At last we have a champion with a chance.
Tom McClintock is convinced he’s got it made.
But he’s never met an office changer quite like her.
The primary season is now mercifully over. Our TV screens are no longer held captive to an endless parade of political poppycock. “Political” is not necessarily a dirty word. Nor is “poppycock” – this being a fine old expression meaning “nonsense.” It sailed into my head out of nowhere. I’ve never used it in a column before. There’s a first time for everything. November could be the first time for many of us to cross party lines as a matter of conscience and conviction.
I hope you’re sitting down for the following confession:
Popular perception to the contrary, I vote independently and am officially registered in Madera County as not having any formal party affiliation. I thus belong to the second-largest voting bloc in California, behind Democrats, but ahead of Republicans. We now represent a full 25.5 percent of the state’s population. How ’bout that?
The most critical issue confronting us in November deals with our highest elected office. Even though Washington is 2,843 miles from Oakhurst, there’s nothing of more local importance than this national issue.
She has now emerged as victor after a fiercely fought, yearlong campaign against talented opposition. She has proven herself worthy of extended support and is more than ready to become our Fourth District Congressional representative. That’s why I’m voting for her in November against Donald J. Trump. The whole world is watching.
A vote for McClintock is a vote for Trump. They are wedded together in boundless shame.
Trump/McClintock have just issued a full presidential pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, who mocked teenage survivors after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, with the words, “Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs.”
Trump/McClintock have succumbed to the siren call of “needing a big win” to bow before the wishes of a despotic leader who has already carried the day by obtaining international recognition of unearned parity without giving up a thing in return. They’ve made the proud cry “USA!” into a whimpering “usa?”
Trump/McClintock proclaim their endless devotion to fiscal responsibility – having just engineered the most hypocritical heist in history. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” adds a trillion and a half dollars to our national debt stealing from the old, sick and poor to reward the ruling, reigning rich.
Trump/McClintock have gutted the Consumers Protection Bureau – slashing its 2019 budget by 23 percent over 2018 ($630 million to $425 million) and severely limiting the Bureau’s enforcement authority. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the primary mover behind the formation of this agency in 2011. Take that, Pocahontas.
Trump/McClintock have kicked off a global trade war with friend and foe alike at a time when May 2018 recorded a 3.8 percent unemployment rate driven by the 92nd consecutive month of job creation coast to coast. Trump/McClintock take all the credit, even though they’ve only been joined in power for the last 16 months. Barack Obama established the initial reversal in economic momentum and upward traction during the first 76. Don’t gasp – just Google.
For the next five months, I’ll be supporting a lady willing to discuss all these things and so much more.
Let the public debates begin – but not up north in a Truckee phone booth. I nominate starting at the Oakhurst Community Center with radio and television coverage throughout the district and worldwide streaming on the internet.
We’ll see what happens.
Editor’s note: Peter Cavanaugh’s biweekly column was written to meet the Sierra Star’s print publication deadline, which fell before Tuesday’s election results were known.