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California dreamin’

Actually, these nitwits aren’t ENTIRELY wrong.

The next time you call for bipartisan cooperation in America and long for Republicans and Democrats to work side by side, stop it. Remember the great lesson of California, the harbinger of America’s political future, and realize that today such bipartisan cooperation simply can’t get done.

In this current period of American politics, at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward.

Perfectly correct so far. But being libtards, they immediately go off the rails entirely.

The way forward is on the path California blazed about 15 years ago.

Umm. Uhh, yeah. Right. Thanks and all, but, well…NO.

In the early 2000s, California faced a similar situation to the one America faces today. Its state politics were severely polarized, and state government was largely paralyzed. The Republican Party was trapped in the brain-dead orthodoxies of an ideology stuck in the past. The party was controlled by zealous activists and corrupt special interests who refused to face up to the reality of the new century. It was a party that refused to work with the Democrats in good faith or compromise in any way.

The solution for the people of California was to reconfigure the political landscape and shift a supermajority of citizens — and by extension their elected officials — under the Democratic Party’s big tent. The natural continuum of more progressive to more moderate solutions then got worked out within the context of the only remaining functioning party. The California Democrats actually cared about average citizens, embraced the inevitable diversity of 21st-century society, weren’t afraid of real innovation, and were ready to start solving the many challenges of our time, including climate change.

California today provides a model for America as a whole. This model of politics and government is by no means perfect, but it is far ahead of the nation in coming to terms with the inexorable digital, global, sustainable transformation of our era. It is a thriving work in progress that gives hope that America can pull out of the political mess we’re in. California today provides a playbook for America’s new way forward. It’s worth contemplating as we enter 2018, which will be a critical election year.

Wow. The delusion is STRONG with these ones. Amazingly, they swerve back into being more or less right again, though.

The best way to understand politics in America today is to reframe it as closer to civil war. Just the phrase “civil war” is harsh, and many people may cringe. It brings up images of guns and death, the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers.

America today is nowhere near that level of conflict or at risk of such violence. 

Better hope it stays that way, chum, for your own sake. Persist in trying to write all of the country more than twenty miles inland from an ocean out of the American political equation and it won’t for very long.

Trump is doing exactly what America needs him to do right now. He’s becoming increasingly conservative and outrageous by the day. Trump could have come into office with a genuinely new agenda that could have helped working people. Instead, he has spent the past year becoming a caricature of all things conservative — and in the meantime has alienated most of America and certainly all the growing political constituencies of the 21st century. He is turning the Republican brand toxic for millennials, women, Latinos, people of color, college-educated people, urban centers, the tech industry, and the economic powerhouses of the coasts, to name a few.

Oh, sure. Not to mention all those people who now have jobs, who are enjoying rising household income and a GDP around 4 percent—declared “impossible” by you dim bulbs after the Obama disaster—along with the manufacturers who decided to bring their factories (and their hidden cash) back from overseas, entire industries enjoying an undreamed-of revival, and etc and etc.

Yep, just like the handful of malcontents, weirdos, whiners, degenerates, layabouts, dependents, criminals, gangbangers, and urban hipster douchebags you cited, we’re all mighty pissed with Trump out here in flyover country. Why, he’s so damned unpopular his poll numbers are higher than Saint Barrack’s were at this point. We all hatehateHATE Trump, we surely do. You just keep right on telling yourselves that.

The Republican Party is playing their part perfectly, too. They completely fell for the Trump trap — and that’s exactly what America needed them to do. The Republican Party could have maintained some distance from Trump and kept a healthy check on him through Congress. Instead, they fully embraced him in a group bear hug that culminated in a deeply flawed tax law in the waning days of 2017. This mess of a law, thrown together without traditional vetting, is riddled with outrageous loopholes that benefit the crony donor class and line the pockets of many of the politicians who passed it.

Along with about eighty percent of the people who do most of the working and the paying and the living and the dying in this country.

The law is hugely unpopular, and everyone who voted for it is marked for the election of 2018.

