Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests, Angelo M. Codevilla & Tom Donalson

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September 20, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, Angelo M. Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, Senior Fellow with The Clarmont Institute and author most recently of “The Ruling Class” and “Advice to War Presidents.”
Tom Donalson is the President of America’s PAC and America’s Majority.  He works to carry on the work compiled by the late Richard Nadler, a contributor to American Spectator and NRO as well as the founder and President of America’s Majority up until his passing in May of 2009.

Why have Latino voters abandoned the Republican Party in CA in such dramatic numbers?  The GOP cannot win and has no future in CA unless it wins over a significant number of Latino voters.  What is the problem?  What is the solution? Does it matter? 


Our program focuses mainly on CA politics, policy, business and jobs.   This past weekend, the CA GOP had its fall convention in the heart of Los Angeles, in a redevelopment zone called LA Live.   Ron Paul stole the thunder in the Presidential Straw Poll, and Michelle Bachmann fared worse than Perry and Romney  in the same poll even though she was the keynote speaker on Friday night at the Convention.

The State of CA is close to being fully dominated by the Democratic Party.   Republicans cling to a thread of power but have to fight the redisticting maps to hold on.   Their numbers of support among Latinos is at an all time low.

Juliet Williams reported in the Washington Examiner:

GOP registration has been sliding for years, with Republicans now accounting for 31 percent of registered voters, compared to 44 percent for Democrats and about 20 percent for independents.
Any strategy to revive that registration cannot succeed without persuading Hispanics, who comprise a third of the California electorate.  Click here to read more.

In June of 2010, the WSJ reported Hispanic Voters Drift From GOP:

Among California Latinos who registered between the 2002 and 2006 midterm elections, 23% were Republican, 50% were Democrats and 23% declined to state. More recently, GOP affiliation among Latinos has begun to slip. For those who registered since the 2006 midterm vote, only 16% are Republicans, 56% are Democrats and 24% declined to state an affiliation. For non-Latino voters, the figures are 24% Republican, 44% Democrat and 26% independent since 2006. 

Back in May of 2009, Alan Hoffenblum who has been a  guest on this program, wrote about the CA GOP’s shrinking base in this piece called California’s Republican Legislators — a White Males’ Club.   In it, he cited a recent poll by the CA branch of Public Opinion Strategies:

According to their research,voter registration among LATINO voters is 57% Democratic, 19% Republican, 20% Independent, and 4% other; among ASIAN voters, it is 30% Democratic, 29% Republican, 39% Independent, 2% other; and among BLACK voters, it is 83% Democratic, 8% Republican, 9% Independent.  

Angelo M. Codevilla wrote this piece  in June 2009,  and started a firestorm among Conservatives  around the message they send to Latinos. 

Recently, Mark Kerkorian engaged in debate  with Codevilla.  Here are few links to some of the writings back and forth: 

Not from the Onion May 6, 2011 4:43 P.M. By Mark Krikorian 
Response to Codevilla By Mark Krikorian, Posted on May 16, 2011 9:53 AM 

Perhaps the most ridiculous sentence ever written on immigration from the right: Were Americans once again to take citizenship seriously, to dismantle the welfare state’s bureaucratic and psychological culture of entitlement, to dismiss the image of themselves as white-gloved administrators, and to banish America’s drug culture, then Americans could safely stop worrying about our southern border. Yeah, and if there were less gravity we’d all run faster. 
Re: Not from the Onion May 9, 2011 2:58 P.M. By Angelo M. Codevilla 
Mark Krikorian writes that my article “Our Borders, Ourselves” “attempt[s] to undermine opposition” to one of our ruling class’s “most important tools,” namely “mass migration.” He charges that I want to “allow our nation to be crucified on the cross of unlimited immigration” and accuses me of “contempt for the actual people living in the actual United States of America who, whatever our manifold sins, would like to preserve whatever’s left of our country.”

 
I recently met a young man, in his early thirties, thin and tan and sporting aviator sunglasses with mirrored lenses.  He kept his hope alive by the encounters with people who bartered with him honestly, despite the many who cheat him of his pay for a hard day’s, week’s and even several weeks’ work.  He is an ‘llegal.’   He likes to read and write and study history in his spare time.  He sends money home to put his two sister through college and help his mother in the Central American Country he comes from.  

He  showed me a book he carries in his backpack, a tattered paperback called “Como Ganar Amigos E Influir Sobre las Personas” in Spanish. We know it in English as “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.   He recommended it to me.  Said he knew he could be somebody someday. 

I know that book.  I’ve read it before.  It’s from one of our legendary U.S. Capitalists.  It’s  a primer in Capitalism.  You start with the customer is always right. You have something to offer, to sell. How are you communicating your message to your customers?   


We are in the business of ideas.  Our marketplace is broad and diverse.  Our fundamentals are fundamental and shape our success or our failure.   


