The 2004 Political Controversy
"...I truly believe there is something distinctly alluring about the state in and of itself -- not just the geography but the California of the mind....
"But focus hard on the reality of 2005, and what we see is a golden state of dysfunction.
"...The underlying problem is the detachment between decision-makers and the results of their decisions. It is a state so large, hobbled by so many initiatives and expectations that not even a life-and-death issue jars the status quo."
- John King, San Francisco Chronicle
The Current Blue/Red State Controversy. The 2004 national election has elicited much discussion on the web about having California remove itself from, or be thrown out of, the Union. This discussion has even received some review in the traditional press. Those responding negatively to the idea have correctly observed that the Civil War settled this issue and that Californians are clearly integrated into the American scene both historically and culturally. And the California economy is too much a part of the national economy to simply separate it out.
Too many people in other parts of the nation see California as someplace weird, out of the norm of the country, because of the press emphasis on Blue/Red, liberal Hollywood, and gay San Francisco . That is a very uninformed view. Consider the last two presidential elections using maps of the results by county:
|2000 Presidential Election Results||2004 Presidential Election Results|
But is it really a difference in values or just historical inherited partisan loyalties? Fortunately we have the results of ballot measures to examine in 2004:
|Stem Cell Research Funding||Mandated Employer Health Insurance|
|Mental Health Tax||Recall Gray Davis|
More logically, it should become more than one state. The intent of this blog is to provide information regarding the idea of dividing California.