Coming Events on Road to November 2

October 10th, 2010

Dear Friends,

Only 23 days until the November 2 election. Midterm elections are often a referendum on the presidential administration, and this one is shaping up to be a doozey. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 promising change, but he seriously misread the kind of change the electorate had in mind. Americans have had enough of trillion-dollar deficits, “picking favorites” bailouts, and enterprise-choking regulations. They have had enough of an increasingly crass culture where licentiousness masquerades as liberty. And they have had enough of the Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement of terrorists who would destroy our very way of life. In other words, we Americans still hanker for the 3-legged stool that was the unshakeable bedrock of the Ronald Reagan coalition: fiscal responsibility; moral decency; and a peace-through-strength defense policy. The election on November 2 is therefore a choice between President Ronald Reagan’s vision of America, or the counter-vision offered up with increasing arrogance by President Barack Obama and his nanny-state cronies, both in Washington and here in California. 

That’s an easy choice! I prefer freedom. I prefer to defend that freedom. And I prefer to have a country worthy of defending.

I will be speaking extensively in the coming weeks about these themes and the importance of choosing wisely in the coming election, and I hope you will consider attending one or more of the upcoming events if you are within geographic striking distance of them.  Below is the current list; more details will be available on my old Eastman for Attorney General website as they are solidified. 

I would also like to encourage you to donate to candidates who share our views about the importance of this election. Although I still have campaign debt of my own to retire, and would never discourage you from helping with that effort (you can donate online here!), we can attend to that after the election. For now, please help U.S. Senate Candidates like Carly Fiorina (CA), Sharron Angle (NV), and Marco Rubio (FL); Congressional candidates like Van Tran (CA47), Tom McClintock (CA4), Dan Lungren (CA3), Star Parker (CA37), and David Harmer (CA11); and California legislative candidates like Andy Pugno, John Stammreich, Nathan Mintz, Don Wagner, and Allan Mansoor.  There are lots of others, of course. Be sure to learn about the candidates in your local area and back those of courage and principle (and send me a note if you have any questions about which other candidates I am supporting). Let’s make this “wave” election a tsunami for freedom!

Upcoming Events: 

• Sunday, October 10, Noon to 4 p.m., Oceanside, CA: 10.10.10 Pre-Election Tea Party at the amphitheatre in Oceanside. I’ll be speaking about 3:30, and the program includes such notables as Arizona Senator Russell Pearce (the author of Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement law, which my Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence is helping to defend in court), Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal, Conservative Activist Ted Hayes, former Congressman J. D. Hayworth, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Mark Meckler, Radio personalities Rick Amato and Rhonda Deniston, and many others. Come get fired up for the final run to election day!

• Tuesday, October 12, 6 p.m., Orange, CA: My annual Supreme Court Review, presented to the Warren J. Ferguson Inn of Court, an organization for lawyers.  Starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and my presentation, at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. Members and their invited guests only, but if you are interested in attending and perhaps becoming a member, drop me an e-mail.

• Thursday, October 14, 12:30 p.m., Tucson, AZ: Speech at the University of Arizona Law School, discussing the litigation over SB1070, the Arizona immigration law. 

• Thursday, October 14, 3-5 p.m., Tucson, AZ:  Debate before the Tucson Federal Bar Association, on SB1070, the Arizona immigration law, two weeks before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears argument in the case.

• Saturday, October 16, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Costa Mesa, CA: I will be chairing a panel on “The Truth About Jerry Brown” at the Western Conservative Political Action Conference. The conference begins on Friday evening, and includes a veritable who’s who of the conservative movement, including Congressmen Tom McClintock, Ed Royce, Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter, and Darrell Issa; National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown; Ed Meese biographer Lee Edwards; Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal; Pollster Scott Rasmussen; Human Events Political Writer John Gizzi; The Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund; commentator Bruce Herschensohn; Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy; and many more!  The conference concludes with a reception honoring Orange County Republican Party Chairman Emeritus Tom Fuentes and long-time conservative stalwart Richard Viguerie, followed by a not-to-be-missed dinner celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Young Americans for Freedom.

• Sunday, October 17, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rolling Hills Estates, CA: I will be the featured speaker in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Speaker Series, hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Republican Assembly. Topic is “Ronald Reagan and the Constitution,” and the event will be held at The Original Red Onion, 736 Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates.  Modest cost ($25/person or $45/couple) to cover hors d’oeuvres. RSVP to Rick Marshall, (310) 346-7425 or, if you are able to attend.

