You know when you got elected to be Governor of California I was not exactly pleased. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I was born in Long Beach a long long time ago. My experiences with San Francisco liberals have not always been good ones. I felt many were elitist, bleeding hearts who were probably Communists.
Still I am a smart enough voter to be mostly concerned about competence. Can the new governor balance a budget and wrestle with the many competing interests buffeting Sacramento every day? California is a vast state and very diverse. I think Arnold Schwarzenegger came away with real respect for what it meant to be the Governor of California.
In any case, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your stable leadership. You have been transparent for the most part. You have not been authoritarian by throwing a lot of people in jail for being foolishly defiant. You did take action though. You took action when it appeared no one else was going to do it.
You called the DC bluff. I think they were going to attempt to ride it out on “Herd Immunity”, even after Italy. However, you took action. You put 1 in 9 Americans under a “soft” lock down to flatten the curve. Flattening the curve to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed was clearly the right thing to do. Had Cuomo been quicker to act he may not have had to dig mass graves in New York.
What are the next steps exactly? We are all kind of making this up as we go along. I understand this. I expect you to continue in the same considered and practical manner you have so far. I understand you are the governor, not me. Good governance requires support and we all need a good governor right now. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for getting us this far.
You are going to take heat now for your success. It is ridiculous, but because there has not been an unmitigated disaster, you are now a dictator robbing people of their constitutional rights. I want to throw some non-partisan support your way.
I wanted to truly say, “Thank you for being competent and compassionate. Thank you for TRYING to do the right thing.”
It is all we can do is try. I just ask that you continue to try earnestly to do the right thing in the face of a bunch of ill-considered criticism. I leave you with this quote from the great Republican president Theodore Roosevelt,
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Just keep trying to do the right thing Gavin and thanks again.