Report by Samuel Liu
(One of our High School Essay Contest winners)
“I genuinely, sincerely believe it to the marrow of our bones—CALIFORNIA is on the verge of a comeback,” political journalist John Fund said during his speech on Tuesday, September 11. “In less than 60 days, you are going to decide the future of California,” he emphasized.
Fund, a conservative pundit who has written for publications such as Esquire, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal and has authored various books, emphasized three items in the coming election: defeating Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase, passing Proposition 32, and passing the proposition on the 2014 ballot mandating voter ID at voting booths.
On the tax increase, Fund quoted Churchill. “Churchill said government will eventually do the right thing, but first it must exhaust all other possibilities,” he said. “California is very close to that.” If we defeat the tax increase, Fund said, the “day of reckoning comes. They might actually have to think about doing the right thing.”
Fund continued to his argument on Prop 32, a proposition that will ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates and deductions of wages to fund political interests. Fund called Prop 32 the most important issue of the election because it hurts the powers of unions.
“If you pass prop 32, every private organization can only get money from you if you give it voluntarily,” he said. “There is only one private section that can take your money, and that is the union. I have nothing against unions; I have something against coerced donations.”
Fund referenced Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana who was able to take away Indiana unions’ dues powers on his second day in office. Today, 5% of Indiana public employees belong to unions.
“Wherever this has been tried, it has been successful,” Fund said. “If you pass Prop 32, you change California politics. The California comeback begins the day u pass it... And the liberals and unions will say ‘Curses, foiled again’.”
Fund’s last point was mandating voter ID at voting booths. In California, one can be prosecuted for asking someone for voter ID.
“California has the sloppiest election system of any state,” he said. “There are two million dead people on voter ballot. I believe in representation, but I don’t believe in representation without respiration.”
Fund made it a point to note that it was not a racial issue. He said that mandating voter ID was necessary to maintain the civil rights voting gains from the 1960s. Fund argued that it is important to make sure that everyone can vote and that those votes are legitimate. When he referenced a study by the Pew Research Center that stated that 1 out of 8 votes have errors, murmurs of disbelief rippled throughout the crowd.
On a question on illegal immigrants voting, Fund said that it was not a major issue, because most illegal immigrants tend to avoid contact with authorities. The only problem is with vote baiters, who coerce illegal immigrants into voting, he said.
“Nativo Lopez proved, once again, that justice delayed is sweet enough,” Fund said.
Fund mentioned that the fine for falsifying votes is only $50—which is what people usually pay for a vote. He argued that the fine should be increased to make it more difficult to falsify votes.
“We need to protect the currency of democracy—the votes!” he thundered.
During the question and answer section, Fund predicted a GOP victory, despite the polls.
“The polls are kinda like a train wreck,” he said. “If you drive by one on the freeway, you can’t help but look at it... There’s too many of them. First of all, pay no attention to any one poll. They all have a margin of error. If the election is close, then they are meaningless.”
“[Otto Van] Bismarck was wrong when he said there are two things you should never see being made: sausages and laws. I add polls to that list.”
Fund praised Vice President candidate Paul Ryan, calling him the “closest thing to Reagan” he has seen. When Fund was a student, he worked with Reagan on a show called Governor and the Students.
“I owe Ronald Reagan almost everything,” Fund said. “He taught me how to give a speech. What you’re hearing is what I learned from him, including the lost answers and bullying the moderator as a foil.”
Fund predicted that Romney will win based on Obama’s poor approval rating. Obama has been below 50% every week he has been in office, except when Osama Bin Laden was killed.
“Here’s the iron rule of presidential polling: it doesn’t matter how much the incumbent is ahead of the challenger,” Fund said. “Do you approve of his job performance, and would you put him in office again? ...Unless all precedent is broken, [Obama]’s toast. If there is a free and fair election, you will be pleased with the outcome.
Fund warned, “If you do not pay attention, you will get what you deserve, which is to be snookered and snookered again. It will be Caly’s epitaph if you lose this race—we will be an example.”
“The real issue is that the economy sucks, this guys been in for four years, and it is time to move on.”
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