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We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny. William McKinley
My role isn't to be politically smart. My role is to do what's right under the constitution. And if that's politically unpopular, so be it. Rose Bird
For California Direct Extraordinary Inducements 35 Days to Gold Regions Steamship Nicaragua The Quickest, Safest, Cheapest Price of Passage Through: 90 Dollars California Steam Navigation Company
Golden Gate John Fremont
The Supreme Court of the United States, in a recent case, has, by a decision of seven to two of the Judges, established as law what our Southern statesmen have been repeating daily for many years on the floors of Congress, that the whole action of this Government on the subject of slavery, for more than a quarter of a century, from the initiation of the Missouri Restriction in 1822, to the California Compromise in 1850, has been all beyond the limits of the Constitution; was without justifiable authority; and that the whole mass should be now proclaimed null and void, and that slavery is guaranteed by the constitutional compact. Charleston Mercury
Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. O. Henry; William Sidney Porter
The Mexican War was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States. House of Representatives
Without reforms we will repeat the failures of the past. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Westward ho! Who wants to go to California without costing them anything? As many as eight young men of good character who can drive an ox team will be accommodated. Come, boys, you can have as much land as you want without costing you anything. George Donner
A number of emigrants, consisting of families and young men who had convened there with the view of crossing the Rocky Mountains, and were waiting very patiently until their number should be so increased as to afford protection and insure the safety of all, when they contemplated setting out together, for their favorite place of destination, Oregon territory. The number of emigrants continued to increase with such rapidity, that on the 15th day of May, our company consisted of one hundred and sixty persons, giving us a force of eighty armed men, which was thought ample for our protection. Having organized, and having ascertained that all had provided themselves with the necessary quantum of provisions and ammunition, as well as such teams and wagons as the company had previously determined to be essential, and indispensable, and all things else being in readiness, on the 16th day of May, in the year 1842, all as one man, united in interest, united in feeling, we were, en route, for the long desired El Dorado of the West. Lansford Hastings
We saw many deserted homes. Hope's skeletons they are, with their yawning doors and windows like eyeless sockets. Some of the houses, which looked as if they were deserted, held families. We camped near one such. Mrs. O'Shaughnessy and I went up to the house to buy some eggs. A hopeless looking woman came to the door. The hot winds and the alkali dust had tanned her skin and bleached her hair; both were a gray-brown. Her eyes were blue, but were so tired-looking that I could hardly see for the tears. "No," she said, "we ain't got no eggs. We ain't got no chickens. You see this ground is sandy, and last year the wind blowed awful hard and all the grain blowed out, so we did not have no chance to raise chickens. We had no feed and no money to buy feed, so we had to kill our chickens to save their lives. We eat them. They would have starved anyway. Elinore Pruitt Stewart
A more shocking scene cannot be imagined, than that witnessed by the party of men who went to the relief of the unfortunate emigrants in the California Mountains. The bones of those who had died and been devoured by the miserable ones that still survived were lying around their tents and cabins. Bodies of men, women and children, with half the flesh torn from them, lay on every side. A woman sat by the body of her husband, who had just died, eating out his tongue; the heart she had already taken out, broiled, and eat! The daughter was seen eating the flesh of the father - the mother that of her children - children that of father and mother. The emaciated, wild, and ghastly appearance of the survivors, added to the horror of the scene. Language cannot describe the awful change that a few weeks of dire suffering had wrought in the minds of these wretched and pitiable beings. Those who but one month before would have shuddered and sickened at the thought of eating human flesh, or of killing their companions and relatives to preserve their own lives, now looked upon the opportunity by these acts afforded them of escaping the most dreadful of deaths … California Star
A Mexican is not as good as a dog and isn’t even worth a bullet to kill him. Bean
Tell them that the Americans and Californians are not worth a cigar. They can't fight and are cowards. Tell them I have a good stronghold here with 2,000 armed men and they can't get me out of here for three years to come. Tell them also that I have plenty of money, horses, mares, sheep, etc. and tell them to come on! Antonio Garra Sr.
If I could effect a juncture with the other Indian tribes of California, and commence an attack upon all the Americans wherever we could find them that the Californians would join with us and help me driving the Americans from the country. … I might revenge myself for the payment of taxes, which has been demanded of the Indian tribes. The Indians think the collection of taxes from them to be a very unjust measure. Antonio Garra Sr.