• Monday, October 18, Noon, Seattle, WA: Supreme Court Preview, hosted by the Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society at the federal courthouse in Seattle. Modest cost ($5/person); RSVP information at the link.

• Monday, October 18, 4-5 p.m., Orange County, CA: National Health Care Discussion with Former New York Governor George Pataki and Orange County Congressional Candidate Van Tran. Broadcast live on the Hugh Hewitt show. Be sure to listen in!

• Tuesday, October 19, Noon, Missoula, MT: Debate on Arizona’s immigration law, hosted by the University of Montana Law School student chapter of the Federalist Society.

• Saturday, October 23, 6:30 p.m., Huntington Beach, CA: The Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Society is honoring me at their Annual Dinner for the principled positions I have defended over the years. Should be a lot of fun, and it would be wonderful to have many of my supporters in attendance, if you are close enough to Huntington Beach to make it. RSVP details are available at their website.

• Monday, October 25, 7:30 a.m., Newport Beach, CA: I am hosting a breakfast fundraiser for Steve Cooley, Republican nominee for Attorney General. Yes, yes; I know he was the fellow I ran against in the primary last spring, but many of the reasons that I got into the race for Attorney General in the first place requires that we work overtime to help Steve defeat Democrat nominee Kamala Harris for that office. Kamala is a radical lefty who can’t speak highly enough about the unconstitutional federal government takeover of our health care system known as ObamaCare; won’t bring death penalty charges against cop killers; runs what appears to be a “catch and release” program for illegal alien criminals in the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco; loves wacky “global warming” regulations that are destroying our state’s economy; and is a staunch proponent of abortion on demand and an equally staunch opponent of Proposition 8.  She is also relatively young, and clearly being groomed for higher office by the Democrats and her buddy, President Barack Obama. It is therefore critically important that we stop her now. Moreover, given the constitutional crisis that this state’s financial woes have caused, it is critically important that we elect someone to that office who recognizes the importance of faithful adherence to our constitution and is willing to seek input from those with the necessary constitutional expertise.  Steve Cooley is that and more—a long-time prosecutor who has devoted his life to putting behind bars those who reject the rule of law, whether street thugs or corrupt politicians. As I said numerous times on the campaign trail, this may be the most important race in the state.  It remains so.  I hope you will join me for this Monday morning event! E-mail me for additional details, particularly if you are interested in co-hosting the event with me.

• Tuesday, October 26, Noon, Pittsburgh, PA: Supreme Court Preview, hosted by the Pittsburgh Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.

• Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., Steubenville, OH: The Franciscan University of Steubenville will be honoring me with its St. Thomas More Award, in recognition of my work over the years as founder and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. 

• Wednesday, October 27, 6 p.m., Malibu, CA: Featured speaker at the “An Evening in Malibu” Salon lecture series. Topic:  “On the eve of the election, the Government vs. the People.”  This event is by invitation only, but if you think you might be interested in attending, send me an E-mail.

• Tuesday, November 2.  Election Day. VOTE! Take 10 friends and get them to vote with you. 

• Saturday, November 6, Long Beach, CA. My son, Benjamin, will be presented with his Eagle Rank from the Boy Scouts of America, at his Eagle Court of Honor.  My wife and I are very proud parents!

• Monday, November 8, 6 p.m., Orange, CA.  The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County is honoring me and California Court of Appeal Justice Kathleen O’Leary with its “Catholic Attorney of the Year” and “Catholic Judge of the Year” awards at the dinner following the annual Red Mass. The Red Mass is a tradition in the Catholic legal community that dates back to 1245, when a special mass was held for the Bench and Bar to remind lawyers and judges alike of the important roles they play in the pursuit of justice. Many of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, participate in Washington, D.C.’s annual Red Mass on the Sunday before the opening of the Supreme Court’s term on the First Monday in October, and it is a wonderfully inspiring tradition. I am deeply humbled by this honor, and the honor would be even more complete if many of you in or near Orange County could join us.  RSVP details are available at the Society’s website. Sponsorships are also available. If interested, contact Don Hunsberger at 714-663-8000, or

Many thanks and blessings to you all,
John Eastman


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