On Guns and Tax Returns: Newsom Demands “Moral” Authority? Are You Kidding?

Things have to be really dreadful to long for the sunny days of Jerry Brown, yet that’s what a lot of Californians are doing.  Whether it was his schizophrenic actions on the 2nd Amendment or occasional fiscal prudence, GOC always knew that Brown was going to look like a choir boy next to Gavin Newsom.

Newsom is sure no choir boy – his contempt for anyone and anything to the right of center has been clear from the moment he took the oath as Governor.  He not only wants to personally dismantle the 2nd Amendment but he also wants to take down President Trump – making a big deal this week by signing a bill (Senate Bill 27) that mandates presidential and gubernatorial candidates disclose income tax returns in order to appear on California’s primary ballot. Given that Trump has refused to release his taxes, the intent of the bill has been outrageously transparent from the outset.  In his signing statement, Newsom’s self-righteous call that states have a “moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence is laughable.  Such virtuous superiority coming from the guy whose career was bankrolled by oil tycoons and has had his own share of, shall we say “indiscretions…” is embarrassing.

The same bill came before Jerry Brown in 2017, which he vetoed.  He cautioned about the reality of a “slippery slope”, that the legislation did not meet constitutional muster and therefore would be open to a court challenge.  His veto message said “Today we require tax returns, but what would be next…Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power? A qualified candidate’s ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system.”

Jerry Brown was right.

 Newsom also spouted more of his “moral” indignation this week with some profane statements about the Gilroy shooting.  Never one to let someone else’s tragedy go to waste, he decided to nail this on the President as well, saying that Trump failed to take on the “machismo” culture perpetuating mass shootings.  “What’s goddamned absent in this country right now is moral authority,” he said, also blaming Republicans and groups like GOC for trying to eliminate gun-control policies in states like California.  DAMN STRAIGHT that’s what we are trying to do.

Newsom wasn’t finished: “California’s doing its part, but Jesus, these guys, the folks in the White House have been supporting the kinds of policies that roll back the work that we’re doing…it keeps happening, over and over and over again, on their damned watch.” Whose watch? Are you kidding?

Never mind that gun control has been an abject failure, and people are paying with their lives as proof.  The Gilroy murders had nothing to do with Trump or anyone else in Washington DC.  It was a California-established target-rich environment – a “gun free zone” – and the perpetrator cut through a fence to avoid metal detectors.  It’s sheer lunacy to think a piece of legislation was ever going to stop this monster.

Newsom ended his sanctimonious tirade with “You have a right to bear arms but not weapons of goddamned mass destruction – you need these damn things for hunting? Give me a break.”

Governor – you don’t want to go down the “needs” road with anyone.  We’re pretty darn sure there are a lot of “needs” in your life that the majority of Californians might think are downright unnecessary for a happy and productive life.


  1. Charles Sweeney on July 31, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Newsome is a criminal this is a blatant attempt to singlehandedly make sure Trump is not re elected

  2. Michael on July 31, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    He’s not my governor, just because he has 3 major demon city’s in his pocket (all rat infested) he thinks he controls us all. Jefferson State, let’s do it.

  3. Ds on July 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    He should focus that much attention on his over thr top homeless population
    Hypocrite that should b his first name

  4. STEVE Godden on July 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    You would rather kill Kalifornia legal citizens by taxing us to death.
    And don’t talk morals to us when you use the profanity you do. Do you feel more manly now little gavin.

  5. Dave Gray on July 31, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    “A well regulated Militia” is aimed at near-universal armament and training by law of every “able-bodied” adult (the vast majority of “the people”) then in 1791 & 150+ yrs prior in the Colonies then independent States, “being necessary to the security of a free State.”

    Additionally, the 2nd Amendment was not written for the purpose of self-defense. The first 13 words of the 2nd Amendment states who is to have arms and why they are to be armed. Arms can be used for self-defense or hunting but that is not written in the Constitution.

    The 2nd Amendment conjoined the individual right with the collective duty for “the people” to perform their Militia service. Which had been the case in fact and law from the early 1600s.

    If all 2A organizations spent more time on the first 13 words, then revitalizing “the Militia of the several States” would be at the forefront of all litigation.

    Therefore, many 2nd Amendment “advocates” profess their belief in the 2A as they consign half of it to oblivion —the 1st 13 words. #2A

    • Edward Navoy on August 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Well said !

    • Marco Alves on August 1, 2019 at 9:10 am

      It is difficult to have a discussion on the first 13 words without making sure that the last 14 words are safeguarded. Especially in a time of relative peace. Right now, the attack on the individual right is what needs to be addressed.

      Once the majority accept that the natural right to keep and bear arms is a responsibility that should be borne by all in order to guarantee the defense of each state (and safeguard the Constitution), then the discussion on regulating the militia can be had.

    • Chas on August 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      And have the same a.punt of amunitiom and weapons they have to keep the balance of power. They are trying to take full blown power over us control by gov only one party rule communism

  6. Richard yager on August 1, 2019 at 11:35 am

    You sir are getting more unpopular each time you speak this moral duty crap. You need to really think about what you are trying to do. Put your energy into this screwed up state 😠 most of us are very unhappy and want you replaced. Do something about housing and rents people are struggling to stay afloat here.!!

  7. Dan Fryling on August 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Except the Supreme Court affirmed the right of people to bear arms outside of any militia. The fact that governments are interfering in our God given rights cannot be tolerated.

  8. John on August 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Who cares what this grease ball has to say, just write in his name on the ballot, he wouldn’t have carried CA anyway, I’m surrounded by idiots here in CA but I’m not going anywhere. I just wish more conservatives would move back and help me take back our state.

  9. Political Polly on August 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

    A young, irresponsible Democrat in a position of leadership attempting to turn California into a third world nation. Given enough political rope he will eventually not only hang himself but the majority of Californians along with him who are unable to escape the insanity of the left.

  10. Richard D Kandiyeli on August 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Another suck @ss doing his part of the agenda by violating his own oath to the people of the state of calif.
    Inherent so called rights are birthed with you and no one can change those so called birth rights because man does not rule over others freedoms that come with birth and this is why it states thou shall not infringe!
    Any act that infringes on any of those birth rights are a violator of their oath and makes them a traitor and have committed treason against the people of that state and the nation, and we all know what the punishment is for being a traitor and violating one’s oath of office and to the people whom they serve, death by hanging or by a firing squad, their choice!

  11. David Jackson on August 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

    It’s been said before but it never hurts to say it again. “The Second Amendment has nothing to do with shooting ducks.”

  12. Edgar Murillo on January 11, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Funny who was it again that tried to tax us and take our guns and ammo in 1776 oh wait the British