After the November 2016 election, California governor Jerry Brown, a three-time presidential loser, denounced the victorious Donald Trump and pledged that the Golden State would go its own way, perhaps even launching its own satellites. Brown’s attorney general Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, also defies the federal government.
Senate boss Kevin de León, which is not the name on his birth certificate and voter rolls, authored the state’s sanctuary legislation that has made false-documented illegals, even criminals, a privileged, protected class. In early January, after the legislation kicked in, California’s Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon took things to a new level.
“There is no sensible place for barriers between California and Mexico,” said Rendon, heading south with fellow Democrats on a four-day mission to Mexico. “This trip will send a message that California resists isolation and is willing to step up and work with Mexico if the federal administration abdicates that responsibility.”
So contrary to the “Calexit” crowd, which seeks independence, Rendon wants to hook up the state with Mexico. In that cause, he touts the “historically linked governments” of Mexico City and Sacramento. The statement was not a departure from the vision of speaker Rendon, who earned a PhD in political science at UC Riverside.
On November 9, 2017, one day after the election of Donald Trump, Rendon and de Leon said in a statement: “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.”
California “is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.” After several paragraphs of anti-Trump boilerplate comes the key line:
“California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.”
Speaker Rendon doubtless knows that Maine, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Louisiana and more than two dozen other states were “not part of this nation when its history began.” The focus on California reflects the belief, common among ruling-class Democrats, that California is part of Mexico.
For the record, California became part of the United States 170 years ago in 1848, a full 13 years before the Civil War, when the Ottoman Empire, Austrian Empire, and Prussia were major players on the global stage and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies still existed. Speaker Rendon and senate boss de Leon seek to turn back the clock to 1846, before Mexico lost the war.
That is why Rendon and de Leon say “we are proud to be Californians,” not Americans, because they don’t see the Golden State as part of the USA. That is why Rendon proclaims “there is no sensible place for barriers between California and Mexico.”
In this view, Mexicans who violate U.S. immigration law are only entering their own country and not illegal in any sense. They are therefore entitled to education, medical care, drivers’ licenses, welfare, and in-state college tuition. False-documented illegals also vote in federal, state and local elections, the imported electorate of California’s ruling class Democrats. California secretary of state Alex Padilla conveniently refuses to reveal voter information and will not cooperate with federal probes of voter fraud.
Meanwhile, millennials and such might not be aware of the back story here. Speaker Rendon was born in 1968, year of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. In the run-up to the games, Mexican students held demonstrations demanding more democracy. On October 2, 1968, Mexican troops gunned down hundreds of students in Tlatelolco Square, and Mexico’s Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) regime has been covering it up ever since, with collaboration from Vincente Fox of Mexico’s PAN party.
In 2014, students at a Mexican teacher college commandeered busses to attend demonstrations commemorating the Tlatelolco massacre. Mexican police attacked the students, killing six and dragging off more than 40 others. The PRI government claimed they had been taken by a drug gang and incinerated in a garbage dump. As in 1968, Mexicans decline to accept the official story.
The PRI atrocities proved no obstacle to Rendon, who appears to believe he represents the entire state. Californians might note that the speaker did not propose a 2018 ballot initiative allowing the people to vote on whether to “step up and work with Mexico” instead of their own American federal government.
When Californians voted to make English the state’s official language (Proposition 63, 1986); denied benefits for false-documented immigrants (Proposition 187, 1994); ended racial preferences in college admissions (Proposition 209, 1996) and stopped bilingual education (Proposition 227, 1998), Mexican flags suddenly appeared by the thousands.
Now, with the ruling Democrats essentially a division of the PRI, Californians feel like strangers in a foreign land. This is what happens when rule by one political party replaces the rule of law.