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With Republicans Like These Why Vote Republican?

A Republican Party endorsement is not necessarily the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The San Bernardino County Party chair does exclaim the need to elect local Republicans to city councils and as members of the County Board of Supervisors, but after the previous election I am starting to question the need or why to vote for these individuals if many of them are behaving badly to their local constituents.

We have council members in Fontana and Upland forcing development plans that many of its residents do not want to see happen such as stacking thousands of apartments in massive clusters. We have the mayor of Rancho Cucamonga Dennis Michael also praising these utopian sustainable development policies such as removing car lanes so people can bicycle even though many of us may be living 10-20 miles from our workplace and Omnitrans does not have 24-hour service and not as frequent as the Los Angeles Metro system to justify replacing cars with mass transit. Also I understand that local officials have to have amicable relations with higher office elected, but at least don’t gush like a school girl when it comes to your Democratic Party congress member.

If I wanted politicians who wanted stack and pack apartment housing or sustainable development initiatives, I would vote for an actual progressive Democrat and not a Republican who claims to be a conservative.

Equality Should Be a Bipartisan Issue

Its unfortunate that Republicans basically oppose anything positive to LGBT people, even though Democrats sadly chase away businesses where they are moving to Texas and overseas for their business needs. I feel frustrated that Democrats may kill the business climate in California, but Republicans fail to understand that they do not live in Alabama.

No matter if it is Seth’s Law (AB 9), FAIR Education Act (SB 48) or Foster Youth: LGBT Cultural Competency (AB 1856) Republican Party legislators generally run from these issues like the plague even though there is more acceptance of the community in our state and nation.

Since equality organizations sadly put their eggs in one basket, it helps to create the climate where the Republicans do not want the votes from equality supporters. Due to Top 2, equality supporters can make a difference. We could vote for the less noxious of candidates when it is a two Republican race and make these candidates fight for our votes.

I am not expecting politicians to suddenly becoming allies overnight, but as what Bob Dylan wrote awhile back, “The Times They Are A-Changin”. I do not really want to vote for Norma Torres, but I feel like voting for the Republican Kenny Coble will be a tough sell for me. Sadly with no ability for a write-in vote I will leave my vote blank.

I want a politician that will help bring back business, leave our state in fiscal sanity and respect me as a person. If he or she can not support something as simple as Seth’s Law or make foster care a welcoming environment for youth who get rejected by society, then how can I trust them? I do not want to wait for California to end up declaring bankruptcy before we get Republicans embracing equality, but maybe that is what will need to happen.

As what I have stated earlier, politics is about addition. If Republicans openly want support and votes from equality campaigners and Latino voters we might see California finally shining again.

Break These Chains and Become Visible

Face it, San Bernardino County is not a nice place to be a gay politician. You might have a better chance with the Democratic Party, but for the Republican Party it is a very tough sell. I did write a column about the closet and gay politicians awhile back in 2007 almost five years ago.

I know its political expediency to be in the closet because people in the Republican Party base would raise a riot if a queer politician ended up living as their authentic selves. Fortunately the post Generation X crowd are becoming more accepting and by the time the older generation dies out there will be more acceptance.

I do not want to name any names out of a sense of fairness, but because of secrets there is a greater chance for extortion. Because people know your secret of being LGBT, then you are more likely to be a victim of extortion because unethical people will use your situation as bait to defeat you in the ballot box from the people who are not supportive of LGBT people.

People need to get visible and start to introduce themselves to politicians such as Bob Dutton and Gary Miller in the 31st Congressional District this election cycle. If these individuals who are traditionally not friendly to LGBT people get to know us they will likely reconsider their views. Even though they both are friends with inequality organizations such as the Traditional Values Collation, they will end up realizing that they have to tone down the inequality if they do not want to lose to a motivated Democratic Party in 2014.

