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Victory Night for Prop. 227 in 1998. Credit: Sacramento Bee/Chris Pizzello/AP

As some of you may have already heard, a few days ago I made a last-minute decision to enter the U.S. Senate race for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer in California. I took out my official papers early Monday morning and returned them with the necessary 65 signatures of registered voters on Wednesday afternoon, the last possible day for filing.

I am certainly under no illusions that my candidacy is anything but a tremendous long-shot. Over the two decades that have passed since Gov. Pete Wilson’s Prop. 187 campaign, California has been transformed into what amounts to a one-party Democratic state, with Republicans holding not a single statewide office and barely one-third of the State Legislature; GOP presidential campaigns rarely invest any time or money in hopeless pursuit of California’s 55 electoral votes. With the sole exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger—who was obviously a special case—not a single Republican has won a top-ticket statewide race since 1994, with candidates often losing by 20-25 points despite spending many millions or even tens of millions on their campaigns; and virtually all down-ticket Republican candidates have generally lost by comparable margins.

But the flip-side of this difficult situation is that the California Republican Party is so extremely feeble these days that my entrance into the race would hardly face strong GOP rivals. Neither of the other two Republicans running has ever held any elective office or boasts significant political accomplishments, they were tied at 3% in the most recent polls, and after a full year of campaigning, each had only raised about $50,000. As most readers are well aware, I’m hardly an ultra-wealthy “checkbook” candidate able to spend unlimited sums, but dollars in that sort of range I can easily handle.

The primary factor behind this sudden decision on my part was the current effort by the California Democrats and their (totally worthless) Republican allies to repeal my 1998 Prop. 227 “English for the Children” initiative. Although the English immersion system established in the late 1990s was judged an enormous educational triumph by nearly all observers, and the issue has long since been forgotten, a legislative ballot measure up for a vote this November aims to undo all that progress and reestablish the disastrously unsuccessful system of Spanish-almost-only “bilingual education” in California public schools:

After considering various options, I decided that becoming a statewide candidate myself was the probably the best means of effectively focusing public attention on this repeal effort and defeating it.

An important factor in my decision-making was the strong likelihood that Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee. He and his campaign would almost certainly support keeping English in the public schools, but for obvious reasons he would hardly be the best political figure to be strongly identified with the No campaign. However, if I were a statewide candidate myself, heavily focusing on that issue, my standing as the original author of Prop. 227 would give me an excellent chance of establishing myself as the main voice behind the anti-repeal campaign. I also discussed the possibility of this race with some of my fellow Harvard Overseer slate-members, and they strongly believed that my candidacy would be far more likely to help rather than hurt our efforts, which this was another major consideration in my decision. Furthermore, running for office provides me with an opportunity to raise all sorts of other policy issues often ignored by most political candidates or elected officials.

This last point is one that I have frequently emphasized to people over the years, that under the right circumstances, the real importance of a major political campaign sometimes has relatively little connection to the actual vote on election day. Instead, if used properly, a campaign can become a powerful focal point for large amounts of media coverage on under-examined issues. And such media coverage may have long-term consequences, win or lose.

Just as a minor example, the 65 valid voter signatures I filed on Wednesday afternoon have already generated a bit of media coverage for the November attempt to repeal Prop. 227, which had previously received virtually no attention whatsoever. Even this handful of glancing discussion might mean that ten times as many Californians are now aware of the repeal effort as had been the case a week ago.

In 1998, our Prop. 227 was publicly opposed by President Bill Clinton, the Chairmen of both the California Republican and Democratic parties, all four leaders in the State Legislature, all four candidates for Governor, nearly every newspaper, every political slate, and every union, and we were outspent on advertising by a ratio of 25-to-1. Yet we won with 61% of the vote, probably the biggest landslide of any contested initiative since the legendary Prop. 13 in 1978, and easily outscoring both the previous Prop. 187 and Prop. 209, although each of these had been backed by many millions in television advertising. So the “English” issue is potentially a very strong one. Indeed, a few years later it seems likely that my similar Massachusetts initiative was accidentally responsible for launching Mitt Romney’s political career.

