Although she is relatively new to the political arena and, as a result, she has made some political mistakes (most neophytes do!), Lake Elsinore City Councilwoman Melissa Melendez has the support of the Editorial staff of Wildomar Magazine in her quest to represent the newly-configured 67th State Assembly district in the seriously-dysfunctional California State Assembly in Sacramento.
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First and foremost, since the Republican Party in Sacramento is mostly neutered by its permanent minority status in the leftist Banana Republic of California, there is little likelihood that any Republican or conservative is going to make an impact in Sacramento, based upon the usual political concept of coalition building; you know, that “reaching across the aisle” thing.
Read my lips, “permanent minority status” for Republicans/conservatives.
Instead, my support is based on my observation that Melissa appears to be sufficiently contrarian and occasionally willing to stand up against the forces of influence in the political sphere.
For example, consider the recent issue of a request for support by the City of Ontario to take control of their airport produced a “no” vote from Melissa, with the appropriate explanatory commentary on the Ontario airport issue that it was primarily ” none of Lake Elsinore’s business,” which makes sense. (If you didn’t notice, Wildomar did not weigh in on the issue either, perhaps for the same reason. Or maybe, Wildomar doesn’t matter, so Ontario didn’t ask).
One of the things I like and respect about Melissa Melendez is her unassailable record of service in the United States Navy.
A Navy veteran myself (I provided support to P-3 Orion Russian submarine-chaser flights by Patrol Squadron VP-9 from Naval Air Station Adak, located in the remore Aleutian Islands, before I was ordered to Vietnam), I acknowledge, but don’t myself possess, the profound personal courage required to fly along the coastline of the Soviet Union, translating captured radio traffic (signal intelligence) from Russian to English.
That was a dangerous Cold War game.
One of my longtime personal friends, Rick Collins, did the same thing during the Vietnam war, flying C-130s along the southern coast of Red China, translating radio traffic from Chinese to English.
On one of his bad days, his plane was shot down by a Chinese MiG, forcing him to eject from his disabled airplane, landing in the water, where he was rescued by the U.S. Navy mere minutes before North Vietnamese patrol boats would have arrived to capture him.
It took b*lls, really big ones, for Rick and Melissa to serve their country in that manner.
My belief is that, upon her arrival in Sacramento as an assemblywoman, Melissa Melendez will be better suited to “kick *ss and take names,” (a primal military concept), then will her competitors, who are generally better politically “qualified,” but only by their political connections and political experience, to “kiss *ss and play games,” (a primal political concept).
In dysfunctional Sacramento, anyone elected from the 67th Assembly District will be a meaningless part of a permanently-minority Republican Party, unless they are unique, as is Melissa Melendez.
Therefore, I’m supporting the potential of powerful personal courage over powerless political connection and experience.
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