Gavin Newsom Embodies California Liberalism

Gavin newsomGavin Newsom — the former San Francisco mayor, current lieutenant governor, and likely next governor of California — embodies Golden State liberalism: the perfect appearance, the bear-hug embrace of identity politics, the celebration of Silicon Valley moguls tempered by hand-wringing about income inequality, the grandiose, fanciful plans for building the state into a modern utopia.

This is no accident. For better or for worse, Newsom has already done a lot to shape modern California. As San Francisco’s mayor from 2004 to 2011, he pushed the outer boundary of Democratic party politics leftward. His first gubernatorial-campaign ad reminded viewers that he issued same-sex marriage licenses way back in 2004, in calculated defiance of state law. As mayor, he banned plastic bags, the use of Styrofoam in restaurants’ takeout containers, and sales of cigarettes in convenience stores, pharmacies, grocery stories, and big-box stores. He signed laws mandating composting and requiring retailers to display the radiation levels of the cellphones they sold. He gave 400 city employees the authority to write citations for littering. He proposed, but never succeeded in passing, a surcharge on all drinks with high-fructose corn syrup.

Since taking over as lieutenant governor in 2011, Newsom hasn’t had a ton of governing responsibility. In 2012 and 2013, he found the time to host a weekly show on Al Gore’s old Current TV. The Los Angeles Times’ limp endorsement of Newsom in 2014 is unintentionally hilarious: “Being lieutenant governor mostly serves as a perch for gubernatorial candidates-in-waiting. Nevertheless, voters are asked every four years to choose among the aspirants, so here goes . . .”

With little to do in his day job, for the past few years Newsom put his energies into promoting state initiatives. In 2016, he supported and the state adopted Proposition 47, which made just about any crime involving less than $950 — shoplifting, grand theft, forgery, fraud, receiving stolen property or writing bad checks — a misdemeanor for sentencing instead of a felony. Also that year he proposed Proposition 63, prohibiting the possession of large-capacity gun magazines and requiring certain individuals to pass a background check in order to purchase ammunition. The measure passed, but in June 2017, a federal judge issued an injunction, saying that it probably violates the U.S. Constitution. (California’s attorney general is appealing the injunction.)

Yet as Newsom and his like-minded allies unleashed a cornucopia of bans and restrictions and mandates from San Francisco and Sacramento, quite a few Californians started falling out of love with the state. More Americans are leaving California than joining it, concluding that the cost of living, taxes, regulation, traffic, and other problems are just too unbearable, despite the gorgeous coastlines and weather and everything else that once made the Golden State so golden. The state has the highest poverty rate in the country after accounting for its stratospheric cost of living, and the second-highest housing costs, behind only Hawaii.

All of this is probably something of an abstraction to Newsom. His has been a life of privilege that would get a typical Republican office-seeker torn to shreds. His grandfather, William Newsom, was close friends with Pat Brown, the governor of California from 1959 to 1967 and the father of current governor Jerry Brown. His father, also named William, attended St. Ignatius prep school with oil heir Gordon Getty. In 1975, Jerry Brown picked the younger William Newsom to be a state judge. He remained a close, trusted friend to the Getty family, and when young Gavin Newsom had entrepreneurial dreams, the Gettys were happy to invest. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle found that “Getty, or trusts and firms he controls, is lead investor on 10 of Newsom’s 11 businesses.”

Newsom likes to describe himself as a small-business owner with “a strong bias for entrepreneurs, a strong bias for those putting themselves on the line and taking risks.” One wonders just how risky a business venture can be when the Getty family and their fortune is so consistently ready to help out. …

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Comments

  1. Bogiewheel says

    ” fanciful plans for building the state into a modern utopia.” ; Even the
    Getty’s money cannot save this State. The word dystopia is precisely
    the correct appellation. However, some use the term to refer to actually existing communities, many of which are or have been states, or societies in an advanced state of collapse and disintegration.

  2. Time for a Trump RockNRoll Rally or two or three to set things straight in Crazyfornia. Bring it on!

  3. Brenda Torres says

    He is a Socialist, Liberal, Globalist that wants ‘Open Borders’ Free for All!!!

    • Tanstaafl says

      Newsome and his ilk are NOT liberals. He and they are authoritarian “progressives” ie. those who believe the individual is subservient to the state.
      ALL MEDIA need to stop pretending these anti-Constitutionalist, wanna-be dictators are ‘liberals” — that is just mis-leading and mistaken.
      See NYU-CLI > “”The classical liberal perspective envisions a society of interacting individuals based on private property rights, voluntary contractual relations with protections against force and fraud, and government provision of important public goods, including infrastructure and common defense, in areas where the private sector is inadequate.
      The classical liberal position sharply diverges from modern progressive and social welfare conceptions that envision the subservience of private individuals, social institutions, and firms to a large, complex state characterized by an extensive and powerful administrative apparatus””

  4. Tanstaafl says

    Newsome and his ilk are NOT liberals. He and they are authoritarian “progressives” ie. those who believe the individual is subservient to the state.
    PLEASE stop pretending these anti-Constitutionalist, wanna-be dictators are ‘liberals” that is just mis-leading and mistaken.
    See NYU-CLI > “”The classical liberal perspective envisions a society of interacting individuals based on private property rights, voluntary contractual relations with protections against force and fraud, and government provision of important public goods, including infrastructure and common defense, in areas where the private sector is inadequate.
    The classical liberal position sharply diverges from modern progressive and social welfare conceptions that envision the subservience of private individuals, social institutions, and firms to a large, complex state characterized by an extensive and powerful administrative apparatus””

  5. You spelled “Libertinism” wrong.

  6. Donald J. says

    And the CPUSA Agenda just keeps creeping along…

  7. Anyone stupid enough to dump Kimberley Guilfoyle will never get my vote!!!

    • showandtell says

      Ha ha! Funny

      Call this Preaching to the Choir, and the Left won’t care of course, but FWIW:
      “Intel CEO resignation stirs debate of Gavin Newsom’s previous conduct”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=3YYy3M4Qncw
      — Intel CEO trashed while Newsom skates for much much worse
      — Newsom self-righteously opines about #MeToo without a flicker of embarrassment
      — Bonus Points: Claims to be a serious practicing Catholic
      — And more!

  8. If he is a practicing Catholic then I will strangle him with my Rosary Beads and turn Muslim!!!

  9. The picture says it all, I just found out my front pocket has a hole in the bottom.

  10. showandtell says

    The policies and neglect of Gavin Newsom as former mayor of SF are responsible for the present hell of SF.
    Just saw this Chronicle story posted at presscalifornia.com
    Here’s your “modern utopia.”
    “Homeless camp pushes SF neighborhood to the edge”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Neighbors-disgusted-over-despair-on-block-hit-13015964.php

  11. Mr. Pickle says

    This guy will destroy what is left of “Kalifornia.” Send him packing with a NO vote! He WILL be the last coffin nail on the lid if elected. Just try to name ONE thing he did to benefit Ca…………………….

  12. showandtell says

    Don’t forget he is 100% FOR the gas tax!
    He is also pro-sanctuary state, of course.
    The list is so long of ruinous things he is FOR your eyes would start to glaze over.
    Tell me again why he is inevitable? (I don’t think he is. Why would he be?)

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