California is now a one party state. This has been the big issue of the 2016 election. It smacks of communist party rule, and is degenerative to society in so many ways. During my campaign, I want to address Democratic Party dominance, how its entrenched their position in the state, and how its damaging society as a whole.
First is the legal entrenchment. In 2010, California adopted the open primary rule, meaning only the top two vote getters in the primaries get to advance to the general election. So this year, we didn’t get to vote for any Republicans except the president.
That Kamala Harris would become our next Senator was a foregone conclusion and a coronation. There was no GOP candidate, only a runner up Democrat who ran to her left.
This scenario has left Republicans folding their tents and given the Democrats the keys here, they don’t even run campaigns anymore. This leaves us with a political machine which has no debate. Only one big machine, with ladders and favors to apparatchiks. My 37th district has a congresswoman who’s a 4th generation dynasty of appointees.
One could say that, well, this is because California is a diverse electorate which does not fall for racists. But they would be wrong. As I’ve pointed out before, Trump made inroads to Blacks and Latinos that have flummoxed the Republican party for decades. He basically cracked the race code. Those cracks were evident earlier, when Democrats thought blacks would join them in fighting against Prop 8 (outlawing gay marriage) but they wound up being its most fervent supporters. And I think that all peoples and races share some basic core values which make them natural Republicans. Issues like Family, Law and Order, Work Ethic, Public service.
So why are so many voting Democrat? The answer is social – the other dimension a one-party state entrenches power. For this I have mostly anecdotal evidence. But it’s assumed around Los Angeles that nobody, and I mean NOBODY, could vote for Donald Trump. All the worst lies about him are assumed to be true, people around here are literally suicidal that he’s won.
You’d say, well who cares, but the fact is that you can’t support Donald Trump, you can’t even give him a fair hearing, without constantly getting into arguments. Conversations start with “at least we all hate Trump, right?” or “I can’t believe how anybody could vote for that rapist”. And when they see you not nodding in enthusiastic agreement, then the argument starts.
It’s not just annoying. It’s damaging to democratic society. Indeed it bares light on the Democrats’ strategy that goes all the way back to the Antebellum days – they treat their base like a plantation, and instead of resorting to reasoned arguments turn to slanders and violence on anyone who doesn’t support them.
So part of our early strategy in this run is to come out of the closet as Trump supporters and Republicans. We need to come out, stand proud, and even if some of us didn’t vote for Trump, at least demand a fair hearing for him. I share an opinion with a number of friends and acquaintances that, regardless of who we voted for, we still accept the other candidate and want to give them a fair hearing.
We can start with that simple premise.