Anaheim In Wonderland: Defending Moreno Demagoguery With Race-Baiting Conspiracy Theories

In politics, I’ve long believed – and continue to believe – reasonable people can be in possession of the same facts and still arrive at different conclusions, and in those instances they should endeavor to do so with at least a modicum of civility and respect.

But that requires being factual.

Then there are local progressive activists like Vern Nelson, who instead relapses into fantasy and conjecture in an attempt to demonize others.  Yesterday, on his Orange Juice Blog, he claimed there is a conspiracy in City Hall to “muzzle” Councilman Jose F. Moreno. He claims this is part of an imagined effort to silence Moreno and Councilwoman Denise Barnes because they are Latino.

Councilman Jose F. Moreno: impossible to silence no matter which side of his mouth he’s talking out of.

This is absurd, and it is difficult to believe that Nelson really believes what he’s saying. For starters, there’s no attempt to silence Moreno or Barnes – and any attempt to do so would be doomed. Moreno loves to talk. He cannot stop talking. He talks more than every other member of the seven-member Anaheim City Council combined.  The idea he is being silenced is refuted by reality.

For her part, Barnes is a chatterbox on the dais in co.  During her first two years on the council, Barnes was a mute appendage of Mayor Tom Tait, rarely speaking and when she having something to say, she read from prepared statements.  Since Harry Sidhu became mayor, Barnes has become quite verbose on the council dais.

So how exactly is Mayor Sidhu silencing them?

Don’t ask AUSHD Trustee Annemarie Randle-Trejo, who will be Moreno’s candidate in District 4 this November, follow the herd with this Facebook comment:

Even more bizarrely, Nelson claims an anti-Moreno cabal cut-off Moreno’s philippic during council comments was cut-out of the archived council video. This is false. Click on the archived video link here and go to the 2:06:43 mark and listen to several minutes of classic Moreno left-wing virtue signalling and demagoguery.  He is followed by Barnes, Councilman Trevor O’Niel and Mayor Sidhu.

How hard is it to fact-check something like that?

That’s just sloppiness. Nelson’s race-baiting is worse. He claims Sidhu and the council majority are racists – that their differences with Moreno and Barnes flow from bigotry against Latinos. This is shameful and grotesque.  Their differences are political and ideological. Members of the council majority share a generally pro-business attitude, supporting of economic development as the best path for creating opportunity and ensuring healthy revenues to fund city services. Councilman Moreno is a revolutionary. He harbors an ideological hostility to free enterprise and the profit-motive, viewing them as an greedy, exploitative race-to-the-bottom.  Barnes was part of the governing majority and now she’s part of the political minority bloc on the council. And her politics have been trending in a left-ward direction.  And it was Barnes herself who played the race card herself from the council dais in a disquieting display of self-pity.

Perhaps Nelson’s false accusation of bigotry is symptomatic of how thoroughly racial identity politics have suffused the Left. When you buy into humbug like Critical Race Theory and its political spinoffs, everything can be explained as racism. Like the saying goes, when you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And it’s certainly a handy tool for trying to silence dissent.

Do Nelson and his amen chorus really believe their racism charge? Sadly, the answer is probably “yes”. Many otherwise intelligent people believe lots of things that aren’t true; take a look at contemporary academia or read the social media posts by Bernie Sanders supporters. It’s feeble, lazy and malicious. And it’s unnecessary – the political and policy differences between the council majority and the Moreno/Barnes bloc are substantive and abounding. Apparently, it’s more satisfying for some to reduce those  differences to imagined racial animosity, thereby obviating the necessity of reasoned, factual, hard-hitting debate.

18 comments

  1. Disney is the biggest employer, taxpayer and philanthropist in Anaheim. Why does Jose always try to make Nicky mouse such a villain? The only thing that make sense is that it works for him politically. People like Vern would much rather blame successful organizations for their own drunken failures. I just hope Vern and the others that buy into Dr. Moreno’s grandstanding recognize how much the good doctor and his comrades have benefited from their collective race/poverty baiting. Moreno, Matsuda, Jabbar and company are now 1 percenters thanks to the political clout that they have harnessed.

  2. As I posted earlier, Vern and the cast of clowns at the OJB are race baiting.

    Typical of Vern, Greg, Mark and especially the GOP faction of the “Juice-Fools”, Dave to inject RACISM and hate when they can’t argue their point. This is even true amongst them, Diamond calling Zenger a “NAZI”, Dave Zenger responding in kind “Say it to my face”, Weeew Dave, them be fightin’ words champ.

