In the City of Kindness, there will be some sort of protest at Anaheim City Hall over President Trump’s ramped up Immigration polices that have Immigrants all over the country afraid to send kids to school, seek medical attention or even go to the grocery store. That’s scheduled for 7 PM tonight.
On Sunday, there will be a protest at the Anaheim Police HQ over the bizarre incident of an off-duty LAPD officer who wrestled a middle-schooler and then both brandished and fired a handgun. The kids goes to jail; the off-duty officer goes home. That’s slated for 5PM.
The White House has banned CNN, the NY Times, the LA Times, the Hill and Politco from White House briefings because they do real news and not the fake news that praises every utterance from Trump’s mouth. This is how dictators start.
Dana Rohrabacher has earned a challenger. Boyd Roberts from Laguna Beach is going to try and raise $1 million to beat Crazy Dana.
And finally, State Senator Janet Nguyen was silenced on the floor of the State Senate for bad-mouthing the late activist Tom Hayden. Nguyen alleged Hayden’s activism against the War in Vietnam and a visit he made to North Korea in 1974 somehow impacted the war against the South Vietnamese undermining the war effort. Hayden help no position with the federal government and his activism had nothing to do with undermining the war effort — you might as well blame legions of activists in the early 1970s for being against the War in Vietnam for undermining the war effort too. Per the LA Times: “Hayden was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and made celebrated trips to North Vietnam and Cambodia, offering to help broker a peaceful end.”
Here’s the statement she issued after she was removed:
“Today, in a clear violation of my first amendment rights, I was silenced and forcibly removed from the Senate Floor during an adjournment in memory of Vietnamese and Vietnamese refugees which also offered another historic perspective on Former Senator Tom Hayden’s active support of North Vietnam’s Communist Regime during the Vietnam War.
I was especially perplexed by the actions taken against me because I notified the Senate Pro Tem’s office of my desire to speak on this subject matter and followed protocol. Out of respect for former Senator Hayden’s family, I also chose to wait to make my comments today rather than on the day they were present earlier this week. Nevertheless, the Senate leadership chose to censor me.
My family came to this country in search of the very freedom that was taken away from me this morning. I am deeply disappointed with Senate leadership’s actions because more than an act against me, Senate leadership silenced the voice of the residents of the 34th District, the more than 960,000 residents that I represent, whose freedoms of speech should never be silenced.”
Here’s the text of Senator Nguyen’s statement from the State Senate floor: ”
Dear Senators and the People:
I and the children of the former South Vietnam soldiers will never forget the support of former Senator Tom Hayden for the Communist government of Vietnam and the oppression by the Communist Government of Vietnam for the people of Vietnam.
After 40 years, the efforts by people like him have hurt the people of Vietnam and have worked to stop the Vietnamese refugees from coming to the United States, a free country. We will always continue to fight for freedom and human rights for the people of Vietnam.
Members, I recognize today in memory of the million of Vietnamese and the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who died seeking freedom and democracy. I recognize that on Tuesday you had an opportunity to honor Senator Tom Hayden. With all due respect, I would like to offer another historical perspective.
On Tuesday, instead of participating, I chose to step out of the chamber out of respect to his family, his friends and to you. In contrast to your comments on Tuesday, I want to share what Senator Hayden meant to me and to the over 500,000 Vietnamese Americans who call California their home, as well as to the over 1 million Vietnamese Americans across the United States.
As you may be aware, Tom Hayden chose to work directly with the Communist North Vietnamese Government to oppose the efforts of United States forces in South Vietnam.
Mr. Hayden sided with a communist government that enslaved and/or killed millions of Vietnamese, including members of my own family. Mr. Hayden’s actions are viewed by many as harmful to democratic values and hateful towards those who sought the very freedoms on which this nation is founded.
Were it not for the efforts of the thousands of men and women who served bravely in the United States military and the South Vietnamese military, as well as the efforts of millions of Vietnamese citizens who resisted the communists, I would not be standing here on this Senate floor humbly representing the residents of the 34th District.
In addition to the sacrifices made during war, the efforts of President Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s allowed many Vietnamese like me to seek refuge in the United States.
In contrast to the great many people who fought to defend freedom and democracy, Mr. Hayden supported a Communist agenda and traveled to North Vietnam during the war.
He believed that those who protested the human-rights violations of the Communists were tools of the CIA. It is known that he believed that the war was a conflict between Imperialism, led by the United States and the “free” people of North Vietnam. Former Senator Hayden was profoundly wrong in his support of the Communist.
Members, to this day, the government of Vietnam continues to violate the basic human rights of its citizens. They systematically continue to oppress freedoms of expression, religion and assembly and incarcerate those who speak out for freedom and democracy.
Thank you for allowing me to make my comments. I proudly stand before you as a Vietnamese-American who appreciates the freedoms that so many around the world do not enjoy.”
If Senator Nguyen is so critical of the Government of Vietnam, perhaps, in her capacity as State Senator, she could take steps to tighten imports and exports from Vietnam and Orange County. Little Saigon remains a major trading partner with Vietnam but that would hurt a number of Vietnamese Americans in OC and California.
Many are tying to tie this to Mitch McConnell’s silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Jeff Sessions/AG debate. This isn’t close. Warren was reading a letter into the record and Nguyen misrepresented Hayden’s anti-war efforts. Nguyen grandstanded — she’s up for re-election after all.
That all said — the State Senate should have let her speak. And then let her have it for disrespecting the dead.