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Congratulations on your plan for this Tuesday! I had never been a registered Republican (never a Dem, just liked the “independent” title for much of my adult life), until 2020. There was no way in hell I wasn’t voting in the primary. I joined the party and won’t look back. My husband has always been a Republican. GOP has many flaws, but who doesn’t? I’ve been more involved and engaged with all of this. Some days it’s too much to process, but most days, I know that I’m where I need to be. Stay strong. Love your posts! 🇺🇸…P.S we already voted….straight RED. Go Steve Garvey (yes we’re Californians) 😊

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I already voted in the California primary for every Republican! I was an independent for a long time, but became a Republican when California changed so independents couldn’t vote Republican.

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You've got it backward. Until "top-two" was adopted (by referendum, by the way), it was the way you described, with a closed primary in which only party voters could participate. Now everyone gets to vote in the primary, and one wonders why they maintain party registration at all.

You are very brave to make that choice when all too many Californians are abandoning the GOP. There are three reasons I can see for that happening:

First, and most glaringly obvious, is that huge numbers have thrown in the towel and left the state.

Second, as described above, there's no reason to declare a party affiliation when the only closed aspect of the primary is election of party county central committee members, and most voters don't find that a particularly compelling reason to affiliate.

Third, there are real social and economic costs, unfortunately, by making a GOP declaration public. Ostracism from family and friends, and possibly even job loss are risks many find unacceptable. Better to move to a red state instead.

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We’re in NorCal. We out number liberals, thank goodness, at least for now. We’re in our 60’s on the short list to leave the state, but in the meantime, we continue to vote and speak our truths. We’ve never been ostracized.

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No - you speak THE truth.

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Top Two, aka the Jungle Primary, mostly eliminated options for conservatives. With few exceptions, I have a choice between Left and Lefter.

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Yes, unfortunately. But Californians voted for this, and they should get it good and hard.

Top Two, general election runoffs, and ranked choice voting need to go.

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Actually, it's not true that "everyone gets to vote in the primary", you can't if you want to vote for the Republican. The CA GOP changed that because when "everyone could vote in the primary", Democrats voted for the worst Republican running so that an "easy-to-defeat" Republican opponent would be on the ticket. Georgia and other states need to make these same changes, because people complained that "Trump pushed for lousy candidates like Dr. Oz and that's why Republicans lost Senate seats", but the truth is that DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR DR. OZ IN THE PRIMARIES, so that he'd be the Republican on the ticket. Democrats were voting for the worst Republicans in the primaries in CA, so the GOP changed it so you have to be registered Republican to vote in the primary.

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Yes, everyone DOES get to vote in the primary. The top two finishers go on to the general election designated as "voter nominated candidates". Their party labels appear on the ballot if the race is partisan, but under that format they could both be Democrats, or far less likely but in certain areas Republican.

What happened in Pennsylvania is different. It is true that Oz won the primary by about 500 votes, but the process there is different. PA has a closed primary, so those Dems that voted in the Republican primary would have had to change their party affiliation publicity at least 30 days out. You may be right about the outcome, and it would be interesting to see data regarding late Dem to GOP switchers just before the primary, but the GOP never "changed" it so you have to be a registered Republican. It was always that way, and the Dems were just gaming the system.

Furthermore, it works the other way too. In 2004, enough Dems in PA switched parties far enough in advance to put US Sen. Arlen Specter across the GOP primary finish line over more conservative (and later US Sen. himself) Pat Toomey.

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Then why was a letter sent to my friend from her local voting district saying that anyone who wanted to vote for the Republican nominee in the primary (this Tues.) had to be registered as a Republican (and note that that was not the case for Democrats)? Could it be just her voting district that this is the case?

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I was registered unaffiliated and when my ballot came it was only for the other primaries, not president. For president I had to go and register (If I was republican already I would have gotten a Republican ballot, etc) so that's what I'm going to do on Tuesday.

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I believe (but can't say for sure) that the PRESIDENTIAL primary is closed and only party members may participate. All other downticket partisan offices come under top two. But thanks for the clarification.

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Top two vote getters was a horrible mistake. I changed to Republican because I couldn’t vote for a Republican. We still need party affiliations although I could do without the insane democrats.

No one has ever ostracized me because I’m conservative..not friends, family or my job.

California is dying because democrats want it that way. They don’t seem to understand that. Do you?

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As a former GOP county chair myself, I agree with you completely, especially that CA is dying. But all I was trying to say is that in CA a party affiliation is no longer necessary for voting in the primary, except for party officers. I'm glad you have not had to suffer abuse for your affiliation, but many others are not so lucky--even though CA purportedly protects employees from political discrimination.

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Party affiliation is necessary. We don’t need to water down party affiliation any more than it is now in California.