    Given Vern’s paltry contribution to society and Anaheim (remember this guy has FIVE DUI’S) are amazingly less than the rest of these unemployed losers combined, it stuns me to hear them snark out racist, bigoted comments. But, I am reminded that Greg Diamond once opined that Asians in Santa Ana did not deserve the same protections in district elections because they were largely Republican.

    More RACE BAITING BS, form the pillars of society. Oh, let’s inject Vern’s FILTHY RACIAL self-description: “The White Man Of Anna Drive”.

  3. Vern is talking out of his behind, as per usual. He and his pals are shameless shills for Moreno and Barnes. Barnes is just as shameless. I have it on good authority she met with Sidhu shortly after he was sworn in and said she wanted to be “part of the team” but put a price on her cooperation: keeping her cushy seat on the OC Sanitation District. Sidhu wouldn’t meet her price, so she went into resistance mode with Moreno.

    She’s definitely more talkative. I guess those scripts Cynthia Ward types up for her help.

  4. Mremember these two come election time . Remove and replace!

  5. I’m just going through this a bit at a time. I never said Jose and Denise are being silenced “because they’re Latino.” That’s a purposeful caricature of anything I wrote.

    I mentioned the two council minority members being the only two Latinos, because I think that’s an interesting true fact, from which anyone can draw whatever conclusion they want. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that they’re the only ones who fight for Anaheim’s working classes.

    Harry shuts them up because of what they say.

    • You wrote a post in which you clearly try to manufacture the impression that Sidhu is trying to silence Moreno and Barnes, and doing so because they’re Latinos.

      And when called on it, you’re backpedaling.

      “Harry shuts them up because of what they say.”

      Untrue – and you know it. Moreno talks more than any other councilmember. Barnes does quite a bit of talking herself. You’re trying to manufacture a false narrative.

  6. “…Nelson claims an anti-Moreno cabal cut-off Moreno’s philippic during council comments was cut-out of the archived council video. This is false. Click on the archived video link here and go to the 2:06:43 mark ….”

    Of course it’s all there online. I have video of it being cut off when it was televised on Channel 3. That’s what I was referring to, and I was clear.

    “Nelson’s race-baiting is worse. He claims Sidhu and the council majority are racists – that their differences with Moreno and Barnes flow from bigotry against Latinos.”

    This again is your invention. You can’t find that anywhere in my story. I mentioned, twice, that the two-member council minority happen to be the only Latinos. I think that’s an interesting fact, I’m not sure how much it means. I started mentioning that about a year ago, after a lot of thought.

    “Their differences are political and ideological. Members of the council majority share a generally pro-business attitude, supporting of economic development as the best path for creating opportunity and ensuring healthy revenues to fund city services.”

    I agree that the important differences are not racial. I’m not sure “political and ideological” is the best description though, or “pro-business” either. I think it’s more a question of ALLEGIANCE. The mayor and majority have an allegiance to certain Chamber-connected big businesses and unions, while the minority tries to do what they think is right for the majority of Anaheim’s residents.

    • “That’s what I was referring to, and I was clear.”

      And you just as clearly opined your belief this deliberate, and orchestrated by the mayor – an absurd claim for which you have ZERO evidence, but which you are pushing.

      “This again is your invention.”
      Au contraire. This is a narrative you have been pushing for a long time. You even included it in the list of complaints in the Keystone Cops recall effort. Your post begins with “Well, this takes Mayor Harry Sidhu’s silencing of the Latino Council minority to a whole new level…” There’s no reason to call out their ethnicity unless you wish readers to believe they are being targeted because of their ethnicity.

      “I think that’s an interesting fact, I’m not sure how much it means.”
      Right. Just be honest: you’re trying to create and feed a narrative that Mayor Sidhu is anti-Latino, and targeting Moreno and Barnes for their ethnicity. You know exactly what you’re doing, and it is dishonest and reprehensible.

      “I agree that the important differences are not racial.”
      And yet you omit that from a post written to mislead readers into the opposite conclusion.

      “The mayor and majority have an allegiance to certain Chamber-connected big businesses and unions, while the minority tries to do what they think is right for the majority of Anaheim’s residents.”

