This weekend I addressed the Young Republican National Conference, with delegates gathered from all 50 states. They want to help us recall Gavin Newsom.
My speech was about our movement’s national significance. While the Recall is first and foremost a fight for California’s future, it’s also a blaring warning to America: Don’t lurch down our failed path.
At this moment, that warning is urgently needed. Newsom has called California the “roadmap to success” for Joe Biden. On Inauguration Day, he sent off a delusional 7-page letter touting all the “policy innovations” for Biden to nationalize. An LA Times story began: “Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s Plan.”
Since then, several Newsom officials have failed up and joined the new Administration – and in his address to Congress last week, Biden embraced a bill modeled on California’s disastrous AB 5. The fear that our state’s pathologies would metastasize is rapidly being realized.
Stopping this in its tracks is crucial. As we’ve seen in California, corruption begets corruption. Once Special Interests capture the machinery of government, they use it to entrench their dominant position. They enrich themselves, expand their power, and install politicians who are all the more subservient.
Gavin Newsom represents the apex of this vicious cycle. His assumption of the governorship wiped away any pretense of politics serving the public interest. His self-coronation during COVID blotted out anything that remained of representative democracy. His de-legitimization of the Recall would seal off any hope for a revival of self-government.
But in the coming months, California’s corrupt Capitol will be under a national microscope. All Americans will see how the gift of our Founding Fathers is being spoiled by the grift of our floundering governor. If Newsom is removed, politicians in Washington D.C. and across the country will have to take note: voters aren’t fond of political racketeering.
What’s at stake in the Recall, then, is not just the trajectory of California state government but perhaps the course of modern American history. In the months ahead, we have a chance to both save our state and spare our country the same fate.
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