If we are visible then we will likely help promote an environment where people are less likely to hide themselves. Visibility would also make sure both political parties would fight for equality and have a less corrosive environment for the youth of our communities. The rhetoric used by the opponents of equality helps to breed the blackmail bait and the youth that jump off of highway overpasses.

RNC Does Not Want Us, Time To PUMA Romney

It seems Mitt Romney and his best buddies at the Republican National Committee want to win the nomination at all costs and they could care less how they win. The behavior Romney and his supporters are advocating against the only remaining viable opponent to his nomination is only going to make it harder for Ron Paul supporters to go to the Romney campaign and even feel good voting for him this November.

The news media and party establishment are trying to lead the nation that what happens in the voting results during the primaries counts, but in most states it does not. In states like Michigan it is the state party conventions that help lead the distribution of delegates. When Ron Paul’s team decided to contest the state party conventions it led to the Romney team to fight harder in ways not as ethical.

Even though Romney is fairly winning the delegates in states such as Texas, it seems he and his friends want to make sure the coronation does not get any interference. Conventions were stopped, ballots were stuffed, and people were assaulted because they exercised their political preference for Ron Paul.

People are wanting a consistent conservative and that is why many have moved to the Ron Paul campaign. Since Romney changes his views just as much as Madonna makes costume changes, it is harder for Republican voters to trust Romney.

Since Romney wants to silence Ron Paul supporters from getting influence in their state parties, maybe we need to PUMA Romney like how many Hillary supporters PUMA’ed Obama in 2008. For those not aware of the lingo, PUMA stands for Party Unity My Ass.

The key to a proper PUMA campaign is to deprive your vote for Romney who has not openly told his supporters to behave and stop acting like jack booted thugs. The goal is to advocate voting for Gary Johnson if Ron Paul is officially eliminated in the RNC Convention.  I know there is a cult of personality where people will vote for Ron Paul even if it does not count in particular in California since Ron Paul will likely not be an official write in candidate. Voting for Gary would help measure the lost votes Romney could of received in such swing states as Nevada, New Mexico and New Hampshire.

Immature behavior in states like Oklahoma, Missouri and Louisiana should make long time Republicans very uncomfortable in associating with Mitt Romney.  Even if you are not a devotee of the ideas of Ron Paul the unethical tactics of the party establishment such as shutting the convention early in Oklahoma to make sure the Ron Paul delegates were not selected. Or the Louisiana State Central Committee leader being roughed up by security when they did not realize that the previous chairman was removed.

If Romney wants to win swing states such as Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and New Hampshire he will need to make some amends to the followers of Ron Paul if he wants his campaign to keep getting traction. Just as how Goldwater inspired the generations after him, Ron Paul is doing the same making sure that the Republican Party has a voice for the next generations today. We need to live within our means so we can actually practice fiscal conservatism and personal responsibility whenever possible so we can offer a better future for our nation.

Top 2 – Destroying Voter Choice

2010 was the year when the Republican Party nominated horrific choices for Statewide Offices such as Meg Whitman who believed she could buy her election, Abel Maldonado who decided to ditch his taxpayer pledge with Grover Norquist, Steve Cooley, who believed Proposition 8 should be defended because it was passed by the voters, but if marijuana legalization passed with Proposition 19 Steve would refuse to defend it, which made Steve look foolish. Mike Villines, was bought and paid for by the insurance lobby and also backfired on his pledge to Grover as well.

Many of us ended up voting for the Libertarian Party that year because we were fed up of the choices the Republican Party gave us. And thanks to Abel Maldonado and Charles Munger Jr, they gave us the turd sandwich known as Proposition 14. If you do not like what the establishment feeds us in June we have to choose between giant douche and turd sandwich in November with no ability to write in a choice.

Because of Proposition 14, we are going to have less third parties where the Green Party, Libertarian Party and the Peace and Freedom Party will likely lose their ballot access. Minor party candidates have more roadblocks to getting on the ballot now thanks to Proposition 14 where they have to get the same amount of signatures required as Republicans and Democrats to get on the ballot for no charge at 1500 signatures for State Assembly and 3000 for congress and state senate. Before Proposition 14, minor parties only needed at most 150 signatures to get candidates on the ballot for legislative races.

