Dear Readers: While my hero, Captain Capitalism, is off taking a much needed break on his version of Calypso’s Island, he has kindly asked me to contribute a post. I pondered the topics, and decided to try and explain the unexplainable to his vast and savvy audience.
As a Goddess, you might think I would try to explain women. And while I am pleased to grace the “manosphere” today with my decidedly female viewpoint, I decided to try to lift the veil on an entity more troubling: California voters.
Many of you will recall that the “big red wave” of 2010 stopped at the Sierra Nevada. Why did California voters choose as Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown while most other voters chose more sensible options for their states?
Here is the reason: In this state, you will find that many in Democratic Party leadership are corrupt; however, Republican politicos tend to be both corrupt and incompetent.
I would like to offer several examples. Many of you are involved in citizen activism through Tea Party groups. I am a “Palin Democrat” who helped organize the first San Diego area Tea Party in Feb. 2009, as part of the first nation-wide protest event. The local Republican party attempted to hijack this activity, making promises about locations and supplies they had no intention of keeping. The logo our group created was usurped as well. Later on, after the state GOP selected politico neophyte and charisma-deficient candidate Meg Whitman as their gubernatorial candidate, her staff called California Tea Party organizers and basically told our citizen activists exactly how we were going to help her campaign.
She did not bother to take questions regarding her positions on illegal immigration or global warming, which were issues over great concern to my California compatriots on that business call. She was neither informative nor gracious. Subsequently, there was little enthusiasm or involvement from our state’s grassroots conservatives. The result is as you see: Governor Brown (who, now that several cities have declared bankruptcy, is trying to up-end green-based restrictions on businesses).
Thanks to six Republicans in the California Senate and Assembly, the largest tax increase was passed on this citizens on this state. The former chairman of the state GOP, Ron Nehring, is reported to have said: “We will take over the Tea Party or destroy it.” The San Diego County chairman spends his time hacking the Twitter account of his Democratic Party counterpart, resulting in the suspension of his Twitter account. Needless to say, given the quality of the competition, California has truly become a one-party state. In fact, the most thrilling political development has been that the Libertarians have taken over a former GOP office in Sacramento: If a third party can succeed anywhere, it is most likely in this state.
Some supposed “Tea Party leaders” have tried to tell us how to deal with the Republican Party, based on their own (probably better) red-state standards. However, in this state, the usual rules of political sanity do not apply. So, we Tea Party peeps have got to make it up as we go along.
Now, is it time to despair of we in the Left Coast? No, I say to you. Californians have the initiative process, and during the last one, our voters said no to a tax increase on cigarettes (a sin tax, which would have normally passed). All the BIG spending measures were passed before 2008; after 2009, not so much. Citizen activists have gotten a new measure on the ballot to fight against the political use of union dues. We are so active, that some power-crazed members of the Assembly have introduced bills to make the initiative process more challenging.
As a Democrat, I have an advantage over many of by GOP or Libertarian friends: Fellow Democrats are more inclined to share their thoughts with me. So, I can tell you all that I have dialoged with (perhaps about 50) are very unhappy with Team Obama. Some will not bother to vote, some will vote Romney, and only 2 will vote Obama (focused only on the abortion issue). No, Romney will not win this state – but the margin he will lose by will be substantially less than McCain’s results in 2008. And, as I suspect these same margins will hold across the country, I prophesy that Obama loses by a landslide.
The biggest Tea Party news recently was the victory of Ted Cruz in Texas. However, the most significant story from that evening went unreported: The Hispanics did not show at the polls. My friend and talk show host Silvio Canto has the complete details (here is the link — http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2012/08/03/todays-message ). I suspect that California’s vast Hispanic population will also fail to show this November, too. (MUT Note; Silvio is the Cuban version of the Dos Equis man, so please check out his show on BlogTalkRadio.com).
The Captain has broken my heart, by saying he will not come out to California because we drive him crazy. I do understand – but I will keep a candle burning at the Shrine of Flaming Capitalism in hopes I might persuade him to give us a second chance, based on the general election results. Watch our propositions – if we reject the Brown Tax Increases, this will be a Tea Party win. Also, the San Diego mayor’s race may produce our future equivalent to Scott Walker (the candidate, Carl DeMaio, is awesome).
One last item: I am grateful to be so favorably mentioned on the “Manosphere”. I have another friend in this realm who has written a brilliant series on the “Age of Arthur”, describing in detail the transition from a Roman province to a medieval kingdom. It’s truly by a man for men, so check it out: http://deadliestblogpage.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/the-age-of-arthur-part-sixteen/
Finally, as Captain Capitalism likes “Big Books”, I sent him an image of mine as a way to say thanks for his continued support of my Shrine!