Californians who may have been relieved that the election of Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate represented a Dilbert Principle-style promotion of an incompetent to a position where she could not do as much damage, saw their relief slip away with Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement that he was appointing Rep. Xavier Becerra as her replacement.
Governor Moonbeam proclaimed that he was “confident [Becerra] will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change,” according to the Sacramento Bee. It’s an odd goal to set for an Attorney-General, but no matter.
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon praised the appointment, declaring that Becerra “respects the rights of all Californians.” Something that we in the law trade call a “lie”.
Becerra is well-known for taking a bold stand against concepts like due process and the right to keep and bear arms, both of which are rights long considered fundamental to a Constitutional Republic.
In this year alone, in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on an LGBT-friendly nightclub in Florida, Becerra urged passage of a bill that would have eviscerated the former in hopes of destroying the latter. “It’s time for us to stand and do something,” he pronounced.
At the same time, he averred that he would be happy to ban various kinds of rifles simply because he didn’t like how they looked. In July, Becerra continued his assault on the Bill of Rights, urging the abolition of private sales of firearms nationwide.
Becerra also joined in the shrill and futile “No Bill No Break” shutdown of Congress this summer to try to force the passage of the legislation that would have damaged protections for both the right to due process and the right to keep and bear arms. Needless to say, his “F” rating from the National Rifle Association was well-earned.
So that’s California new Attorney General-designee. In almost any other state, this person would be subject to intense scrutiny by the legislature. In California’s political monoculture, he should be a shoo-in.