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California Liberal

I have moved around the country a little bit and have called California, Arizona, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Washington home.  I lived in Idaho for three months as well but never owned a home there and therefore have never called Idaho home.  Outside of California, there seems to be animosity toward California and Californians. Animosity is too weak of a word to describe what I have heard from many many people.  Some hate the whole idea of California.

Outside of work, I meet more people playing golf.  I usually join a league when I don’t know enough golfers to make a foursome that want to play about as often as I do.  I think there are many more conservatives that play golf than liberals.  It seems like that anyway.  I have to admit, politics doesn’t come up that much during a round of golf and that is usually for the best.  People have so much in common that it makes it easy for us to be with each other, laugh a little, joke a little–until politics gets in the way.

Why do conservatives have such a bad opinion of liberals?  Polls show that we agree on over 50% of the issues.  Having a low opinion of Californians ignores the fact that California has the fifth-largest economy in the world and has been the main engine for American growth for the last 50 years.  It is not sufficiently acknowledged just how immense the California economy is.

How can California be this successful if it is full of lazy low character people?  If not viewed as lazy then maybe California is viewed as having an open, experimental culture.  But it is that open, experimental culture that has long attracted entrepreneurs and it has contributed to the movie, tech and aerospace industries flourishing there.

According to Forbes, there are 724 billionaires in the United States, and California is home to 189 — roughly a quarter of the total.

California politics is dominated by the Democratic party.  It seems to be working.

Six Political Parties

None of us fit entirely in one of the two major Parties.  And yet we tend to vote straight Party tickets as if we did.  If we were to answer questions about where we stand on 20 issues we might find ourselves in one of six Parties.  That would be a good thing and maybe the only way we escape the chains that keep us from working together.  Try it here:

Do Bad Character Traits Trump Trump’s Policies?

Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers

George Will,
For the better part of the last four decades, George F. Will has been at the intellectual center of American conservatism.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-one-should-want-four-more-years-of-this-taste-of-ashes/2020/06/01/1a80ecf4-a425-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.

James Mattis, a four-star U.S. Marine Corps General, served as President Donald Trump’s 26th Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2018)

http://https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/06/03/former-defense-sec-james-mattis-calls-trump-a-threat-to-constitution.html

The nation needs to choose leaders more wisely.

John Kelly, Former White House chief of staff for Donald Trump

No books, no friends, no music, no curiosity, no patience, no integrity, no compassion, no empathy, no loyalty, no conscience, no courage, no manners, no respect, no character, no morality, no honor, … not even a dog. (Bob Anderson)

Bob Anderson, BEing Liberal

Trump’s Approval Slips Where He Can’t Afford to Lose It: Among Evangelicals. Polls and private concerns from top social conservatives show the president’s standing with the cornerstone of his base isn’t what it used to be. A photo op with the Bible was supposed to help fix that.

Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won’t support Mr. Trump’s re-election. Colin Powell will vote for Joe Biden, and other G.O.P. officials may do the same.

Supreme Court Battle for Control

 I don’t know about you but I grew up thinking the Supreme Court was made up of the finest legal minds and that as a team, would arrive at the best interpretation of the Constitution.  The thought that ideological leanings, personal attitudes, values, political philosophies, or policy preferences would influence a Justice’s vote didn’t get on my radar until the court got involved in the Florida ballot issue in the Bush v Gore presidential election. 

 Alright, I admit I wasn’t paying attention.  I still find 5 to 4 votes to be an indication that the makeup of the Supreme Court could be better if it is always the same Justices that vote the same way.  It is a red alert signal that the Court is flawed when the majority vote keeps being made by the same Justices. The flaw is a Court that doesn’t have a sufficient number of swing voting Justices.  The question is then whether a President and Senate will fix the flaw or compound it.

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