The political and philosophic divide that has been paralyzing America is geographically seen in the bi-coastal progressive Democratic Party — and the rest of us living in what has become known as “fly-over America.”
Democrat power is based on lopsided majorities along the east and west coasts – especially in New York and California. Republican power is in the majority of states and counties that spread across the nation. That was why Hillary Clinton could win the popular vote by racking up huge majorities in New York and California and lose the majority of states in middle America – and with them the Electoral College.
California particularly has been a state with a deep progressive political and social culture that has offended the values of the more conservative middle America. The Golden State has also been a prime example of failed left-wing governance. The state has spent itself to the verge of bankruptcy even though it is one of the highest taxing states. Once a magnet for intra-U.S. migration, it is now one of the leading exodus states.
Los Angeles and San Francisco have the highest percentages of homeless people living on the streets. San Francisco has a published “poop map” registering human feces in public places. Despite the 2008 recession, California housing costs are among the highest in the nation – driven up by the very rich in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. A high-speed rail project has become a failed billion-dollar public works boondoggle.
In many ways, California has been the leader in radical social liberalism. The divisive and destructive culture of political correctness and identity politics is a mainstay of public policy. Unfettered access to abortion-on-demand – even to the point of natural birth – is proffered as a misguided “right” of a pregnant woman. California’s progressive ideology advances the issue of church and state to a society-wide elimination of religion – actually attempting to criminalize some religious beliefs. Calls for limitations of freedom of speech based on political disagreement or even offensive language are designed to literally nullify the First Amendment.
California has been on the far-left edge of the issue of gun regulation – attempting to pass laws on ammunition that would literally render guns useless. It is a back-handed means of confiscation.
Hollywood, itself, presents a unique offense to many middle Americans. Relative morality carried out in the daily lives of many of the “stars of the silver screen” – and promoted in movies attacking traditional morality – runs contrary to the values of most Americans. Hollywood also uses the power of the industry to propagandize for the radical left.
Weeeeell … there is one candidate seeking the Democrat presidential nomination who actually sees California as a “model” for the nation. In opening his first California office, Michael Bloomberg – the Daddy Warbucks of the Democrat contenders — said, “I think that California can serve as a great example for the rest of this country.” And he did not mean a bad example.
That is almost like saying that Iran is a great example for the rest of the Middle East. That may be a little hyperbolic, but you get the point. However, California’s brand of authoritarian progressivism is very much in line with Bloomberg’s own policies and programs as Mayor of New York. Bloomberg is the quintessential left-winger – believing that he is among a minority of elite Americans who are better intellectually and morally suited to control the lives of the less endowed masses.
He has already established his belief that we the people need a Bloomberg to tell us how much Coke we can drink, how much sugar we can put in our coffees, whether we can own guns and what we can say.
If every American were to take Bloomberg seriously – and we should – he may find himself unwelcome anywhere EXCEPT New York and California. So far, Bloomberg has not been able to get out of single digits in the presidential polls – and we can only hope that he remains there. This declaration of fealty to California should do the trick,
So, there ‘tis.