Why Gavin Newsom Must Never Become U.S. President

As President Biden’s age threatens to derail his reelection campaign, waiting in the wings and trying not to appear too eager is Gavin Newsom. It’s not easy. Wanting to be president with an intensity that might make Gollum’s lust for the One Ring appear prosaic, California’s governor knows that if Biden drops out, he’s the oddsmakers’ favorite.

But there is absolutely nothing Gavin Newsom has ever done that qualifies him to be president of the United States. If Newsom becomes the next U.S. president, he will accelerate a process that is already well underway and must be stopped at all costs: turning all of America into California.

There are glaring examples of California’s over-the-top embrace of progressive extremism. Identity politics. Race and gender “equity.” Decriminalizing crime and hard drugs. A complete failure to manage the state’s homeless, much less help them. An obsession with climate change that has inspired laws that reach into virtually every facet of life. Shortages of energy, water, and housing. And prices for goods and services so punitive that millions have fled.

Under Gavin Newsom’s watch, the state is devolving into feudalism: a massive underclass that can’t survive without government assistance, supervised by an elite minority that will retain political power by continuing to dole out that assistance. The formula is simple: make life progressively more difficult for ordinary Californians, tell them their travails are the result of bigotry and climate change, then secure their votes by offering them more government benefits.

And herein lies Newsom’s biggest crime, one shared by the progressive elites that run California and intend to take over the world. It is the biggest lie of modern progressivism—the corrupt foundation of their power. Newsom and his ilk are telling California’s middle class that what they have attained is socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable. They tell us that the ideals of equity and environmentalism compel us to live in high-density, low-impact housing, utilize shared transportation, and limit our consumption of anything that elevates our “carbon footprint.” And they are telling us that our taxes must be utilized to offer these same limited amenities to anyone who is “underserved,” “historically disadvantaged,” “unhoused,” or in any way a victim of “systemic discrimination.”

All of these assertions are monstrous lies. California is unaffordable because of decades of political choices, escalating every year, that have created high prices for everything. And more to the point, the elites that Newsom is part of and represents are themselves profiting from all of these policies that have condemned most Californians to lives of constant work and constant economic struggle. Which is to say that Newsom’s lies about the “climate crisis” and the alleged pervasive ongoing scourge of bigotry are not even noble lies in the service of achieving a better future for all. They are lies in the service of corruption, a con job designed to further enrich and empower a small elite.

Newsom is unqualified to be president of the United States for the same reason he is unfit to be governor of California. His entire public policy agenda is a rhetorical farce, existing only to fool voters, while across every major industry, politically connected players consolidate their power and their profits. Examples of this are comprehensive.

Across every business sector, owners and executives face cruel choices: fight a losing battle to preserve competition and manage costs, or stop doing business in California entirely, or join the cabal. Some still fight. Countless businesses have left. And a growing number choose to accommodate. They accept stifling regulations, knowing they have reduced the number of competitors. They accept higher costs and pass them on to increasingly captive customers with fewer and fewer options. They become bloated with attorneys and bureaucrats to deal with myriad government agencies, and for whatever the customer cannot bear, they collect in government subsidies. It’s a vicious circle, and as California spirals into feudalism, it’s taking America with it.

There is the homeless industrial complex, a consortium of government bureaucracies, “nonprofit” developers and operators, and for-profit vendors that have consumed tens of billions over just the past few years to house a laughably small fraction of California’s homeless, while simple shelters where sobriety was enforced would get them safe and on a path to recovery for a fraction of the cost.

There is Environmentalism Inc., unifying ambitious and zealous government agencies with powerful environmentalist nonprofit advocacy groups, trial lawyers, “renewables” importers, manufacturers and systems integrators, joined with utilities that love high energy prices because their profit is held to a fixed percentage of revenue. Higher costs per kilowatt-hour or therm of natural gas equal more absolute profit.

There are public sector unions—perhaps the most powerful special interest in the state—committed to the growth of government because it grows their membership dues. And the worse things get in California, the more unionized government employees are necessary to deal with crime, the homeless, and poverty. Societal failure is public sector success.

Not least, of course, are the tech billionaires, who to date have used their personal wealth and the unprecedented influence of their companies to manipulate state and national politics according to their agenda. As described, that agenda checks all the rhetorical boxes but obscures raw ambition. History provides no comparable example of wealth and power this concentrated, and they want more.

In every sphere, creating scarcity and shortages enriches the elites in California. Setting land aside to be preserved as “open space,” cordoning off urban areas and preventing expansion, is a perfect way to ensure that real estate investment portfolios—often held by huge hedge funds and public employee pension funds—continue to appreciate. And as ordinary Californians are priced out of owning homes, investment banks gobble up the inventory and rent the properties back to the plebes.

This is what Gavin Newsom offers America. This is the scam—the historic, tragic, malevolent agenda that Newsom and the people he represents have resolved to inflict on the world.

The alternative is not a mystery. Spend government money on practical infrastructure that yields long-term benefits instead of squandering hundreds of billions on absurd make-work projects like high-speed rail and floating offshore wind, which will be permanent drains on the economy. While recognizing reasonable environmental concerns, deregulate energy, mining, timber, water, transportation and housing so millions of Californians can be employed in high-paying jobs instead of collecting government benefits. And most of all, by restoring competition in all sectors of California’s economy, we can lower the cost of living.

Gavin Newsom is smart enough to know this solution would work. But the people who donate to his campaigns, and who donate to the campaigns of the supermajority of progressives who are party to the same fraud, have no intention of ever permitting this solution to again become reality. That is why Newsom—and any politician like Newsom—can never be allowed to become U.S. president.

