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    Vote YES to Recall Gray Davis
    October 7, 2003

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    THE LIE: Gray Davis does not deserve to be recalled. Wrong!

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    For Immediate Release: Sent via e-mail to our Commentary and News Release List (TM). Contact Robert Colaco at (818)757-1776. [http://www.CFABA.org]


    C O M M E N T A R Y!

    Monday, October 06, 2003


    THE LIE:

    Gray Davis does not deserve to be recalled.

    WRONG!

    By Robert Colaco, Founder and Volunteer National Chairman of Citizens For A Better America (R).

    Beginning on Monday, October 06, 2003 television commercials began to hit the airwaves of California with U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein stating the following: "This governor was fairly elected. He does not deserve to be recalled." (1)

    I respectfully disagree with U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein. Governor Gray Davis does need to be recalled and removed from the office of the Governor of California.

    The no-recall.com website (2), which is dedicated to defeating the recall, had several links to newspaper articles that are supporting a No vote on the recall. In those articles there were repeated statements like these found in The San Francisco Chronicle, "The grounds for removal should involve malfeasance, blatant deception or other abuse of the public trust. Proponents of this recall have not been able to make such a case against Gov. Gray Davis." (3) These are the same claims we seem to have heard the Governor himself make. The article went on to say: "Instead, the origins of this recall are plainly ideological." (3)

    There is nothing in the state's recall language which talks about "malfeasance, blatant deception or other abuse of the public trust" being required grounds for removal, the standards allow for 'ideological' issues being enough for a recall, but the origins of this recall while they include ideological differences go beyond just ideology.

    I find it fascinating that the San Francisco Chronicle and other media supporting Gray Davis do not talk about how that idealogical war began, with Governor Gray Davis himself launching the first salvo, during the very first "State of the State Address" given in January of 1999. (4)

    In his address Governor Davis made the following statement, "I will, of course, provide full funding for family planning programs. And I respectfully suggest to those who would deny a woman's right to choose, please don't waste the legislature's time." (4) This was not some fundraising speech meant to bolster the party faithful but the State of the State address. No one in the State Legislature could miss that Gov. Davis had just said if you do not agree with my ideaology, you do not have a voice in this new government. The last time I heard that attitude was in Iraq before the fall of Saddam Hussein.

    Governor Davis went on to say, "No less important to Californians than their freedom is their sense of justice and fairness. They've had enough of name- calling and divisive politics. I believe that voters responded to my candidacy in part because I wanted to lower the decibel level in this state. We are after all, one people, we will rise or fall together." (4) Again, the words and the tone of the speech by Governor Gray Davis is similar to the words and the tone I have heard from Saddam Hussein.

    I am familiar with Saddam's style of government because I was born in Baghdad, Iraq and I came here as a legal immigrant at the age of 12. The unmitigated gall of the governor of the largest state in these United States to tell certain representatives in the State Legislature to keep their mouths shut. This is really what Saddam Hussein, or some other 3rd world dictator, would do. When a new governor is elected in the United States the opposing party does not give up their free speech rights at the State Capital door. We have not sunk that low yet.

    Most of the Republican members of the California legislature that were in office on January 6, 1999, were Pro-life. Again, with all due respect to Governor Davis, this was a blatant abuse of the public trust. The people of California have an expectation that the governor will hear from all the people. Telling a large segment of Californians to keep their values to themselves and to "not waste the legislature's time," (4) violated that trust and was also not the way to start a good relationship with the Republican minority.

    Governor Davis would need that Republican minority to vote on the budget because in California a budget does not pass without a 67% or 2/3 vote of the legislature. While the Democrats controlled both the Assembly and the State Senate they did not, no r do they now control 2/3 of both houses of the legislature.

    I must admit, as the Founder and the Volunteer National Chairman of Citizens For A Better America (R) with the acronym of CFABA.ORG I have heard many extreme statements, but I was shocked and offended that Governor Davis thought it was acceptable to make such a statement. A statement that beat up on pro-lifers, while at the same time saying his administration understood that, "No less important to Californians than their freedom is their sense of justice and fairness." (4)

    Does Gray Davis's concept of "justice and fairness," also include ignoring and obstructing the will of the California voters who voted to pass Proposition 22. An initiative which simply stated that, "Only marriage between a man and a women is valid or recognized in California." This initiative passed here in California overwhelmingly. "The results of that vote were Yes votes received 4,618,673 votes representing 61.4% of the vote. No votes received 2,909,370 votes representing 38.6% of the vote. Votes Not Cast was 353,956 or 4.5%. California passed Prop. 22 on the March 7, 2000 ballot." (5) The fact is there were more votes for Prop. 22 then for Gray Davis himself in November 2002. Then he only received 3,533,490 votes or 47.3% of the vote. (6)

    In the same arrogant manner that he told Pro-Life legislators on January 6th, 1999 that their opinions and their thoughts, were not welcome by him, Governor Gray Davis has arrogantly defied the will of the people of California. In a 2003 Associated Press article entitled, "Davis signs law giving domestic partners most marriage rights," he said, "I am strongly committed to extending human rights and equal rights to everyone. A family is a family not because of gender but because of values, like commitment, trust and love," Davis said before he put pen to paper Friday night amid cheers and applause from the standing-room only crowd at San Francisco's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender center. (7)

    Governor Gray Davis is acting on the notion that only the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community should have human rights and equal rights, not the 61.4% of Californians that voted to have marriage be between a man and a woman. Gray Davis only wants human rights and equal rights to those that believe that abortion ought to be allowed in any and all circumstances. Yet he and his friends in the media continue to tell Californians that we that support the recall "are plainly ideological ."

    Governor Davis's massive expansion of domestic partner rights combined with his new medical insurance requirements for small businesses with 25 or more employees takes this way out of just ideology and into the realm of direct financial imp act on businesses in California. This is just one example of how, what Governor Davis calls, just ideological differences translates into a direct impact on the state's economy. Yet legislators who oppose his value system must keep their mouths shut and their ideas out of the floor of the legislature.

    With all due respect to the governor, the Democrats that have voted with him in the legislature, as well as his friends in the media, they should take the log out of their own eyes before they worry about the splinter in our eyes.

    Footnotes:

    (1) You can see, at least for today, October 06, 2003 the entire television commercial by clicking on the following link: http://www.no-recall.com/media/feinstein1.rmGone so use Web.Archive.Org

    (2) http://www.no-recall.com/Gone so use Web.Archive.Org

    (3) http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/10/05/EDGDO22TDO1.DTL

    (4) State of the State Address Wednesday, 01/06/1999 at 08:00 PM,"

    (5) http://www.cfaba.org/cf06022.htm.

    (6) http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/sov/2002_general/ssov/gov_sum.pdf

    (7) Associated Press article entitled: "Davis signs law giving domestic partners most marriage rights," on Saturday, September 20, 2003. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/09/20/ state0728EDT0022.DTL

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    Please, do not forget to vote YES to Recall Gray Davis on Tuesday, October 07, 2003, the polls are open throughout California from 7:00 AM TO 8:00 PM. Also vote Yes on Proposition 53 and 54. Thank you.

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