For voters who live in San Bernardino County’s 4th district in the Republican Party committee, I have my recommendations. Only 5 of the 6 who filed will win a seat. Since none of them are really Libertarians or lovers of the ideas of Ron Paul, I was tempted to vote for the least toxic candidates, but I realized that ALL OF THEM stink in various degrees, the goal for this election is to not vote for all of the candidates possible this year.
I was tempted to vote for Nan Rider because she’s not as fundamentalist as most of the candidates, but she shares Paul Chabot’s values on marijuana. And also for this. So Nan Rider is not receiving my vote even though I appreciate the effort she made in helping me get signatures to get on the ballot in 2002.
My only vote is for Roman Nava, even though he is part of the establishment, he is fair minded.
These are two candidates I obviously NOT going to vote for.
James Na is a decent fellow and is likely one of the best members of the Chino School board, but he is not as secular as I would like him to be.
Benjamin Lopez intimidated both me and Wendy Maier in our runs for State Assembly and works for a group that fights against civil rights for non heterosexual individuals.
If you live in Chino, Chino Hills, South West Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Upland south of Foothill Blvd and do not like the state of the county party in particular in having Assembly District 41 and 52 not leaning Republican get involved so we can have a broad selection of perspectives in the organization.
I bet the San Bernardino County Democratic Party would love to have me instead of Ray Moors in their party right now. However, I will cringe hard in either major political party. I honestly may agree with the Republicans half the time, but when it comes to civil rights issues I have to be chugging the antacid pills when I attend the meetings at the San Bernardino County Republican Party. I bet Ray is feeling like an outcast in the Democratic Party right now.
I do not feel enthusiastic in participating in my local county and state Republican parties because they do not understand how to deal with groups such as Latinos and the gays. Even though the Democratic Party does not know how to balance a budget to save their lives in Sacramento, the Republican Party alienates more voters than they attempt to reach out to in California. The Republican revolution of 2010 failed in California. If Steve Cooley only refused to defend Prop 8 and supported marijuana users we would have had our only victory.
I am writing this column today in response to a letter the San Bernardino County Republican party issued in their support of the CLASS Act to repeal SB 48.
Republicans may be concerned that teachers and students are prohibited from using examples or language that would be not be adverse about the individual being studied. However we have to be tactful about what language we use because it can affect the students because they may be part of a demographic group discussed.
Being LGBT is not like switching religions or catching the flu, either you are or you are not. Watching a KD Lang concert will not make young girls want to drive Subaru and play in softball leagues. The goal of SB 48 is to show that there are LGBT people in history and many of them did great things such as save a president’s life from assassination, help Martin Luther King in his quest for civil rights for African Americans and to help in the formation of computer science. Maybe with a more holistic presentation of history it would help make students worldlier, so we can have respect for all students no matter what group or culture they may belong to.
If we want to make impact in the Post Postmus era, we should learn from the mistakes of the past so we could be effective in the future.
Here are some of my suggestions.
Such as no more pre-primary endorsements if the only candidates are Republicans, so we would prevent a Williamson type incident.
Transparency in the SBCRP, audits would be viewable by any registered Republican. Donors and volunteers should be able to find out the status of the party.
The resources of the CC shall be evenly spread across our ticket. No one particular race should get the lion’s share of the funds.
Undo the electing of the CC by supervisor districts, quorums still can not be met with the new system. We alienated many of our former CC members due to this new system. It was only a blind power grab.
Get respected leaders such as the Los Angeles County leaders Linda and Doug Boyd, and former State Senator Brulte to help come up with a plan to get our party back in shape.
I know it may be impractical during an election year, but some of these ideas should be considered for 2009 so we could rebuild.