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About Edward Ring

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is also the director of water and energy policy for the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. Ring is the author of Fixing California: Abundance, Pragmatism, Optimism (2021) and The Abundance Choice: Our Fight for More Water in California (2022).

Photo: SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 01: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on February 01, 2023 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Attorney General Rob Bonta, state Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Burbank) and other state leaders announced SB2 - a new gun safety legislation that would establish stricter standards for Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permits to carry a firearm in public. The bill designates "sensitive areas," like bars, amusement parks and child daycare centers where guns would not be allowed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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  1. Avatar for task task says:

    Everything Newsom stands behind is for his own political power and for those he shares comradeship with. Contrast him with Donald Trump who enjoys the company of everyday hard working tax paying Americans. Those people are more than his base. He genuinely loves them as opposed to Newsom who considers them serfs that must be convinced by lies, deceptions, indoctrination and censorship or else forcibly made to do the bidding of an elite minority whose power and control can be managed no other way. Tell me how this differs from the antebellum South, and afterwards, using laws, segregation and persecutions?

    The civilized solution was designed and applied by a group of very intelligent patriots in Philadelphia over two centuries ago. Unfortunately that document has been largely discarded or remains unused and unenforced in key ares and overused, inappropriately, where it is misinterpreted, legally, by leftist justices.

    Americans are living in a post Constitutional Republic that has obliterated Article One, Section Eight. None of this would occur without misapplication of illegally acquired funds from a population that would rather move than fight. I say illegally because nothing in the US Constitution, even after the ratification of the 16th Amendment, allows the Federal Government to do acts of benevolence and charity designed to purchase votes by theft, from some, for use by others using a pseudo legal highwayman. The ability to tax has a lot in common with an ability to rob therefore politicians and thieves share a commonality that needs to be recognized for the real camouflaged intended purposes.

    The American public will never vote to eliminate or decrease entitlements but they will vote to eliminate taxes, misapplied entitlements and new charities for illegal immigrants. This is where Trump shines. He will rightly scare people regarding the loss of entitlements they are paying for, which are now intended to be given to illegal arrivals, along with a host of other benefits supported by new taxes and new ‘inflationary’ debt.

  2. There are four additional Democrats I can think of at the moment, I’m sure there are others, who should be added to the list of “should never be allowed to become President”. Three of them openly lust for the position and one says she’s not interested. They are Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Michelle Obama.

  3. Avatar for task task says:

    Gretchen Whitmer would be the first one I would include on that list. The same FBI that orchestrated her kidnapping are quite capable of helping her along with additional help from every other Intel bureaucracy. And they will do one more thing. They will do everything they can to help fix the vote because what else can they do other than initiating WW III. In other words nothing is off the table.

  4. As I see our country devolve into the Peoples’ Republic of Kalifornia, I enjoy musing about the remedy for both our country and the PRK. I do this because in spite of Mr. Ring’s caution about the potential presidency of Gavin Newsome, I just don’t see We the People pushing back against the juggernaut of neo-Marxism. Perhaps in time that will change, but on this July morning, just not seeing it–so I daydream.

    First, all Democrat politicians–local, state and federal–are arrested as criminals to humanity and appropriately punished. [grin]

    Second, nut-job enviro-Nazi orgs and their executives and lobbyists–plus major benefactors–are classified as domestic terrorists, arrested as criminals to humanity and appropriately punished. [bigger grin]

    Third, all illegal aliens are removed and deported. Those who have committed criminal acts would be tried, sentenced and punished for their crimes before they are deported. In severe cases (rapes, murders, etc.) where the crimes were of a truly heinous or despicable nature, they would be executed.

    Fourth, a military Governor would be appointed for California who would have final say over everything. He would balance genuine (not proxy, made-up) environmental concerns with productive and badly needed improvements to water sustainability (new construction and repairs to the state’s water delivery and conservation network, including some of the newest, off-the-shelf modular nuclear generating plants for de-salination and energy delivery), and improvements and upgrades to the state’s transportation system (I do think bullet trains could be utilized, but only where it made both practical and financial sense).

    Fifth, at the same time as the mass deportation of illegals was being accomplished, crime at all levels would be reduced using the same methods as Rudy Giuliani used in New York during the '90s. Local DA’s would be tough but fair, and law enforcement would be allowed to do their job. Violent crime would be tackled first with a focus on gangs and high crime areas. Zero tolerance would be the order of the day.

    Six, education unions would be abolished, education reform would begin at kindergarten and extend right through post-secondary education. Non-functional “studies” programs would be eliminated, all manifestations of woke politics, D.I.E and trans insanity would be erased, and discipline from top to bottom would be the order of the day, Violence in the schools would be rooted out by removing unruly students and sending them to boot camp type institutions where discipline and rules would be followed. Those unable to follow them would matriculate to prison. A return to traditional educational subjects and teaching methods would be reinstituted and poorly performing teachers would be weeded out–not just transferred. Attempts to unionize would be criminalized.

    And of course, this would not only happen in California, but would be mirrored nation-wide.

    Again, its fun to wistfully dream about what should be done as I scan the days depressing selection of articles about our quickening slide into despotism.

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    I like plans and your plan defines what could be done and how far removed we are from getting even minimalist improvements done. Having lived and worked in NYC when America’s favorite Mayor implemented his policies I can testify how the City once again became a place to live and recreate in. Now I live in Florida and the Hamptons and am in the process of divesting myself of the last vestige of property I have in the City. The City will still function and many people will still make money but I have a deep aversion for fascism hiding beneath woke politics and nothing represents so much of it, distilled and purified, as does NYC the new San Fran wannabe.

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