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Insults and Refutations

It’s not often I get into state politics, especially the politics of a state I no longer live in, but this came across my feed, and it begged for my attention.

My comments are in bold.


Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

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. (Today you woke up in the same country you woke up in on Tuesday.  To paraphrase the sitting Democrat President, the sun still rose.)

We have never been more proud to be Californians. (You should always be proud of who you are.  Well, almost always, but I doubt any of you good people have done the kinds of things that make you smash your fist into the image in the mirror.  Of course, I could be wrong.)

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny. (And embraced an unethical, possibly criminal, geriatric train wreck who demonstrably cheated her way to the nomination.)

The largest state of the union (Alaska?) and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well. (You sure told those marijuana prohibitionists, that’s for sure.)

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love. (So long as you don’t vote the wrong way, or publicly pronounce the wrong social opinions, or donate to the wrong political movements.)

California has long set an example for other states to follow. (I’d like to thank you for the Valley Girl accent.  No, really.)  And California will defend its people and our progress. (I agree with you on this one.  Each state should defend its people and their chosen way of life.  Just, please, don’t try to impose that way of life on others.) We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity (Just not intellectual), scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility. (Seriously, just how much power do you think Mr. Trump will have?  Have you fetishized the chief executive so much with Obama that you now fear that Trump will smite the mountains and drain the seas?)

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs (It will, just like every other time someone from a different party takes the office), job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade (Bringing in gadgets from overseas which were built at poverty wages, or possibly using slave labor), and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. (Perhaps you should enforce the laws safeguarding your citizens’ rights yourselves.  I’m told it’s quite empowering.) We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal. (Smarmy press interviews, histrionics in front of cameras, and burning down your own cities.)

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. (Pretty much what I and those like me said after Barack Obama took the office.) America is greater than any one man or party. (Thank you for saying that.  We’ve missed your voice in the chorus.) We will not be dragged back into the past. (Neither will we.  I’ve known too many people who survived Stalin and Mao.) We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution. (When we said this eight years ago, you had to rush to the fainting couch, blithering about inflammatory rhetoric and evil racists with guns. Now, do you hear the people sing?)

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

Got news for you, sparky. 

San Francisco is one of those places archeologists will dig up one day and wonder why so many people would live there.  Sacramento is now, has been, and forever shall be the best place for giving the west coast an enema.  While the beaches and the Sierras are nice, just about everything between them is a waste of a good nuclear test range. The very existence of your largest city is proof that if you throw enough water into sand, fungus will grow.

You’re already running out of money, and that situation is only going to get worse.  You’re exacerbating a natural drought by refusing to use what water resources you do have. You’re sucking one of the largest rivers in the world dry before it can reach the sea, then bitching that the rest of us are wasteful.  And to top it all off, you unleashed JayZ and the Kardashians on the rest of us. 

That last was the unkindest cut of all.

In short, you are not a sustainable future. If you are the future, it’s one that would have gotten laughed at if someone used it as the backdrop of an ’80’s dystopian creature feature.

Calm the hell down.  You wouldn’t be so fearful of Trump if you hadn’t endowed his predecessor with so much personal power, both legal and moral.  At least for the time being, he’s going to enforce existing laws, and probably repeal a bunch of executive orders, which are the responsibilities and powers of every president ever elected.  If he tries to ram through new laws or executive orders y’all don’t agree with, that’s what the courts and your own congressional delegation are for.

In the event that Mr. Trump abuses his power to oppress the hot-house flower that is California, please rest assured that a bunch of us shit-kickers from beyond the mountains will rise up to defend your delicate honor.  Yeah, you read that right.  I don’t agree with you, but I dislike it when government stomps all over someone’s God-given rights, no matter who they are or who is in power.

Until then, get a grip and get on with the business of running your state.  The rest of us have honest work to do, and you’re a distraction from that.

6 Comments

  1. Phssthpok

     /  November 10, 2016

    Reminds me of ‘Blows and Unkind Words’

  2. Suz

     /  November 10, 2016

    I whole-heartedly agree except folks can only be a distraction if you let them.
    When folks throw a temper tantrum, my answer was to send them to their room until they could be human again…worked with the kids, see no reason why it shouldn’t work with Cali or the college students here in town.
    After all Trump isn’t sworn in until the end of January, there is still lots of time for something else to come along to cause drama about.
    Like someone said told the Republicans 8 years ago, we won, you lost, deal with it. My attitude is what goes around, comes around. Deal.

    Suz

    • I think it’s more drama for the sake of signaling virtue than anything else. They have to demonstrate to themselves and their circles of friends that they’re appalled by the result, and dammit, they won’t stand for such things.

  3. One MORE reason to give them back to Mexico, IMHO… They are scared to death about losing funding to their precious ‘sanctuary cities’… Which they SHOULD lose….

    • I can get behind that. I wonder what would happen to Alameda County if the DoD told the Navy to pull up stakes and go somewhere else until the sanctuary cities in the area start obeying the law.

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