand down?” Would the Left not then assume he has control and power to order said groups around? But I digress.

Trump then moves the ball into the other court by stating that the violence is a Left wing problem. While Right wing extremism (especially White Supremacy) an issue – it has been BLM / Antifa that have caused BILLIONS in Burning, Looting, and Murders over this entire summer. How is it not an accurate (if not hyperbolic) statement to say that currently political extremism is a Left wing problem?

The focus on Trump’s fumbled delivery, in my opinion, does the most to cover up Biden’s dog whistle to Antifa when he said “Antifa is an idea not an organization.” That statement is a word-by-word cut and paste statement from Antifa’s dogma. The statement is a defacto condoning of their violence and terror they spread.

Antifa is very much an organization. It is an organization designed behind the “Starfish and spider” model of decentralization that has a core set of beliefs and ideals but is purposely decentralized so that they can operate independently from the national head separately. BLM and Anonymous are the same model. The Soviets also perfected this organizational model with their communist cells around the world.

Antifa is definitely a group. Antifa is a terror organization that pushes for marxist authoritarian violence. Antifa is more fascist than 99% of those they claim to oppose.

The Democrat candidate just gave them a dog whistle of support and approval. Of course he did, they’re the Democrat-Left’s militant arm; the woke version of the Democrat’s old guard, the KKK.

Did Trump stick his foot in his mouth? You bet. Did he give white supremacist groups marching orders? No – but I’ll doubt anyone who isn’t already vehemently opposed to him would agree. But its safe to say Trump delivered a crate of ammo to the gunless Left.

  • KG

Sources:

• “very fine” like: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/03/21/trump_didnt_call_neo-nazis_fine_people_heres_proof_139815.html (Right lean)

• Cruz https://m.facebook.com/DSouzaDinesh/videos/714384202758517/ (Right lean)

• Debate clip: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFvtznzgaVQ/?igshid=1xdfp6bnclusk (our link)

• Biden Antifa https://news.yahoo.com/biden-says-antifa-idea-not-025049929.html (Left lean)

• Antifa/KKK/BLM https://amp.dailycommercial.com/amp/3459966001 (Right lean)

• Trump Condemning WS https://www.factcheck.org/2020/02/trump-has-condemned-white-supremacists/ (Variable lean)

• Riots costs https://fee.org/articles/george-floyd-riots-caused-record-setting-2-billion-in-damage-new-report-says-here-s-why-the-true-cost-is-even-higher/ (Classical Liberal/Libertarian lean)

The Supreme Court Void – A Chance for Republicans to show their Spine

By Ken Gulley

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a Titan of the Left – has passed away. In her wake, a massive vacancy is left on the bench of the United States Supreme Court.

She was no friend of originalism and conservatism but condolences, respect, honor, and public displays of mourning (ie. A lowered Flag) are due to honor her title and position in our government.

The United States Supreme Court

For the believer, like myself, condolences and prayer are expected, not celebration. We don’t take joy the death of enemies or those we vehemently disagree with.

When the powers are shaken, mice and men stir to fill the void. In the powers of the United States, the branches are supposed to balanced – whether they currently are (or even should be) is a matter of opinionated disagreement.

This year has shown us the utter character of the foundation of ideologies behind some of those powers.

Conservatism has shown itself to be stoic, steadfast, deeply rooted yet in philosophy and wisdom yet nuanced and bent toward the moral absolutes and pursuit of righteousness. It’s rigid traditionalism has found itself to be an outright enemy of the ever “progressing” views of the opposition.

Classical Liberalism on the other-hand is a refined gentleman, wise, educated, proper and tolerant. Sadly, it’s characteristic’s are all but dead on the Left.

Liberalism, bent toward utopic visions, is still staunch in its moral standing that it’s opposition should have the equal right to both practice and belief as itself. For this repugnant violation, it has become endangered among the party that onced championed it.

In the void left behind by Liberalism, Leftism has sprung up, rapidly consuming and devolving the minds of those touched by its tentacles. Disruptive, destructive, devoid of an anchor, arched toward materialism and its post-modern understanding; a plague that has devoured and dismantled everything it touches: the university, the arts, the sciences, and even sports.

Leftism

A proliferation of this pandemic has exacerbated the eagerness of emissaries to engorge themselves on power.

In pursuit of this very thing, in 2013, a short-sighted grab of power by then majority Democratic Senator Harry Reid, “the Nuclear option” was dealt. As a result, a simple majority, 51 votes (rather than 60), has now become the deciding number needed to approve Federal Judges – with the exception of the supreme court.

In politics, an unprecedented power grab is always met in kind. With patience, that response came at the right hour in 2017. In a dramatic, perhaps necessary move to end debate on then Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch, former (and current )Senate Republican Majority leader McConnell extended the simple majority to Supreme Court appointees.

A rule change and power matching move that now looms ever-large upon the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Self Explanitory

Sowing and reaping is a basic lesson taught by wise theologians and the simple farmers. It is an ironic testimony against the Democratic party for their illiteracy of that very elementary task, as they figuratively and literally despise both noble professions.

For the past 80 years, a Precedent has stood for legislators to avoid appointee a new Supreme Court Justice in an election year.

Precedents are upheld by gentlemen. I am a fan of both precedent and gentlemanliness. Leftism is devoid of the very characteristic and liberalism as we know it is dead among the Left.

This year more than ever, Leftists have shown us how far they are willing to go to destroy our history, attack the foundations, and assault the institutions to instill their corrupt vision of society.

Leftism does not tolerate opposition, it attacks our very principles, and seeks to destroy our most hallowed Rights – from our means of defense to the very words we utter. They’ve employed totalitarianism in business, athletics, social media, policy, procedure and thought. To suggest that they do not aim to go further if they can is to be absolutely naive.

