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Being so far from the eastern centers such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago, California cities developed independent from eastern influence. From the first gold rush, to the picturesque orange groves that lured the “Okies” during the Great Depression, to the glamour of Hollywood, to the high-flying technology of Silicon Valley, California has been the place where millions have pursued their dreams of fame and fortune. In addition, because of California’s agriculture, tourist business, and its ever-ending need for labor to work at farming, housekeeping, and other low paying jobs, the state has been a magnet for millions who seek a better livelihood.
At the 1982 ballot box, Californians approved of a Victim’s Bill of Rights (Proposition 8) that amended the Constitution and pushed many rules to the federal constitutional limits, including the judicial interpretation of “cruel and unusual” punishment. The bill involved restitution to victims, allowable evidence at trials, bail, plea bargaining, and proof of insanity. 13 The 1982 election for governor included Los Angeles Mayor and former police officer, Democrat Tom Bradley, running against the State Attorney General, Republican George Deukmejian.
8 Shapiro goes on to note that the “vengeance-rights lobby is . . ”9 THE “RED SCARE” ENDS AND “DOMESTIC CRIME” RECEIVES THE FOCUS AS THE ENEMY A cynical view of history suggests that politicians with little creative ability to come up with ideas to help society will instead focus on attacking and eliminating public enemies, thus setting up the politician as a public hero. If there are no clear enemies readily available, the politician will either exaggerate the fear of lesser enemies or try to create new enemies.