Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future?
Perhaps the greatest manifestation of civil disobedience today is the illegal presence of between 12 million and 20 million immigrants who broke into our country or are breaking the law by being here after their visas expired. PAT BUCHANAN
California Governor Jerry Brown has a pattern of appointing cronies — sometimes unqualified ones — to state boards, according to columnist Dan Walters of Calmatters.org.
Walters cites several examples — including a case in 2011 where Brown rescinded the appointment of a Latina woman, Isabel Barreras, by his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, to make room for “Natalie Berg, the wife of one of Brown’s oldest and closest friends, the late San Francisco lobbyist and political activist, Peter Finnegan.”
That “was not the last example of Brown’s penchant for appointing close aides and personal friends to state positions, some prestigious and powerful, and others carrying hefty salaries,” Walters writes.
One particularly egregious example was the appointment of choir director Juan Pedro Gaffney to the state Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which is usually made up of attorneys and experts who understand workplace disability law. Gaffney had been a classmate of Brown’s 60 years ago at St. Ignatius High School.
He adds: “Brown has always portrayed himself as a transformative political figure, but in his second gubernatorial incarnation he’s adopted the traditional trappings of politics, including giving jobs to those closest to him.”
As Breitbart News noted in 2014, Brown also had a pattern of appointing graduates of Yale Law School — his alma mater — to high judicial posts, even when they did not seem to have the experience to qualify.
He will soon appoint a fourth appointee to the California Supreme Court, meaning that he will have appointed a majority of the court’s seven judges, setting the direction of California law and policy for many years to come.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa….. Members of the racist, violent, fascist M.E.Ch.A. separatist movement.http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2017/11/california-attorney-general-xavier.html “Many wonder why Xavier Becerra was chosen by Brown. But all anyone has to do is peek into the radical California Legislature, and fanatical Gov. Jerry Brown, to see the trend of militant Marxist, Socialist, Jesuit, Liberation Theology, Latino activism on the increase.”
Last week California’s Department of Motor Vehicles sent 23,000 “erroneous”
voter registrations to the
office of Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who maintains the list of registered
voters. The DMV blamed it technical errors and said none of the erroneous
registrations involved undocumented immigrants. Padilla was “extremely
disappointed and deeply frustrated” and the DMV assured him it wouldn’t happen
Legitimate voters have good reason to believe Padilla was not
disappointed but delighted. The odds are strong that illegals make up most if
not all of the newly registered voters. The registrations of illegals will be
happening again, in greater numbers, as the November election approaches.
The day after the 23,000 registrations made news, it emerged that
from late April to early August, the DMV registered 182,000 “new voters,” with the largest number, 112,000, choosing “no party.”
Neither the DMV nor Padilla would explain the numbers but the trend is evident
and all by design.
Under a 2015 voter registration law, the DMV automatically
registered to vote those who obtain or renew a California driver’s license.
As Padilla told the Los
Angeles Times, “We’ve
built the protocols and the firewalls to not register people that aren’t
eligible. We’re going to keep those firewalls in place.” The Democrats’
Secretary of State did not explain how the firewalls worked and if any
ineligibles had managed to vote.
After the 2016 election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary
Clinton, Padilla refused to release any voter information to a federal probe
that he claimed “has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of
Californians voted illegally.” California’s participation, Padilla said in a statement, “would
only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter
fraud made by the president.”
Governor Jerry Brown, who three times ran for president, calls
Californians “the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world,” and the sanctuary state law protects even violent criminal
illegals. The ruling Democrats protect illegals while promising them “free”
health care and other benefits. In return, the illegals vote for Democrats.
“Palestinian-Mexican American” candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, is
the grandson of Black September terrorist Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, who
masterminded the murder and mutilation of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics in
1972. The Democrat, 29, is depending on “underrepresented voters,” to unseat Rep. Duncan Hunter in San Diego.
Legitimate voters have good reason to consider “underrepresented”
as code for “ineligible” or “illegal.” For their part, legal citizens and
immigrants might wonder how the Munichian candidate’s father managed to enter the United States and what the family was
doing in Gaza for several years. Ammar isn’t telling and establishment
journalists look the other way.