They employ the powers of states, legislatures, judges, influencers in music, television, media and law. They have already shown they are able and willing to seduce more people by expanding their horizons to seats of faith, and science.

Media Apologism

All this and still they summon the nerve to cry out for precedent and decorum when they themselves broke the natural check and balance placed within the Senate by using the so called “nuclear option.” The boldness to call out for fairness as they employ legions of marxist rioters demanding radical change.

The Right, from conservative to Republican-moderates (and other liberty bent folk in between) have played the part of the silent majority and etiquette oriented gatekeepers for far too long. We’ve fought in the ring with propriety and rules while our opposition has used eye gouging, groin kicks and their incisors.

Now they ask us to follow a set of rules that do not exist for propriety and fairness sake? How bold. Mitch and friends will be called hypocrites for holding tight to Precedent in the past. That is fine. Wear the title, if it means fending off the radicalism that may be headed to the bench if they have their way.

In 2016, though I often stand on the importance of Precedent, I never made an argument for it. I simply understood that the Senate – especially the majority in opposition to the Executive – has no responsibility or obligation to approve whomever the President wishes to appoint.

While some may hang on the emotional argument of Ruth’s “last wishes,” they should also know that the same person shirked established precedent and urged the Senate to replace her former colleague Antonin Scalia, saying

“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year,” she said when asked if the Senate had an obligation to vote on Judge Garland. “That’s their job,” she said.

Justice Scalia

Senator Ted Cruz has eloquently explained the importance of filling the vacancy by explaining the necessity of the Supreme Court in adjudicating what looks to be a contest election. An election where Democrat leaders have already called for Biden to refuse abdication. But when have the Left ever listened to reasoned and sound argument?

We’re at a doorway, an impasse, with Leftism and right now the best way to hold the lone against the loss of liberty is through the high court. If Republicans have a spine, they’ll do the job we elected them to do. So with 2 months to go, ram it through Mitch! “Breacher up!”

Source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/us/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-no-fan-of-donald-trump-critiques-latest-term.html (NYT – Left bias)

https://www.facebook.com/tedcruzpage/videos/1014880835641174/?vh=e&extid=oarZbQJNoFkRjVH9 (Ted Cruz – Republican)

https://www.heritage.org/political-process/commentary/5-years-after-going-nuclear-democrats-have-reaped-what-they-sowed (Conservative)

The Myth of Black Lives Matter

By Joshua Weigert
July 7th, 2020

Since its conception, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has caused a severe division in the American political landscape for various reasons. BLM was founded in 2013 as a result of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. BLM viewed this verdict as injustice and demanded societal reforms. Subsequent high-profile black deaths in the years following led to more and more protesting by BLM.

Because of BLM’s media attention, this has led to certain confusions and myths pertaining to BLM to arise. Most of these confusions and myths relate to what BLM actually is. The most prevalent myth of them all is that BLM is just an innocent slogan fighting for black rights. Because of this, there is a significant pushback against BLM.

Continue reading “The Myth of Black Lives Matter”

No, You Should Not Be Ashamed to Celebrate the 4th of July

By Joshua Weigert
July 3rd, 2020

For the past several days, there has been much talk about “canceling” the 4th of July. The idea behind canceling Independence Day is not a surprise: America is a terrible, awful, no good place. The reasons for this canceling are equally not surprising: Racism towards African-Americans, Native Indians, and general anti-LGBTQAAIIPEIEIOAT&T sentiments. 

Yes, the history of America was not always great and, at times, profoundly evil. Slavery and Jim Crow laws are examples of how systemic racism and bigotry were able to run rampant. However, this does not mean that America, the American Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence, is rooted in racism and/or evil. Few more profound words have ever been written than “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

THIS is what America was founded on. THIS is what America strives towards. THIS is also what leftists are trying to destroy. 

Continue reading “No, You Should Not Be Ashamed to Celebrate the 4th of July”

Whites are Red, Blacks are Blue

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” – Joe Biden

If this was a joke, as the Washington Posts suggest, (1) Biden sure took his time to set up and deliver and an awful punchline that produced no chuckles.

But apparently, the black community is fine with being the butt of a joke as long as it comes from the right mouth.

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#MeToo for thee, but not for me

By Joshua Weigert
April 17, 2020

In a shocking turn of events, the Democrats and the mainstream media are largely ignoring or questioning Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s sexual assault accuser.

Unfortunately, if you’ve been paying attention to politics over the last number of years, this really isn’t shocking.

In an interview with podcast host Katie Halper, Tara Reade, a former Biden staffer in the 90s, described the sexual assault allegation.

Continue reading “#MeToo for thee, but not for me”

The Next Battleground: The Voting Booth

By Ken Gulley

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Rahm Emmanuel

As Democrats, and some Republicans, quickly jump to flex their authoritarian muscles during this unprecedented pandemic and economic crisis; Democrats have also been quick to push forward the old idea of nationwide mail-in elections for state primaries and Federal elections. (1)

In the name of “public safety” of course.

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Are our freedoms and liberties being destroyed by COVID-19?

By Joshua Weigert
April 11, 2020
(Header Image: Anadolou Agency via Getty Images)

Yesterday, I was stunned to see a video of a man in Philadelphia being forcibly removed from a bus because he was not wearing a face mask. There is no actual law enforcing people wearing face masks, but that didn’t stop law enforcement from manhandling him off the bus. It was a totalitarian and authoritarian move. I then read and watched more and more videos and articles of governors and mayors enforcing strict decrees infringing on the rights of their constituents. It seems surreal. America, where freedom and liberty is absolutely paramount, is now a land where citizen’s rights are being chipped away all in the name of security.

Continue reading “Are our freedoms and liberties being destroyed by COVID-19?”