If we lose this war, all will be lost – the world. If we gain this war, then it is forever; never will it stop; this war is for a whole life. Antonio Garra Sr.
A Jap’s a Jap. It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen or not. I don’t want any of them . . . John L. DeWitt
The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created California
I appreciate that some people within our state are impatient, impatient to see executions. I don't think anybody in this state will sit easy if, in fact, this becomes a court that ensures nothing but executions to appease the overweening and insatiable attitude of ambitious politicians’ Rose Bird
I feel strongly about the sanctity of life, and I have argued against the death penalty. But I believe as an individual justice I can make a determination based on issues and not on preconceived notions. Rose Bird
We won’t go back to the days of coat hangars and knitting needles. Rich women will fly to California; poor women will use Cytotec. Jerry Edwards
Eureka [I have found it] Archimedes
She died of galloping Christianity of the malignant California type. Ambrose Bierce
If fifty dollars will purchase the vote of one Supervisor, the votes of how many supervisors will three hundred and fifty dollars purchase? Ambrose Bierce
Immigration—legal and illegal—has shaped and will continue to shape California's destiny. Kathleen Brown
Money would be no object when compared with the value of the acquisition. James Buchanan
Bookmaking is the most menacing racket in the entire field of organized crime. California State Crime Commission
The number killed I cannot say. It was a perfect butchery. Kit Carson
We can't have a referendum on every important question. This is a republic, not a democracy. This is Chicago, not California. Gary Chico
I don’t want you to be a laughing stock … a circus where we just throw people out the minute they make a tough decision. Don’t do this. Don’t do this. Bill Clinton
We have lost control over our own power. We have surrendered the decisions about where electricity is sold—and for how much, to private companies with only one objective: maximizing unheard-of profits. Gray Davis
In the name of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England and her successors forever I take possession of this kingdome whose king and people freely resigne their right and title to the whole land unto Her Majesty. Francis Drake
If I do nothing else, I'm going to make this a safe state. Dianne Feinstein
There was a time that you could say the least government was the best—but not in the nation's most populous state. Dianne Feinstein
There was a time that you could say the least government was the best—but not in the nation's most populous state. German Proverb; Dianne Feinstein
Everywhere in the world discrimination between yellow and white remained, as in the rejection of immigration to California and the white-only policy in Australia. These were sufficient grounds for the indignation of the Japanese people. Hirohito
Our children's minds are not for sale. William Honig
We have to struggle to make California the Massachusetts of the West. Timothy Dwight Hunt
California is a tragic country … like every Promised Land. Christopher Isherwood
Point of order. It is a monumental embarrassment for us who intend to vote against this bill that we appear to be on the same side as the speaker. Tom McClintock
It seems paradoxical that a region so dependant on the Federal government decried government influence. Lisa McGirr
... we need Hawaii as much and a good deal more than we did California; it is Manifest Destiny. William McKinley
Go back to Simi Valley, you skunks! Go back to Woodland Hills! Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people, it is your duty to die. Augustin Cebada
Barbara Lee Speaks for Me! Barbara Lee
Opposition to the admission of a state into the union with a constitution prohibiting slavery, on account of such prohibition, is a policy wholly unjustifiable and unstatesmanlike, and in violation of that spirit of concession and compromise by which alone the federal constitution was, adopted, and by which alone it can be perpetuated. Senator Broderick
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude unless for the punishment of crime shall ever be tolerated in this state California
… the admission, as a state, of California, from which we have been excluded by congressional agitation? Jefferson Davis
The discovery of these vast deposits of gold has entirely changed the character of Upper California. Its people, before engaged in cultivating their small patches of ground, and guarding their herds of cattle and horses, have all gone to the mines, or are on their way thither. Laborers of every trade have left their work-benches, and tradesmen their shops; sailors desert their ships as fast as they arrive on the coast; and several vessels have gone to sea with hardly enough hands to spread a sail. Two or three are now at anchor in San Francisco, with no crew on board….I have no hesitation now in saying, that there is more gold in the country drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers than will pay the cost of the present war with Mexico a hundred times over. No capital is required to obtain this gold, as the laboring man wants nothing but his pick and shovel and tin pan, with which to dig and wash the gravel, and many frequently pick gold out of the crevices of rocks with their knives, in pieces of from one to six ounces. Richard Burns Mason
