New CA Republican Party Chairman

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Tom Del Beccaro is with Jessica Millan Patterson.

My thoughts on the CA GOP’s New Chair – Jessica Patterson

In response to the inquiries I have received, as the former Party Chairman, here are my thoughts . . .

First, keep this in mind:

1. Being Chairman of a party is NOT at all like being a candidate for legislative office. Candidates are about policy positions and getting votes. Being Party Chairman is about preparing that party for the next Election Day.

2. Party’s do just two things: Collect voters and get them to the polls. Everything else is in aid of those two basic functions. Fundraising, voter registration, press releases, conventions, volunteer coordination, initiative support, etc.
All of that is about Election Day.

As for Jessica:

1. She ran a nearly flawless campaign and immediately reached out to her opponents on the important issue of voter registration. She also made it quite clear that she was ready to lead the fight against Democrats in this state. She deserves credit for that. Good starts are just that – good.

2. Her biggest challenge, in my view, will be to convince the grass roots to believe in the party again. She has to restore the volunteer model of party politicking. Volunteers are essential to registering voters and getting them to the polls. Her offer to Travis Allen and Steve Frank to head up a voter registration task force certainly indicates she wants to start by casting a wide net. It is her responsibility to do that and YOUR responsibility, if you are a CA Republican, to give her help in that regard.

3. I know some will question the process and her “conservative” credentials.

Quite plainly, she is not running for governor. Her job is harder than that.

What matters is whether she can create common ground between the grass roots, donors and legislators.

Intraparty-partisanship can wreck the best of intentions.

She has to find common ground among members not in agreement – all successful parties must have that. CA Republicans are 3rd in registration behind decline to state. Politics is a game of addition.

There are enough issues on which all Republicans can work together. She cannot afford to participate in intraparty fights and you should not advocate that at this point – unless you want your party to fall to 4th place.

Her responsibility is not about being predominatly conservative or moderate. It is about working with both. That’s what party Chairs have to do – especially in California.

4. Please note, she will not be choosing who runs for governor any more than a party chair chose Arnold or Meg Whitman. Your candidate support decides that.

Finally, she has been holding party office for just hours. As a former Chairman, I hope people will judge her on her actions in the days and months ahead – not on their perceptions of the past or what other chairs have done. She is young and energetic. She has a ready smile and served the right notice on the Democrats.

That’s a good start and I want her to succeed. We need her to succeed.

There will be plenty of opportunities to judge if that is something you want to do. For now, if you care about the Republican party, give her the benefit of the doubt, help if you can, stay engaged and starting working for candidates.

You’re the biggest part of any party and always will be.

Tom Del Beccaro

Hear, hear!

Preparation: Situational awareness

Not a lot of time to chit chat this morning.  Brevity is the soul of wit anyhow.

One of the peculiarities of my Naval career – such as it was – is that I spent my entire enlistment on the same relatively small ship.  That didn’t require a lot of intelligence gathering outside of paying attention to what other vessels and aircraft were in the vicinity.  So the whole idea of putting together a network to keep track of the situation on the ground is pretty much alien to me.  If we became aware of a situation on the ground that required our attention we cleared it up with naval gunnery.  No more situation.

Naval gunnery is no longer an option for me, alas, nor is it for you.  Those Problematical Situations aren’t miles away across the water, they are right here on land where they can easily walk over and say, “Howdy.”  The Ravishing Wife tends to criticize your humble correspondent for wanting to know what’s going on when a Situation turns up.  “Mind your own business” is her watchword.  A good watchword, to be sure, when it involves the neighbors two doors down having another marital knock down drag out, but not so good when something more unusual is happening.  I want to know so I can either get us the hell away from there or help if necessary.

So when Aesop of Raconteur Report linked to this I subscribed immediately.  Recommended for your attention.  Turns out that there is more to victory than feeding the guns.

Smorgasbord II

Trump signed that awful budget that only gave him a fraction of the money he wanted for the wall.  I don’t think he should have, but then the Coast Guard would have suffered despite the GOP’s efforts to insure that they got paid despite the shut down.  He then declared a National Emergency, evidently piggy backing on one of Obama’s pen-and-phone executive orders.  It seems as if Cocaine Mitch McConnell set him up, telling him that there were no bombs in the budget; there were plenty of bombs in the budget.  Now we get to do it all over again in September.  Expect a judge in Hawaii to file an injunction to stop any wall building.  Thanks, Republicans, you had your chance and you blew it ((‘m looking at you, Paul Ryan).

Meanwhile Nancy ‘Botox Babe’ Pelosi assures us that next time they have one of their own in the White House they could pull a National Emergency on gun control.  Fabulous!  Can’t wait to get civil war started, Nance?  I’ll bet the Demoncrats have been yukking it up in the back rooms planning that one.  I doubt if they’ll try it.  They are still moving ahead incrementally to disarm We the People.  I’ve seen a lot more Red Flag laws being implemented, and already there have been harmless, law-abiding citizens killed by police using no-knock 5AM SWAT tactics to confiscate weapons.  I suspect that if they go for a National Gun Confiscation Emergency they’ll get a lot more emergency than they bargained for.

