The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Holiday Season is Here: Something to Remember

Remember when you go out and by your gifts this year that, where you spend you money counts. Stores like Costco, Sam's Club and Wal-mart may offer great deals and prices over the holidays; however, their inventories are largely made up of items made in China. Why single out China? A good question.

For fellow Christians, this is of particular concern. China is the world's leader of Christian persecution. Some examples:

    At 40 years of age, Aiqing Zhu was arrested for ‘illegal evangelistic activities’ on June 9, 1996. She was sentenced with a twenty-year prison term. Her prison address is:The Public Security DepartmentXiang Xiang CityHu Nan Province
    Shen, 61, was arrested in 2002 along with other South China Church leaders for starting an unregistered chldren's Sunday School. He may not have a Bible according to the court ruling. He was given a four-year sentence.
    Pastor Gong, founder and pastor of the South China Church was sentenced to be executed last December, but a re-trial was ordered by the Hubei Province Supreme Court. Gong was re-tried last October, but charges relating to cult and illegal religious activity were dropped. The second trial resulted in a sentence of life in prison. He has been severely beaten and was taken to the hospital. He is now back in prison but does not communicate verbally with his family visitors whether out of fear or injury.
    Arrested September 26, 2003 and charged with "subverting the Chinese government and socialist order." He was sentenced to two years of laojiao "re-education through labor." He was beaten by other prisoners on the first day of his sentence, November 3, 2003.

These are just a few in a long list.

In today's world, to not buy anything Chinese, or to boycott Chinese merchandise, is nearly impossible. However, it is possible to give an honest effort to purchase American made items when possible.

Wal-mart alone now possesses over $18 billion in Chinese-made inventories.

Think about that next time you purchase an item.

References: Chinese Priosoner List & Wal-Mart's Inventories

Monday, November 22, 2004

Stem Cells, and California's Initiative.

I cannot say that I agree with destroying embryos in order to conduct research, but there are already embryos destroyed which are available for research. California is pioneering this research in the United States with their recently approved voting measure.

Resources: L.A. Times

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Here We Go Again; It Is Getting Hot

Despite multi-billion dollar damage totals accrued by California in recent years due to wild fires, the environmentalists and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer are prepared to sue the Federal Government if they take over approx. 11.5 million acres of land in the Sierra Nevadas.

I, like most conservatives, truly believe in state's rights, but the State of California is failing its citizenry horribly. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who believes that clearing dead or diseased vegetation hurts the forests. The left in California calls it logging of course since it is a hot-button issue in this town.

I am truly amazed that the left in California is completely willing to "let it burn" in stead of allowing man to try and save it and billions of dollars.

References: KESQ News Channel 3

Friday, November 19, 2004

California Economy; Getting Stronger

With the California deficit now dramatically reduced ($6.7 Billion from $36 Billion), the sun is shining again in California. Unfortunately however; the deficit was cut, in part, by the use of bonds. This means we still have a debt to pay.

We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of hurdles to clear but we are on our way.

References: Yahoo! News

Thursday, November 18, 2004

They Can't Beat Us

Sometimes the truth is a stinging reality. Terrorists and terrorism can not defeat America militarily, but they can defeat America. That is is a paraphrase of a quote from U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid. The full quote is:

"They can't beat us. They can only break our will. They can cause us to get tired and to go home," Abizaid said. "And we just need to make sure they understand that they are going to go down before we get tired."

I will pray that America has the resolve to weather this storm. I am confident that we can.

References: Defense LINK News

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Is Gov. Schwarzenegger Presedential?

Ignoring the literal answer which is an obivous; Yes, he is Presedential. Let's get down to the real question. Should he be allowed to serve as the Presedent of the United States. As of right now, he is certainly not qualified, per the U.S. Constitution, but should he be? I have heard many suggestions from a few different groups.

  1. Ammend the U.S. Constitution and allow Arnold to run.
  2. Ammend the U.S. Constitution, but offset the enactment date for at least twenty years so that this decision is not hastily made in order to get a popular foreigner elected without serious foreward thinking and debate.
  3. Ammend the U.S. Constitution so that a super-majority of the U.S. Senate is allowed to pick a foreign candidate.
  4. Ammend the U.S. Constitution for a one time event which is; allowing Arnold to run.

I am sure there are more ideas being floated, but these are the major ones.

Arnold, so far, has been a good Governer and a powerful executive. He has learned some serious lessons from the failures of Davis, Reagan's connection to the people, and the bias of California's media. He has taken his agenda straight to the American people in a blunt and positive tone. For this, he has earned himself some very clever enemies in the California Legislature. By now, everyone has heard of the time he called the democrats "girlie men". The left in California tried desperately hard to twist this into a violation of civil liberties. Still, Arnold prevailed since most Californians are sick of the "Politically Correct" (PC) environment that has taken root here. What you have not heard is that this "girlie men" statement came out as a joke in front of a crowd in Stockton. The full quote was with regards to the democrats who were blocking the budget.

"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, and I want them to make the millions of dollars' - if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men."

You can be absolutely sure of the fact that he likes the idea of one day becoming President. Further; his connection with the people, and the ability to use un-politically correct phrases and walk away unscathed will only help his effort, but would it be the right thing to do? The founding fathers instituted the U.S. Constitution after a lot of thought and in order to protect America for the long haul. Placing an open-ended acceptance on the U.S. Constitution to allow foreign born citizens to become President is a big deal. Anything else would simply be a misuse of the Constitution. If we were to allow one, once, then we would be descriminating against any future foreign born candidates by saying no. If we allowed them to run always, then we would be opening ourselves up to possible strategic national sabotage. The only Constitutional Purist answer is to suck up the loss, and say No! Mr. Schwarzenegger, you can not run.