Senate boss Kevin de León, whose name on his birth certificate voter rolls is Kevin
Alexander Leon, claims
his father is a Chinese cook born in Guatemala. The author of the state’s
sanctuary law spent time on both sides of the border and “identifies strongly
with Mexican culture.” The story defies belief but as with Najjar the
establishment media mounted no investigation.
Back in 1996 in Orange County, 442 illegals voted for Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat who narrowly defeated Republican Robert Dornan.
He was the target of Hermandad Mexicana Nacional founder
Bert Corona, a violent Stalinist who opposed Dornan’s strong anti-Communist
Despite Democrat denials, voter fraud was going strong in
California long before the DMV registered more than one million
false-documented illegals. It’s a safe bet that most if not all those
ineligibles will be showing up at the polls in November.
With crime soaring, rampant homelessness,
sanctuary state status attracting the highest illegal immigrant population in
the country and its “worst
state in the U.S. to do business” ranking for
more than a decade, California and its expansive, debt-ridden, progressive
government is devolving into a third-world country. In cities such as San
Francisco, public defecation is legal,
drug use is flagrant, and tent cities are designated biohazards. In once
Diego, contractors have been
spraying down homeless encampments with household bleach to stave off a
hepatitis A epidemic. The so-called “Golden State,” which now has the
rate in the nation, is
tarnished beyond recognition with such serious problems that the sublime
climate and striking coastline may no longer be enough to sustain its
reputation and cachet. With laws that benefit criminals and illegals, big
government that endeavors to control every aspect of residents’ lives from
plastic bags to straws; sanctioned street, tent, and vehicle dwelling; and an
unaffordable overhyped bullet train boondoggle that will cost taxpayers almost $100
billion, California is headed for
In the past few years, California has
instituted criminal justice reform legislation and initiatives, ostensibly to
reduce budget expenditures and prison overcrowding, which has led invariably to
the release of more criminals into the state’s population.
47, a referendum passed in 2014,
reclassified certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors and required
misdemeanor sentencing for theft when the amount involved is $950 or less.
Drug possession for personal use is now considered a misdemeanor.
57, a statewide ballot proposition
passed in 2016, changed parole policies for those convicted of nonviolent
felonies. But the proposition failed to define “nonviolent crimes”. The
result was that those committing “nonviolent” crimes such as rape of an
unconscious or intoxicated person, assault of a police office, domestic
violence, hostage taking, drive-by shootings, and human trafficking of a
child became eligible for early parole based on a paper review in lieu of
a parole hearing.
Bill 1448 and Assembly
Bill 1308 allow for the early release of
prisoners who are 60 years or older who have served at least 25 years of
their sentence and prisoners who committed crimes at least 25 years or
younger who have served at least 15 years, respectively. Both were signed
into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017.
June this year, Gov. Brown signed into law AB
1810, that gives defendants a chance to
have their charges dismissed and evidence of their arrest erased from the
record if they can convince a judge that they suffer from a treatable
mental disorder. Such defendants could be offered a pretrial diversion of
two years to undergo mental health treatment.
As may have been expected with lenient
policies, violent crime and property crime rates in the state increased and
will mostly likely soar in the aftermath of some of the newly implemented
measures. An FBI study of crime rates from 2014 to 2015 found that 48 California
cities saw overall increases with 24 experiencing increases in the double
digits for property crime, an increase directly attributable to Prop. 47,
according to Marc Debbaudt, past president of the Association of Los Angeles
Deputy District Attorneys.
As of 2017, California had a homeless population of over 134,000, or one
quarter of the nation’s homeless. UCLA researcherWilliam
Yu notedthat 26% of California’s
homeless are severely mentally ill, 18% are chronic drug abusers, 9% are
veterans and 24% are victims of domestic abuse. Orange County Supervisor, Tod
Spitzer attributes much of the problem
to legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown over the past few years that
markedly decreased the penalties for drug use, possession, and petty crimes,
thereby reducing arrests and eliminating mandatory treatment for drug abuse and
mental health treatment.
