Rabbi Nachum Shifren
April 25, 2010
[Rabbi Shifren is a Candidate for California State Senate]
As I start my election campaign for state senate of California, my thoughts are still clear about last week's candidate forum featuring my Democratic opponent and myself. The one good thing in this year of total political corruption and smoke and mirrors is: never before have voters in my district had such a clear choice. No twiddly-dee, twiddly-dum--rather our two visions of the state cannot be more starkly contrasted.
Interesting how those experts at playing the race card (Ridley-Tomas, Curren Price) are so quick to grab at our collective wallet to solve problems in the name of RACIAL DISPARITIES! (see below)
So glad that my opponent, State Senator Curren Price, is worried about autism in the "colored" community. Perhaps if he and his Leftist hacks would stop their "scorch and burn" policy toward the producers in our state, small businesses, the movie industry, farmers, the beleaguered middle class, struggling to stay alive, THEN MAYBE WE'D HAVE MORE MONEY IN THE BUDGET FOR AUTISM, whether for "colored" or non-colored children.
What these protege's of Saul Alinsky don't get is, when we are in a depression, the first thing we need is JOBS AND FOOD. We need to stop hammering industry and business with "feel good" legislation that will nullify all productivity in our state, sending businesses and entrepreneurs elsewhere. The problem with Price, Ridley-Tomas, and Bass is that they see their roles as "activists," destroying wealth by firstly imposing impossible restrictions on it, and secondly by distributing it to those that have produced nothing. We absolutely need a safety net for the indigent and impoverished. But the greatest act of charity comes when we offer another person THE MEANS TO ESCAPE ECONOMIC UPHEAVAL THROUGH A SKILL, THROUGH EXCELLENCE, THROUGH HARD WORK. How 'bout a new mantra? Instead of "Dare to Keep Kids Off Drugs," let's hit it out of the park with: "Dare to Do Your Homework, Stop Goofing around in Class, Stay Out of Gangs, Stay out of the Detention Office, Dare to Come to School on Time, Dare to Respect Teachers, Elders, Parents, and Law Enforcement, Dare to Stop Blaming Others, Dare to Take Our Country Back from Illegal Aliens, One-Worlders, Multi-Culturalists, and the Bi-Lingual Lobby." Perhaps our youth will pay more attention when we've required them to take an active role in their own country, instilling in them patriotism and a sense of accountability.
When I debated Curren Price last Thursday night, in between wiping his brow from advanced perspiration, I asked him why he thinks that Assemblyman Gil Cedillo endorsed him. Could it be that he wanted his support in giving illegal aliens drivers licenses?
I asked him how he could dare talk to the audience at USC that night (Urban League Young Professions) about his party's "support for jobs" when they've destroyed jobs in California, giving us the second highest unemployment in the land?
I asked him why he and his party is pursuing a path of destruction regarding the out of control unions in our state, allowing them to veto any measure of fiscal responsibility, and literally buy candidates.
I told the audience that I had asked him on two separate occasions: "Sen. Price, when was the last time you did NOT vote to raise taxes on Californians?" His answer each time? "Rabbi, I'll have to get back to you on that?"
I reminded the participants that one tenth of every tax dollar goes to feed the prison "industry," populated by those very kids that we as teachers are failing in the classrooms! We cannot accept failure anymore in our schools, to only then house them with our inmate population at a cost of $50,000 per year, per inmate. The hard-working people of our state spend $12,000 per year, per student, for their education. THEIR JOB AS A STUDENT IS TO LEARN, GAIN SKILLS NECESSARY TO BE PRODUCTIVE, AND NOT BE A DRAIN ON THE TAXPAYERS. Their responsibility, and that of their PARENTS, is to acquire the knowledge to discern between what is civic responsibility and wanton abandon through gangs and drugs. Learning is tough. It requires work! Discipline is essential in order to bear the torch of liberty and strengthen the foundation of our culture. Money cannot solve the lack of this awareness. And politicians like Price are exacerbating the challenges of our youth through pandering and race-baiting.
In response to his maintaining that we need "more resources for our schools", I countered that we have a 50% drop out rate. Money cannot solve the problem. It is a matter of committed teachers and staff that have a vision of excellence and accountability, where students show up to class as stakeholders and builders of our nation, not just for breakfast, lunch, and after school sports and goof-off type curricula. I mentioned to Price that our dismal rate of only 15% of students actually passing state standards for math and English is a blight upon the foundation of our culture, and unsustainable if we are to have a civilized society.
Each one of the participants in the candidate forum of which I was invited was young, Black, poised to become a productive trail-blazer in their prospective areas of endeavor. Each had a vision of a California that would be their home to a new life-long pursuit based on individual merit and a pioneering spirit. The rousing applause for crucial issues I had raised told me something very important.
No longer are the hack politicians able to get away with the usual platitudes, the "it's -about- the- children" pathos that for too long has been construed as action through "caring." Their energy toward me let me know that the coming election in November will bring about the fall of the house of cards known as cronyism and cynicism toward the electorate. The correct reading of this candidate debate was that we in California are on a sinking ship. When one person of "color" goes down, we all perish.
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The tirades of the race-baiters and inciters of class envy will be silenced by the people's placing life-jackets upon themselves and their families, as we all get ready for the coming economic turmoil that threatens to alter the foundation of our state. The "lifeboat" that will come to our rescue is honesty in government, controlling our border, ceasing pitting race and class against each other, fiscal responsibility, and a re-ordering of government unions and pensions. We know what will save California. Will we have the integrity, prudence, and political will to do what is necessary?
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Rabbi Shifren is a southern California native. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Spanish and German literature. He has been a language teacher in LA City schools since 1992. He is also fluent in Hebrew. Having lived in Israel for nearly a decade, he has been an observer and commentator of developments in Israel, the Israeli and foreign press, and the recent rise of Islamic Jihad.
is also the dirctor of "surf and soul" surfcamp, where teens
learn self-discipline, proper attitude, and physical fitness. A Malibu
surfer since 1962, he is known universally as the surfing rabbi. Through
his seminars and classes, he has taught thousand the challenge and thrill
of wave riding and the postive aspects of the surfing life style.
Rabbi Shifren has declared his candidacy for the Calif. State Senate in 2010, and is the only candidate to openly pledge to oppose the advent of Sharia law in the United States. He is a tireless supporter of individual freedoms and preserving the distinctive greatness of America, her language, and culture. Known for his no-nonsense approach to education and prison reform, Rabbi Shifren is in his own class of patriotism and staunch conservative values.
Rev. Jesse Lee Petersen said: "If we had 10 more teachers like Rabbi Shifren, we could turn America around tomorrow."