The people of California are brain-dead, nanny-statist, liberty-hating, government-dependent morons. Forgive the redundancy.
How does this state consistently champion everything that is bad about the left - the disregard for private property rights, the poor understanding of economics, the government dependency, the religious coercion of eco-fallacy, the union thuggery - but completely fail at what little the left, at least in rhetoric, gets right? Case in point: how does the populace that votes for Jerry Brown, for Barbara Boxer, for requiring only a simple majority to pass state budgets (Prop 25), and for maintaining green-motivated prosperity-crushing regulations (Prop 23), vote against re-legalizing marijuana (Prop 19)?
Part of it is the professional Democrats, and their media lackeys, who don’t want states getting any ideas about usurping federal power. They didn’t like it when Arizona did it with immigration and border security. They don’t like the state nullification talk regarding health care. Allowing California to make their own rules will embolden the Left’s “enemies” (Obama’s word) to do the same.
Another part of it could be due to minorities who trend conservative socially, but have been brainwashed to believe that their only friends are the Democrats who give them handouts yet keep them in poverty and dependence.
But really, there is one primary answer: the people of California fear free people making free choices.
However, there’s no geographical quirk that makes the lefties of California any different than lefties elsewhere. California simply reflects the natural progression (or rather, regression) of the left-statist ideology. It begins with taxation and regulation, which leads to fees and penalties and redistribution, which eventually leads to outlawing salt and trans-fats and flavored cigarettes and happy meals.
People think Fascism and Socialism are two distinct and opposing philosophies - extreme right and extreme left. In reality they’re slightly different shades of the same totalitarian hue. Inevitably, each has elements of the other in their framework. Every Fascist government in world history controlled and manipulated the economy in some way, from the corporatist collusion of Mussolini (the economic hallmark of Fascism) to outright government ownership and control of Hitler (after all, Nazi = National Socialists). The communist/socialist governments of the world also extended control of the people in ways people associate with Fascism, from Cuba’s history of religious and homosexual intolerance and citizen apartheid to China’s population control.
Government does only one thing well: force. The more power individuals turn over to government, the more force the government will exert on the individuals. Once government goons think they know better than free individuals in one aspect of life, it’s only a matter of time until they realize they know better in all aspects of life.
And so here we are: the state of California is bent over, ass-cheeks red and throbbing, blood on the wrists and ankles where the handcuffs and rope have dug into skin… and yet through the ball-gag we hear the electorate say, in a cheerful tone that can only come from hollow-headed naïveté, a muffled: “Please, sir, may I have another?”
With Jerry Brown as governor (who, as governor previously, signed the Dills Act in 1978, turning over the state to the unions and collective bargaining) and, thanks to Prop 25, only a simple majority required for the democrat state legislature to pass budgets (forget the other part of the bill that promises not to pay legislators who can’t balance budgets - one way or another, the politicians will pay themselves; plus a balanced budget is pretty meaningless if it simply continues spending), there is nothing that can stop a further growth in government previously unseen on this continent.
California will make Greece seem miserly.
And when the unions get everything they ask for, gorging themselves at the taxpayer trough, and the public sector further squeezes the private sector out of the state, losing their revenue, taxes will necessarily shoot up to pay the inflated bills. But the citizenry, heavily unemployed due to the economic carpet-bombing the left’s policies have continued to defecate on the people, won’t be able to pay. So the Banana Republic of California will turn its upward palms and pouty-yet-entitled lower lip toward the federal government, looking for a bailout to pay off the union pensions and welfare state obligations and everything else they thought they could fund magically.
If and when that time comes, I hope the 49 other ostensibly sovereign states of the union collectively tell this state to go f*ck itself.
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, California. At some point, the piper demands payment - a lesson other states will learn from California’s folly.
Hopefully, I’ll have moved out of this miserable cesspool by then.