I have waited a while to discuss the results of local races here as I waited for the final tally to be completed. HERE they are. It looks to me that despite their best efforts to get out their vote here, the democrats were rejected soundly by the county voters. But of course there are always those that can't accept their defeats with grace and try to put lipstick on the pig. One local blogger claims the county is "purple" but after reviewing the results one must admit we are a center right county. Based on this I would say that blogger is "hard left".
We have seen few changes in governance here over the years. I believe the adage, "all politics is local" is so true. Whether City, County or Special District, the people closest to the voters are the most responsive and the most accountable. Don't fill the potholes? Your elected butt gets tossed. Don't balance the budget get your butt booted. Don't support law enforcement, you are outta here. I think the main duty of local government is support for law enforcement. That makes the local voter more conservative in my view. We want the Sheriff and the police to get the bad guys off the streets and into the jails. Democrats want to cuddle the crooks and then spend our money for rehab and vouchers. You can see who the voters choose.
When I read bloggers or letters to the editor in the local paper from liberals/democrats, I simply shake my head in wonder. How can people be so stupid? Usually they have some bleeding heart plea to be nice to the drug dealer feeding the poison to our kids. They plea to spare the life of the death row scumbag who murdered women and children and did depraved things to them. They trust the government to teach our kids with their leftwingnut views and distorted and rewritten history. The left complains about those evil people who own guns or favor life over the murder of the child in the womb as if they are on some sort of moral high ground. Each and every time I read their tripe and complaints I see the decline of our country and way of life.
Of course I totally support the left's right to speak their BS and would not try to censor any of it. I want to debate them. But the left has other ideas. Even here in little Nevada County we have liberals/democrats who want to muzzle the opposition who speak against their ideas and theories. The left does not like dissent from their mantra that only they have the right to speak. A local blogger from the left is constantly trying to make some absurd connection between the actions of some lunatics and mainstream people and organizations on the right. Stirring it up may work at higher levels of push-polls but not here in our community. For sure there are a few on the left that the bloggers spewing confirms their opinions but only a few. I have heard it is very quiet and slow on those leftwingnut loony blogs.
Mainly people want their government to stay out of their lives and leave them in peace. But we all know that is not the reality on the ground with government. Locally we have more say in that and we usually don't see too many new ordinances in a given year. Of course the locals are part time and most have a business so they are fairly sensitive to the affect of new laws on their friends and neighbors. But at the State and Federal level, we have a whole different animal.
Last year there was 80,000 pages of Federal Register rules and regulations spewed forth on the people of America. It is how something becomes the law of the land. Then we have all the State Laws and regulations. Then we have all the Executive Departments that are allowed to make their own "fill-in-the-blank" rules and regulations after the Legislature passes and the Governor signs a new "law". I have railed against that all my political life. Unlike a local ordinance that must be complete prior to the vote, the State and Feds just say "implement this law" to the departments and the "lawmakers" go back to the golf course. We see how this works every day. The EPA passes new regulations on coal, water courses, standards of any type and when the crap hits the fan with the constituents, the lawmakers act surprised and angry. What a crock! If they had done their job as local officials must do we would see way less bills. All the parts should be debated as they are in a City Council Chamber or Board of Supervisors Chamber prior to passage. Then there is the referendum if people don't like them.
We have allowed all these rules and regulations to control most aspects of our lives because in a Republic America, well at least the America I used to know, people were working and too busy raising their families to spend their time in Chambers of politicians to make sure they weren't getting screwed. But that was when we had a true "press". We knew the reporters were giving us the truth most of the time. But over the last forty years the "press" has simply become a branch of the democrat party and we can no longer rely on them at all. Thank goodness for alternative media like the Internet and and talk radio. And activist Conservative groups!
We see the disenfranchisement of the American voter from the easy truth once written by those protected by the First Amendment. So we rely on these other sources of information. Some are blogs masquerading on the left as news as we see a local one or two. Others supply links that allow the readers to pursue news and information of their own choice. Others are debate centers. But the left, once the source of most of American news no longer has a monopoly. They do however have an agenda and they are united in that agenda. They all attended "liberal arts" colleges and were trained by "liberal" professors" all of one "liberal" mind. So the results of that is "leftwingnut hegemony" in our lamestream media outlets.
All in all though, Americans are a center-right people and that really shows up locally here. Sure the left has California and the Yankee states (New Mexico and Colorado though amaze me) but for the rest of the country, common sense prevails. Locally the "purple" blogger and his three or four leftwingnut minions don't know diddly about the county and its people but hey! This is America and those leftwing nuts have every right to spew their nonsense. I say congrats to all the winners of June 3, 2014 and to those that did not make it. I say good try. I won some and I lost some so I know both sides of an election.