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At this point, the crucial question is whether my campaign will last three months or eight, namely whether I can make it past the primary on June 7th. Under California’s unusual “top two” voting system, all candidates regardless of party affiliation are placed together on the primary ballot, and whichever two get the most votes go on the general election. As I’ve mentioned, the legacy of Pete Wilson’s Prop. 187 campaign has reduced the once-mighty California Republican Party almost to the ranks of minor party status, and it is quite possible that the November ballot will see a Democrat-vs-Democrat match-up.

The overwhelming favorite in the Senate race is California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a moderately liberal and somewhat bland San Francisco Democrat, who recently received the official Democratic endorsement, drawing nearly 80% support at the state party convention. The most recent statewide poll put her at 27%, far ahead of the 15% going to her Orange County opponent, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is regarded as something of a loose-cannon and is not particularly popular among her party colleagues. But each of these Democrats was still vastly ahead of the two Republicans in the race, who, as previously mentioned, were tied at just 3% each and had campaign war chests only a tiny fraction of the funds available to Sanchez, let alone Harris.

With one small exception, I have been almost totally out of California politics for over a dozen years, and my name is hardly a household word. So running as a Republican in this very unpromising political landscape, I would certainly place my chances of outpolling Sanchez in the primary and reaching November at considerably less than 50-50, with very long odds against my actually being sworn in as U.S. Senator in January.

Since I’m rather likely to lose, I don’t want to feel guilty about taking people’s money for a hopeless effort, and therefore won’t accept any donations over $99. Given that I’ll be saying some things and taking some positions that very few candidates ever do, donors can mentally budget their $99 contributions as providing a bit of “ideological entertainment value.” And it’s certainly been a very strange election year, with a Reality TV star having become the towering colossus in the Republican presidential race and a Socialist from tiny Vermont giving Hillary Clinton a huge battle on the Democratic side, so I suppose that anything could happen.

Indeed, the political affiliations of California registered voters are perhaps a little less unpromising than I have so far implied. These days, California registration is 43% Democratic and 28% Republican, but with independents having rapidly increased to 24%. And whereas the two other Republicans in the race are both long-time Republican Party activists and functionaries, rather unlikely to be able to draw significant independent or cross-over support, my obvious status as a complete political outsider with highly eclectic ideological positions and allies might prove potentially enticing to the nearly 60% of Californians who are not registered Democrats and even perhaps a noticeable slice of those who are. The massive national enthusiasm for both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has certainly demonstrated the considerable popular dissatisfaction with the political establishments of both parties, and all four of my current opponents in this race certainly fall into that latter category.

Furthermore, the public seems to have a great longing these days for “political authenticity,” the sense that a candidate for office is more than merely the synthetic creation of his consultants and donors, robotically repeating his memorized and focus-group-tested slogans and buzzwords. In this regard, at least, I am quite strong, having published over the years a very wide variety of articles on all sorts of political topics, including highly-controversial ones, which because of my intended Harvard Overseer campaign, I recently collected and published as a 700pp book. My views on various policy issues may be dull or inflammatory, but they are certainly my own, and if I said exactly the same thing ten and twenty years ago that I am saying today, I am much less likely to suddenly change my views if I do somehow manage to reach high office. So any voters or donors who support me can feel reasonably confident that they know what they are getting.

With my unplanned candidacy just a few days old, my overwhelming need is merely establishing the rudiments of a plausible campaign. This includes providing a simple campaign website that can conveniently make available the full range of my policy positions and past writings. So this is the current focus of my efforts, and the next few months may be interesting and eventful ones.

 

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  1. Good luck!

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  2. Ron Unz:

    I recently collected and published as a 700pp book.

    I bought this book, and can witness: it is interesting and informative.
    It is not that I agree with all the statements,
    made by Mr. Unz during 30+ years covered.
    Still, reading it is instructive and pleasant.
    God speed to Mr. Unz !

