The Last Great Hope: Reinette Senum for Governor of California
“I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am a Californian,” declares 2022 California gubernatorial candidate, Reinette Senum. That, in and of itself, is enough to get many votes, including mine. But Reinette doesn’t stop there. Not by a long shot. Indeed, if you want a future other than dystopian, then look no further than Reinette’s comprehensive, living document, the Contract with Californians. No other ‘politician’ dares to go into such depth and detail to tackle the existential challenges that unchecked ‘modernity’ has brought us. Indeed, to assure a thriving, prosperous future, Reinette goes back to the wisdom of the elders of the great Iroquois nation who inspired America’s Founders and who made decisions ‘today’ based upon the good delivered to future generations.
“Focusing on what is best for our children and using the basic wisdom that we have acquired over generations provides us with the means to step out of our current destructive trajectory, set aside our differences, and realign our priorities.”
The genius of this elegant statement solves political and social intransigence in a simple change of focus from each other, to our children and grandchildren’s children. Who but the most jaded political partisan would answer ‘yes’ to this question: Is the world today a better place for your children than what you inherited?
Because, quite frankly, most people today are scared witless over the future, and believe the next few generations will experience the darkest in human history — if we survive the tragic mistakes, and willful ignorance of today’s ‘leadership’. If not, then why does poll after poll reflect an overwhelming belief we’re headed in ‘the wrong direction?’ Why do our institutions of governance, like the Congress of the United States, have such high disapproval ratings? Why does the mainstream media rank so low in trust?
Isn’t it the monopoly two-party system of Republicans and Democrats that has brought us to a level of deceit and dysfunction that has paralyzed progress and ruined representative government in favor of oligarchy?
California prides itself on setting trends for the nation. And what better trend to set than to break the stranglehold of an Orwellian politics in which a single ‘donor class’ owns and operates two monopoly parties that put profit before people, and manufacture partisan differences through identity politics, class bias and corporate media which has the power to cancel, censor and bottleneck ideas into a slow drip of conformity.
If not now, when? And if not Reinette, then who?
It’s not enough to know sea-changes are required when nuclear war is in vogue, prices for goods soar to the stars, and desperation lingers in the air like wildfire smoke on a Sierra summer’s day. We’ve got to put a face on our aspiration to a future that doesn’t suck. People have got to rally around the candidate that best represents our aspirations for liberty, community, and the pursuit of happiness.
So why Reinette?
One thing you should know about Reinette, and why she is precisely what we need in these momentous times; Reinette is a force of nature. She’s a super-intelligent, lightning quick communicator with tons of political talent. She’s driven to make California a great place to live and to raise future generations of family, friends and citizens. As a small-town mayor interfacing with state bureaucracy she gained first-hand knowledge of the short-comings of both the personnel and systems of ‘professional’ governance in California, including the current Governor, corporate-centrist Democrat Gavin Newsom, the poster boy for everything wrong with the current political system of big money, little concern and no imagination.
Can you imagine asking Gavin Newsom his thoughts on crime, homelessness, education, forest fires, bodily autonomy, land stewardship, government transparency, police, cannabis, taxes, water rights, religion and race and expect him to say anything more than “Well, if a Republican gets elected none of those things will matter.”
Reinette speaks in great detail on all the matters of importance to our society and our humanity. She’s not a professional politician precisely because she is an honest politician. You might not agree on every detail of policy, but you won’t doubt her sincerity and deep understanding of the issues. Reinette does much more than raise questions; she offers answers that make sense to the point of ‘duh’. And unlike most politicians who prefer image over substance, Reinette back up her words with actions, as her record of service shows.
And now a personal story: On November 8th 2018, my wife Jill and I lived in Paradise, California. This was the day of the infamous Camp Fire, which destroyed entire towns and displaced tens of thousands of Californians. We were fortunate to escape with our lives, but not much else. We were among those who ‘lost everything.’
Displaced, reeling, grieving, living a surreal nightmare of ash, one thing leading to another, we rented a small apartment in Nevada City, CA. We didn’t know anyone, but an acquaintance of an acquaintance. But it’s all that was needed. We were adopted like war refugees. In short order a social gathering was thrown for us to introduce us to others in the community with our interests (theater people) and welcome us to town. That heart-felt and important gathering was hosted at the home of Reinette and her partner, Susan. They didn’t know us at all. This is what community is all about. And what Reinette feels down to her bones.
Since that time I’ve had several occasions to watch Reinette in action and know her to be exactly who she says she is;
“I am a fourth-generation Californian, born in San Francisco, adopted, and raised by my parents in the Sierra foothills. I spent my early years exploring the world, cultivating meaningful relationships, and gathering skills that would prepare me for the adventure of a lifetime. In 1994, I completed a solo winter expedition across Alaska which I filmed for National Geographic.
For the last 16 years, my focus has been on building up and investing in my hometown of Nevada City, California to be a more successful and resilient community.
I am now fighting for you and the next seven generations of California by resurrecting values that protect children and our golden state.”
For these and the aforementioned reasons I urge you to vote for Reinette Senum as the next Governor of California. The lives of our grandchildren depend upon it.