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Ray Haynes

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

We all remember that line from Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow finally get to Oz, find the Wizard, seek an audience with him, and find thunder, lightening, and a booming voice. They are scared, shaking and bow in front of the Great and Powerful Oz. Toto then walks up to the stage, pulls back to curtain, and the group sees an old man pushing buttons, and obviously manipulating the picture. Oz bellows “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” The group now knows the truth, and the Wizard is still trying to hide it. The group is no longer afraid, and they go to the old man behind the curtain to really solve their problems.

What has this got to do with the political scene today? In the Wizard of Oz, the wizard turns out to be a kindly old man. Not so with the political scene as we head into the last month of the election. Democrats are not kindly old men who have our best interests at heart, and who want to solve our problems. They want to retain power. However, crime is out of control, the economy is collapsing, people are struggling to pay for gas and put food on the table, our inner cities have turned into third world stink holes filled with drugs, trash, and other repulsive refuse, the cost housing is out of control, our education system is failing our children, and everyone knows there is something wrong with our state and nation, yet the Democrats do nothing about those issues.

The fact is Democrats have controlled this state for over 60 years. There have been Republicans Governors, but the Legislature has been under Democrat control for 60 of the last 64 years, and even in those four years, only one house had a slim Republican majority. Those Republican Governors always had a challenge doing anything, because the Democrat leadership would stymie any attempt to change the structure of the government. There were initiatives, taxes were brought under control by Proposition 13, crime by the three-strikes initiative, but once Democrats got control of the Governorship, they would do their best to reverse those initiatives. Democrat control of this state has turned the state into a crushing hell hole.

So what is the Democrats response to these failures of leadership? They scream “pay no attention to these problems. The real problem is abortion.” Look at their ads in the competitive races. They are all about abortion. They are making a real effort to distract voters from focusing on the real problems of this state by claiming the real problem is keeping the right to kill babies.

To avoid having a real discussion, our Arrogant Lazy Authoritarian in Charge (ALAIC) Gavin Newsom leaves the state to go debate Republican Governors in the free states of Texas and Florida. I guess if I was in his place, I’d do the same. If I was in charge, and had to defend my policies to the people of the State of California, I’d run away too. He can’t have a real discussion, because there is no justification for letting the bad guys out of jail to continue to inflict their crime sprees on law abiding citizens. There is no justification for allowing the homeless to camp out in front of the businesses and residences in our cities, and allowing them to relieve themselves on the sidewalks there. There is no justification for the out of control gasoline prices or the collapse of our education system. There is really no excuse for the theft of our freedoms and businesses cause by his outrageous use of his “emergency powers” (which by the way are still in effect, he has steadfastly refused to give up his usurpation of power, and no Democrat in the Legislature has the guts to take those powers away). He is a true authoritarian, a tyrant who uses everything in his power to distract the voters with “bread and circuses” so they don’t hold him accountable for his failures.

I can only hope the voters of California are not that easily distracted. I think the women of this state are smart enough to know that the question of feeding their children is more important than the “right” to kill them. They want what we all want, safe neighborhoods, the ability to feed their family, a school that actually tries to teach their kids the three R’s as opposed to indoctrinate them into believing that they are something other than they really are, and gas prices that don’t bankrupt them as they and their families try to earn a living.

The real problems of California are problems created by the Democrat policies over the last 60 years. I have said before, and I will say it again, we get the government we deserve. If California voters return these incompetent authoritarians to power because they care more about abortion than inflation, then we will all reap the consequences of those choices.