Reliving the same liberal Legislature over and over and over…
the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? One of my favorite scenes
is set in the bowling alley, with Bill Murray’s character,
Phil Connors, talking to a drunk:
would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day
was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered.
sums it up for me.
about it. Isn’t that California, particularly its Legislature?
The Democrats have been in charge of the Legislature for all
but 4 years since 1958, and it seems like California is just
like Phil Connor. I just hope that I am not the drunk, because
Phil’s comment pretty much sums up the California Legislature
Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside
and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and
Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website
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week, I was in the Assembly, just like I was in January, 1994.
I was tangentially involved in trying to qualify
the three strikes law, the law that would put repeat serious
or violent felons in prison for the rest of their life if they
committed one more felony of any type. If you remember, in 1993,
when the initiative for three strikes started, California’s
crime rate had been soaring for years, while every attempt to
pass “tough on crime” laws died in the Assembly Public
Safety Committee. In those days, three left-wing bay area Democrat
liberals killed every single law intended to protect the people
of the state of California from the worst in our state. Attempts
to increase prison sentences died time after time after time,
while the majority party continued to insist that they were not
soft on crime.
Then Polly Klaas was killed, and something snapped in the people
of the state of California. They had had enough, and they passed
the three strikes law by initiative, while the lefties continued
to insist that enforcement would be too expensive, prisons would
become overcrowded, and the law would have no effect on the crime
In the two years following
the passage of Three Strikes, however, the crime rate dropped,
and prison population did not grow. Violent
felons in this state were looking for ways to get out of California
so they wouldn’t spend the rest of their life in jail.
When the crime rate dropped, Californians forgot just how bad
crime had been before three strikes.
Zoom forward to today.
Jessica’s law is a law intended
to punish the worst of this state’s child molesters by
putting them in jail for the rest of their lives. Now, just like
Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, California is stuck in the 1990’s
rhetoric of the left. Jessica’s law won’t work: it
is too expensive; it won’t stop child molesters; it won’t
treat them; and it will invade their civil liberties. Just like
three strikes, the lefties tried to pass a watered down version
of Jessica’s law to avoid the label of being soft on crime.
They are wrong again,
and the people of this state know it. A lifetime tracking method
for child molesters is necessary to
protect our children. Keeping them away from our schools is necessary.
Putting them in jail from 25 years to life is necessary. Punishing
those who possess even one piece of child pornography to stop
the sexual exploitation of our children is necessary. Jessica’s
law, like three strikes, was killed in the Assembly Public Safety
Committee, and, like three strikes, it will have to go before
the voters to become law.
It is Groundhog Day,
and it seems that nothing that the people do matters. When
will we ever learn? We can’t do everything
by initiative, but as long as people keep electing these lefties,
our children and our communities will be at risk, over and over
and over again. -CRO-
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.