Since Top 2 destroys the chance for a minor party to get nominated in a general election, getting 2% in a statewide non-presidential general election it will be harder for parties to maintain their ballot access. If we want to preserve Top 2 and preserve ballot access, it should also be based on the minor parties presidential candidate or the performance during the Top 2 primary to determine ballot qualified status.

Many of us do not want to live in a world where it is just Democrats, Republicans and opportunistic Decline to States who express no party preference. Third parties help deliver new ideas and help keep the major parties on course. If people do not like the war on marijuana or do not want nuclear power, they can take advantage of the different ideas expressed by the third parties in our state.

I may of liked Charles Munger in his quest to make the California Republican Party more electable, but Proposition 14 is more like throwing the baby with the bath water. Even though the base of the California Republican Party may believe they are the Utah Republican Party, having third party competition does help hit home that the Republican Party does need to evolve or die in California if they want a Republican revolution to hit our state in the near future.

Living in a Democratic Party leaning community, I am not pleased that I will be faced with two Democrats battling against each other for Congressional District 35 this November. Even though proponents say this will force the candidates to reach out to non Democratic Party voters aside from them sending countless political mail and robo calls, they are not doing much to find common ground with Republicans to win our vote. However political parties who are out of contention  are hoping that the fratricide ends up draining the bank accounts of their opposing party.

Top 2 is a fraud and I hope the courts end up tossing this experiment down the trash can. Forcing voters to choose a vote that they can not believe in is very dishonest, at least in Top 2 state of Washington people who do not run in the Top 2 primary can become write-in candidates in the general election.

Questionable Remarks

If you are wondering why Republicans will never get elected for the office of Superintendent for Public Instruction here is a whopper right here.

REMEMBER: 96% of “Bullying Issues” are against NON-Gay issues. Most Bullying is perpetrated against students and staff for their “RELIGIOUS or POLITICAL BELIEFS” and/or for being “smart..a nerd,” or over-weight, wear glasses, or look different. Here’s what to do:…ID the “bullying behavior, and report to the principal or district Superintendent and insist on a consequence for the perpetrator(s). If nothing is resolved, inform the news and radio shows. – Dianne Lenning

However Dianne how many times have you seen students actually committing suicide because they wear glasses, wear a hijab or because they are fat? Unfortunately we see many kill themselves due to the stigma of one’s sexuality or gender non-conformity in many places in our state. This is why LGBT issues have dominance in the media despite claims of media bias.

We need to make sure all issues have priority and not selectively enforce school safety policies. If we want students to learn, we must have an affirming environment. There is a reason why we have regulation’s such as Seth’s Law (AB 9), it gives teeth to the school safety regulations to benefit all children straight and LGBT. Problem was that many school districts just say to the bullied child and their parents, “kids will be kids, ignore them and it will go away”. Most of the time the bullying and harassment does not go away and problems get worse.

I can equally agree that the teacher who threatened a child for his opposition to President Obama should be dealt with just as much as what happened with the children who caused Seth Walsh to end his life. If a student insults another person’s faith then I would recommend the child spends a hour visiting the faith and attending one of their services so they could gain some understanding. Maybe we can see Republican conservative establishment politicians breaking bread with the Log Cabin members in the future. Maybe we can see Bob Huff getting some dialogue with the LCR members during the next Republican convention.

We need to make it where bullying should not remain a tool to get above the popularity ladder and have people earn their social status through different means. No matter if one does not like someone because your best gal pal took the boy you wanted, because Billy likes art more than sports or Susan is 50 pounds overweight we need to work together.

I do recognize Dianne wants safe schools for our students, without fear students will do their best. Unfortunately political leaders are helping to create the climate that makes schools a gauntlet for those who are not popular or part of the crowd.