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I agree, but if there are risks involved, it makes no sense in an open or top-two primary state.

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An AWESOME recap of where we are. I'm right there with you - there are more of us every day. On bad days, I think the alien baby is too big to stop, now. But then I see glimpses of hope - the Canadian courts declaring Trudeau's weaponization of the Emergency Act to be unconstitutional. The French farmers literally rolling over Macron's elitist government. The latest FreeThinking article. Gives me a glimmer of hope.

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And more glimmers: University of Florida firing EVERY SINGLE DEI employee and shutting down the whole thing and the SCOTUS recently overturning the DOJ's additional "obstructing of an administration of justice" conviction that added ONE WHOLE YEAR of extra jail time on Jan 6, 2021 rioters/protesters. I wonder why this wasn't take to court a couple of years ago, but maybe it was and because their name wasn't "Donald Trump", it's taken this many years to make it to the SCOTUS??

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I wasn't registered to vote in 2020 because I couldn't vote for either candidate. Two years later, I registered as a Republican and will proudly cast my ballot for Donald J. Trump for all the reasons you cited here, Sasha.

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I SO enjoy every single one of your posts & messages. Thank you!

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One thing we must do this election is count every ballot. Even if it looks like, in a particular district, that "there's no way to overcome the margin of winning so far, so we may as well stop counting" in a district, count them all anyway.

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Sasha I voted for the first time in a Republican primary recently. It was a bit awkward as I knew the election worker and chances are she leans to the left. She gave me really weird look. Voting isn't really private when one has to declare the party to do so. I once read something online where a woman said her and other Progressives were getting the lists of Republican voters and planned to make their lives hell by harassing them.

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I voted in person yesterday in California. I always get the feeling that every poll worker is Democrat. I once filled out a form indicating my wish to participate as a poll worker. If I recall, you are required to list your party preference. I was never contacted. I also asked about the QR code that prints on the ballot when you submit it. What does that contain? I suspect that your votes are contained in that - the poll worker could not really answer. He indicated that it 'only' contained identifying information. Okay, what 'identifying information'? My name? They 'print' the ballot only after you check in. I asked if it is the QR code that is read by the vote tallying machine, and he said no, but I doubt that. I should have taken a picture of the ballot before it was sucked into the ether. If the machine reads the QR code, how the heck is the voter able to determine if the QR code is correct? I honestly don't trust the process.

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I had the same experience in NYC voting for Trump in 2020. Very unpleasant, leaving terrible aftertaste. It is not private and,because of the overwhelming progressive population in the area, they all looked at me like I was a freak. And a dangerous freak.

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Mar 5·edited Mar 5

I grew up in NYC and remember how it used to work. Each election district (precinct elsewhere) had four election inspectors, two from each party. Unfortunately, the GOP in the city is almost defunct, and the Board of Elections has a hard time finding Republicans to serve, so many of the GOP inspectors are really Democrats posing as Republicans for the day.

Today there are only two inspectors per ED, again one of each party. I suppose so many people vote early that the reduced work load on election day doesn't justify a four-member crew.

I'm guessing you refer here to a primary vote. In NY no one knows who you voted for, but since it is a closed primary, they assign your ballot based on your publicly declared party affiliation.

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The question is, are there enough people who want our country back? You are right Sasha, this won't end with Trump vs. Biden. Even if Trump wins, we face a long process of holding the people who got us into this mess accountable. I try to imagine a world in which these people are held to account but it is hard. So many people refuse to even acknowledge that there is anything wrong.

I suppose a hopeful sign is that despite the Left controlling all the establishment media, Trump is still winning in the polls. Imagine what the situation would look like if the actual news was fairly and accurately reported and Big Tech wasn't working so hard to suppress any stories that hurt Biden. Trump would win in a landslide.

Another hopeful sign is knowing that there are people like you Sasha who have made a quite remarkable journey. It is possible to wake up and realize that the world is quite different than what the media would like us to believe. Bless you for having the courage to tell the truth.

No matter what happens, we are in for a lot of turbulence at the end of the election. I only hope our country survives it.

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I would be pleased to see JD Vance take up where Trump leaves off in several years. He comes from the hollar, highly educated, and is not down with coddling ‘luxury beliefs’. A Populist from flyover country that I can stand behind. My sense is that JD’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ book will have much longer staying power than ‘White Rural Rage’

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I agree about JD Vance. I voted for him in the CRAC straw poll. We will need someone young with vision to carry on the MAGA movement after Trump. I think JD Vance is the best choice to do this.

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A good read. I was especially interested as he was right down the road from a lot of my "kin" folks : )'

Happy JDV made a positive change in his life.