After two years and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars Bob Mueller’s Russia Collusion probe seems to be coming to an end, not with a bang but with a whimper.  Don’t expect to see a public report or even a clean termination, it will simply be allowed to sink into the Memory Hole.  The Senate investigation reports that they can’t find anything, but you’ll never see that on the organs of propaganda.  But our very own Rep. Adam ‘Schiff for Brains’ Schiff promises that the House will continue to investigate.  That will at least keep him busy and out of trouble, up there on his high chair horse.  Thanks, Republicans, you had your chance and you blew it.

Meanwhile, bit by bit, the Intelligence services’s conspiracy to engineer a coup against a duly elected and sworn President is being exposed.  A great many in upper management of the FBI have already been fired.  But firing is not enough, they need to be prosecuted and, at least some of them, executed for treason.  Most of these seem to have close connections to the Democratic Party and the Wannabe Felon in Chief – unexpectedly.  Our national security is dependent on these agencies, and we find them more interested in feathering their own nests by acting as moles for a domestic subversive power, the Communist International masquerading as American patriots.  All these agencies, and no doubt many more, need to be swept with a cleansing fire.

The private sector is not off the hook either.  The Drive By Media we all know about, and their fake news has become laughably transparent, fortunately, and more and more people are deserting them.  More insidious are the big social media sites that have been acting as gatekeepers for the Left.  Mircosoft recently set up a trusted news code on their Edge browser that labels any approved Lefits propaganda “Trustworthy” and all else “Fake.”   Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube have all taken steps to censor any voices not firmly in the Progressive camp.

But it is not just the social media giants de-platforming and de-funding unapproved thought, but the payment portals such as PayPal, Patreon and GoFundMe among others have refused to honor their service agreements with clients whose opinions they oppose.  Nor is it simply these internet portals, the credit card processors and banks have also instituted lists of approved and disapproved providers of goods and services whose earnings they allow or withhold on ideological grounds.

Congressional oversight of this sector is needed but unlikely in a Congress dominated by a majority who live comfortably in the pockets of these Liberal billionaires.  The good news is that as a response to the effort to control adverse information by all these Lefty platforms, alternative platforms are springing up.  Despite the efforts of these closet totalitarians We the People just aren’t shutting up and lying down.  One place that this shows so clearly is in the free choice of millions of people to support or not Leftist aligned organizations with their consumer dollars.  Dick’s Sporting Goods is on the ropes as a result of their anti-gun polices.  Openly Christian, real marriage supporting Chick-fil-A thrives.

In the end we win and they lose.  Meanwhile stock up on ammo and food, and stay away from crowds.

Rage, rage, against the dying of the white

Robert Frost

Dylan Thomas

It is told that American poet laureate Robert Frost attended a poetry reading by visiting Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.  Frost was seated in the front row and became so envious and enraged that he set his own clothes on fire to distract attention from Thomas and bring the evening to a premature conclusion.  The two men so very very different in personality and outlook, but each had important things to say.

The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost —

Events in America and Europe have been trending Leftward not as an organic development but as the result of a well organized cabal kicked off by Soviet thirst for world domination and carried forward by leftists ever since the Evil Empire’s collapse.  That the KGB was all about subversion of the West cannot be doubted in the face massive and mounting evidence, one example among many you see to the right.  Because the Soviets knew that they weren’t strong enough militarily to defeat the free world they chose, right at the outset of their October Revolution, to begin subverting the West.

Now that so-called Democratic Socialism has become trendy all over the American Left it bids fair to become the road we might yet take despite Socialism’s proven legacy of famine, terror, mass murder and utter, abject and endlessly cascading failure.  The one thing Socialism, no matter it is called Liberalism, Progressivism or Marxist Leninism, the one thing it has been really good at is concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a ruthless few at the expense of the many.  The many, it must be said who approved and enables the takeover of their societies before they regretted it.

We tend to think of the leftist trend in America as a home grown phenomenon, and to a large extent it is, but there is a lot of help coming from outside.  A lot of noise has been made about the Russians interfering with our elections. I’m sure they were doing their bit to sow confusion in parts of the electorate that needed no help with that.  But there’s more and worse coming from elsewhere.  The Diplomad, a retired American Foreign Service officer has made trenchant observations about this foreign interference:

The biggest offender? Not Russia, but Mexico. Mexican officials publicly called on Mexicans in the US to oppose Trump; Mexico’s over fifty–yes, fifty–consulates in the US (here) are hot beds of political activity and activism. Millions of illegal and legal aliens largely from Mexico and Central America vote, yes vote. We need to have an in-depth investigation into Mexico’s interference in our elections, an interference that goes well beyond revealing embarrassing DNC texts.

And more recently,

We see this story in the Wall Street Journal (and here) in which Mexican officials, including their diplomats in the US, are seeking to “jam” US courts with contested deportations. The Mexican government has set aside millions of dollars to help illegal Mexican migrants in the US fight efforts to deport them. In addition, Mexico, apparently, is contemplating the grotesque tactic of demanding that we PROVEthat deportees are Mexican citizens before Mexico will accept them. In other words, we have to provide the documentation that Mexico failed to provide its own citizens. Mexican officials are holding meetings in Arizona with US politicians warning them about the harm to US-Mexico relations if illegal aliens are deported or prevented from coming to the US. Mexican officials are openly encouraging activists to block deportations. I find this nothing short of outrageous, but, nevertheless, a clear manifestation of the hostility that has long existed in Mexican officialdom for the USA.