INTERESTING FROM CALIFORNIA—We have received some late and interesting intelligence from California. It is to the 1st of July. Owing to the crowded state of our columns, we are obliged to omit our correspondence. It relates to the important discovery of a very valuable gold mine. We have received a specimen of the gold. New York Herald
Everybody was talking of “Gold! gold!!” until it assumed the character of a fever. Some of our soldiers began to desert; citizens were fitting out trains of wagons and pack-mules to go to the mines. We heard of men earning fifty, five hundred, and thousands of dollars per day, and for a time it seemed as though somebody would reach solid gold. Some of this gold began to come to Yerba Buena [San Francisco] in trade, to disturb the value of merchandise, particularly of mules, horses, tin pans, and articles used in mining. William Tecumseh Sherman
Every seaport as far south as San Diego, and every interior town, and nearly every rancho from the base of the mountains in which the gold has been found, to the Mission of San Luis, south, has become suddenly drained of human beings. Americans, Californians, Indians and Sandwich Islanders, men, women and children, indiscriminately. Johann Augustus Sutter
An express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any territory from the republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between them, and to the use by the executive of the moneys herein appropriated, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory David Wilmot
I personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I can’t impose my views on everyone else. Arnold Schwarzenegger
If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, “No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the 98. It’s common sense-the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority...The key thing now is that since we know this industrial age has created it, let’s get our act together and do everything we can to roll it back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Polypotamia – Cheronesus -- Pelispia Thomas Jefferson
Our health system is broken. Arnold Schwarzenegger
California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn't like it they should leave -- they ought to go back to Europe. Mario Obledo
Turner, forget it. We don't go in for that kind of crap that you have back in New York -- of being obliged to print both sides. We're going to beat this son-of-a-bitch Sinclair any way we can. We're going to kill him. Kyle Palmer
What would be better is to discipline our lawmakers in Sacramento so that they do not spend more money than they have. Arnold Schwarzenegger
There are few areas so advantages to the use of slaves as gold mining. Carolina Mercury
Mexicans now established in territories previously belonging to Mexico, and which remain for the future within the limits of the United States, as defined by the present treaty, shall be free to continue where they now reside, or to remove at any time to the Mexican Republic, retaining the property which they possess in the said territories, or disposing thereof, and removing the proceeds wherever they please, without their being subjected, on this account, to any contribution, tax, or charge whatever. Those who shall prefer to remain in the said territories may either retain the title and rights of Mexican citizens, or acquire those of citizens of the United States. But they shall be under the obligation to make their election within one year from the date of the exchange of ratifications of this treaty; and those who shall remain in the said territories after the expiration of that year, without having declared their intention to retain the character of Mexicans, shall be considered to have elected to become citizens of the United States. Mexico; United States
I will admit that the word expatriation is not universally applicable to the free people of color generally, and even to the great majority of the three millions of slaves; but the plan does not propose to consult the predilection of any, but if they must be removed from the country without their consent, then surely humanity would dictate that we ought to make their privations as light as possible. Why not establish a colony in California for those who object to go to Africa? The climate, the soil, and the location, would all be propitious; our government could throw around them the shield of her protection, and if one seventh part of our whole population are to be removed, we could afford to spare the poor blacks a tract of wild land that has been obtained by conquest. Walker Brown
Supreme Order of Caucasians Anonymous
California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. Denis Kearney
The people of this country will not stand for this decision. It will never work. It will destroy the country. God does not intend that the races should mix. It is against everything that makes America great. Kyle Palmer
Upton Sinclair is a darn nice fellow, and just plum smart, and if he could deliver even some of the things he promises, should not only be governor of one state, but president of all of 'em. Will Rogers
A law providing for the payment of a pension of $50 per month to every needy person over sixty years of age who has lived in the State of California three years prior to the date of the coming into effect of the law. Upton Sinclair
Great quantities of fertile land are standing idle in our State, while at the same time great numbers of men and women and children are going hungry. We intend to start today to end that condition, and to put the idle people on the idle land to produce food for themselves Upton Sinclair
