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RUIN AND BORED
Re: George Neumayr’s May The Schwarzenegger Not Be With You:
I enjoyed George Neumayr’s article about the “governator,” and I share his views. But, as Neumayr said, Arnold is really “boring,” so I’d like to discuss the California electorate (for Californian readers that means voters), an odd entity that has split personalities, squared.
Some Californian voters seem to know they’re morons, but, like, you know, it’s okay with them because, well, like, they’re Californians and, like, you know, they’re really cool morons. Still others seem to know that they’re naive and intellectually unsophisticated, in large part because of an inferior, left-slanted public education system. But, still, you know, like, even with their profound naiveté and substantial intellectual impairment they’re like, you know, well, still Californians and so they’re, like, really cool, you know Dude?
How ever they’re characterized, many Californians’ political decision-making appears antithetical to critical thinking. They’ve become mired in a shallow, pop-culture mentality. They’re celebrity-driven, herd-like creatures, who either can’t, or won’t, analyze important issues in any real depth or scope. They take little account of cause and effect regarding how they vote or how their political leaders’ decide public policy matters. They continue to elect hard-left, tax and spend liberals, such as their two U.S. senators, along with a large majority of their other congressional delegation — and, of course, their state legislature. It’s amazing and sometimes amusing to watch what the voters and their politicians do and then try to calculate: “What in the world were they thinking?”
In any case, there can be no doubt Californians know the kinds of political leaders they elect, yet when it comes to paying the costs for many of the hair-brained programs approved by those leaders, the good folks of California often don’t want to pay for the programs concocted. Yet, for some reason, those same voters continue to re-elect the same goofy, spendthrift politicians; and they continue to approve ballot propositions obligating the state to create more and more, often useless government spending programs costing billions of dollars the state cannot afford.
A classic example was the 2006 election where numerous propositions were on the ballot. Six were to approve, or not, various state spending that would cost about $100 billion. Voters approved all six measures. On the other hand, there were five other propositions for new taxes to pay for spending for such programs as those approved; and another measure to “limit the size of government.” Comically, all six of those measure were defeated handily. (See here.) What to think? What to think? Well, it seems simple to me. California voters want everything, but want to pay for nothing. The word “morons” flashes back into my mind.
As an aside, and far from being comical, there was another proposition on that 2006 ballot requiring abortion doctors and clinics to inform parents before killing an unborn child in the belly of a minor girl. This measure was rejected by voters, in effect, permitting voters’ very own unborn grandchildren to be killed without their knowledge or an opportunity to save the child’s life. I asked one nice lady who voted against notification of parents, and she told me, “Well, that’s better than a child using a coat hanger or having an abortion performed in some back ally.” WOW!! Attitudes of Californians have bemused me for the 20 plus years I’ve lived here, but I think I realized what the deal was a few years back when I saw graffiti spray-painted on a rock in a park. The writer said “keep abortion legal” and then below that were the words: “meat is murder.”
Another example of the Californian mind is the wailing and cursing when prices of gasoline for their cars goes up a few cents per gallon. But when the question arises about whether the state should permit drilling for oil in the vast proven reserves off the Pacific coast, the same people become apoplectic. No! No! No! they sputter. We can not despoil our coastline. Apparently, Californians believe folks in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Venezuela, Russia, and countries in the Middle East should happily continue delivering cheap fuel to Californian stations and otherwise leave them alone.
Given all of foregoing and other equally bizarre voting history and attitudes of Californian voters, especially in the last couple of decades, who could have been surprised by the defeat this week of the five tax propositions on the ballot which were designed to ensure the state has money to pay its bills into next month? And, who could be surprised that these same voters still, apparently, want all the government services money can buy and all the silly government spending program that leftists can conceive. Obviously, getting and paying for gasoline, or getting and paying for government services are, well, like, you know, not necessarily related, and, like, why should they be, dude?
All I can do is continue to shake my head and wonder, “What in the world are they thinking?”
In any case, the state is broke and getting broker by the day. If
the situation did not seriously effect the lives of so many real
people, it would be like, totally, you know, like, humorous,
don’t you think dude?
— A.A. Reynolds
Chula Vista, California
You may be all of those names called you by duh Media. It also happens you were absolutely correct in your evaluation of “Benedict” Arnold.
Later than sooner, one of his advisors will tell him the $20 billion tax increases over five years have a very negative impact on state income.
Do not let the twittering nitwits of news change your reporting
— Eddie MacIsaac
Re: Henry Gekonde’s The New Hampshire Motorcycle Fetish:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online