Let's assume the Constitution's will is kept in tact and he, or any other foreigner, will not become a U.S. President. There are still a lot of other great things he can accomplish. I will be the first to say that I would love to have him as my Governor for many years to come. His ability to see what needs to be done, and his ability to acheive these things despite an extremely liberal legislature is simply amazing. He is a man who represents the will of the people for whom he serves. This is a lost characteristic in the politics of today. At the same time he continually upsets the Legislature, he maintains an extremely high popularity rate.

Whatever the future holds for Arnold, you can be sure it will continue to benefit us here in California. Let's keep in mind his ultimate plans for California which is certainly a welcome attitude; "Every governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government. I don't want to move boxes around; I want to blow them up."

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Please support our troops.

My buddy over in the North East Pete, "The NYC Republican", brought a couple of great programs to my attention, and it would do those who are making real sacrifices a world of good to see that we support them here at home. Without those guys and gals over there we would not be able to post to blogs, or read blogs, such as these. They deserve our utmost respect, and as a veteran myself, I can attest to the meaning of a care package or donation. It really does their hearts good. Please follow one of the below links to support our troops. - Here; you can write to solders from a specific unit. They will distribute letters and care packages to other soldiers in their unit. - Here; you can buy standard care packages that are distributed to the troops in Iraq by the USO. Your message is enclosed with the care package.

Please everyone, buy an extra gift this season.

Remodeling The White House Cabinet

So far, six members of President Bush's Cabinet have offered their resignations. Most of these positions are not a huge surprise, and in two cases in particular; will help the republican party and the country overall. The major resignations have been from Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Attorney General John Ashcroft. Other resignations include; Education Secretary Rod Paige, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. That means six out of 15 Cabinet members will not serve under President Bush this term.

In at least one case, Bush has asked for a speedy departure from office in order to give the new Cabinet member a full term, and a fighting chance. This was the case with the Secretary of State position. Powell will be out shortly, and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice will be in. This is a fairly obvious transition, and probably one of the biggest. Excuses can be made for Powell, and achievements can be noted. He did a great job with India and Pakistan, and he also pioneered Resolution 1441 with unanimous support. However; when it really counted, he dropped the ball big time. Winning the peace, that is to say "rebuilding Iraq, should have been his job. He should have fought for it, and went to the American people with the issue in order to ensure his role. I am of the opinion that he let us down on this. Unfortunately for him, it will probably be his defining moment. This is one change that will help the party and the country.

Another positive change will be with the resignation of Attorney General John Ashcroft. He was a good ally in the War on Terror, and a friend of conservatives. He did some very good things but he cast a shadow of distrust over the entire administration. He personally is accused of sending people to Git'Mo for torture just for being brown-skinned. A crazy accusation, but one that has been flung around by the left since Git'Mo was used as a prison system for terrorists and enemy combatants. He has been accused of destroying civil liberties, and has been charged with spying and illegaly detaining Americans as well. All of this is conspiratorial at best, and never amounted to anything yet; it has had a tremendous impact on the trust and honesty outlook of the Bush administration. Like the man or not, his departure will help the party, and help unite the country.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Czar, Tom Ridge, will most likely be leaving as well. This is one of the few resignations that will be a blow to us all. He did an excellent job defending America against terrorism on our soil. He will be missed, and I hope to see someone equally as competent fill his shoes if he leaves.

This leads us to one prospect for several positions; General Tommy Franks. He could easily fill the shoes of Dr. Rice as National Security Adviser, he could probably do a good job at the DHS as well. Another theory being floated is that he could replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon.

All of this speculation leads to an interesting news week, and with the exception of Tom Ridge, our country will probably be better off with the changes being implemented.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Gaining Ground

Time for some facts, or as the liberals might say; spin.

  • California democrats gained 237,809 votes in 2004. This number represents a realized increase from 2000.
  • California republicans gained 452,190 votes in 2004. This number represents a realized increase from 2000.
  • In 2000, Gore received 53.5% of the California vote.
  • In 2004, Kerry received 54.4% of the California vote.
    • Democrats increased their popular vote by 0.9%.
  • In 2000, Bush received 41.7% of the California vote.
  • In 2004, Bush received 44.5% of the California vote.
    • Republicans increased their popular vote by 2.8 %.
  • In 2000, Ralph Nader received 3.9% of the California Vote.
    • This year, he was not on the ballot which explains the extra 3.7%

It is somewhat surprising to see that the majority of the old "Nader" vote went to Bush. This was not expected at all. Congratulations must go out to both candidates for winning and losing respectfully, but what did Kerry do to isolate almost two-thirds of the "Nader" vote?

Kerry obviously won handily in California, and even I will admit that they will probably continue to win for a long time. However; with our newly elected Governor doing a tremendous job in Sacramento, one might make the following assumption: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the highly persuadable "Nader" vote, and turned it overwhelmingly into a republican vote. Before the election, I would have made the argument that this newly tapped resource would have never voted for Bush and was simply "accepting" a liberal republican Governor since Davis drove our great state into the ground. I would have been wrong. This forced voted Bush on a factor of 2 to 1.


This is great news.

References: CA Secretary of State: 2000 - 2004 Comparison