The political innovation that produced the strongest impact was the manipulation of moving pictures. Alarmed by the Sinclair threat, MGM's Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg produced fake newsreels, using Hollywood actors. W.R. Hearst helped distribute them. For the first time, the screen was used to demolish a candidate, a precursor of political attack ads on television. Greg Mitchell
If it was up to me, frankly I would be hanging some of the gang leaders from our street lamps. R. Rex Parris
Really—no mental reservations Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The American people in general, and the black people in particular, must take careful note of the racist California legislature aimed at keeping the black people disarmed and powerless Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned, demonstrated, and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to right the wrongs which have historically been perpetuated against black people The time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late. Bobby Seale
Establishment of the Muslim community on an area of land is a necessity, as vital as water and air. Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
I intend to do what little one man can do to awaken the public conscience, and in the meantime I am not frightened by your menaces. I am not a giant physically; I shrink from pain and filth and vermin and foul air, like any other man of refinement; also, I freely admit, when I see a line of a hundred policeman with drawn revolvers flung across a street to keep anyone from coming onto private property to hear my feeble voice, I am somewhat disturbed in my nerves. But I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. I intend to do my duty to my country. Upton Sinclair
When California passes a law saying that English is the official language, it can only mean one thing: That English is no longer the official language. Carlos Fuentes
This new [redistricting] plan basically does away with the need for elections. Tony Quinn
Considering the question of Reform … the Queen thinks the proposal of merely adding neighboring towns to the small boroughs an improvement on the original plan, which contemplated the taking away of members from some boroughs, and giving them to others. Thus the animosity may be hoped to be avoided which an attack upon vested interests could not have failed to have produced. Much will depend, however, upon the completeness, fairness, and impartiality with which the selection of the towns will be made which are to be admitted into the electoral district of others. Queen Victoria
Many American campaigns have been distinguished by dirty tactics, but I can think of none in which willful fraud has been so brazenly practiced. Heywood Broun
We [California] don’t have a corrupt legislature, but in part that’s because they don’t have a lot to sell — they don’t have that much discretion,” Joe Mathews
The revenue you take in should be enough to cover the revenue that you spend and go beyond that to get a reserve. In order to do that we [in California] need cuts and pension reforms, and taxes. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The top 1 percent in the state increased its share of the income from 10 to 22 percent. The bottom 80 percent of the state is declining. That’s just a fairness fact. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Exert the greatest vigilance in discovering and defeating any British attempt to take over California. James Buchanan
Fremont, morally and physically, was the most complete coward I ever knew … I would say he was timid as a woman if it were not casting an unmerited reproach on that sex. Joseph Reddeford Walker
On receipt of this message, you will immediately retire beyond the limits of California Jose Antonio Castro
I am making myself as strong as possible in the intention that if we are unjustly attacked, we will fight to extremity and refuse quarter, trusting our country to avenge our death. John Fremont
Captain Sutter keeps from 600-800 Indians in a perfect state of slavery. James Clyman
I’m still trying to figure out what a Lieutenant Governor is supposed to do. Gavin Newsom
When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage. Antonin Scalia
Keep California White! Asiatic Immigration Exclusion League
… the anti-Japanese agitation continues on the Pacific Coast, under the leadership of the Exclusion League and the American Legion. Raymond Leslie Buell
There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty. Thaddeus Stevens
I]t is evident that the Railroad machine and Ruef did not want me to be governor again, and as they were in control of the convention, what kick have I coming?[. George Pardee
What else is in government’s files about the network of Saudis and other Arab expatriates in southern California who stepped forward to help two 9/11 hijackers during the year they lived in San Diego?. Phillip Shenon
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
In our wildest dreams we never thought water would be a zero-sum game. Joe Del Bosque
The great thing about ideas is that every new idea leads to two more new ones. It’s the opposite of a gold rush, where the more people who show up in 1849 to get that gold in California, the faster the gold runs out. Ideas are not like that; ideas breed. Jeff Bezos
Mexican immigration is leading toward the demographic reconquista of areas Americans took from Mexico by force in the 1830s and 1840s Samuel P. Huntington
Look at all the guilty pleas and contradictions from there. The White House is full of liars. Jerry Brown

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