The Battle For California is the Battle for America

By now, this is a familiar story. California is a failed state. Thanks to years of progressive mismanagement and neglect, the cities are lawless and the forests are burning. Residents pay the highest prices in America for unreliable electricity. Water is rationed. Homes are unaffordable. The public schools are a joke. Freeways are congested and crumbling. And if they’re not still on lockdown or otherwise already destroyed by it, business owners contend with the most hostile regulatory climate in American history.

It is understandable that conservatives in the rest of the United States would be happy to write off California. But California is not writing off the rest of the United States, and therein lies grave danger to American prosperity and freedom.

What if California doesn’t implode, a victim of its own political mismanagement? What if California instead completes its transformation into a successful plutocracy, run by a clique of multi-billionaires in a partnership of convenience with environmentalist extremists and backed by the power of a unionized state bureaucracy?

What if the people who would resist this tyranny leave, and the remaining population peacefully accepts universal basic income and subsidized housing? What if all it takes to be a feudal overlord in progressive California is to proffer to the proletarians a pittance of alms, while reliably spouting incessant, blistering social justice and climate change rhetoric?

Why won’t that work? After all, it’s worked so far. California has the most progressive electorate in America.

Not because of California’s regulatory state, but […] Read More

There is No Moral Justification for the “Lincoln Project”

Speaking recently to a predictably sympathetic Lesley Stahl on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” members of the “Lincoln Project” Super PAC claimed they were trying to rescue the integrity of the Republican Party and defeat “Trumpism.” These former Republican consultants claim that the party under Trump has betrayed what they believed were core Republican values.

Given everything the Lincoln Project is doing, however, it is clear they are not trying to “rescue” the Republican Party from anything. They are trying to destroy it.

Why else would they not only be targeting the president, but also, as The Hill reported in August, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas) Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Steve Daines (R-Mt.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)?

There are 23 Republican U.S. senators up for reelection next month. The Lincoln Project is spending heavily against 14 of them. The Washington Post recently identified the close races for U.S. Senate, naming eight Republicans as vulnerable: Gardner, McSally, Collins, Tillis, Ernst, Graham, Daines, and David Perdue of Georgia. Of these eight Republican senators, only Perdue is not on the Lincoln Project’s hit list. Perhaps that’s an oversight.

In close races, a few nudges this way or that can make all the difference, and if the 2020 election is anything like the 2016 election, nudges will matter. The Lincoln Project, which reportedly […] Read More