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The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, the State Department is considering scrubbing the fight for a “just” and “democratic” world from its mission.

“The only significant difference is the deletion of justice and democracy,” said Elliott Abrams, who served as deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy during the George W. Bush administration. “We used to want a just and democratic world, and now apparently we don’t.”

I don’t have to tell any of you that we find ourselves in crisis. Our own Democratic Republic is in trouble. But it isn’t just Trump that is threatening us, it is the lack of participation in our civil society and lack of faith in government.

Because at the end of day, in a democratic society, the government is US — you and me. The word democracy comes from two Greek words — Demos and Kratos – Government by the people.

To lose faith in government means that we have lost faith in each other and our own ability to participate and create a government that works for all of us, rich and poor and middle class alike.

I am running for governor because I believe that budgets are statements of values, and in the words of Hubert Humphrey, “the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy….”

I am afraid that our democracy is under such a significant assault because we are fundamentally failing this moral test. Even right here in California.

California is currently first in the nation in per prisoner expenditure and 41st in K-12. We have the highest number and percentage of poor children in the country, the highest number of seniors living in poverty, and the highest number and percentage of homeless people, many of whom are veterans and those suffering from mental illness.

Trump can scrub the word democracy from the State Department’s website. But he can’t scrub democracy itself unless we let him.

California is the sixth largest economy in the world. Let’s pass the moral test of government, make ourselves a shining example of democracy in action, and show the rest of the country and the world what government of, by and for ALL of the people can actually accomplish.

The word idiot is also derived from a Greek word…It means one who does not participate in politics.  Now, more than ever, it is time to engage, get involved, and raise your voice in defense of our democracy.

Thank you,


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