Many of us have been the bullies, many of us have been the bullied and a few of us have played both roles. We can not replay the past, but we can make the future better for those who are involved with the education system. We may have different values, we may have different traditions. However we need to learn to agree to disagree. Personally I could care less what a particular faith believes in as long as that particular faith leaves me alone.

Unfortunately people on the other side want to make sure we do not talk about the issue, but if we do not identify the issue then how are we going to address the issue to help improve school safety?

Thankfully we live in America, where we can say stuff without thinking twice before hitting the send button.

Not Like Father and Son

Fellow Paul supporters are pondering voting for Rand Paul in 2016 after his father runs his final campaign for president, but Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is showing that he has some slight different views on the issues of the day in particular how President Obama said he was open to marriage equality. Ron may of supported the Texas state marriage ban and does not care that New York has marriage equality, but Rand would be more likely to have an olive branch with the Santorum and the Romney camp in restricting marriage nationwide. Even though Rand decided to express his views on the issue it is not going to affect my vote for June 5th for his father. I will be more than please to take my vote elsewhere for 2016 if he believes in a marriage amendment to nullify federalism in New York and Massachusetts as an example.  However Rand’s co-sponsorship of the Human Life Amendment is a good sign he would likely consider a permanent ban on marriage equality nationwide.

I know Rand wanted to do some outreach for his father, but it might of hurt in the long run. Statements like this should have been done after the election season when he enters the spotlight entirely on his own.

So basically we might see a swap of supporters for election 2016. We might see the liberal end of the Ron Paul collation moving to Gary Johnson in the next presidential election if Rand runs next. Liberty is not liberty if liberty is selective. Rand may be Libertarian on issues such as the NDAA or economic policy, but on personal liberty he could likely be drinking buddies with former senator Santorum.

Recently the Republican Party was given a poll from one of President George W Bush’s former pollsters that shows that America and even Republicans are gradually accumulating to equality for LGBT Americans mainly due to knowing a friend or family member who may be LGBT and they are starting to realize they have to treed carefully in how they deal with the issue. Rand is indeed entitled to his beliefs, but the context of what you say matters.

There is a small problem with what Republican national party chairman Priebus stated in a Los Angeles Times article about Rand’s remarks. “People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn’t mean it carries on to marriage,” But if people are not going to be considered as equal Americans then it is not going to make any difference when Priebus tried to smooth over these remarks in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. Even if we try to provide dignity and respect to non-heterosexual relationships, politicians including Romney are unwilling to give the same 1,138 rights and responsibilities of marriage to same sex couples and only willing to give a pale fraction of them.

Rand may have some Libertarian sensibilities, but he is more in the Tea Party camp.  Personally I think he would be better as a Senate Majority Leader than President. Any Republican would rather see him than Mitch McConnell run the Republican caucus in the senate.

Welcome to your California US Senate Candidates

California voters are facing complex choices in who should be the number 2 choice for US Senate in the Top 2 primary this June. Voters from all partisan affiliations are going to be able to choose from all the candidates like the California recall of 2003 and vote for their favorite choice to go on to the November election. The top 2 of the 24 filed will be chosen for the November election.

Since there is little name ID for most of the 23 candidates running against incumbent US Senator Dianne Feinstein and the lack of a good farm team for the Republican Party, it is basically anyone’s game this election.

First we will begin with the Democratic Party candidates, Colleen Shea Fernald, she is a peace activist and friend to the occupy movement. Colleen supports sustainable living and environmental health. If you like Dennis Kucinich, you should look into her campaign.

David Levitt, is a computer programmer who wants to establish a campaign that is more progressive than corporate friendly incumbent Dianne Feinstein. David believes in the platform Contract for the American Dream to support the core values of the progressive movement to make America a better place. If you want to end our war in Afghanistan, end the DEA raids and prohibition on marijuana providers and expand Medicare to all Americans David is your man. David believes that since most of the Republican candidates failed to inspire voters, he believes he could overtake the majority of them in this primary.