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You’re correct it won’t end after election. The Dem playbook has been shown and it’s not pretty. Hopefully many are realizing how bad it is and must stop. We will survive only with and by the grace of God. I see a revival in the making and many realize we need Jesus.

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"The question is, are there enough people who want our country back? You are right Sasha, this won't end with Trump vs. Biden. Even if Trump wins, we face a long process of holding the people who got us into this mess accountable."

Something Mark Levin said in 2010(?) "It has taken us 80 years to get into this mess. It may very well take 80 years to get out of it."

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True and that's the mistake people on the right believe - that things can change quickly. They get discourage and say "Trump messed up and didn't 'right the ship', so I'm done" but it's a slow process. As the communists say: "Three steps forward, then two steps back; three steps forward, then two steps back; three steps forward. then two steps back......"

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2 things 1. Progressives moved to fast. Maybe they started to believe their own PR? 2. Covid happened and Mom & Dad started seeing what the kids wee being taught.

We live in an instant age. I took this page 45 seconds to load, A Story that happened last year..who cares, 10 minutes for popcorn..I can't wait that long, and on and on. Patience is no longer a virtue.

And on my side a lot of people live in a Black & White world. f you don't do Exactly What I Want When I want it, you're a RINO and a bad terrible person.

THE DIRTY SECRET: Trump Is The 2024 Moderate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryaxa7W1Prk&t=11s

1:24 mark

Feb 29, 2024 The Ben Shapiro Show

Mitch McConnell announces he’s leaving Senate leadership in the fall; we examine who replaces him; and we explore an undeniable political reality: Donald Trump is the moderate candidate in 2024.

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Until you reverse Citizens United you are fukt. That ruling cemented in place One-Party-Two-Faces and attendant ratchet politics. Legislators are just there to buffer the rich, and most of us don’t actually grok the difference between a million and a billion and it doesn’t really sink in just how powerful we are because they’ve always got us fighting amongst ourselves.

So…just to give you something to think about, something to help wean the lazy and self-indulgent west (and in case some in the right think that only describes the left, not so fast) away from the longstanding American pastime of being Temporarily Embarrassed Mill- I mean Billionaires, here’s the mnemonic to help identify the enemy: a million seconds is less than two weeks…but a billion seconds is more than thirty years.

Orders of magnitude are important. War, Poverty, Homelessness, Billionaires….these are all terrible policy choices.

If you want anything to get better, change those choices.

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One of your best, Sasha, and thank you again for your mention of the police-enabled mob attack on Trump supporters at the San Jose Convention Center during the summer of 2016. That is the moment when I was "red-pilled," as cops set up a set of barriers that delivered Trump supporters exiting his rally directly into the maw of a raging mob, then stood idly by while they got bloodied. It was the ugliest thing I've ever seen in this country.

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You must have been sleeping on Jan 23, 2016.

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I hope you are correct Sasha. The insanity has to stop.I love that you are registering as a Republican to vote for Trump. Purple would be a huge improvement in this nutty state of California. Keep up the great work you're doing!!

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Saving our Republic will not come down to either Trump or Biden. It will come down to a few good journalists and a handful of honest judges who will do the hard job of pushing back against this totalitarian regime and freeing all Americans up to vote for the person who best represents their interests.

Wrong. It will happen when all of us stand up and say no more, and demand our "elected" or "appointed leaders" to do the same. The mistake we are making is waiting for someone, even Trump, to fight for us. (though I welcome all allies).

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No one is coming

we will rescue ourselves, when we rescue ourselves.

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Congratulations 🎈 I’m excited to learn you will register as a Republican and vote straight ticket. I admire your courage and honesty, so well shown in your Substack articles. Welcome to MAGA. Your description of what the Dem Party has become is spot on reminding us it’s important to take a stand. I never thought our justice system would be so tyrannical. I never thought that 3 years later Garland is still pursuing more J6 protesters to arrest. The number of J6 prisoners is appalling. Their horrible treatment, improper food and lack of medical attention, held months/years without trials, lack of justice of fair treatment, and attorneys targeted if retained is beyond what our country has ever experienced. After 2+ years of covid mandates and 3+ years of abuse/injustice, it will take a lot to rebuild our country back to its former status. No one fights harder than Trump. After all this administration and the intelligence community has thrown at him, no one else could endure. Trump has to have the cleanest record if they need to change laws or fabricate crimes in order to indict.

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Rural white males also experience disproportionately higher casualties in war. For example, here are Vietnam US military deaths by race.

“DCAS Vietnam Conflict Extract File record counts by RACE OMB NAME ( Race) (as of April 29, 2008 )

Race Number of Records

AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE 226

ASIAN 139

BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN 7,243

HISPANIC ONE RACE 349

NATIVE HAWAIIAN OR OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDER 229

NON-HISPANIC MORE THAN ONE RACE 204

WHITE 49,830

Total Records 58,220”

https://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-statistics

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Not a lot of DEI there.

