It’s lonely being a conservative in Los Angeles. So lonely that we have to create secret clubs and attend password-protected gatherings to be able to speak freely. But you’d never know it by the way the state’s progressives are reacting to the election.
Statewide, things went swimmingly for the Dems. Due to a completely screwed up primary system, there was no chance of them losing the open US Senate seat, and they regained seats in the State Senate and Assembly. Though Hillary Clinton carried the state by a large margin, CA Dems are fuming that Donald Trump was elected, and early on election night the #Calexit hashtag started trending on Twitter.
Because they can’t impose their will on the rest of the country the way they do their fellow Californians, CA Dems want to secede.
With the largest economy in the U.S. and the sixth-largest in the world, the state enjoys greater independence from Washington than most. It was the first state to adopt its own vehicle emissions standards, in 2002. In 2012, California created the only state-level cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions after Republicans in Congress rejected a national model. California, which has more undocumented immigrants than any other state, offers them driver’s licenses as well as financial aid for college. It has imposed some of the country’s strictest background checks on firearms purchases. It’s one of three states to provide paid family and medical leave and one of five that require employers to offer paid sick leave.
The LA Times editorial argues that the GOP won’t let California leave the US, asserting that the federal government is dependent upon taxes from Californians. So, they suggest the Dems use that as a bargaining chip in their efforts to keep ignoring federal law on immigration and other issues.
But the bottom line is, if #Calexit happened, it’s the progressives’ pet projects which would be decimated without federal funding. For instance, Covered California would sink. And from where would the state’s college students receive student aid/loans?
Even the LA Times had a brief moment of clarity in their opinion, arguing:
Speaking of fights, is secession really the best idea for a state that just passed some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation? Ever notice how many people in Arizona and Nevada are packing? Civil wars tend to follow secessions, and I don’t like our chances.
State Senate President Kevin DeLeon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, both from Los Angeles, have said “enough” to the #Calexit tag. They’re committed to stay right here and fight Trump. The two issued a statement that read:
“Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.”
Feeling like strangers in a foreign land…that you own? Nothing becomes law in California without either of your names. In any of the state’s urban areas, your viewpoints are the socially acceptable ones.
You’ll lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our Constitution? That’s funny. “Ghost Gun” de Leon is the driving force behind the state’s “Gunpocalypse” package of laws which, well, shredded the Second Amendment. You’re against an effort hat would shred our social fabric? Yet you allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses, attend college for free, protect people eligible for deportation (11,000 last year alone) from federal authorities?
Your decision to declare war over control of California just might wake up the state’s conservatives. They’ve felt like strangers in a foreign land for close to three decades. The California GOP doesn’t have a big bench. In 2014, terrified that their nominee for Governor would be from the Tea Party, they enlisted a former Democrat banker to run late in the game, and there are very few candidates in the game for 2018. (When you don’t control the statewide offices, it’s difficult for any politician to gain the name recognition needed in such a large state.)
Solidly red Congressional districts are turning purple and some even blue.
And, the GOP is losing some of its best and brightest to other states as they know job opportunities as a Republican political operative in California are extremely limited, and party insiders say the infighting for jobs and power keeps new talent from emerging, as rivals mercilessly beat them down before they have an opportunity to do anything to help the movement.
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