Once in a great while someone enters the American political arena who has the potential to completely upend the prevailing political landscape. Larry Elder is such a person.
A native Californian, Elder began his career as an attorney but in 1993 launched a weekday evening talk radio show. Now known as “The Sage of South Central [Los Angeles],” for nearly 30 years, Elder, an African American, has been a source of wisdom and common sense and has influenced a generation of listeners.
As a Black conservative, Elder is a threat to California’s Democrats, and that is reflected in how they are using bureaucratic tricks to keep him off the ballot. Singled out for special treatment, Elder’s application to run in the September 14 special recall election has been delayed based on allegedly improper signatures and tax return disclosures. The supposed violations are immaterial and would not be used to derail a candidate that was not a threat to California’s ruling class.
Common sense, coming from someone who can relate to normal voters, would indict the Democrats on nearly every facet of public policy in California. In every critical area, from, for example, education and law enforcement to housing, the homeless, energy and water policies, and forestry, Democrats have failed Californians.
Instead of addressing these issues with pragmatic policies that solve the problems, California’s Democrats, with more than a little help from Republicans, have indulged the agenda of powerful special interests: socialist teacher unions, leftist billionaires, monopolistic corporations, and environmentalist and social justice activists. The rhetoric is compelling, the goals often sound noble, but the results have been dismal. Elder would cut through the rhetoric and explain reality.
Whether or not Larry Elder ends up on California’s recall election ballot will be known in a few days. If he is denied a spot, it will be yet another example of just how corrupt California’s politics have become. If he manages to compel the bureaucrats to do the right thing, and does have a chance to speak to California’s nearly 20 million registered voters, he has the potential to change everything.
California, and America, needs more people like Larry Elder. And they are coming. With increasing frequency and increasing intensity, across America, conservatives of all colors are asserting themselves.
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