Where other states have successfully
instituted welfare-to-work programs, California’s liberal government has resisted
pro-work reforms and retained
a system of cash disbursements with no strings attached. This has led to a
state bureaucracy that continues to grow and expand its budget, staffing, and
client base. Inordinately high housing prices, somewhat driven by restrictive
land use and environmental regulations, have exacerbated the problem.
Civil rights organizations such as the
ACLU have made the homelessness issue a difficult one to tackle. In 2003, the
a lawsuit, Jones v. City of
Los Angeles, on behalf of homeless people who were ticketed and arrested
for sleeping on public sidewalks at night. In 2006, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals ruled on the lawsuit by striking down the Los Angeles ordinance that
made it a crime for homeless people to sleep on the streets when no shelter is
available. Not only is it permissible to pitch a tent in many areas in the
state but also vehicle
dwelling is allowed in Los
Angeles residential areas from 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and in business and
industrial areas from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
California, a sanctuary
state, is home to at least 4
million illegal immigrants and their children. National
Economics Editorial, a website that covers
economic issues, has estimated that those in the state illegally contribute
$3.5 billion in taxes while costing California approximately $30.3 billion
annually, or 17.7% of the state budget. According to the Migration
Policy Institute (MPI), more than
half are unskilled, uneducated, and lack English proficiency.
to illegals include welfare, food
stamps, meal programs, free immunizations, low-cost housing and in-state
tuition rates. In addition, children of illegals make up 18% of the
public-school population, straining the already burdened school system by
increasing student-to-teacher ratios and by impeding the learning process with
supplemental, English-language instruction.
Unchecked illegal immigration comes with a
in crime rates. Those who have broken the
law to come to the United States are overrepresented in murder charges, drug
trafficking, and gang violence. Increased policing, court, and incarceration
costs put additional strain on the justice syste. In 2014, the U.S.
Department of Justice and U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that illegal immigrants committed over 13% of all U.S.
crime, and a particularly high level of violent and drug-related crimes,
according to criminologist and law enforcement expert Ron Martinelli. A
substantial illegal immigrant population coupled with a policy signed by
Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 that protects criminal illegal immigrants by
reducing their sentences to fall below federal standards for deportation
further aggravates the problem. This, at a time when59%
of Californians want to
increase deportations of illegals.
In a measure that would add to costs and
incentivize illegal entry, California gubernatorial candidate, Gavin Newsom,
plans to issue an Executive Order to grant universal healthcare, if elected.
Former governor Pete
Wilson warns that a system that
removes all market-based competition could produce annual budget shortfalls of
$40 billion, add six million illegals to the healthcare rolls, encourage
medical tourism, and restrict the range of care and increase waiting times for
California citizens. The resulting elimination of competitive private sector
health care options would mean that more businesses and sources of tax revenue
will leave the state.
Poor Business Climate
In 2014, Chief Executive magazine quoted
CEO comments like “California
goes out of its way to be anti-business,” “California continues to lead in
disincentives for growth businesses to stay,” and “The regulatory, tax and
political environment are crushing.” California’s reputation as the worst state
to do business has a lot to do with its high tax rates. In addition to
having the highest
state income tax in the nation, it
has the highest
sales tax rate, the 9th highest corporate
income tax rate, one of the
highest property tax rates and the highest gasoline
tax rate. Yet, with a shortfall
of $612 billion when future
pensions, bond repayments and other debts are added to the budget shortfall,
the state is drowning in debt, more than twice as much debt as any other state.
