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Good and hard

“Good and hard”, Carmel Pine Cone – Sept. 24, 2021

H.L. Mencken once wrote, “The American people should get what they want and get it good and hard.” The failed recall of Gov. Newsom is a great example. California is in crisis, with rising homelessness, an increasing flow of illegal immigrants, a failing public education system, record-breaking forest fires driven by 60 million dead trees, soaring crime, DAs who won’t prosecute criminals, power outages because of high winds, water shortages because of inaction, renewable energy mandates that can’t meet demand but drive prices higher, crowded and deteriorating roads and soaring public sector expenses.

California’s politicians have excuses for these failures. Record-breaking forest fires are blamed on “climate change” and not the obvious answer of dead trees exploding like napalm bombs.

It is hard to believe the recall failed. No matter what Newsom’s $100 million campaign claimed, can’t voters see their world damaged by progressive rule? So why did Newsom win? Maybe mailing 22 million ballots to voters (c. 13 million returned), unmanned ballot boxes, ballot harvesting, and no voter ID provided an easy path to election manipulation.

Don’t look to the media for investigation. Major news sites tell us flat-out the claims are false. Not alleged, just false. The media publicly abandoned unbiased news during the Trump Administration. They promoted false narratives from Russian interference in the 2016 election to Trump ordering tear gas to clear an area for a photo-op. Any wonder that half the country thinks our elections are flawed? Almost 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville warned that when all the major news outlets are of the same opinion, the country would be in real danger, and we are.

David B. Goldenson, Carmel