Skip to comments.Patton: Red State Governors Should Be Careful What They Wish For
Posted on 03/22/2013 9:01:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Recently, Republican Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Terry Branstad of Iowa appealed to those wanting to flee liberal California. Move your business to our state, they implore. Well welcome you with open arms here. They should be careful what they wish for.
When my wife and I used to vacation in Colorado in the 1970s, I started noticing bumper stickers that read Dont Californicate Colorado. The initial movement that spawned that sentiment was a way for Colorado residents to express their disapproval of how Southern California had exploded with seemingly unlimited development. However, since that time, Californicate has taken on a whole new meaning.
In September 2011, a frustrated but perceptive blogger at the libertarian website Western Hero summed up the feelings of many in Colorado thusly: We used to be a good mix of libertarian liberals and conservatives with a live and let live attitude. Not anymore. Were now getting stupider, and this is being powered by the mass influx of east coast and west coast liberals into the liberal loon town of Denver. You can see evidence of this in online forums. Enlightened progressives sing Obamas praises and remark what an east coast feel Denver has, and they are right. It is now easily the least Colorado part of the state. Reminds me of the old saying: Half the people of Colorado live in Denver, and the rest of us are glad they do!
They may live in Denver, but their ideology has spread like a cancer to every area of the state, mainly because liberals always think they know better how to run everyone elses life, and they are more than happy to do so.
Former Denver Mayor and now Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is no exception. Hickenlooper is now parroting Barack Obama while wringing his hands about gun violence and repeating the line, If it saves just one life, we have to do something!
Unfortunately, Colorado is not alone in its drift to the left. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, one of the ten most liberal states in the country is now New Hampshire. Thats right. The Live Free or Die! state. So what happened? Massachusetts happened, thats what. Residents of the Bay State, including business owners fleeing from crushing taxes and regulations, moved to New Hampshire. All was fine for a while. New Hampshire was happy to have the business, and they welcomed their new neighbors.
Then, inevitably, election seasons began to roll around, and those self-transplants from Massachusetts began to vote for the same sort of meddling liberal politicians who had enslaved them and their businesses back home. And so, in 2012, New Hampshire helped re-elect Barack Obama and gained the dubious distinction of becoming one of the top ten most liberal states in the country.
Finally, consider California itself. The Golden State, which once gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (the last Republican presidential candidate to carry it), has become the land of Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Jerry Brown. And the invasion of illegal aliens has all but ensured that it will take a miracle for the GOP ever to carry the state again.
In the case of Texas, it is one of the last holdouts for freedom, as evidenced by the 2012 election of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. It is fiscally and socially conservative, with no state income tax and with perhaps as many guns in private hands as in the rest of the nation combined.
Iowa is more of a mixed bag. In fact, the voters are almost schizophrenic in their voting patterns. Branstad was returned to office in 2010 after 12 years of Democratic governors, but the state went for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Like Minnesota to its north, the Hawkeye State elects a conservative like Chuck Grassley to the U.S. Senate one cycle and a liberal like Tom Harkin the next. Yet, when the Iowa Supreme Court arbitrarily legalized same sex marriage a few years ago, the voters mobilized to throw half the court off the bench.
In any case, both Perry and Branstad should be very careful what they wish for. Like New Hampshire, they just might get it.
I have been on that site many times. It is sad that he stopped his efforts.
Nahhhh, I equate liberals to VD...The gift that keeps on giving...Self-perpetuating, invasive, destructive...
Everytime we seem to get a handle on it, we need to find a newer more powerful drug to control it...And sometimes, in some cases medicine doesn’t help...
If they take Texas, can we have California? I love the climate there. NorCal is beautiful black sand and who couldn’t love San D? San Fran is on my list of places to visit. Of course, I would hate to lose Texas, but it seems inevitable.
“Another good example is the once deep red state of North Carolina is turning a shade of blue.”
According to this chart, NC has been rat state nearly forever. Only now are Republicans starting to win the governor’s office.
NC has had 22 rats as governor since 1900, and four republicans.
There should be laws stating that when you move across state lines, you must wait 3 years before you can vote. People need time to see how well things are going before casting a vote.
It is indeed. I’m no city guy. I’m a desert-fied mountain hick. But I completely understand his frustration with what the hipsters did to his home.
Every, and I mean EVERYthing about that ‘culture’ is the polar opposite of “American”, and he nailed them exactly with the terminology he used. “Kidults”, Funemployed” “Playcationing”. Each and every one describes ‘liberal’ to a tee.
The way they took over and destroyed Brooklyn is exactly what they did to California, Colorado and New Hampshire. The only difference is that they did it with the addition of bad art, poor fashion sense and Dad;s trust fund to add flare.
My hometown in the Adirondacks of NY was similarly destroyed by the Sierra Club and Adirondack Park agency. It’s now a wasteland. All industry gone, local business on life support. But the libs love going there to commune with nature. And hate the townies with a passion.
Strangely, that area is slated to be human free under Agenda 21 and the Turtle Island Project.
Almost like there’s a connection between all this. Because many of the places in ‘Flyoverlandia” the Hipsters come to Brooklyn from are likewise slated as nature preserves.
Hipsters are making inroads into some towns in my state. They annoying, self-worshipping children who are parentally subsidized.
There is one thing that baffles me about Brooklyn...HOW did they survive the gangs and the mob? NO WAY they opened all those artinanal whatever boutiques without some local ‘involvement’. And they are all sitting ducks for a mugging.
I’ll wager that they get “hit” by gangs and mafia guys more than we know. I have had some interaction with hipsters and they are concentrated progressivism incarnate. Entitled, self-absorbed children in adult bodies living on other peoples’ money (namely that of mom and dad). In many ways, they are a contemporary flavour of the hippies of yore.
Even the most conservative Californian is still awful blue.
Saw it happen to Colorado, and am watching it happen to Nebraska.
same as the north east
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