By Rick Oltman, November 8, 2019
Twenty five years ago, November 8, 1994, California’s Proposition 187 – Save Our State initiative won an overwhelming victory with 59 percent of the vote, stunning the political establishment and beginning a national movement to stop illegal immigration. The initiative’s goal was to cut off taxpayer dollars to illegal aliens.
The Social Contract Press will publish its Fall issue in a few weeks with an article titled “The History of Prop 187.” Four phases of the effort: Qualification, Election, Litigation and Euthanasia are detailed.
Fifteen years ago, November 2, 2004, Arizona voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 200 – Protect Arizona Now, officially known as Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection, Proposition 200 with 55.5 percent of the vote. One of the things it required: “… that evidence of United States citizenship be presented by every person to register to vote, that proof of identification be presented by every voter at the polling place prior to voting … .” That’s important.
Five years ago, November 4, 2014, Oregon voters overwhelming denied the state legislature’s effort to give driver licenses to illegal aliens. Measure 88 accomplished its goal. Voters rejected it by a margin of 68 percent to 33 percent, the largest margin recorded by citizens who want our immigration laws enforced.
The California and Arizona victories were accomplished even though BOTH political parties at the national level opposed them, and in the case of California with very little state party support, even with the incumbent Republican Governor Pete Wilson fighting for his political life.
In Arizona in 2004, the entire state’s congressional delegation opposed Prop 200: the Republicans were urged to oppose it by President George W. Bush.
The tremendous victories these three ballot measures achieved could be, would be, duplicated today, especially with President Trump’s efforts to secure our borders and educate Americans about the need as he fights the open-borders crowd. Everything that needs to be done, cannot be only done in Washington D.C. Action can, and must, be taken at the state level to solve the illegal immigration problem that was allowed to fester, in some cases encouraged, over the last three presidencies.
A ballot initiative about, say, cutting off state money to so-called Sanctuary Cities would put every candidate running for public office in the position of answering if he/she would support or oppose it. Whatever the issue, every candidate from the presidency, congress, state legislative offices, down to the city council would be asked their position on the measure.
State initiatives would, more likely than not, elect people who support immigration law enforcement. As they move up the ladder in their political career, they will continue to win elections by supporting immigration law enforcement. Wouldn’t it be nice to have those new arrivals in Washington, D.C. have experience with immigration politics?
Working at the state level on initiatives will also get more citizens involved in the political process to preserve our culture and our country. That part of the equation is needed now more than ever.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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