We thank host Gene Bolsoni and Co-sponsors Ventura County and Thousand Oaks Tea Parties, Chuck DeVore, Chelene Nightingale and other candidates who presented today, April 25.
It was well worth the near 100 mile roundtrip. People came from Palmdale, Chuck DeVore from Orange County, Chelene Nightingale from San Diego.
Michael Boldin and Bryce Shonka of Tenth Amendment Center, have been important in organizing and disseminating information nationally on the Tenth Amendment and related initiatives. View and subscribe to their web site www.tenthamendmentcenter.com. They presented their Tenth Amendment case, its potential, summarized achievements by dozens of states and fielded numerous questions. They are starting state and regional chapters for organization, education, discussion and action. They have developed model Tenth Amendment-based nullification bill language. They are not especially confident of short term results in California and believe in building conciousness and planting seeds, at this point. They feel that study and support of out-of-state nullification initiatives in "red states" provide the best return and will directly benefit us when laws such as Obamacare are challenged. Stopping Obamacare in several large states will jeopardize it nationwide.
Chuck DeVore explained who he was, his candidacy and addressed some Tenth Amendment aspects. It was clear that quite a few people were there for Chuck and we lost some when he left. He's become quite the Conservative superstar and with good reason, He described the assault we are under, at not only the Federal level, but the state, too, where he is Minority Assembly Whip. He described what is basically a GOP holding action there, fighting liberal attacks on our liberty and wealth, stillborn GOP bills, bankruptcy and what he can expect in Washington, He said that right now with large Democrat, Socialist majorities, Tenth Amendment initiatives won't go far with out a change in the makeup of the CA or Fed legislature, although "red states" are making astounding progress in challenging the feds. He feels that the House will be retaken and that even the Senate is a possibility, He says that the GOP candidates are doing well against Boxer and that his name recognition is improving significantly. He described state nullification progress in, ironically, medical marijuana, guns and Obamacare. Chuck had no kind words at all for Fiorina and Campbell and emphasized his Conservative creds against their alleged RINO tendencies, which he pointed out with glee. Chuck figuratively sucked the oxygen out of the room when he left, with entourage and followers in tow, talking outside. Michael and Bryce had a hard act to follow, but gradually drew in the audience and made their points quite well.
Chelene Nightingale, American Independent Party primary candidate for Governor (who has signed the Tenth Amendment Pledge), took the stage by storm, following an apologist for inaction on illegal immigration, to rather light, tentative applause by only a few people. Hardly anyone knew who she even was. I was the same way when I first encountered her and wrote an article "What's a Chelene Nightingale?" Well, now I know. She is much more of an activist than most poiliticians, with roots in the anti-illegal immigration movement (if her native American ancestors did a better job, she might be a Queen now :-)).
She is also very Conservative on fiscal issues and some social ones, with some Libertarian tendencies. She described only part of her jobs program, which was pretty impressive, specific and included agriculture, oil drilling, timber, exports and more, Some of of it would require cooperation by state and federal officials, which could make it problematic. She wants to outright eliminate the income tax and downsize the statist monster, as well as institute a "sound money" policy which would stabilize monetary value and channel capital to productive businesses. I don't know how that would integate with federal monetary policies. Coming down very hard on illegal immigration is an integral part of the platform, as well as fiscal responsibility and supporting the Constitution/rights. She built quite a bit of enthusiasm from the crowd, which seemed heavily Conservative, with some Liberatarians and Independent types. Judging from the applause and rate that bumper stickers and flyers disappeared, I would say that she gained some traction.
She repeatedy cited she had "10%" but 10% of what wasn't clear. If it is 10% of the electorate at this point, that would be rather remarkable in a D/R state, (mostly D). She stressed "Country, not party." If she wins the primary, continues to gain attention like she has been and runs against the expected Republicrats, Whitman and Moonbeam, it might get interesting, if it happens in the context of a double dip recession. But, don't count on that, with Obamageddon spending money (your money) like water (actually faster than the water his bureaucrats are witholding from the Central Valley). This would stimulate the economy before the election and make the People think that Hope and Change are working, at least until they get the bill next year, in higher interest payments, higher taxes, inflation and other monetary ills.
I will write more on this forum later whan I get some time.