The (D)s have no shame in their effort to stop the recall against Senator Josh Newman. They could be arguing facts and making a solid case for why Sacramento needs an additional $5.2Billion on top of the $10Billion+ they already tax for transportation.
They could be making the case for why Single Payer isn’t being put in front of the voters.
They could be making a case for all of the government largess that the (D)s perpetually push on taxpayers but they’ll avoid doing any of the hard work.
Instead they’re following Jerry Brown’s example of calling us “Freeloaders” and Josh Newman trying to pin it on “Trump-Style Republicans“.
Not content with character attacks and guilt by association the local (D)s have upped the game to include supporting illegal activity and harassment.
This was posted recently on Facebook:
Some context. It was posted to a conversation about the Newman recall and this response was to a joke about calling in bomb threats from another anti-recall comment. This person, who according to the profile works for a national non-profit should know better.
The poster is correct that calling in a fake threat is illegal. The problem with the idea of signing a recall petition with a “faux name” is that it’s also illegal and takes the form of a felony.
Per California Elections Code – ELEC:
DIVISION 18. PENAL PROVISIONS [18000 – 18700], CHAPTER 7. Initiative, Referendum, and Recall [18600 – 18680], ARTICLE 2. False or Ineligible Signatures on Petition [18610 – 18614]
18613. Every person who subscribes to any initiative, referendum, or recall petition a fictitious name, or who subscribes thereto the name of another, or who causes another to subscribe such a name to that petition, is guilty of a felony and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for two, three, or four years.
This isn’t an isolated problem of supporting law breaking. On the Don’t Sign the Recall Facebook page you find posts such as:
If activists are saying that people should commit felonies in order to hurt the recall effort is it too much of a reach to think that a false claim of harassment is over the line for their efforts?
This doesn’t start with “if you run into an over aggressive petitioner” it starts with “if you have time today, please call your local police”. The call to arms is to call the police because they don’t like the content of the petition. I’ve ignored petition gatherers for years when I don’t care about the issue and at worst they ask you a few times in the same way girl scouts hassle you to buy cookies. When I run into these issues I keep walking but the cops have never come to mind. Why? Because petitioners have a right to circulate on public property and on private property in the context of malls and public squares. That and I’m an adult who can politely say “no thanks”.
I do find it humorous that folks on the left always resort to the armed agents of the state in order to protect them from things they don’t like or fear. In this case the same officers they excoriate for racism and brutality are their first line of defense against a recall over a tax.