As California goes, so goes the Democratic Party.
It just seems to be moving farther and farther left. That’s true even though just one look at California will tell you: “progressivism” is not pretty. With sanctuary cities openly defying the federal government to protect criminals from deportation, homeless drug addicts turning once-beautiful San Francisco parks into sewers, demographics changing in ways that help Democrats win but that drastically overburden the system, demands for such things as state-administered single-payer health care threatening almost unimaginable debt, regulations so crushing and taxes so high they’re driving businesses out, and homes in many areas –- most notably Silicon Valley –- so insanely expensive that all but the very wealthy are priced out, we’re seeing a preview of coming attractions if “progressivism” keeps being exported to other states.
Likewise, the California state Democratic convention may be a preview of the next time they come together on the national stage. DNC Conventions are already cringe-worthy, exhibiting that self-contradictory combination of virtue-signaling and hate that increasingly characterizes the left. We’ve seen them go so far as to have a floor fight over whether or not to include the word “God” in their platform. So nothing surprises me about them at this point.
In California, the delegates have made it clear that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is just not liberal enough for them. Not that she’s become conservative –- they’ve just moved farther left. Realizing she had lost them and would not be receiving their endorsement, she decided on Saturday to antagonize them, proclaiming in her address that she was very much pro-capital punishment. “It is an issue that cannot be fudged or hedged,” she said. Then, as reported in the LA Times, she stared unblinking at the camera during the nearly 30 seconds of booing that followed. At a press conference later in the day, she acknowledged her philosophy on the death penalty was more mainstream than that of the Democratic Party and that she was tougher on crime.
She actually did get cheers from the delegation, but that was when she praised the female candidate for California governor and exclaimed, “Let’s make history!” There is absolutely nothing more important to social justice warriors than diversity. (I learned that Sunday night from this year’s Academy Awards.)
Let’s compare and contrast Dianne Feinstein’s appearance with that of anything-but-mainstream Maxine Waters. Now, here’s someone the left can get behind! According to the bio on her own website, “Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today.” That’s a scary thought, but perhaps it just tells us she’s a legend in her own mind. One thing that’s true is that she’s one of the longest-serving, having started in the California state assembly way back in 1976. (Her website also praises her “no-nonsense, no holds barred style,” but I have to wonder who decided to say “no-nonsense” and what they’d been smoking when they did.)
Anyway, she’s not the sort to get booed by delegates at the California state convention. They love her. Know what she came out in favor of on Sunday during an appearance in Selma, Alabama?
That’s right. When she wasn’t talking about Trump and Russia, her usual go-to topic these days, she was promising reparations to African-Americans if the Democrats can take Congress back in the midterm elections this year. (Incidentally, she was accompanied by Angela Rye of CNN, who pressed her on whether she might be running for President in 2020. I know.)
So, in California, a Democrat who isn’t a complete loon on issues of crime and national security gets booed at the state convention, while another Democrat whose picture is in the dictionary next to the word “loon” is watching her star ascend. That tells you all you need to know about California-style “progressivism” in 2018.
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