Responsible. Open. Inclusive. We believe in a government that allows all Californians to achieve personal and economic success. Our policy will be defined by our growing membership.
Tom Campbell served five terms in the US Congress and two years in the California State Senate. He was finance director of California and director of the bureau of competition of the Federal Trade Commission.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard. He was a White House Fellow and a US Supreme Court law clerk, a tenured law professor at Stanford, dean of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley, and dean of the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University.
Currently, he is professor of law and professor of economics at Chapman. He and his wife live in Temecula.
I tell my students that the difference between politics and football is that in politics, the victories come between the forty yard lines. As the two major political parties continue to retreat further and further toward their ideological extremes, California needs a political party that can take smart ideas from both sides and forge a common sense consensus that allows our state to move forward.
The two major political parties have taken ideological turns in opposite directions. As a result, many voters who consider themselves to be in the sensible center feel abandoned. The California Common Sense Party seeks to give a voice to those who seek principle-based governance, sensible solutions, and results over rhetoric.
Our two major political parties are increasingly driven by extreme ideology and the result is gridlock. Our citizens are frustrated at our elected officials’ inability to address complex problems that affect their everyday lives. We need a party “for the rest of us” – one that is responsible, open and inclusive, does not inflict ideological litmus tests on its candidates and elected officials, and one that will demonstrate that compromise is not a dirty word but a principled way to get things done.
I came to America because my parents sought the ability to pursue their work and beliefs free from government control. I ran for local office to protect my community’s ability to determine its own land use and maintain its suburban character. Unfortunately, our state government keeps trying to fix problems with simple solutions like raising taxes and moving zoning authority to regional and state bureaucracies. Maybe our elected officials should listen to the people rather than telling them what to do.
As a native Californian, I am gravely concerned about the direction of our state. We must break the stranglehold of single party control, while raising the level of integrity and bringing true cognitive diversity into the leadership of our political process so we can face the significant challenges of our times.
The Common Sense Party is needed to give independent-minded California voters a choice in what has become a de-facto one-party state. With 1/4 of the state's electorate self-identifying as NPP, the opportune time to support Common Sense is now.
People are inspired to participate when they feel a deep sense that their contribution propels a vision of healthier and safer communities for themselves and their families. Invitations, not threats, motivate us to co-create the cooperative nation we want to live in! We must harness the monumental energy necessary to assure every American support and fair access to the opportunities and benefits afforded our founders.
The 2016 election showed that our country is more divided than ever, and our two-party system constrains the people's will in ways both overt and subtle. I support the Common Sense Party in their mission to help weaken this duopoly and work towards a system where extremism is discouraged.
A public official should have courage to stand up to pressures, devotion to studying an issue on its merits, transparency in announcing a position, and consistency in adhering to a view once expressed, barring new information, at which point, a public official should be open to a candid reassessment of any position. I have lived by those standards my entire life. I believe the Common Sense Party will enable many others to do the same, to the great betterment of our state.
I am a lifelong conservative and ¡BASTA! – I have had enough, Despierta CA (Wake up CA), and Detener el socialism (Stop socialism). We the people can no longer wait around for career politicians to solve our problems. Let’s take back CA with our commonsense vote. Es nuestro turno! It’s our turn!
Today’s political system is gripped in a partisan death spiral where the primary goal of the Republican and Democratic Parties is to make sure the other fails at all costs. What is missing is Common Sense and California can lead the nation to a brighter future!
California is in desperate need of an avenue to foster innovative fiscally sound solutions that work for the people. The Common Sense Party is that pathway forward.