I have a confession to make. All of these posts from the last year that I have posted have been given to me by my comrades is Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and that greatest of places…Moscow!! I cannot keep this a secret any longer. That Washington Post article was the beginning of the end of my undercover work so I must come out of closet and confess that I am a Russian agent who loves vodka and listens to Shostakovitch. Putin is such a cool guy and how dare those people in DC attempt to blow my cover!! It is my hope that I can go incognito once again and post on the issues of the day…as given to me by my overlords. Do svidaniya!
The year was 1970 and still remember my days in California where I traveled with my family between Long Beach, where my Dad was stationed, to Monterey to visit my Grandmother. Going north on Highway 101, there were little fruit stands along the road and once you got outside Los Angeles, the countryside was green as far as the eye could see. I could ride in the back of my folks’ station wagon and play in the back without being restrained by a seat belt. During those summers all of those years ago, I could hear the dragsters from Lions Drag Strip roar down the quarter-mile track and I also volunteered as a scorekeeper at the West Long Beach Little League games. I could walk with my brother along the road without something bad happening to us.
Today, California seems to be a place where the charming image has since disappeared In 1970, the state had 19 million people and today that figure is pushing 40 million and small towns like Azusa, Folsom, Gilroy, Encinitas and Tracy are being absorbed into megacities. The growth of government that started in the days of Pat Brown has now increased to colossal proportions under his son Jerry Brown who is serving his fourth and final term as Governor. State taxes have gone up, micromanagement of behavior is prevalent with the approval of plastic bag bans, identity politics is rampant where numerous minorities battle it out in colleges and other venues across the state and culture is being reduced to dollars and cents-based appetites. Classical buildings along Sunset Strip are being torn down to build mega condos and classic buildings across the Southland, as detailed by the wonderful website, Vintage Los Angeles, are being demolished in the name of “progress.” California is no longer a politically competitive state where Democrats rule the roost and will do so for some time to come until the day of fiscal reckoning. Once GOP bastions like Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena have long since gone over to the opposing party and even areas of Orange County like Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Buena Park have fallen to the Democrats. Hillary Clinton, in fact, carried Orange County for the Democrats for the first time in 80 years.
This is a lament because Californians chose the wrong future. They certainly cannot go back to the days of Boss Radio, smog or Sam Yorty, but in the Golden State’s pursuit of progress, it has lost its soul and only serves the almighty dollar and “diversity” which in reality is uniformity. It will carry on with expanding government and trying to create paradise on earth, but when the realities hit like the rupture of the stock bubble and the coming shortages of water, the dream will end. I left California ten years ago and I am glad that I made that decision.
The nation was shocked last Tuesday by the upset victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election with his defeat of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Dismissed as a clown and misogynist, Trump was expected to lose a close race to the better organized and better funded Clinton who had the endorsement of almost every newspaper in the nation. What caused this tremendous upset victory?
Many pundits were saying before the election that Trump was going to get the vote of old white men who failed to embrace the “diversity” of a changing nation and many of his supporters were derided by Hillary Clinton as being “deplorable.” Election night was supposed to be a coronation for Hillary and I myself fully expected this to occur. However, something was rumbling up in the Rust Belt of the old Midwest. All attention was on Florida and North Carolina, but I watched the returns from the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Lackawanna County which includes Scranton was not going for the Democrats as much as it was in previous elections and next-door Luzerne County which has Wilkes-Barre as its major city was going shockingly for Trump. No Republican had carried Luzerne since 1988 when the GOP last won the Keystone State. In the western part of the state, Beaver County was also going for Trump. This is a county that had not gone to the GOP since 1976. Pennsylvania was going into the Trump column and spelled bad tidings for Clinton. It was not bigotry or hate that was driving this revolt in the heartland. It was the resentment of the fact that globalization and mass regulation were doing bad things to areas outside major cities and that the people were being left behind in the new economy. This “economy” was based on debt, propping up of the big banks and high technology that was confined to the coasts. The new economy also included government spending and was benefiting areas like Northern Virginia which escaped the effects of the Great Recession of 2008-09.
As the economy left the Rust Belt behind, the people became angry not only at the loss of livelihood, but also at how they were being looked down upon by the people on both coasts as rubes. They listened to Trump’s message of making America great again and gave Hillary a stunning rebuke that she will never forget as she is past her window of opportunity to ascend to the Presidency. This revolt was a proper sequel to what happened in the summer when Great Britain voted to secede from the EU for some of the same reasons.
Areas of Britain were also left behind in this new economy and they were also resentful of regulations from EU bureaucrats in Brussels. The vote to leave the EU was not confined to traditional Conservative areas of Britain, but was prominent in heavily Labor areas like Sunderland, Nottingham, Kingston-upon-Hull and the areas of Wales where coal mining was a part of the economy. Many workers in the north of England voted to leave as they saw no benefit to being in the EU and they wanted self-determination for their Parliament in London.
The election of Trump and the British vote to leave the EU are the big stories of this year. Perhaps the effects of these elections might minimal, but it is indisputable that the people still know when they are being lied to by the elites and when they are made fun of. Let liberty reign.