Del Beccaro: GOP Can Still Save California From the Status Quo

If you were a masochist during the Recall you watched a lot of the Democrat TV ads against the Recall—did you notice NONE of them claimed Newsom had done a good job as Governor?  Instead they smeared the Republican Party, our candidates and the intelligence of our voters—seriously, did anybody, except for Newsom, see the Trump name on the ballot?

“Instead, Republicans should learn from their successes with statewide initiatives.

California is somewhat unique in that it has a thriving political process that allows its citizens to place initiatives on the ballot.

Those initiatives can become law and even amend the California Constitution.

Despite dwindling Republican voter registration, California voters have been partial to initiatives supported or opposed by Republicans for decades.

In November of 2020, California voters turned down a massive property tax increase, turned down a return to a racial quota system, voted against cashless bail, rejected expanded rent control and reversed a law pushed by Sacramento Democrats that sought to force Uber and Lyft to make all their drivers employees.

Del Beccaro is right—we provide ballot measures the people can support—such as educational choice—and then our candidates tie their opponents to the failed schools or failed policies we are trying to fix.  We can win, but we need to create a new way of thinking and Tom Del Beccaro has started us on the right path.

GOP Can Still Save California From the Status Quo

Tom Del Beccaro, Newsmax,  9/24/21 

California’s recall election is over. Californians chose the status quo.

That means the issues that propelled the recall, like crime, homelessness and loss of jobs likely will get worse.

If Republicans want to be relevant in California, they need to become the party of solutions for what troubles California.

The brilliant demographer, Joel Kotkin, has decried the hallowing out of the middle class in California. Kotkin has written that California has become the land of the wealthy, unions, and the less fortunate.

Part of that demographic change is the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Republicans who, over the last 25 years, have moved to states more friendly to their values like Texas, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Tennessee.

For those who have remained and want change for the good, particularly Republican candidates and their party, it’s time to learn the simple lesson of the recall and the initiative process.

At the height of the recall fever, the campaign was about Gavin Newsom and his policy failures. California is worst in the nation in crime, poverty, homelessness, job exodus, wildfires and water mismanagement.

Those is favor of the recall, when it was ahead in the polls, including a poll 51% to 40%, were focused on those problems, policy choices and Newsom’s unlikability.

In the final month of the recall campaign, Newsom and his supporters spent nearly $100 million making the recall about anything but Newsom or his policies.

It was a successful strategy that defeated the recall but left California with all its problems still in place and likely to get worse.

Despite that loss, one truth remains, California voters are aware of the problems of their state and want solutions. So, what should California Republicans do in response?

Well, first, they should ignore calls for them to become more like Democrats or to adopt some mantra that will make them more liberal or moderate or even conservative.

Adopting labels does not attract votes.

Nor will offering the same policies as Democrats attract votes in a state with a 48% Democrat registration.

After all, Democrat voters already have their own candidates with those views.

Instead, Republicans should learn from their successes with statewide initiatives.

California is somewhat unique in that it has a thriving political process that allows its citizens to place initiatives on the ballot.

Those initiatives can become law and even amend the California Constitution.

Despite dwindling Republican voter registration, California voters have been partial to initiatives supported or opposed by Republicans for decades.

In November of 2020, California voters turned down a massive property tax increase, turned down a return to a racial quota system, voted against cashless bail, rejected expanded rent control and reversed a law pushed by Sacramento Democrats that sought to force Uber and Lyft to make all their drivers employees.

Long before that, the legendary Proposition 13 was passed by California voters, which capped out of control property tax increases – and voters have repeatedly rejected efforts targeting Prop 13. A three-strikes law was put in place that targeted repeat criminal felons and voters in 2016 rejected the repeal of the death penalty.

The Republican successes related to initiatives can be directly traced to the fact that initiatives are policy driven and specific responses to specific issues.

Often they are obvious solutions to obvious problems.

The lesson in that is Republicans in California have success when they propose specific solutions to prevalent problems and when their solutions are placed in the voters’ hands.

Republican candidates, on the other hand, for decades have failed to push initiatives or are only vague in their platforms. Their poor election record is the result.

Water could be their way back.

California Democrats are moving to mandating that residents are only allowed 50 gallons a day of water. While they may work for some in city apartments, it will be very unpopular statewide.

Republicans should propose a comprehensive water supply program, inclusive of conservation, water catchment (saving water that falls on certain roads and buildings, i.e. like Singapore), reservoirs, and desalination. Solutions over rationing.

So, as Republicans do soul searching over the recall loss, they should look on the bright side. Voters are engaged. Thousands of activists became involved.

Millions are concerned about the problems of California and they want solutions.

The Republican Party must be that problem-solver for a state thirsty for solutions.

Tom Del Beccaro is an acclaimed author, speaker and national columnist. As a radio and television commentator. Tom is the Chairman of RescueCalifornia.org, which is raising funds and gathering signatures for the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read Tom Del Beccaro’s Reports — More Here.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Something else conservative Californians are SICK of are stolen elections. Nope, nothin to see here. Ive read here that half the republicans voted this time. How do we know? Really? When over 300,000 votes just dropped off out of sight? When repub voters tried to vote and were told they already did? When CA , NY, NJ among the few have lead the country in how to cheat, when they made it the practice to embrace fraud via mail in ballots, print your own ballots, register to vote ON election day, etc. ? Why do republicans EVERY election slink off into the darkness accepting the results without question? No challenge, no demands for a forensic audit as we see works very well when tried? Just letting the theft of elections succeed unhindered and unopposed. Spineless, feckless, and corrupt leaders in the party are a massive problem. I dont know, just a thought, and I have to wonder why nobody is interested in digging into this last election when the stink of suspicion hovers over the state like the ever present weather modification trails. Somebody, or several somebodies getting paid to throw the race in support for the uniparty? Again, something stinks. We need leaders and candidates with a spine, or get out.

  2. Dr. Trent Saxton says

    There is nothing in your lifetime that you can do as a Conservative or Independent, to save California; save yourself and just leave to a RED FREE STATE..

  3. Carol Blevins says

    Remove Kevin McCarthy would be a good start.

  4. No brainer: Stolen elections with Dominion machines is the way we have a one party COMMIE state. Nothing to figure out here. It was already uncovered in Nov. 2020.

    And now that is not enough!! They want to be sure the recall petitions never raise it’s head again to threaten any other COMMIE.

    Unless and until we clean up the COMMIE media, I do not see how doing everything right and facilitate any changes when people cannot tell a lie from truth or black from white.

  5. All of the above commenters are correct. Expressed are concerns of Stolen Elections ,Remove Kevin McCarthy, Commie approved voter machines and ballots falling from the sky long after being thrown out of the belly of the plane. The on the ground reality is even much worse than described above.

    Winner of the commonsense award goes to flee California and get to a Red and Free state commenter.

    I like Del Beccaro’s optimism. More awakened activists who hopefully can gain traction in the future (But not now) and presenting solutions to California’s problems aka, the massive collective damage caused by the zombie left.

    In the end we all know deep inside the horrific reality that no wants to have to deal with:

    We can not escape and certainly not reverse the leviathan of Big Government Marxism by voting our way out..

    • Now Is the Time for Republicans to Focus on Water and Elections! And to Stand Strong Together!
      “Solutions Not Restrictions!” Conservative Issues & Ideas WIN!
      Water: Increased Water Storage & Desalination Plants!
      Elections: Paper Ballots Only, Voter ID, Clean Voter Rolls Annually!
      Republicans Stay Conservative: Rinos ‘milk-toast inactions’ lost our state!

      Thank You Tom Del Beccaro and Steve Frank for your leadership!

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