Buck Up, Buttercup - California Isn't Going Anywhere
By Raymond Shipley
This November, despite the media, Super PACs and fake polls, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. American Nationalists and conservatives rejoiced while their progressive counterparts reacted with shock and horror. Whether overjoyed or devastated by the results of this election, it will surely be one for the history books.
The Republicans did not just secure the power of the presidency, however. Congress, likewise, is now controlled by the GOP, and very soon the Supreme Court will possess at least one new conservative Justice, with likely more to come. The progressives have been soundly shut down in the United States, and where there is victory there is also defeat.
In California, a state that gave 61% of its votes to a criminal candidate under FBI investigation, the hurt is felt far and wide. The GOP has promised to undo Obamacare, deport illegal immigrants and roll back environmental regulations, and California Democrats are not happy at all. Post election, state Senate President Kevin de Leon and fellow Hispanic, Anthony Redon, released a statement about the results:
"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."
What can be said of this statement is that this author knows that feeling exactly, as do many Americans across the country. A native of California, I've watched the demographic of the state and country change to where it is almost unrecognizable over the past 30 plus years. California - the state that passed a proposition to legalize marijuana while simultaneously keeping the death penalty; the state that voted to release thousands of inmates from its prisons while simultaneously voting to make it more difficult to buy ammunition for families wishing to defend themselves; the state that actually had its voters weigh in on condoms in adult films while placing a special tax on cigarettes; the state that has more illegal immigrants than any other and grants these criminals driver's licenses and financial aid for college - has the audacity to now speak openly of a "Calexit", a potential secession from the United States. These "values of the people of California" do not seem like values at all.
Since 2011 Democrats have dominated all political branches in California. With the largest economy in the US and the sixth-largest in the world, it is an absolute shame this state is in such disrepair. Our roads are in shambles and the education system is worse. What California does with its economy is tax its citizens to the brink of death in order to afford hand-outs to Welfare recipients, enforce draconian laws proven not to keep citizens safe and regulate every industry more heavily than any other state in the union. Yes, California values.
From January 2014 to September 2015, California defied federal law in more than 11,000 instances, releasing illegal immigrants rather than turning them over to the Feds for deportation, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement data obtained by the Texas Tribune. New York, by contrast, released only 2,000 and was number two on the list. Moreover, on November 14, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck claimed he will not reverse long-standing department policy blocking officers from doing immigration enforcement, despite Trump's threats to cut federal funding to such so-called "sanctuary cities." San Fransisco, likewise, claims it will defy Trump in order to protect these illegals. Never mind harboring a fugitive is a felony under California law: when feelings and "progress" are involved, it no longer matters according to California values, apparently.
Climate change and healthcare are also areas of contention. Governor Brown is a leading advocate of slapping environmental regulations on industry, over-and-above what federal law requires. Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement and toss Obama's Clean Power Plan, as he is not a believer in climate change, or global warming, or global freezing. Donald Trump has also vowed to repeal Obamacare, which will cost the state over $15 billion in federal subsidies per year, according to the nonprofit Urban Institute. California's insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, claims the state could implement its own universal health-care program, but warns doing so would require significant tax increases on top of already astronomically high taxes.
Trump continues to pledge there will be a wall built on our southern border, and that includes California. The state will likely object to such a wall, but it is likely in this case logic will override stupid, and the wall will be built regardless. But California also has its eyes set on abortion, and a woman's right to choose. Trump has stated he would appoint conservative justices that would likely overturn Roe v. Wade in the future, much to the chagrin of many Californians. However, an overturning of this law would not effect California's rights to abortion-on-demand. States will decide the issue, as they constitutionally should, and nothing would change for a state like California that likes it the way it is.
The very idea of California exiting the union is both laughable and worthy of applaud. It is a laugh for the very reasons California Democrats claim to wish it so. California values? What an oxymoron. The Golden State has become a nanny state comprised of tantrum throwing former daycare kids. But a Calexit will absolutely never be tolerated by Republicans or Democrats. Republicans won't allow it because California is too valuable an asset in terms of its economy, while Democrats won't allow it because it would flush their ill-gotten 55 delegates down the drain and they would never control the White House again. No, California will stay in the union, for better or worse, and like an unruly child it is past time this state got some tough love and realized it is only one state of this great nation, and its values have almost nothing in common with what has ever made this nation great. So, buck up, buttercup, it's time to eat your metaphoric vegetables.