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  3. wait a minute. I thought Ron Unz was one of the first-generation Silicon Valley billionaires! Also, since I want more political/racial polarization not less – Whites in North America will survive through Civil War, or not at all – I will certainly vote to repeal his insipid EnglishOnly “Magic Dirt” initiative which was supposed to make mestizos “the New Whites”. All this said, Unz is an interesting guy and I would like to see him matched up against the evil, anti-White half-Negress Kamala Harris. When his campaign website appears I will definitely contribute a few debtbucks

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  4. Best of luck to you, Mr. Unz! I hope Californians wake up and come to their senses and vote for you.

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  5. Kind of silly not to include in this letter a button/link where one can contribute $99.

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  6. Not so silly. I don’t have a campaign account, a campaign treasurer, or a website yet, and I don’t want to start off my campaign by violating all the campaign finance/election laws.

    As I’ve emphasized, this really was an *extremely* last-minute decision…

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  7. All the best to you and your campaign, Mr. Unz.

    Of course, if you make it, you must resist to the utmost the wiles of the District of Corruption.

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  8. If anything, a run will probably bring HBD and other arguments made here to the masses. How the media handles all this will be fascinating.

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  9. Mr. Unz Goes to Washington

    Good luck, Sir.

    It’s nice when a successful person, out of genuine concern, makes an effort to help out. You are a longshot, but your campaign can certainly draw attention to an important issue.

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  10. Post made over, no more “pro-immigrant background”, no more old comments. Dear Mr. Unz, now I know what sort of candidate you are. Let me just ask you a question: was hiring Steve Sailer a shot in the foot or a stroke of genius? Does the fact that he attracts readers to your site trump the fact that you stand for a very thinly disguised version of everything he has been denouncing since forever?

    Here is Mr. Unz’s position, unless he retracts from it:

    http://www.unz.com/article/immigration-or-the-welfare-state

    Thank you for taking my mind off my shitty country for a few minutes.

    Don’t worry, I am not coming to your site anymore. There was only Peter Frost I couldn’t do without anyway, and he has his own place.

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  11. Is it usual practice to have debates between the main candidates?

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  12. Mr.Unz, Congratulations and thank you for stepping up for the Citizens of California. I would like to personally invite you to the Riverside County Republican Central Committee and the Southwest California Legislative Council meetings as my personal guest and speaker. I believe we need men like you to take back Sacramento and save our State. Thank you. You can contact me directly or via email to discuss dates and calendar. You have my Vote!!!!

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    Unz.

    If you pick a topic you can bludgeon Boxer over, something polarizing like race that will get social media attention, I honestly think you can win. I mean who is Barbara Boxer? No one knows her or knows what views she has.

    Learn from the Donald and get lots of free social media attention.

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  14. Worse isn’t better, so I wish you well of this attempt, but electing a new people will have consequences on this sort of thing. As to the senate seat, it’d take real work to do a worse job then those guys so good luck there as well.

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  15. Bye.

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  16. {If you pick a topic you can bludgeon Boxer over,…}

    Are you clueless?
    Senator Boxer is retiring: Unz will not face Boxer.

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  17. Go Ron! In my former hometown of Fairfax County, Virginia, I saw the mess bi-lingual education creates for our Hispanic brothers visiting here from down south of the border. I believe Fairfax County, even with annual increases of thousands in the population at the public schools (22,000 new students in 2009 alone), they still pursue this outrage.

    To me, your anti-bilingual stand is a line in the sand against “Spanglish”, a shitty, worthless mix useful to no one, English OR Spanish-speaking. I am a terrible and racist man for pointing that out of course, but there you have it.

    I’m sure you’ll endure a few mud-slingers, but support is here. When there’s a website we can throw a few wooden nickels at, I’m in. Meanwhile, good luck to you.

    As for Boxer, good riddance to bad rubbish. Her arrival, along with women generally, was the end of civil discourse on Capitol Hill. The passing of Newt, of Tip O’Neil and others that knew to make deals on a wink and a handshake at Old Ebbet Grill next to the Press Club was the beginning of Pelosi, Boxer, Waters and the rest of the catty, shrill witches that ruined the discourse on The Hill forever more. THAT is why the country doesn’t work anymore. So SEXIST of me to tell an insider’s truth.