      LOL. It’s amazing how you cannot bring yourself to acknowledge that elected officials who have a different viewpoint or philosophy from yours are acting on what they believe to be right for Anaheim residents. You’re like Councilman Moreno in that regard – his smooth palavering about his “colleagues” goes by the wayside when he doesn’t get his way, prompting him to attack their characters and motives. Notice how they don’t lower themselves to his level in return?

  7. Finally, I’ve said this before – I’m sure that if Disney, the Chamber, the police and fire unions, could find and elect a Latino councilmember that would greenlight any subsidy and giveaway they demand, while ignoring the state of the city’s treasury and the needs of working families…. they would LOVE that Latino dearly, and so would Mayor Harry.

  8. Vern Is A Lapdog

    What do you expect? Vern is just a propagandist for Moreno and Barnes. He will never, ever publicly criticize them. For example, did he criticize or disagree with Moreno and Barnes when they called the council majority racist?

    No.

    He says HERE he doesn’t believe that. But he’ll never say it anywhere else.

    Anyway, thanks for exposing Vern.

  9. Vern Is A Lapdog

    “I missed it, or I would have disagreed.”

    Still waiting for that “disagreement,” Vern!

    • I wasn’t there that month, but I heard about it. I still say if the ruling clique had a Latino who’d do what they wanted, maybe someone like Sergio G, they would love him, so I don’t think race is the main reason Jose and Denise get treated the way they do.

      Still, I’ve learned over the years that when some minority says they’re experiencing racism, homophobia, whatever, I don’t tell them they’re wrong – cuz what do I know? It’d be the same if they were not my friends and allies.

      Lastly you think calling me Jose and Denise’s lapdog is a good accurate insult. The fact is I just happen to agree with them most of the time. All three of us oppose the ruling clique’s “ideology” which is simply enriching the already-rich and empowering the already-powerful – an easy, storied, and shameful way of governance that Ronald Reagan called “trickle-down economics.” And Herbert Hoover too.

      • You weren’t there that month? What? Another rehab? How are those Zoom AA meetings working out for you?

      • “…I don’t think race is the main reason Jose and Denise get treated the way they do.”

        It’s really hard to believe that, Vern. Your story leads with the claim Moreno/Barnes are being targeted by the council majority because they’re Latino. You employed that false claim as one of the reasons for recalling Mayor Sidhu in your recall petition.

        Yet, you would have us believe that is not the case, that you keep repeating this claim because you “think it is interesting.” Come on. That’s just not believable.

        On a side note: what IS interesting is you tend to behave yourself and act like a reasonable person when commenting here, but resort to insults on your blog.

        “All three of us oppose the ruling clique’s “ideology” which is simply enriching the already-rich and empowering the already-powerful…”

        That’s pure propaganda, but you’ve said ti so many times you probably believe it. The current council majority supports economic development, which results in more and better jobs, more opportunities to rise, more tax revenue to fund city services. You’re thinking is stuck in a leftist time warp, like a primordial mosquito embalmed in amber. What have Moreno or Barnes accomplished?

        an easy, storied, and shameful way of governance that Ronald Reagan called “trickle-down economics.” And Herbert Hoover too.” Still using shopworn liberal cliches from the 80s? Reagan’s economic policies led to seven years of amazing economic growth – for everyone. Funny how progressives attack Reagan’s tax cuts yet still idolize tax-cutter JFK – who said cutting taxes would create an “rising economic tide that lifts all boats.”

        As for Herbert Hoover: his economic policies were very different from Reagan’s. Hoover raised taxes and increased federal spending and federal intervention and direction of the economy, and supported increasing tariffs. FDR’s New Deal was basically an amplified, more coercive version of Hoovernomics. You might use this downtime to read some history books.

  10. Vern Is A Lapdog

    “I don’t think race is the main reason Jose and Denise get treated the way they do.”

    Wow! What a stinging criticism! What a takedown! You certainly are no one’s lap dog!

    “Still, I’ve learned over the years that when some minority says they’re experiencing racism, homophobia, whatever, I don’t tell them they’re wrong – cuz what do I know?”

    In this case, you can watch the council meetings like everyone else and see for yourself if Moreno and Barnes were/are “experiencing” racism. And they aren’t and don’t.

    Plus, just because a person of color makes a claim of racism doesn’t make it true. Remember Jussie Smollett? There are many cases in recent years of false allegations of racism, particularly by campus activists who are minorities. Maybe, because you have a brain and eyes and judgment, you can not let white guilt get in the way of using them.

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