Cal­i­for­nia Dems show us the fu­ture. Run for your lives.

The Saline Courier Weekend - - OPINION - ANN COUL­TER

In this col­umn, I will prove that Democrats: 1) Don’t care about “Rus­sians,” (Ukraini­ans?) or any­one else in­ter­fer­ing with our democ­racy; and 2) they also don’t give a crap about guns.

Let’s be­gin by look­ing at the Democrats’ Pla­tonic ideal of a democ­racy: Cal­i­for­nia!

Cal­i­for­nia is wholly con­trolled by the Demo­cratic Party. The gov­er­nor is a Demo­crat. The lieu­tenant gov­er­nor is a Demo­crat. The at­tor­ney gen­eral, sec­re­tary of state and trea­surer are Democrats. All these po­si­tions have been held by Democrats since the gov­er­nor­ship of Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger (who was a Demo­crat). The state Se­nate is just un­der two-thirds Demo­cratic, while the as­sem­bly is more than two-thirds Demo­cratic. Both U.S. sen­a­tors are Democrats, as are 46 of 53 mem­bers of Congress.

And what a paradise they’ve cre­ated! For the last sev­eral years, with a di­rect pipe­line to the fifth-largest trea­sury on the planet, Cal­i­for­nia has been wag­ing war on de­cent peo­ple in fa­vor of drug ad­dicts, the men­tally ill, crim­i­nals, the home­less and trans­gen­ders.

In the last cen­tury, ev­ery great thing started in Cal­i­for­nia: surf­ing, jeans, Dis­ney­land, tax re­volts, Mcdon­ald’s, movies, car cul­ture, the Grate­ful Dead, right on red turns, Merle Hag­gard, skate­board­ing, Ap­ple com­puter and the last two elected Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dents not named “Bush.”

Big po­lit­i­cal move­ments used to be­gin in Cal­i­for­nia. Propo­si­tion 13’s cap on prop­erty taxes led to Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and a na­tion­wide tax re­volt. Propo­si­tion 209’s ban on af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion was fol­lowed by Supreme Court rul­ings re­strict­ing the govern­ment’s abil­ity to dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of race. Cal­i­for­nia’s anti-crime re­bel­lion, in­clud­ing a mas­sive pri­son ex­pan­sion and the vot­ers’ re­moval of lib­eral lu­natic Rose Bird from the state’s high­est court, fore­shad­owed an anti-crime push­back across the coun­try.

These days, the only Cal­i­for­niao­rig­i­nated idea to sweep the na­tion is: ban­ning plas­tic straws. The state is a calamity. Its op­ti­mism and vigor are gone. In­stead of “The Golden State,” Cal­i­for­nia is now “The Hu­man Ex­cre­ment State.”

Let’s just pray that Cal­i­for­nia is no longer a win­dow into our fu­ture.

Peo­ple are leav­ing the state in droves -- and more than half of those who re­main say they’d like to leave, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey pub­lished in The San Fran­cisco Gate ear­lier this year.

In ev­ery cen­sus but one, since Cal­i­for­nia has been a state -- from 1850 right up to 2010 -- its pop­u­la­tion grew so much that the state added con­gres­sional seats. The only ex­cep­tion was in 1920, when the con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion re­mained static, but then the state added nine new seats in 1930.

Af­ter the last cen­sus in 2010, Cal­i­for­nia’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion was un­changed. With the

2020 cen­sus, it’s ex­pected to lose at least one seat and pos­si­bly two, ac­cord­ing to Pub­lic Pol­icy In­sti­tute of Cal­i­for­nia. (If the fed­eral govern­ment fol­lowed the Con­sti­tu­tion and counted only cit­i­zens, it would lose a lot more than that.)

It takes sin­gle-minded fa­nati­cism to wreck Cal­i­for­nia. Within the bor­ders of a sin­gle state, you can visit Yosemite, the Pa­cific Ocean, Death Val­ley, red­wood forests, the snow-capped Sier­ras and the pas­toral vine­yards of Napa and Sonoma, and go to the beach on Christ­mas Day.

But start­ing with Gray Davis’ re­fusal in 1999 to ap­peal an ac­tivist judge’s an­nounce­ment that it was “un­con­sti­tu­tional” for tax­pay­ers not to give welfare to il­le­gal im­mi­grants -- an ini­tia­tive that had passed over­whelm­ingly just a few years ear­lier -- Cal­i­for­nia’s elected of­fi­cials be­gan an all-out war on its own cit­i­zens.

Democrats are wor­ried about “Rus­sians” in­ter­fer­ing with our elec­tions? Cal­i­for­nia Democrats sim­ply ig­nore elec­tions.

The most clear-cut ev­i­dence that Democrats do not care about democ­racy is Gov. Gavin New­som’s re­cent de­ci­sion to halt the death penalty (un­less ad­min­is­tered by an il­le­gal alien, as in the case of Kate Steinle).

I doubt any other state’s vot­ers have been more em­phatic about their sup­port for the death penalty than Cal­i­for­ni­ans, vot­ing for it in statewide ini­tia­tives in 1972, 1978, 2012 and again in 2016 -- just three years ago.

But ear­lier this year, Gov. New­som fla­grantly dis­re­garded the vot­ers’ re­peated en­dorse­ment of cap­i­tal sen­tences and sin­gle-hand­edly im­posed a mora­to­rium on the death penalty.

For­get Face­book ads. Who cares if Rus­sians hack into our vot­ing ma­chines and change the vote to­tals? Democrats are go­ing to ig­nore the re­sults any­way.

Their vaunted con­cern for the sanc­tity of our elec­tions is so much horse crap.

It’s the same with guns. This Septem­ber, dur­ing a fiery de­bate on guns, the left de­manded “red­flag laws” to take guns away from cit­i­zens af­ter hav­ing their pol­i­tics, their writ­ings, their pre­vi­ous ex­er­cise of free speech ex­am­ined on a gran­u­lar level by bu­reau­crats em­pow­ered to re­vise the Bill of Rights. In the mid­dle of that de­bate, Gov. New­som com­muted the sen­tences of 21 con­victed felons -- al­most all of whom were serv­ing lengthy terms for mur­der or at­tempted mur­der with a gun.

And get this: New­som specif­i­cally cited the un­fair­ness of en­hanc­ing a crim­i­nal’s sen­tence merely be­cause he used a gun when com­mit­ting a crime.

In­no­cent peo­ple walk­ing the street right now -- play­ing bas­ket­ball, eat­ing at ve­gan restau­rants, go­ing bowl­ing -- bet­ter en­joy them­selves. Some num­ber of them will soon have their lives snuffed out be­cause of the gov­er­nor’s will­ful de­ci­sion to be­gin the process of re­leas­ing peo­ple who have al­ready com­mit­ted vi­o­lence with guns.

Lib­er­als don’t care about guns in the hands of vi­o­lent crim­i­nals. They’re com­ing af­ter the guns of con­ser­va­tives.

We’re hor­ri­fied by peo­ple who com­mit vi­o­lence with firearms. They’re hor­ri­fied by peo­ple who haven’t com­mit­ted any vi­o­lence and never will -- but who en­gage in speech dis­pleas­ing to Democrats.

Like a ma­gi­cian re­veal­ing his trick, the gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia pro­vided the proof, mak­ing it ab­so­lutely clear that Democrats don’t give a fig for democ­racy and aren’t dis­turbed in the slight­est by gun vi­o­lence.

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