Codevilla closed his article back in 2009 with this statement: 
“How Russians or Chinese or Indonesians feel about Americans, or how we feel about them, makes little difference simply because such peoples are neither neighbors nor relatives. But because Mexicans are at once close neighbors and relatives, our sentiments toward them and theirs toward us are of the greatest importance. When we make enemies of Mexicans, we foul our own nest.”

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guests Stewart Rhodes, Tom Donalson, and Carlos Rodriguez

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This week, CalWatchDog‘s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.   

Also on the program tonight, Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers on Saturday’s Nullify Now! Event happening in L.A.  Saturday late afternoon and evening.  

And on the first ever “Open Primary” election in California, Carlos Rodriguez, local immigration Attorney,  LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown and Central L.A. and Co-organizer of the Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and Tom Donalson, of Americas Majority Foundation and President, Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for Americas PAC join us for a lively discussion as to what happened, and what does it say is possible?

Steve and John, both wrote about yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which the Court ordered the state of CA to reduce its prison population by 30,000 inmates, to bring it down to 137.5 percent of the system’s capacity. John noted that the decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishments.”
There is a lot of hysteria on the talk radio circuit, a lot of hand wringing, finger pointing.
How long have we known about the situation? Was it anticipated? Why are the prisons so over crowded? Is there any plan in place? Surely there was an anticipation for this kind of ruling?


Who’s responsible for our current overcrowding and inhumane conditions?
John wrote this ruling “Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform.” That’s a maybe? Or else what? Can they ignore the Supreme Court ruling?
What is AB 109?
How are Counties responding to the ruling?

Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, Constitutional Attorney, and former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff is speaking at the Nullify Now!
Event in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 28th. He joins us to talk about the Nullify Now! Event coming up on Saturday: Who’s speaking? What does it mean? What can attendees expect to experience at the Nullification Now! event? Why is it historic? Why it is particularly significant in CA?
Rhodes was referred to me by Michael Boldin, Founder of The Tenth Amendment Center. What’s the connection?
There is a real eclectic mix of people attending this event. Heritage Foundation is the go to for Foreign Policy Hawks. At The Tenth Amendment Center, they note that although Heritage isn’t embracing the term, Nullification, they do embrace the concept.

Carlos Rodriguez, local Immigration Attorney, LP Chair for Hollywood, Downtown Central L.A., Co-Organizer of Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group, and former CA Congressional District Candidate in Congressional District 28, in the Valley. He garnered 8 percent of the vote in Nov in his district. And Tom Donalson, President of Americas Majority Foundation, and Marketing Consultant and Research Associate for America’s PAC. He took over where the late Richard Nadler left off before his untimely death.

We’ll talk with them about what just happened in CA’s Congressional District 36.
L.A. Times wrote: “Huey stunned politics-watchers by edging past Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat, in last week’s special primary”

Allen Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, wrote yesterday in Fox and Hounds DailyCA‘s 36th Congressional District in Los Angeles County. about the results of last Tuesday’s special election in
It was CA’s first congressional special election run under the new “Top Two Open Primary” law that passed last November as Prop 14.

The seat is currently vacant, and was held until recently by Democrat Jane Harman, who announced in February of this year that she was stepping down to become the new director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was known as a “moderate” Democrat. Harmon held that seat for 6 years prior to 92, then ran for Gov against Gray Davis and lost, and then retook the seat in 2000 and held it for another 10 years.
“The conventional wisdom among most political observers was that due to the district’s heavy Democratic registration, and the high name ID of the two leading Democrats, that Janice Hahn and Debra Bowen would most likely come in first and second, making this the first race to see a runoff between two candidates of the same party.”
We talked about this right here last week on the show with Richard Winger of Ballot Access Blog.
Well, “It didn’t happen.”

Alan writes “Not surprisingly, what did happen is that the two candidates who both spent the most money and worked the hardest became the two top vote getters.”
The result is that on Election Day, Huey received 22% of the votes cast, 750 votes ahead of Debra Bowen.
Now, the real upset will be if Huey defeats Hahn in the July runoff election.

“But Huey’s strongly held views on social issues — anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage — in a libertarian inclined coastal district where 57% of the voters voted NO on Prop. 8 to ban gay marriage and 64% voted for Obama, makes that highly unlikely.”

Tom Donalson says “There were some good news and some lessons for conservatives.”  Here’s what we’ll ask Tom to share with us:

What was the first bit of good news?
What was the second bit of news?
What was Huey’s winning message?
How will this play out in the general?
Who really won in this election?
How significant were Americas Pac’s efforts in outreach to minority voters?

What are other observations that we can learn from from this past election, Huey’s strategy and Americas PAC’s involvement?
Tom Donalson says “The time to begin defending ourselves is now!”

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