In addition, the cost of living is 36% higher than the national rate, and, at 23.4%,
California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to former California Assemblyman Steve
California, a world leader in technology,
entertainment, agriculture, and a past global trendsetter in culture and
innovation, has been dominated for decades by a government made up of far-left
ideologues. These so-called "progressives" have supported an
ever-growing and onerous regulatory climate that effectively redistributes
wealth by adding to an already burdensome rate of taxation and expanding
entitlement programs. Given the current business environment and policies on
crime, homelessness, and illegal entry that are likely to continue, the once
“Golden State” could become a failed state in short order if left
unchecked. In the words of Steve Baldwin, “A state cannot chase away the producers and attract the takers
year after year without economic consequences.”
CRIMINALS WIN BIG IN CALIFORNIA
upholds protections for false-documented illegals.
U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez, an
appointee of George W. Bush, ruled that the state could not prevent private
employers from denying federal immigration authorities from worksites. Mendez
found that AB 450 “which imposes monetary penalties on an employer solely
because that employer voluntarily consents to federal immigration enforcement’s
entry into nonpublic areas of their place of business or access to their
employment records impermissibly discriminates against those who choose to deal
with the federal government.”
On the other hand, Mendez upheld the law’s
requirement that companies inform workers within 72 hours of any federal
request to examine employment records. So in the style of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, employers can still provide lookout services for
Mendez denied the federal request against
SB 54, the state’s sanctuary law. As author Kevin de Leon told reporters,
“today, a federal judge made clear what I’ve known all along, that SB 54, the
California Values Act is constitutional and does not conflict with federal law.
California is under no obligation to assist Trump tear apart families. We
cannot stop his mean-spirited immigration policies, but we don’t have to help
him, and we won’t.”
As Mendez ruled, “refusing to help is not
the same as impeding.” The federal judge also upheld AB 103, allowing the state
attorney general to inspect detention facilities. Current attorney general
Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate and a key player in the Democrats’ IT scandal, proclaimed, “The Constitution gives the people of California,
not the Trump Administration, the power to decide how we will provide for our
public safety and general welfare.”
Californians had a right to wonder about
the “safety” part. In this 2-1 split decision the biggest winners are criminal
Senate Bill 54, the Bee report
noted, “has eliminated much of the discretionary power that local law
enforcement previously had to privately share information with federal
immigration agents about people who have been arrested and put in county
jails.” So despite the protestations of hereditary, recurring governor Jerry
Brown, California is protecting criminal illegals. With that in mind,
legitimate citizens might look ahead to the November election.
Brown, a three-time presidential loser,
recently signed off on a budget that spends tens of millions of dollars to help
illegals fight efforts to deport them. This includes some $45 million in legal
services steered to state colleges, and $10 million to help younger illegals,
including “undocumented migrants.” This outlandish spending is hardly the
state’s only way to privilege false-document illegals.
A 2015 law, “streamlines” the process of
voter registration and kicks in when someone gets a driver’s license at the
DMV. As of March, 2018, more than one million illegals have received licenses.
Secretary of state Alex Padilla touts “firewall” protections against ineligible
voters. This is the same official who refused to cooperate with a federal
probe of voter fraud, so legal residents and taxpayers have good reason to
wonder what he is hiding.
Senate boss Kevin de Leon, author of SB
54, is on record that half his family would be eligible for deportation under
Trump’s executive order because they used false Social Security cards and other
bogus identification. In his own case, as Christopher Cadelago of the Sacramento Bee explains, “The name on his birth certificate isn’t Kevin de León.”
On his birth certificate and voter rolls,
“the 50-year-old politician is Kevin Alexander Leon,” born on December 10, 1966
at California Hospital on South Hope Street in Los Angeles. The birth
certificate “describes his father, Andres Leon, as a 40-year-old cook whose
race was Chinese and whose birthplace was Guatemala. De León’s mother, Carmen
Osorio, was also born in Guatemala, the document states.” As a child, “de León
spent time on both sides of the border,” but he “identifies strongly with
The non-partisan “Truth in Accounting”
project, which analyzes government financial reports, has awarded California an
“F” grade for claiming surpluses instead of a $269.9 billion deficit.
