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Elder’s background and experience gave him a hard gut-feel of what is crucial for getting ahead in America: freedom.

He developed a deep understanding that a free economy is what drives growth, and creates jobs and opportunity for those trying to get ahead.

He also understands that nowhere is freedom more important than in education and nowhere is competition more badly needed than in Los Angeles’ substandard, union-controlled public school system.

Newsom represents a Democratic Party that delivers a different picture of reality. It is controlled by progressives, many of whom are wealthy, and the nitty gritty that drives economic growth really doesn’t interest them.

They are more interested in their own feel-good progressive values.

Newsom’s own career has been driven by support from wealthy California liberals such as Getty Oil Co. scion Gordon Getty, who employed Newsom’s father.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, both from Newsom’s northern California, are listed in the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress. In a Center for Responsive Politics report in 2018, Pelosi showed a net worth of $114.7 million and Feinstein $87.5 million.

California is an ethnic minority majority state. In the 2020 presidential election, 49% of California voters were white, compared with 67% nationwide.

It could be that California’s ethnic minority voters are waking up to the truth that the America that Elder is talking about — lower taxes and regulations, free markets, education competition — is what they need, rather than the left-wing progressivism of rich white liberals.

The U.S. Supreme Court pushed back against Newsom’s move to use COVID-19 as an excuse to shut down churches while giving more latitude to restaurants and hair salons to operate freely. He clamped down on public schools while sending his own kids to operating private schools.

According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is tied with New York and New Mexico with the second highest unemployment rate in the country — 7.6%. Only Nevada is higher at 7.7%.

According to United Van Lines’ annual report on household movements out of and into states, in 2020 California was fourth highest in the country in out migration.

In elections last November, Republicans won back four of eight seats they lost in 2018.

Maybe change is coming to the bluest of blue states.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2021 CREATORS. COM

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