“First we must cross the river,” Benito was saying. “Do you believe me now when I tell you that you must not attempt to swim it, or even get wet from it, or must you try that too?”
“What happens if I just dive in?”
“Then you will be as you were in the bottle. Aware and unable to move. but it will be very cold, and very uncomfortable, and you will be there for all eternity knowing that you put yourself there.”Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Inferno 1976
Well folks, the Golden state had a chance to stop the hemorrhaging of business to other state and the exodus of the producer class.
It had a chance to at least suggest they’ve had enough of poop maps, shoplifting as a way of life and increasingly unsafe neighborhood.
It had a chance to tell the progressive left that water for people is at least as important as activist’s concerns, that the state wants to open and function and that it won’t tolerate a double standard on how COVID is treated.
So dear people of the golden state, as your state continues to decline to a 3rd world shithole with defacto feudalism, unsafe streets, business on the ropes, rolling blackouts, water supply issues etc etc etc don’t come complaining to the rest of us.
You could have taken a step in a different direction but that would have involved admitting that liberalism is inferior to conservatism, and as liberalism is your religion you just couldn’t do it.
People in a republic usually get the government they deserve and the left is about to demonstrate that in spades.
The verdict on the right seems to be unanimous on the Jenner ad as a devastating hit on the Democrat rule in California in general and the Newson administration in particular. Glenn Reynolds put it very well in his NY Post piece:
It’s rare for a single ad to determine the outcome of an election. But this Jenner spot has one enormous strength: It’s true. ..
…No matter how you spin the discarded needles and human feces littering the street, they’re still there.
t seems incredible to me that the GOP does not have a potential candidate in California who isn’t a walking billboard for mental hilliness, then again is California and the days when sanity rules are long gone, but to those who are thinking that if Jenner is the choice to challenge Newsom and are considering sitting this one out I cite Dr. Pierce from the classic1947 film Miracle on 34th Street:
Thousands of people have similar delusions living perfectly normal lives in every other respect. A famous example is that fellow, I can’t think of his name. For years he’s insisted he’s a Russian prince. There’s been much evidence to prove him wrong, but nothing has shaken his story. Is he in an institution? No. He owns a famous restaurant in Hollywood and is a highly respected citizen.
Of course in America elections are a binary choice if it's a question of someone handing the wheel to someone who is delusional but understands enough not to drive off a cliff vs someone aiming for the cliff who insists all is well, the choice is obvious.
That California may have such a choice to make says everything about both about the left's prerogatives and skill at government but also speaks to the price of the establishment GOP spurned on by well paid consultant who insisted the culture wars were not worth fighting back in the days when they were easily won. As a fellow named Spock once put it:
If we had not crossed the Neutral Zone, on your order, you would not now need our opinions to support a decision which should never have been madeStar Trek, The Enterprise Incident 1968
If nothing else it has been amusing so far and will be even more amusing to watch the left which lavished honors on Jenner when it suited their agenda to decide Jenner is the greatest evil known to mankind.
It’s a great lesson to the left’s useful idiots who follow their agenda that no amount of conformity to their radical political/social agenda will protect them from the full fury of their wrath once you are of no further use.
Unexpectedly of course.