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"Oh my God, we really are in a theocracy. Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so emasculated about not having any power, that they are willing to turn the nation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the church?"
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, March 24, 2005
The only boundaries are in your mind.
New California Republic
Not only are Californians seeing more and more of there taxes siphoned off to other, predominantly red, states, there seems no possible way to reverse this trend short of outright independence. That means California tax dollars that could go to better education and improved social services in our state will continue to subsidize pet projects and special interests in other, mostly red, states.
The fact is the influence of religious conservatives in Middle America and the South is growing. With Christian conservative families growing at a rate greater than 25% of urban moderate and liberal households, the voting influence of culturally conservative states will continue to dominate elections, politics and policy for generations to come.
Granted, California has a mix of conservatives and liberals like other states. But the make-up of our state is quite different than most others. The middle is bigger. There is a larger proportion of people in the middle who may be fiscally conservative, but are socially progressive. This blend of fiscal sensibility and social responsibility means California can build a future with the best of both worlds.
Big and strong erection
An independent California free of our tax subsidy for other states would be able to direct more of its wealth inward. The case can be made that we could cut taxes and have more money to support California’s educational and social structure at the same time.
I realize that most Californians, red or blue, don’t see the state of emergency right now. But what will happen down the road when we see more of our rights and freedoms taken away? What will happen if religious conservatives in other states introduce federal legislation banning stem cell research? That would be a direct assault on the mandate of California voters. What if religious conservatives decide to fight stem cell research in the federal courts and the case makes it all the way to a Supreme Court stacked with newly appointed social conservatives like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia? That isn’t too farfetched.
Dr. James Dobson, the evangelical religious radio commentator, has already fired the first salvo in the Supreme Court debate by announcing that he will target vulnerable Democratic senators if they attempt to challenge Supreme Court nominees that are socially conservative. Dobson wields a lot of influence and the religious conservatives, who remember the failed nomination of Robert Bork, will have more fire power in their arsenal this time around. We might as well get ready for a Supreme Court that will make landmark decisions that roll back the clock on civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and all other kinds of freedoms that are the hallmark of a tolerant society.
Consequently, the pursuit of an independent California may be the only alternative in providing a safe haven for people that want to protect their freedoms. The Christian conservative agenda wants to take those freedoms away and recreate a society in their own sanctified and sanitized image. When that begins to happen, even the moderates and non-religious conservatives will rebel.
The stark difference will be seen when the religious conservatives take over the FCC. If you or I are skipping across channels and we land on the 700 Club we exercise our right to watch or not watch. If the religious conservative skips through the channels and lands on something they think is objectionable, they DEMAND it be taken off the air. In a free society you can choose to watch or not watch. In a society dominated by cultural conservatives THEY are going to make choices for you. Just wait and see. The Christian equivalent of a “wardrobe malfunction” is a woman taking the bonnet off her head. Sorry, that may sound a little extreme, but my exaggeration really isn’t that far off the mark.
Recently someone chastised me for my "perceived" anti-Christian views and proceeded to pontificate about America being founded on Judeo-Christian values. Then when I went to his web profile I discovered that among his interests were porn, girls who can drink guys under the table and big booty b*tches—yeah, great examples of Judeo-Christian values. To top it off this guy’s idol was Andy Warhol—now there was a real Bible thumper! Good luck finding big booty b*tches when they make John Ashcroft the internet czar. So typical of religious hypocrisy. They preach morals and secretly watch Desperate Housewives.
Let me make this very clear—I am not anti-Christian. I believe that people of all faiths have the right to their personal beliefs and freedom of worship. Just don’t try to impose your faith on everyone else.
When it comes right down to it, I don’t think a majority of Californians—liberal, moderate or conservative—want to live in a society dominated by people who see things through the lens of the Christian worldview. Californians won’t stand for it. It’s just a question of how long it will take for people in California to see the emerging handwriting on the wall.