Incredible as it must seem to sane people, these clowns apparently believe this tripe. Then, after beating their meat to such fantasy-fodder for a few interminable paragraphs, they finally get around to their…well, I suppose we should be charitable and call it a “point,” of a sort.

There is life on the other side of that Republican political collapse. There is a clear way forward in the land of Democratic, progressive supermajorities. California is thriving right now, the economy is booming, state government budgets are setting aside surpluses, and the public is happy with its political leaders (as we have laid out in other articles in this series). California is leading the world in technological innovation and creative policies to counter climate change.

I repeat: WOW. It might be useful right about now to suggest to this doofus that he look into renting a one-way U-Haul out of Calitopia, as hordes of others fleeing the shithole are doing, just to see how much it will cost him. But nah, let him dream on.

Trump is just making clear to all what was boiling under the surface for decades, and that’s exactly what we need him to do. Why? Because America finally needs to take the Republican Party down for a generation or two. Not just the presidency. Not just clear out the U.S. House. Not just tip back the Senate. But fundamentally beat the Republicans on all levels at once, including clearing out governorships and statehouses across the land.

Could such as collapse of the Republican Party really happen? Won’t it take decades of trench warfare to put the GOP on the run? Not at all. A political collapse could happen very fast, as it did in California.

I got a better idea for ya. Why not just outlaw the Republican Party outright? After that, you could get started on what you really want to do, what your ilk always really wants to do: rounding the dissenters up, putting them in camps, and then killing them in job lots in all sorts of creative ways. Go on, just admit it, guys. It’s the ill-concealed secret dream of every Utopian statist; scratch a liberal, find a fascist underneath. Every. Fucking. Time. We’ve seen this movie a whole bunch of times. We already know how it ends.

America today has many parallels to America in the 1850s or America in the 1930s. Both of those decades ended with one side definitively winning, forming a political supermajority that restructured systems going forward to solve our problems once and for all. In the 1850s, we fought the Civil War, and the Republican Party won and then dominated American politics for 50 years. In the 1930s, the Democratic Party won and dominated American politics for roughly the same amount of time.

cough-cough Party of Slavery cough-cough. Party of Jim Crow. Party of segregation. Political wing of the Ku Klux Klan. Bull Connor, George McGovern, Grand Kleagle and “Conscience of the Senate” Robert “Sheets” Byrd—Democrats to a man, and proud of it too. Hate to bring all that up and all, but, well, you know.

America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot.

No, it cannot. But I think it’s cute how careful you are with your threadbare little subterfuge, tapdancing around a repeated “civil war” metaphor that makes the drool fairly roll down your chin with a little “nonviolent, without a shot fired” soft-shoe to tap the rhetorical brakes just a wee mite. As if we all didn’t know already how quickly you’d have all us Badthinkers loaded on cattle cars and rattling on off to some distant Soylent Green gulag if you could.

But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.

California, as usual, resolved it early. The Democrats won; the Republicans lost. The conservative way forward lost; the progressive way forward began. As we’ve laid out in this series, California is the future, always about 15 years ahead of the rest of the country.

Given the blighted, miserable mess you dumbshits have made of a once-great state, along with everywhere else you’ve run into the ground (cough-cough DetroitBaltimoreWashingtonNewOrleansSanFancisco cough-cough), we all gotta hope the fuck not.

Y’know, sometimes I can’t help but feel that the shooting war with these asswipes can’t start soon enough.


1 thought on “California dreamin’

  1. Somebody pays that guy? If California is anything it’s a more populist state than anything. All of the things he mentions in his articles are what the voters passed. Let’s see term limits, yep. Death penalty recently reaffirmed, bingo. Three strikes for violent offenders, gotcha. Stringent rules on taxes and the budget, sure enough. Climate change policies my ass. If the county supervisors, who answer directly to the people, aren’t on board it’s not going to happen.

    Now if taking power away from politicians and leaving it in the hands of the voters is progressive I may have to rethink what I call myself.

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