California Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for unity and vigilance implies that the federal government under President Trump will try to restrict “precious rights.”
On Thursday, Nov. 10, California Governor Jerry Brown issued the following statement in response to the election of Donald Trump as president in the Nov. 8, 2016 election:
Today we saw the beginning of the transfer of power to the President-elect.
While the prerogatives of victory are clear, so also are the responsibilities to ensure a strong and unified America. As President Lincoln said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ With the deep divisions in our country, it is incumbent on all of us – especially the new leadership in Washington – to take steps that heal those divisions, not deepen them. In California, we will do our part to find common ground whenever possible.
But as Californians, we will also stay true to our basic principles. We will protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change.
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
As a Californian, I’m all for staying true to our basic principles and protecting our precious rights. I am also a vigorous supporter of E Pluribus Unum — but most progressives do not seem all that tolerant of those who disagree with them.
Starting with Gov. Jerry Brown and his implication that a President Donald Trump threatens the rights of Californians.
The guy isn’t even sworn into office yet, and already Jerry Brown is slinging mud.
Note: I didn’t vote for Trump. But then I didn’t vote for Jerry Brown either.
Federalism keeps a state free of federal meddling
To all those progressives who now feel suddenly frightened by a federal government in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican Party (not synonymous) — perhaps you may learn a greater appreciation of the concepts of states’ rights and federalism.
It helps if you don’t reflexively reject the ideas because, you know, racism.
At their root, the notions have nothing whatever to do with racism. Nothing. Zero. Zilch.
Federalism is designed to allow a state to run its own show without Uncle Sugar constantly poking his nose in.
But, like the metaphysical concept of free will, it allows bad behavior as well as good. Them’s the breaks.
California is rich enough to go without
Gov. Brown was just jake with the federal government’s take while a progressive Democrat was wielding a pen and telephone. Instead of maintaining independence from federal purse strings, he even signed on for federal sugar in support of expanding Medicaid as part of his enthusiastic adoption of Obamacare.
Let’s be clear on this: Gov. Brown and fellow progressives are happy to cling to federal purse strings in order to fund an agenda that pushes people into ever greater dependence on government handouts, in one form or another. Once people are leaning on those handouts, progressives can howl that any cut in funding for those handouts is an attack on those who are most vulnerable, who can least afford it.
Which is true, up to a point. But if those handouts are so vital, and no one else is willing to step up to help those vulnerable people, then the State of California should hitch up its britches, cancel a couple of silly and expensive projects that it shouldn’t be funding anyway, and fund those vital support services.
Those liberaux riches now braying about #CalExit claim that California, considered independently from the rest of the 49 states, has the world’s sixth largest economy. It should be rich enough to fund progessive programs without Uncle Sugar’s help.
Kindly note that I do not concede the point that no one besides the government is willing to step up to help vulnerable people. All sorts of folks are willing, able, and actively doing so — secular, non-denominational, and religious. To a remarkable extent, that has always been the case in the United States. But secular progressives prefer to force their fellow citizens to fund government programs that provide help in a manner acceptable to those secular progressives.
Remember non-coastal non-elites
In his call to unity and vigilance — which is eerily similar to a call by the Sacramento Bee to man the barricades — Governor Brown should remember that he governs all of California, not just his friends among the coastal elite.
Regarding the “deep divisions in our country,” Gov. Brown should consider the deep divisions in his own state.
Here is an electoral map showing counties that voted for Trump and counties that voted for Hillary:
Right now, Democrats look to have claimed a super majority in the Assembly with the defeat of Young Kim by Sharon Quirk-Silva. The State Senate remains barely below a Democratic super majority, with a razor-thin win by Ling Ling Chang over Josh Newman.
I do not think that the State of California is well-served by a Democratic super majority in both houses of the state legislature. I do not think that the State of California is well-served by being owned from top to bottom by the Democratic Party.
Because Democrats tend to turn a deaf ear to anyone who disagrees with them. Or worse, demonizes them as evil racist bigots without any attempt to understand their arguments.
If your political opponent is evil, you don’t need to compromise or negotiate.
That’s not democracy, folks.