Gov. Jerry Brown promises to be responsible with the funds the state now has after nearly 54 percent voted in favor of Prop 30.
Dom: For me at least, it’s no longer even about Donald Trump. I never viewed him as anything but an unhinged blowhard, and he is merely living down to my expectations. He is who he is, and there is no making a silk purse out of this sow's ear. But, you know, the electorate is in an “angry” mood. Their government no longer works for them and “throw the bums out” is the mantra of the day. Might as well put Donald Trump in charge. Well this Independent is angry too – but my anger is not apportioned equally between the parties. I’m getting old – been around a while and consider myself to be “conservative,” but I have no idea what that means in current GOP parlance. The “conservatism” I believe in is about intellectual humility – recognition that all laws have unintended consequences and therefore should be implemented with caution. It is about a willingness to occasionally say, “I don’t know.” It is a preference for measured incremental change over “revolution.” It is about respect for tradition, order, prudence and responsibility – and yes, compromise for the greater good. I favor that kind of “conservatism.” But I see it nowhere in the current version of the Republican Party -- least of all in Donald Trump. These are petulant and unruly children who would burn the country down. So my anger is especially focused on the Party of “No” – and the party of “no compromise” that offers no alternatives. The Party that dedicated itself to the defeat of the agenda of a duly elected sitting president for eight years above all other considerations – even when that agenda was in AGREEMENT with their own. The Party of government shut-downs and temper tantrums. The Party of ideology over evidence every time. The Party of demagoguery and holier-than-thou “evangelicals” who would impose their version of a Christian theocracy on the country – Constitution be damned. The Party that cannot even hold themselves together (much less govern a diverse nation) and eats their own in the name of ideological purity. The Party of stupid hats and sloganeering in lieu of actual policy. And the Party that now offers us this entirely unqualified, unstable idiot and quintessential d-bag Donald Trump, an utterly absurd caricature of a “president” that even many if not most Republicans despise -- and then professes shock and dismay at what they have wrought (but few break ranks and withdraw their endorsement of this jerk even as he continues to demonstrate his lunacy). Well I for one have had enough. Throw the bums out? You bet! I can't stand Hillary Clinton. There is no question in my mind that she is ethically challenged -- and I would have voted for almost any GOP candidate except the last two jerks standing. But compared to Trump...? As Jamie Weinstein of the conservative Daily Caller put it, Clinton is preferable to Trump like malaria is preferable to Ebola virus. I too choose malaria. More importantly, this Independent will vote a straight Democratic ticket in this election cycle. And I hope that the Republican Party that brought us to this disastrous place loses their Congressional majority in both houses as well as the White House. They damn well deserve to. Perhaps then they will finally look inward and purge themselves of their lunatic fringe and start thinking past the next election to the good of the nation -- and their own long-term health. This country needs a functioning two-party system. But right now, one of those parties is seriously broken.