This weekend, I was fortunate enough to be attend the 2012 Convention for the California Republican Party (CRP), in San Mateo County. I was very pleased to be able to attend this event and even more pleased to be able to volunteer to help gather signatures for the STOP SB 48 campaign. While there are a great deal of things that I could certainly say about this event, I will concentrate on a few specific areas.
SB 48 and the Class Act
I believe I have referenced the STOP SB 48 campaign previously on this site. If you are not familiar with SB 48, it was a senate bill that was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown, which mandates that schools discuss and emphasis the sexual orientation of individuals in history texbooks (K-12). The law goes so far as to say that one cannot “reflect adversely upon” the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual (LGBT) community. The coalition backing the STOP SB 48 campaign disagrees strongly with this legislation, for many reasons, including:
1) Politicians at the state level are mandating this in all schools, K-12 – This is problematic because it is placing the politicians in the role of educator, rather than leaving educational requirements to local school districts to decide.
2) This is undermining parental authority by requiring the state to teach on controversial social issues without the authority of a child’s parent.
3) This bill requires that only a favorable image of the LGBT lifestyle be taught. However, no group, whether ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual can be objectively and accurately portrayed if only positive information can be circulated about it. True history must “tell it like it is” and not insulate and protect different groups from objective representation simply because of their sexual orientation.
The CLASS Act (Children Learning Accurate Social Sciences) is an attempt to overturn SB 48 through the California initiative process. Having followed SB 48, to a degree, since it was debated in the legislature, I was pleased to volunteer at the CLASS Act’s table, this weekend, and gather signatures for the petition to get this initiative on the ballot.
***If you are interested in signing this petition, to get the CLASS ACT on the ballot, visit http://stopsb48.com/ ***
Another interesting aspect of the CRP convention, was the inter-party conflict that was present, particularly between the supporters of the different presidential candidates. For a while, on Saturday, the main lobby become clogged with Ron Paul supporters who marched through the lobby and halls with big signs chanting things like “End the Fed!” and “Peace not War!” Before long, the supporters of Newt Gingrich had organized with their signs and were chanting their own slogans across the room to the Paul supporters. Though the clogged lobby made it difficult to gather signatures for my petition, I was impressed by the civility between the different groups. Though they had no qualms about chanting the praises of their favorite candidate, at the top of their voices, they remained generally pleasant when spoken to, in person. I feel proud to know that it is still possible to have strong disagreement, while still preserving a degree of civility.
Considering the weekend as a whole, it was a remarkable experience, and one that I hope to repeat in the future. There were good and bad aspects to the weekend, to be sure, but overall I was glad to have the opportunity to meet some people who truly care about our nation, and desire to restore America to her founding principles. Today, I feel a strong sense of pride in our nation, and hope for the future. There are still individuals fighting for freedom and justice, in the world, and I am proud to call myself an America, today.