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Doug Haaland

Elective Despotism Replaces CalExit Every Time!

Doug Haaland

This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties. – John Jay: Federalist 2 – October 1787

The founding fathers, in particular the one who would be the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, believed the new constitution they created would be a shining example of a people governing themselves for generations.Chief Justice Jay never anticipated the level of vitriol that would follow a national election could result in California becoming so “jealous” of an outcome tomake our state an “alien” sovereign.

With effortsto have California secede from the Unionending not with a bang, but with a whimper,it’s worth noting a significant factor leading to the failure of the cause is the fact that since liberal Democrats gained control of both the legislative and executive arms of state government, secession is unnecessary.

Californians are becoming the victims of what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned was “elective despotism,” during the deliberations of the new Constitution and you only need look to the behavior of state leaders and the measures introduced by liberals in the Legislature for proof of this evolution.

Since the 2016 election, liberal leaders have taken steps to ensure everyone understands California will defy presidential authority at every turn. Steps such as hiring a discredited former Attorney General, at a rate higher than a “living wage” for most Californians, or a Senate Leader announcing half his family was “…here illegally…” and introducing a bill making California a “Sanctuary State,” presumably providing personal benefit to those family members.

Even Governor Brown, attempting to tout his rebellious stand against President Trump, announced California’s intention to launch “…its own damn satellite…” if NASA resources were curtailed or reduced in pursuit of climate change information.

While newspapers and comedians have used terms like “deep blue California” and the Left Coast to describe our state’s leaders’ actions involving national issues, there has been a shift below the surface to turn California from a “republic” to a sinister form of “democracy.” The change has been cloaked using terms like fairness, equity, and various forms of hyphenated “justice.”

California’s elective despotism takes the form of laws that virtually eliminate bookstores sponsoring author “autograph events” to implementing “The Fight For $15, from introducing Single-Payer Healthcare increasing the state budget from $179 billion to nearly $450 billion and includes billions in new payroll taxes to renewing and expanding the socialistic Cap and Trade scheme to transfer billions of dollars of “wealth” from evil California “polluters” otherwise known as businesses to the economically disadvantaged of our state.

The “feel good” efforts by liberals don’t stop there.Now we’re told liberals are planning to take money from hard-working families to line the pockets of lawyers defending undocumented immigrants from prosecution and to provide “public housing residents” with free Zipcar usage.

Most recently, there’s now a new measure allowingthe collection of traffic violation fines based the violators “income.”Of course, this represents a dramatic departure from the concept of equal protection under the law embodied in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, but ignoring federal law or constitutional protections are nothing new for California liberals.

If I may borrow a well-known phrase from Martin Niemoller… when they came for the Tesla owners, I did not speak out…because I was not a Tesla owner.