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  18. What a beautiful family you have Unz!!! =)

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  19. Did you mean to say that the kids on the picture are the family of Mr. Unz ?
    Positive or negative answer to that question will not change in any direction
    my greatest respect of Mr. Unz.

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  20. Support of English immersion would seem to be an excellent position to identify a campaign with, as it appeals both to the concern that America remain predominantly English-speaking and to the social ideal of providing broadly the opportunity for upward mobility. Best wishes with the campaign/re-promotion of the good sense of prop 187.

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  21. Due to its origins, the Republican Party is not able to muster any determined resistance to minority demands. It is being enfiladed on two fronts: from hostile minorities (chiefly blacks), and from the extreme left in the form of the Democrat party. Because of the Lincoln thing, we continually get liberal Republican leadership which claims to be conservative on fiscal issues, but always wilts in the face of liberal social justice warriors. You see the results around you all the time. And Christianity, despite its claims to the contrary, is a poison pill which weakens the resolve of traditionalists, nationalists, and cultural conservatives.

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  22. Back to bilingual? Unz fights for English — Joanne Jacobs
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    […] Unz, the software entrepreneur who rolled back bilingual education in the late ’90s, has entered the U.S. Senate race in […]

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  24. During the great immigration influx in the 19th century, immigrants coming into America had to prove 3 things:
    * They had enough money to survive long enough to get settled in basic living conditions.
    * They did not carry any communicable diseases.
    * They had a firm enough grasp of the English language to communicate.

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  25. Definitely need exceptional luck. Make your cause known!

    You might also consider looking into something called the Unity Party (unityparty.us), founded here in Colorado. It is a bit of a tabula rasa at this point, but primarily supports a balance budget amendment. It has an established presence in California, but I can’t say whether it has a convention planned yet.

    BTW, Prop 13 holds special appeal to me, as I was born the day it passed in SD.

    Thanks!

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  26. I will donate, but only if you improve your chances by dumping that fatuous bottom-dweller Sailer.

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  27. I wish you the very best of luck sir. California and America too, for that matter, have nothing to gain from either the erosion of English or the growth of Spanish (the TRUE hidden agenda of “bilingualism” advocates). I was in Las Vegas last year and was talking with a Mexican-American. He was a former marine. He said that where he was from in Los Angeles everybody spoke only Spanish and he felt this held back so many of them. He largely blamed the school system there for them not learning English.

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  28. Damn Mr. Unz, you sure do have a motor, very commendable.

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  29. Though I agree that they are long odds, I wish you well.

    Your decision may play some part in the Republican Party starting to pay attention to issues from a perspective other than that of their corporate owners.

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  30. All I know is that the most noble office is to rectify the language your polity is governed by. I will now go to buy Mr. Unz’s hefty book. But before I do someone should make him reject 99 plus 1, so he can say he did.

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  31. Shouldn’t you run for governor of CA instead?

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  32. Sorry Bud but you are farting into a hurricane. The public has a great longing for someone somewhere to tell them their delusions are true. You are far too bright and sincere to win. Make money, fund a blog site, impregnate willing women, don’t lose your mind and think you can enter the world of poly tics and think you can improve the situation. You are as likely to get a great blow job from a garbage disposal.

    Of course I’m cynical about poly tics, everyone in their right mind is by now. If you want to hold on to your ideals, or better yet, make a difference, stay away from that pigsty. Plenty of areas where you can make a difference, leave that particular play pen for the hustlers and the hustled.

    you will not prove me wrong, you will waste your time

    you are a good intelligent man, don’t squander it

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    Agree that his English for the Beaners policy should be repealed.

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  34. The demographic change that Unz worked so hard to promote made the repeal of his ‘English for the Children’ inevitable. Whatever he thinks the rank and file Mexicans believe, their political cadre–who they support — are for Hispanization including language.

    Of course, as a recent Linh Dinh article published right here showed, rank-and-rile Mexicans think we Americans should learn Spanish.