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Indeed; there were a total of 8 US military female casualties in Vietnam (58,000+ male casualties). We should have drafted 50% females and 50% males and that would have ended the war sooner in a week.

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Love this. And I also posted that White Rural Rage goes into Mein Kampf territory.

The hate against normal Americans is both funny and scary.

https://markmarshall.substack.com/p/blue-urban-vomit

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I have long believed -- or maybe it was merely hope -- that this would have a "Devil and Daniel Webster" type of ending. Where the jury of the worst men of American history for a moment departed from their malefactor ways and were men once more after Webster finished his presentation on behalf of Jabez Stone.

Sasha, you wrote a mouthful here:

So many foolishly believed that Biden’s election would mean it would stop. Oh, how wrong they were. It just became official government policy.

Thank you, Ms. Stone, for your sense of right and wrong.

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I couldn’t finish listening to those two douchewads authoring the book. What a crock of demagoguery. And of course our favorite oracle of truth. Al Sharpton is there to verify the ultimate truth of their works. The more I hear the MSM jabber endlessly about how wrong my existence is the more I want to see them all completely buttfkd by a total Trump and GOP face stomping.

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I have a different take. For sure the two authors spit out a line of BS to start the interview. Of course they did, they want to sell their new book to a certain demographic (not me). Those tropes are the only thing I see emphasized on conservative websites. But then the interviewer did take it a layer deeper and gain consensus that it’s economics and loss of jobs as the root of the white rural rage. There’s truth to that. I also heard Reverend Sharpton state that 24% of rural Americans are blacks. I never knew that, will need to 2nd verify, if true pretty interesting. Then the panel ruminated why rural whites can’t be docile like non white rural’s. Again, interesting to hear this left POV. Finally, the panel wondered why all rural’s of all races didn’t/couldn’t unite in a ‘pan American’ way. In other words, this interview started w/tired and false tropes about white rural Americans, but ended wondering if/when these classes would unite in a Populist way. I don’t listen/watch MSNBC. But I did watch this clip in its entirety and after the stupid stuff at start, it was interesting to me.

Here’s the full clip, 7:30min

https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/-white-rural-rage-looks-at-the-most-likely-group-to-abandon-democratic-norms-204922949864

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The South is full of rural blacks.

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I live in rural SC, lots of black people around here. We all fish, hunt, and talk together alot. They're all voting Trump.

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That’s good news.

I lived in SC when in the service.

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Carily, that is great. Keep on fishin’, hunting’ & talking together. We need to do that more and more across all race and class lines. We are all God’s precious children, each and every one of us.

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I live in Chicago and many blacks here are abandoning the democrats and even supporting Trump due to this disastrous “migrant crisis” mess where these people who don’t even belong here are getting all kinds of aid and being sheltered in black neighborhoods which were already in a crisis due to crime. They are furious with democrats in general and our Woke black mayor Brandon Johnson in particular.

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What are the party vote differences between rural and urban blacks? I would suspect rural blacks are more conservative than urban blacks. Also, how close/far away are white rural party line vote patterns compared to rural blacks, and rural hispanics? These are not easy metrics to find online, without deep dive into Pew Research logs.

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Economics and job loss is also the leading indicator for drug problem currently plaguing rural America.

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The entire premise is to dismiss and erase the white race. Call it unifying the races in rural America if you want but these two scored their woke card and joined the race baiters clan with lying rev Al who never misses an opportunity to discredit those who don’t tow his line of BS.

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Sure, dividing us based on race is the point, isn’t it? It plays so well to a lazy mind, and in this case, will help sell some books. I’m suggesting the interview scratched surface of the real divider that is less commonly spoken about, which is Class. One only has to look at the Tax Code to see it.

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Great writing and introspection as always.

I have to laugh because Alien was on TV today and I watched it start to finish after not seeing it for many years. There are no coincidences. What a dark, dreary, depressing movie to watch on a Saturday morning. Aprapos for this timeline though - and also 1979 when it came out. I have a feeling like 1980 is right around the corner...

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Alas, Sasha Stone, you end with a clip of Nina Simone but forgot the punchline:

when Kamala Harris was Attorney General in California, she bumped Nina Simone's family from administering her estate and named herself Trustee. It took her only a few weeks to transfer $2M from Nina Simone's estate to her personal account and to slap a gag order on Nina Simone's family.

That's right, the same Kamala Harris that is now VP. Deep State and then some.

https://www.newsweek.com/kamala-harris-threatened-nina-simone-daughter-jail-time-granddaughter-1602531

https://nypost.com/2021/06/20/nina-simones-family-blames-kamala-harris-for-taking-away-estate/

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