Skip to comments.RAND PAUL: Retrieving California is the key to the future
Posted on 06/11/2013 5:14:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Last week, I spent some time traveling through a state that in recent years has become too much of a foreign territory for Republicans: California.
The last Republican presidential nominee to win California was George H.W. Bush in 1988, and statewide gubernatorial and Senate candidates havent done as well.
I think Republicans will not be a successful national party again until we can compete everywhere, every time, for every vote coast to coast.
I began my trip to California by speaking to technology companies and executives in Silicon Valley. I met with Facebook, eBay, Google and smaller companies. What I heard was very encouraging. They are concerned with our fiscal mess and job-killing tax policies. They are worried their industry will soon be overregulated as most others are, and they think their customers right to privacy is in danger from an overreaching federal security state.
I was impressed to learn that both Facebook and Google are going a step above the letter of the law in protecting their customers. The trend in law enforcement in recent years has been to seek information from third parties and circumvent the Fourth Amendment rights of the consumers. I think that is wrong. I think your credit card bills, emails and other information that you share only with your provider should remain private and that your rights remain protected. I was pleased to learn that some of these tech companies quietly agree, and they now refuse to turn over email content without a warrant.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
I suspect the only way to redeem California is for a major earthquake to cause LA and SF to fall into the sea.
Isn’t Rand supporting the “Gang of Eight” Amnesty Bill? Doesn’t he realize the absolute inanity of his statement? We need to win California, but we need to allow more Mexicans and terrorists to overrun our southern border into California and other border states? WTF?
Until after the quake, such effort is pissing in the ocean
No he is not supporting the gang of 8 bill.
I stand corrected. Thank you.
Your are welcome.
Says the pol about to vote for the gang of ocho bill.
Ah... no. Just yesterday he signaled his ‘possibility’ to vote for it. So if that isn’t acceptance, it sure isn’t rejection either.
Ha ha ha - fat chance.
Finally...someone who understands that the Constitution defines the obligations of the federal government as the provider of social overhead capital. (See Charles Beard's classic: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution.) Basically, this means national defense (i.e., a standing military), the protection of property rights (i.e., a legal system), and other items private markets won't or can't provide (i.e., regulation of air waves). This gov't has over-stepped its reach so far, our Founding Father wouldn't even recognize it. I will never think it's right to take my tax dollars and give it to some deadbeat so she can buy a cell phone.
"Splain it to me, Lucy."
It is a shame to have such a beautiful state to go to the dogs like California has..
There is no retrieving California... ever. That is as absolute a conquest of territory as can be seen in this country.
CA has passed the tipping point and cannot be saved.
Try again, Rand.
There is a reason Liberaltarians never win anything, anywhere.
Their fiscal plank is rejected by liberals, and their social issue plank is rejected by conservatives.
All they can win over are young college age potheads with a mind full of mush.
I think the headline writer is taking some liberties with the text of Paul’s piece, as it is mostly just his standard position statement.
That said, California will utterly reject Rand’s constitutionally limited small government message as surely as the bulk of the GOPe has done. And, it appears, as most of FR has done.
The only peopel that are “retrieving” California ia the ones from the nationof Mexico... Hispanic majority by the end of this year... Mexafornia reintegrates with mexico a whole lot more likely than any republican getting elected.
NOT by bringing in a bazillion Mehhhiccccanns, we won’t.
The narrow string of 14 counties that hold the highest concentrations of liberals (Solano down to L.A. County) would be comprised of "Coastal California," while the remaining landmass would absorb lefty Mendocino and Sonoma Counties into a larger mass of relatively conservative voters.
But as an intact entity, CA will never be "retrieved."
If Rand is right, we are TOTALLY SCROOOOOOOOD!
So Rand Paul’s aim is to allow unfettered immigration in order to turn the other 49 states into California?
We’ve gotta find a way to break the Dems’ fraudulent hold on their electoral base. Starting in the 1990s, they now start just a few steps away from 270, needing only their small lean-Dem states (Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc) and then a Colorado/Ohio/Florida/Virginia to put them over the top.
If we can’t win in 2016, pack it in. The Supreme Court will be gone at that point. Even if we win after that, they can run to their court buddies and have any progress we make struck-down. It’s a nauseating prospect, and it all makes me wish that I had been born a few decades earlier when the US of my youth was still at least a somewhat decent place.
They don’t call California the land of fruits and nuts for nothing. Its so far down the bunny trail nothing will ever bring it back. Rand Paul is California dreaming. :-)
If a dem candidate carries NY, CA, and FL, the GOP candidate can't win.
Paul has said he is for ‘immigration reform’, but he is afraid Rubio’s bill isn’t ‘strong enough to pass’—so he wants to see it tweaked into something that will pass the House.
That is, Rand is pro-amnesty like the rest of them.
Would be a good time to mention cleaning up the California voter rolls. Massive, well organized fraud, ala the Sanchez Sisters is the order of every election day. Not only are illegal aliens being routinely registered and voted, but virtual illegal aliens, dead illegal aliens, and entire families are being created and voted. A significant portion of the state legislature sits as the result of plain fraud at the local level. Absolutely incredible to behold.
Ron Paul shares one severe RINO trait: he is apparently oblivious to vote fraud.
That does not sound like pro amnesty to me.
Obama won CA by close to 3 million votes, 60% to 37%.
So what? Honest elections are the law, no matter who gets the votes. BTW, I have heard that at least 1/2 million registrations in CA are illegal.
With low turnout, the importance of fraud can not be overstated.
The bill is dead. Every Republican is talking about it strictly for reelection purposes. If this bill comes up for a vote, there will be more than 5 Democrat senators voting against it.
And if it does get through there are still too many Conservatives in congress who wil kill this.
It is Kabuki theatre.
Having lived in The Golden State for nearly three decades, I am surprised by any assumption that there is a GOP or conservative presence here. Someone on The Right will need to invest time and effort and money BIG TIME to inform and educate the low information voters before any change will happen.
Only someone who doesn’t live here would say that.
California is gone, handed over to Mexico.
He said he’d vote for it if it could be “fixed”. If they are pushing for cloture today, that won’t be possible.
If he votes for it as it stands, I’m done with him.
If he stays true to his principles though... I guess we’ll see.
Is that why he was pushing for a border fence and possibly the military on the border? Weird way to push for "unfettered immigration".
It's not. However, there is a strong sentiment of "Paul" hate that is trying desperately to bridge that generational gap.
Rand is not Ron. Some folks just can't seem to wrap their heads around that.
Maybe I was wrong. Last I heard he was supporting the Gang of 8 amnesty bill. It would be good if he voted against it, since I would otherwise be willing to vote for him for the 2016 nomination.
Doesn't sound like he's going to get the chance to "fix" anything. At this point, I'm waiting to see if he caves on his principles or votes against this craptastic bill.