Nak Shah is a populist candidate who believes we should stop taking on loans from foreign nations that get us indebted to such as China and stop spending money on wars and spend the money on infrastructure and social programs.

Dianne Stewart is running to focus on the issues of promoting small business and improving our education system. Our spending cuts have made our education system drop down from number 7 to number 46, and our cuts in the safety net with Medicare to boot 65 and 66 year olds from the system will end up adding more cost for healthcare to younger people and the businesses who struggle to help provide health care for their employees. Basic medical needs are more expensive to pay for than a generation ago, and that needs to change.

Mike Strimling wants to tax the rich. The gap between the rich of the poor is expanding and he wants to redistribute the money to reduce the wealth gap. Mike believes America was strong when we had higher tax rates and basically when there is less public services its basically a tax on the poor. Mike has an argument on how higher taxes on the affluent will help bring prosperity to our nation.

Read on if you want to know about the Republican candidates running.

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Romney Could Care Less About LGBT People

I thought it was a great sign for former Governor Romney to invite someone of LGBT status to be a spokesman and advisor on foreign policy, but after a firestorm from the far left and far right Richard Grenell decided that it was not worth taking the opportunity.

Richard Grenell does have ties to the local area, he severed as spokesman for one of the developers from the Colonies Partners during the investigation and likely trial of the 102 million dollar settlement that was reached thru questionable means. Grenell did work for the state department in the Bush administration, but right now he was working for a communications firm in Los Angeles.

Richard had tweeted snarky comments about Democratic Party figures that caused him to be in the news recently, but Romney and his campaign leadership did not mind. However it shows that the main cause of him being let go is due to the rancor of the Paleo-Conservative sect from people of the American Family Association. Because they were telling Romney if you hire Grenell it’s the endorsement of the homo agenda because he personally does not feel comfortable with President Obama’s reluctance to support marriage equality and he attacked the Bush administration’s position where they were against the resolution speaking up on the issue of human rights abuses of LGBT people. Groups such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council believe that religious liberty means we should discriminate against people based on their content on their character and behavior, but should we just beat up people and treat them as pariahs for who they are?

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Decline to State Voters should come home to the Republican Party

Recently there has been debate on allowing Decline to State Voters to vote on our delegates for the California Presidential Primary. Moderates and liberals in the Republican party may think this may be a better way for us to elect a pragmatic nominee for president. However the system has changed in 2008 where our delegates are awarded by congressional district. This solution seems to be the best way to make sure the Republicans who are running for president could choose the right amount of congressional districts that best fit their campaign strategies. Moderates and conservatives both benefit by having the delegates awarded by congressional districts.

However the party establishment decided to close the primary off to the Decline to State voters as where the Democratic Party welcomes them with open arms. Unfortunately voters will have to jump through more hoops if they want to vote for Ron Paul in next month’s primary election.

The Republican Party has gone a bit far beyond the mainstream of California. Voters in California identify with our governor more than the Republican leaders in the State Assembly and State Senate. If we want to control the state legislature we have to understand we have to be a bit pragmatic to help restore the California dream.

The Democratic Party knows what they need to do to be the legislative party, but the Republicans fail to understand what they need to control the legislature. If you want to bring some sunshine back into the Republican Party, re-register today and get active in the party.

I understand that the establishment does not want insurgent candidates to win the delegates in future contests, but people born in Generation X and beyond do not like partisan affiliations and would rather vote for the person not the party.

Individuals have until May 21st to get their ballots postmarked to become temporary Republicans so they can vote for Ron Paul in California’s primary election. And due to Proposition 14 you can still vote for your favorite Democratic Party candidates such as the two Democrats running for Congressional District 35 Joe Baca and Gloria Mcleod.

Unless you have a burning interest to vote for who will serve in the executive board of the county Democratic Party of where you are living, there is nothing to lose by becoming a Blue Republican. Who knows you might make the Republican Party better by staying.

Feel free to grab a second registration form so you can change back a month later.