Why are the Donks down with this?  Because they see it as a stepping stone on the road to ultimate power and control.  Here’s one take on it.

Personally I’m against being replaced, especially by hordes of people who have had hundreds if not thousands of years to build great civilizations but built hell holes instead and now want to come here to batten on what we have built and at the same time corrupt it.  Not that I’m any sort of white supremacist, as if the issue were about epidermal melanin.  The issue is, and yes, I know some of you are tired of hearing this, culture.  As much as I love Frost’s poems, I’m going with Thomas on this one.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight


Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

— Dylan Thomas —

Bowing to Moloch


One of the things that has increasingly puzzled me over the years is the Left’s love of abortion.  It makes a certain kind of sense to view it as the ultimate contraceptive backstop, especially by men as a way to halt the quickie that won’t stop giving and avoid responsibility for the result while holding out the possibility of a repeat.   Yet it is not men who are its most vocal and passionate promoters.  Men, we are told, are to keep their mouths shut and their flies open.

With the passage of New York’s abortion law that permits an abortion even while the baby is being born, it is the most “liberal” in the nation, and that in a State that already had the most liberal abortion laws in the US, one wonders where they will go from here.  The fact that almost simultaneously Virginia voted down their own similarly radical abortion law raises a question about the timing of these legislative efforts.  There can be no doubt that the Tranzies are making another concerted push to pass similar laws in all 50 states.

As is typically true of all totalitarians they must loudly celebrate these “successes” while shouting down and attempting to silence the voices of opposition.  Last year the movie “Gosnell” was bitterly opposed by the Left in even getting made, promotion of the movie was largely censored and though it did actually make it to the theaters it was frequently pulled from the lineup after one or two days.  This censoring is nothing new.  I recall back in the early 80’s a long article in the Los Angeles Times expatiating on the glories of a small group of pro-abortion demonstrators which failed to mention that it was actually a counter protest against a 100,000 strong pro-life march in Dowtown L.A.

The arguments advanced by abortion’s proponents have repeatedly been shown to be specious too often to rehearse here.  As they with their entire agenda, it must be advanced by stealth, misdirection and downright lies.  Nor will I today present the arguments ad contra, perhaps another day.

The Democrats, as the chosen vehicle of the Radical Left, are incrementalists.  They have to be, for if they were to baldly declare the final goals of their ambitions the general population would rise against them in shock and horror.  No, we are their lobsters in the pot and they must let us get used to the rising temperature of their agenda a few degrees at at time.  It works because most people have a very short time frame in which they live and view the world, not looking very far ahead into the future and soon forgetting the past.  All of us live in a more or less comfortable bubble of normalcy.

So if every time the Democrats get an electoral majority the first thing the do is relax the legal limits surrounding abortion it seems prudent to ask, what is the end game?  The Dutch already have the Groningen Protocol that allows babies up to one year old to be euthanized, and you can bet that it will be introduced here come to legislatures across America in the near future.  That will be pushed out to allow for the non-consensual killing of older severely ill and disabled persons.  We have already legalized assisted suicide for older sick and suffering persons who request it.  In the UK the National Health Service has already made the decision to live or die involuntary by withholding food and water for those deemed incurable.  That will be coming our way soon.

But why?  We can see our future in the most despicable Communist regimes in history.  You, citizen, are not a sovereign individual with inherent value or rights, you are a monad who live at the State’s pleasure.  Ironically, at the same time the Left pushes for the abolition of the death penalty for the worst criminals they push for the death penalty for crimes that seem much more heinous to them than murder or rape.  The worst crimes are ideological, hence political crimes.  Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Castros, the Kims, and the less successful heads of Communist movements, have murdered well over 100,000,000 not because of any crime of violence but because they were deemed ‘enemies of the people’, meaning the people in power.

It is here already.  You can be destroyed for expressing the wrong opinion.  You don’t even have to express that opinion, you just need to be a member of an ‘oppressive’ class or smile at the wrong time and howling mobs of maddened leftist will descend on you to ruin your reputation, your career, your finances, your safety and the safety of your loved ones, your colleagues and passer bys.  Among the Left China’s massive government surveillance and social credit system is much admired, and they would love to implement it here.

Yes, citizen,  Big Brother is watching.  We know who you are and we know what’s going on with you.  You must remember that you exist to serve the State and have no value beyond that and only those rights we give you that suit our convenience.  If you do not serve the State your value is at an end, and so is your right to life, never mind liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  As with all non Judaic or Christian religions, human sacrifice resolves the social discomfort.  Conform or die.

This is why it is always and everywhere for Republicans and Conservatives to decline to fight the culture wars and look instead to narrow electoral issues is a strategic error.  For the Left everything is political and has a political end.  Every time we cede the cultural field to them we are making a choice to advance their cause thereby cutting our own throats and those of our descendants.