    “I’m the only Caucasian in the kitchen, and they’re trying to recruit me. They want me to be Mexican. They’re teaching me Spanish. I’d say, “You need to be working on your English, not me on my Spanish. If we were in Spain, I’d be struggling to speak Spanish. I’d be embarrassed not being able to speak it.”

    Each day, I learn a few more words of Spanish.

    Some of the guys are learning English. Some refuse. They insist that this will be the new Mexico. They’re going to change me, and I don’t want to change.”

    And why not in a place like California.

    I’ll give Unz credit for publishing ideas which contradict his own, however.

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  35. ot

    hi ron, thank you for unz.com, yet one suggestion for improvement–less javascript/external stuff is more, eg facebook/twitter buttons can do without, cares for faster loading. particularly with older pages (wtf?) page load stalls sometime, eg loading images from ecx.images-amazon.com can take forever* and hinder prompt rendering with firefox.** it’s better with chrome, but i got tons of useful extensions with firefox so i’d like to stick with it. keep up the good work!

    * could be cdn or amazon related. i’m in germany, could also be my provider or a thousand other things. so: less is more

    **ff, unlike chrome, is still single-threaded, so the dummy does one thing after the other, which can be a drag.

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  36. Dance with who brung ya and you’ll do the best.

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  37. You don’t seem to have done your homework, even to the level of reading what Ron wrote and understanding that he is shrewd about politics and knows that his candidature is really certain only to help the English for the Children cause.

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  38. Ron Unz is still hoping that Mexican Catholics in California assimilate into mainstream WASP culture just like Polish Catholics in Michigan for example. Its not happening.

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  39. With Low Expectations, Overseers Candidate Launches Impromptu Senate Bid
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    Unz grabbed Harvard headlines in January when he declared his candidacy for the Board of Overseers, the University’s second-highest administrative body. Running on a controversial platform, he wants Harvard to release more data about undergraduate admissions and make tuition free. Joined by four like-minded alumni, including five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Unz obtained the required 201 signatures for his “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” slate to appear on the upcoming ballot and took a red-eye flight from Palo Alto to deliver the petitions in person.

    Unz said he will focus his Senate run on preventing bilingual education in California public schools, attacking a ballot initiative to overturn a 1998 proposition mandating that schools teach solely in English. Unz played a role in passing that proposition in the first place, and he plans to use his campaign to defend it. He also wants to critique the cost of tuition in the University of California system: “It’s absurd how much money they spend,” he said.

    But Jeannie Park ’83, a founder of an alumni group formed to oppose the “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” campaign, assailed Unz’s Senate bid as another gratuitous attack on diversity.

    “Ron Unz’s Senate run… shows again that he is committed to erecting walls against the kind of global, diverse, multicultural and inclusive society that Harvard is preparing its students to live in and lead,” Park wrote in a text message.

    Unz and his “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” compatriots have met rebuke from Harvard administrators, alumni, and other Overseers candidates for their positions, which some have condemned as impractical and antithetical to diversity. Unz, along with three other members of the slate, have publicly opposed affirmative action and the consideration of race in college admissions.

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  40. Good luck Mr. Unz! I’ll gladly pitch in to do campaign grunt work when the time comes.

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  41. Best of luck, Ron! Let your loyal readers know how we can help.

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  42. Could accepting out of state donations make you look like you are beholden to outside interests? I remember this from candidates I n other elections.

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  43. Best of luck!

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  44. Ok can´t vote and don´t even agree with a lot of your positions. But you are an honest man trying for the best. I wish you the very best of luck and I would vote for you if I could. I believe your chances aren´t that bad once people get to know you. In the age of Trump and Sanders you might spring a surprise

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  45. Good attitude and focus. Kick some arse and have fun!

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  46. I’ll be happy to vote for you. If you dump Sailer and Derb I’ll donate.
    This site, however, could cause you a lot of problems in an election. All the more reason to dump them.

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  47. Eliminate affirmative action and it will happen.

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  48. If Sailer is a “fatuous bottom-dweller,” then what the fuck are you?

