California’s smug political and elite class is just…smug enough to do it.
In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and even predict it. In the next four years, California’s liberal ruling class will foment a singular clash with the Federal government.
I have no idea what the “clash” will consist of. Will it be physical, political, military? All of the above? Not sure, but something of epic proportions will happen because California is just that intransigent and full of itself that it will not know when to stop rebelling and welcome Donald Trump as the rightful President of the United States. And to treat him as such.
Gov. Jerry Brown has often deviated from that script, but never more so than at Tuesday’s speech, which took place four days after the swearing-in of President Trump.
“This morning it is hard for me to keep my thoughts just on California,” Mr. Brown told a legislative chamber crowded with lawmakers. “The recent election and inauguration of a new president have shown deep divisions across America. While no one knows what the new leaders will actually do, there are signs that are disturbing.”
The title of the speech, which Mr. Brown wrote himself, said much about its subject: “California Is Not Turning Back, Not Now, Not Ever.” In 15 minutes Mr. Brown offered what is by now a familiar litany of resistance from California Democratic lawmakers: Pledging to fight Mr. Trump on efforts to roll back climate change laws and to crack down on immigrants.
“We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will,” he said about immigration laws. “And let me be clear: We will defend everybody — every man, woman and child — who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.”
Brown talks like a big man with balls, but he a graying, balding left-winger who apparently has been overcome come with testosterone-fueled anti-Trump idealism.
And the state he governs may become his personal vehicle whereby he lives out his senior West Coast Utopian fantasies. And the people of this state will certainly applaud his “watch the world burn” defeatism-posing-as-empowerment bluster. In fact, listening to the Californians around me, Calexit, or its trajectory, is not so far-fetched as we might have thought last year.
California is truly suspended on the brink of insanity and misappropriated influence. And it will destroy itself for its pretensions and political resentments.
All this, in the context of Donald Trump’s enlarging Presidential presence, struck me for the inevitable collision course this state and the President of the United States are heading toward. Immigration is the new slavery. Donald Trump has titillated us with talk of Federal intervention in murderous Chicago. What this would be composed of, we just don’t know. But his “will send in the Feds!” Tweet last night was resoundingly clear. He will entertain use of Federal resources in order to maintain the integrity and health of our nation. And if California and Jerry Brown decide they’ve “outgrown” the American Republic, don’t expect President Trump to back down nor to allow Californian delusion to evolve much further.
Sacramento might very well be the next Fort Sumter.