Tales from The Rabbit Hole…
Analysis by Alan Hysinger
Everyone is focused on the election of our new President, Donald Trump. Response is varied across the Healthcare Freedom movement. Given that Trump is a States Rights Advocate, it seems the California Elections have much more relevance to us here in California.
Let’s celebrate our victory
California Health Freedom Activists organized an campaigned against Anaheim Republican Assembly member Young Kim, who went against party lines, voting Yes on SB 277. And effectively ended her short political career.
Kim surrenders her seat back to Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva, whom Kim defeated in the 2014 election. I think we can count on Quirk-Silva voting against Health Freedom, but we have sent a message to proponents of SB 277. And the activists here cast an example of what is possible, should you all be willing to invest the time and energy into your own local races for state representatives.
Now for the bad news
In the State Assembly, Democrats Cheryl Brown from Fontana, and Patty Lopez from San Fernando, who voted against SB 277 were ousted by Democrats Eloise Reyes and Raul Bocanegra, respectively.
Like 9 other Assembly races, these elections were Democrat vs. Democrat as a result of California’s “Top Two” Primary Law, voted in as Prop 14 by California’s sleepy voters in 2010. I believe something else was in play in these two elections however. These Assembly members disregarded a key resolution in the California Democratic Party Platform, Resolution 15-05.15, which compels Democratic Law Makers to support the repeal of Personal Beliefs Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations, or face the consequences. The most likely consequence is the party refusing to allocate CADEM General Funds to a candidate’s campaign. But it also seems that Prop 14 can be used as a weapon against party insiders, by the party funding of another Democrat to unseat non-compliant party members. I didn’t intend this post to be a referendum on Prop 14, but it has some pretty pernicious effects.
And it gets worse…
Also in the State Assembly, Republicans David Hadley from Torrance, and Eric Linder from Riverside, both voted No on SB 277, were ousted from their seats. They will be replaced by Democrats Al Muratsuchi and Sabrina Cervantes, respectively.
The significance of this change is now the Democrats have a 2/3 majority in the State Assembly, to add to their standing 2/3 majority in the State Senate.
How does this change the balance?
In summary, assuming the freshmen Republican Senators will carry our agenda, the net effect is one “Yes” on SB 277 seat was likely replaced by another enemy of Health Freedom, and two “No” on SB 277 seats were lost, and similarly replaced by enemies of Health Freedom in all likelihood.
Yep, this isn’t good. Perhaps you should take it on to emulate the tactics of the Anaheim activists during your next local election.
Notably, numerous incumbents in the Senate and Assembly were retiring this year. In the case of the Assembly, the retiring seats were won by members of the same party.
Within the Senate, we have promotions from Assembly to Senate for both parties. Republicans Scott Wilk and Ling-Ling Chang replace Sharon Runner and Bob Huff. Democrats Bill Dodd and Toni Atkins replace Lois Wolk and Martin Block.
Additionally, other retiring Senate Democrat incumbents were replaced by other Democrats.
Whether this ends up changing the stand of the legislature as a whole on Health Freedom issues remains to be seen. My take is, overall, things got worse.
What does this mean for us?
It goes without saying we should meet our legislators who are new to their positions. We need to know where they stand and make them aware of our presence. Some might choose to engage them legislatively, and if that is your calling, please do. It might just work.
But I am not a fan of engaging legislators to enact laws on our behalf. I much more favor finding ways to use the system as a weapon against itself. Educate Advocate’s Neglect Report Campaign, which seeks to engage parents and patients to file complaints against their doctors with the California Medical Board is a good example of what I mean.
So think up your dirtiest of dirty tricks, and get busy. To be clear, I mean dirty tricks that are still legal (and hopefully fun to pursue); I’m not inciting illegal acts. Neither am I telling you what you should or should not do.
Aside from that, though it may be a distraction from our core mission, looking at putting together an initiative to repeal 2010 Prop 14, would be a worthy campaign. In most districts in California, if two Democrats run in the Primary, it is likely two Democrats will be on the ballot, and no candidate from any other party. I don’t call that Democracy.
Analysis by Alan Hysinger