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  49. Good Luck , Sir,
    and full and by

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  50. Here are some winning talking points

    *Aka John Noguez Former LA County Assessor -no prosecution yet, retired on bail, financed the Hispanic caucus through tax rebate bribery, Noguez was a deported anchor baby elected to public office

    *Carbon taxes-hitting your water and power bills, higher bills to come with lots more pollution from mass immigration=energy handicaps = massive trade deficits = mass immigration

    *The $2.2 B Ivanpah Solar death ray fraud-total loss

    *USS Guardian, active deployed warship, scrapped to “preserve a reef”

    *mortgage fraud, student loan fraud, consumer loan fraud, auto loan fraud, tax rebate fraud

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  51. This site’s open nature is likely to create an opportunity for political smearing by opponents focusing on some of the more inflammatory and outlier opinions expressed, if you know what I mean. If Ron Paul got pilloried because of tenuous links to supporters whose views he himself didn’t hold, you can imagine how the guilt by association effort is likely to play out.

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  52. Ron Paul let that stuff be put under his name. Trump has shown the way by unapologetically hammering on points that Americans care about. It is in their interest to listen to Ron Unz and not establishment hacks. I wish Ron Unz luck!

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  53. I certainly would see either “Ron” as voices for democratic accountability.

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  54. I wish you luck, Ron. And you have a good chance of winning. Sometimes, history is made by people who simply show up, and this is one of those times. The public is willing to vote for anti-establishment and even anti-system candidates, as seen in the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. There is a growing realization that the top 1% is becoming more and more dominant not only economically, but also culturally and ideologically.

    For what it’s worth, here is my advice:

    - Energize your core electorate (those who vote for Trump or Sanders)
    - Seize every opportunity to talk, talk, and talk. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself.
    - Don’t be afraid of controversy. Don’t worry if people tut-tut and point to The Unz Review . That will just rebound in your favor.

    Above all, don’t take the average voter for granted. People dislike phoniness. Give them the real thing.

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  55. That’s solid! If you win I’ll buy you or a friend a magnum of Cliquot, Stud Muffin. I’ll get it notarized to guarantee.

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  56. I have just learned about your Overseers campaign. I’m a graduate of the college and agree with the goal of Free Harvard but I would like to offer a suggestion for a modified approach in case the vote doesn’t go your way this year and you decide to try again.

    How about a simple, understandable, transparent, across the board, needs based tuition assistance plan like this: Family pays 10% of income, as shown on their federal tax return, up to full tuition. Any difference between that and the stated full tuition is free – a scholarship grant. If for any reason the family cannot afford that amount, and the determination of affordability will simply be their statement that they are unable to pay the full 10%, then Harvard provides a student loan for the difference between the 10% owed and the amount they can pay.

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  57. Do you stand with Israel? Because if you don’t stand with Israel I won’t stand with you!!

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  58. What a pussy, ” you should hide your past associations to be more palatable.”

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  59. I hope you do well. There is no chance here in New York. We have Shumer and Gillibrand, the most intolerant of those who scream tolerance.

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  60. Generally, I would rather die before voting for a Republican. With that being said, I love your efforts to make Harvard free. As a woman, I do not feel that women have been there for me or other middle class women. I have written a book called Women in Power: Myths & Truths where I talk about this. I have a blog at http://womeninpowermyths.blogspot.com/2016/04/california-sb358-hanna-beth-jackson-and.html, which talks about Hanna Beth Jackson. I do not believe Hanna is the right woman for real change.

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  61. Bummer having to be a registered Republican to vote for Ron Unz. I would otherwise vote form him in support of his single-issue campaign.

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  62. That about sums it up. Which is why I gave up on the Republican Party and politics in general years ago, and adopted poolsideism as an ideology.

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  66. Mr. Gilli, I have never heard of Mr, Unz and wanted to thank you for pointing out Mr. Unz article. If all of his information is correct then I would have to agree with a lot of his analysis. It is hard to know what to think about immigration if all you listen to is the socialist media outlets.

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  67. Have you considered the fact that there is a large body of academic research supporting learning in 2 languages? Have you considered consulting with the experts in the bilingual education field before making blanket statements about how language minorities should be educated?

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