by Joe Mack
The governor's race. 'Race' being the operative word. I'm White, but I'd be less offended if someone called me a "nigger" than "F.C.S.L." (Please excuse the initials, but writing out the words, Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal is so loathsome a designation I didn't want to offend anybody.) Governor Davis and Lt. Governor Bustamante are the clear choice of the Left in California and are not the problem.
They both define themselves clearly and without equivocation. Giving free college tuition to illegal aliens, issuing driving licenses, etc. I actually find Mr. Davis and Bustamante's recipe for our disaster refreshing! If you vote for one of them you know what you're getting because they've told you.
Though White people can't seem to make themselves race-conscious, other races haven't got that hangup. The Hispanic voters in California are not going to study their election material and make an informed decision. They are going to say to themselves, "Bustamante, hmm... sounds like one of us!" Just as Black voters ALWAYS vote their own racial kin in. Only the White race think so-called "skin color" is irrelevant. Actually, one's skin color is only one factor; race is much, much more than that! In case you haven't noticed.
I feel sorry for the Conservatives. No group gets screwed worse than they. Listening to the lies from the talk show creeps like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, to the televangelist hucksters, Jerry Falwell, et al -- Mr. and Mrs. "Playing by the Rules" can't get a break.
Probably the number one heartbreaker is Candidate (and State Senator) Tom McClintock. Listen to his commercial. He says, "I remember a Golden California and many of you do, too!"
I'm 50 and I remember it. A time when the budget was balanced, people could send their kids to public school with confidence; households with one spouse working could afford a house. Yes, Tom, I remember. But it wasn't a Golden California I remember -- it was a White-majority California that made it possible. I know that's what you meant, but that you didn't actually say it disqualifies you from being the (Conservative) Savior.
Of the two celebrity candidates, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gary Coleman... well, I read both their platforms and to be honest with you, Mr. Coleman's was actually the more compelling and well thought out! Really!