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Posted on 10-26-2016

I Accept Chaos

With about a dozen days left before the election, I’ve been checking in with my friends in the legislative and political arenas.  Your GA team has been neck deep in campaigning this election cycle through our Independent Expenditure Committee. That is an onerous task in and of itself although I’m accustomed to spending two months living somewhere else in California, working seven days a week, 16 hours a day to help get someone elected.

The stress and fatigue of that dynamic are extraordinary and I just wanted to lend what support I could to my friends who continue to live that experience.  Make no mistake, I’m not remotely wistful about not living that experience again.  It’s a younger person’s game; giving that much of one’s self to a cause is not exactly revered by our citizens.

I recall the chaos of 1994 when Assembly Democrats lost eight seats and the majority.  Hardest thing I’ve had to tell my wife, other than her father had passed, was telling her on election night I was unemployed because my boss lost her election.  All those weeks and hours of campaigning were for naught.  I was the sole bread winner at that time, grossing just $1,500 a month.  With so much competition for legislative positions from displaced staff, I could only secure a single job interview, which miraculously turned into a job offer.

The campaigns that year were particularly ugly and focused on Proposition 187, which you may recall was an anti-immigration initiative which passed, but was later over turned by the California Supreme Court.

The amount of mudslinging (character attacks) that take place as the days to the election erode ramp up demonstrably.  Use an unflattering picture of a candidate and print it in black and white and now they look menacing.  Do this to a person of color and you can be accused of racism.  Such is the case in the 38th Assembly District where Democrats used this tactic on a Latino Republican candidate. 

In the 40th Assembly District Democrats recently accused Republicans of racism for comparing a Latina Democratic candidate with Dora the Explorer, an educational children’s cartoon character.  Facts are fudged to produce skewed perspectives.  Former Congressman Dick Army was noted for claiming he never met a statistic that couldn’t be tortured into a confession.

Where To Go With All This Chaos? Vote Chiropractic!

The chaos is tangible and the big question is, “what should we do amid all the chaos?”  At CCA we’re trying to make some sense of it all for chiropractic.  We endeavor to hose off the mud, bring clarity to the “fuzzy math” and focus on what has the biggest positive impact on chiropractic.

This is not an easy task, nor do we take it lightly. The CCA Voter Guide provided members is the result of untold hours of analysis, information gathering, and the exercise of political judgement honed on the political battlefields of California. 

We’ve heard from many doctors’ questioning our recommendations for endorsements, endorsement decisions made by our local districts and even the appropriateness of our IE mailers. We welcome this engagement with our members.  We are here to serve you always. 

But, rest assured that out of the chaos we seek the clarity of what will ultimately benefit chiropractic.  I’ve only ever worked for Democrats during my 25-year career in the legislature, but I’ve recommended CCA endorse many Republican candidates.  Because the cause of chiropractic isn’t partisan.  Our cause has many, many challenges in the legislative, regulatory, and political arenas. 

This is a time, an opportunity to decide if we want to seek a little order in the chaos.  I encourage you to consider voting chiropractic. Create simplicity out of the chaos. As someone who sees attention to detail as a superpower, I’ve always worked to control what is possible and do my best to live with the rest.

Bob Dylan once said, “I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”  I imagine he speaks for a lot of us...

So, on November 8th, don't forget to Vote Chiropractic..Win Chiropractic!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print and some that probably isn’t…for now.

Did you know we want your pro-chiropractic stories? Well, we do! Give a shout to Kayleigh Carey, CCA Marketing & Membership Coordinator at kcarey@calchiro.org or at 916.648.2720, ext 230. Kayleigh will fill you in on the details.

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I look forward to hearing from you.

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Richard Brophy DC said:

For the record Chris prop 187 affected ILLEGAL immigrants !

2016-10-28 14:16:25

Bozena Janczar said:

You are amazing and very much appreciated.I had no idea the process was so arduous.

2016-10-28 20:17:59

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