Rich Tucker

And the California election, like so many things that happen in the Golden State, is already having an effect on the tens of millions of us who live in the other 49 states. In a desperate effort to save his job, (after all, what else is he going to do if he’s recalled?) professional politician Davis recently signed a measure to give driver’s licenses to “undocumented immigrants.”

Now, why would an immigrant be walking around “undocumented?” Because he is here illegally. Many Mexicans immigrate to California. Some legally, some illegally. But either way, these immigrants want driver’s licenses. This measure will earn Davis votes in the politically powerful Hispanic community. That’s why the “experienced politician” signed it now, even though just a year ago he vetoed a similar measure.

Of course, a driver’s license is the main form of identification in this country. If California is handing them out to “undocumented immigrants,” not only will poor farm workers be able to get them, but would-be terrorists could, too.

Schwarzenegger -- an immigrant himself -- opposed this foolish bill. That’s one more reason to root for the amateur in California.

There were a few of what we might call “professional politicians” among the framers of our Constitution, but they were mostly civilians. Farmers, merchants, lawyers, soldiers -- even a renowned scientist. Somehow these amateurs managed to draft a brilliant document that has provided orderly government across the centuries. Most of the framers would probably be appalled at the notion that one has to be a professional politician in order to serve in government.

In California, and right here in Washington, we’ve got plenty of politicians with decades of experience. They supposedly know what they’re doing. But hardly anyone thinks they’re doing a great job. Let’s not be afraid to give non-politicians -- especially those who have proven successful in other fields -- a chance.


Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for Townhall.com.