The Chicago-based organization
has been providing in-depth accounting reviews of the audited financial
statements for America’s fifty states, as well as most major counties and major
cities, in the United States since 2002.
The group’s mission is to educate
and empower citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government
California received the lowest score
of “F” on Truth in Accounting’s grading scale because despite Gov.
Jerry Brown touting several years of surpluses, California actually faces a
$269.9 billion shortfall in terms of its overall obligations, which equates to
$22,000 burden for each of the 12.3 million taxpayers in the state.
California’s financial burden is
primarily associated with the rapidly deteriorating condition of the state’s
current $461.3 billion in promised public employee retirement benefits –which
are $102.5 billion under-funded by the pension plan — and $107 billion for
unfunded retiree health care benefits.
The State of California faced a near
financial death experience in Great Recession, when the average taxpayer burden
jumped from $15,000 to $23,500. Newly elected Gov. Brown, facing a $25 billion
deficit in 2011, passed an array of income and sales tax hikes, including a 29
percent increase for Californians with taxable income over $1 million.
Gov. Brown has touted the
“California Comeback.” But the data demonstrate that despite the gusher of tax
revenue the flooded into Sacramento from the economic recovery and the
substantially higher tax rates Gov. Brown passed, the state’s taxpayer burden
only fell modestly to $20,900 by 2015. The taxpayer burden rose to $21,600 in
2016 and hit $22,000 in 2017, the second-highest in the history of the state.
Truth in Accounting Founder Sheila
Weinberg warns that
California is a giant “Sinkhole Sate.” Ms. Weinberg is especially critical of
Gov. Brown claiming an $8.8 billion surplus this year, while avoiding the
fact that California has only $100.1 billion in available assets to pay $369.9
billion worth of bills.
Weinberg emphasized to Breitbart
News that California’s rising “taxpayer burden” is only for net state
liabilities. Her organization intends to begin publishing consolidated reports
this summer for all the states that will also capture the liabilities of counties
and cities. Ms. Weinberg expects that the combined taxpayer burden for
California to be a much higher number.
June 16, 2018
Skyrocketing crime rate in
California called 'good progress' after jails emptied
Here's a thought experiment: what happens if you release
criminals, a lot of them, from jail?
If you asked a liberal in California, he would tell you these
criminals were unjustly jailed in the first place (think racism on the part of
liberal inner-city judges, juries, and prosecutors) and that these unjustly
imprisoned would return to become productive parts of society.
Imagine their surprise to learn, then, that after reducing or
eliminating sentences for certain property crimes, the rate of property
California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and
property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting
and other theft, researchers reported.
Larcenies increased about 9% by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per
100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results
of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released
Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of
the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto
burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs.
Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession,
theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad
checks and check forgery from felonies that can carry prison terms to
misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.
Do you think liberals have learned anything from
this? Think again:
California still has historically low crime rates despite recent
changes in the criminal justice system aimed at reducing mass incarceration and
increasing rehabilitation and treatment programs, said Lenore Anderson, the
executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice and a leader in the
drive to pass Proposition 47.
"This report shows we are making progress," she said in
a statement calling for less spending on prisons and more on programs to help
reduce the cycle of crime.
The ballot measure led to the lowest arrest rate in state history
in 2015 as experts said police frequently ignored crimes that brought minimal
They say a conservative is a liberal who has been
mugged. If that's true, then it must also be true in California that
a liberal is a liberal who has had his car or home broken
into. Indeed, people in San Francisco have had their cars broken
into so frequently that they think this is the "new normal," and
people talk laughingly to each other about how often their cars have been
broken into, as if it's a subject of conversation as common as the doings of
the local sports team.
Reality will never intrude on a liberal's ideology. An
illegal alien could shoot a woman dead on Fisherman's Wharf, and liberals would
still never see a problem with sanctuary cities. Homeless people can
roam the streets like swarms of giant rats, leaving fetid excrement and bloody
hypodermic needles in their wake, and people would accept it, because it is
part of their ideology.
That's how they can call this abomination "progress."