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N. Klink is a writer and political consultant who works
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Democrats are “Girlie Men.”
N. Klink] 7/20/04
“If they don’t have the guts to come up here in
front of you and say, ‘I don’t want to represent
you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions,
the trial layers’…if they don’t have the guts,
I call them girlie men.”
With five words, Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger summed up the Democratic establishment – men and women alike – in
the California State Legislature. In a speech late last week
about mounting frustration for a state budget that is perpetually
late and actually moving further and further away from a solution,
Gov. Schwarzenegger called Democrats “girlie men.”
Now, these remarks
are not the most intellectual comments out there, but this
is Sacramento budget politics – where rational
argument and common sense decision-making go out the window.
So for Schwarzenegger to utter the “girlie men” comment,
he effectively summed up the California Democratic Party in general
and issue specific terms.
In general, the California
Democratic Party goes to extreme lengths to segment society
based on any number of factors, including
race, sexual orientation or membership in a group or organization,
to name just a few. People aren’t Californians or Americans;
instead, they are hyphenated Californians or Americans first
a white male and a Democrat, you must openly express guilt
for decades of repression of all of the above-mentioned
hyphenated groups. To further omplicate matters, if you’re
white, a male and not well versed in Democratic groupthink, and
if you don’t have this guilt, you must be a bigot, a racist,
a homophobe or, at best, a non-thinking caveman.
food for thought.
To address Schwarzenegger’s “girlie man” comments
in the context of which they were spoken, the Governor hit the
nail on the head for years of Democratic budgetary myopia and
spending excess. Just as when October rolls around, it’s
safe to assume that the New York Yankees will be in the World
Series, so, too is it safe to assume that Sacramento Democrats
will always be late with the budget. Therefore, as the old saying
goes for the Dems, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” Welcome “girlie
men” one and all.
Now, if Republicans
were called a “girlie man,” they
might well react with shock and shame, and would do something
about it. They wouldn’t, however, feebly react by calling
the remark sexist and homophobic – but that’s because
they're not “girlie men” Democrats. Can’t you
just see Sacramento Democrats last weekend saying, “Quick,
somebody call the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, organize a protest
and arrange a sit-in! We’ll show the governor who is boss.” It’s
almost laughable if it weren’t so utterly pathetic.
Schwarzenegger’s comments will throw the Democratic establishment
into a weeklong tizzy (not meant in any racially or sexually
derogatory way), where this “controversy” will consume
their decision-making process and stifle what little desire these
legislators have to actually solve California’s budget
problems. That's because, in a state Democratic Party devoid
of any real solutions to California’s problems except to
spend more and raise taxes on the rich (we’re all "rich," by
the way), left-wing Democrats are like Pavlov’s dog. They’ll
quickly resort to playing the racist and sexist card.
It’s time for Schwarzenegger to get tough on the do-nothing
Democrats. They will never change. Arnold must immediately launch
hard-hitting campaigns against any and all marginal Democrats
in both the Assembly and the State Senate. His popularity trumps
all issues and personalities in the state. Arnold must take his
case more aggressively to the people. We need more free thinkers
in Sacramento – people who have held real jobs, paid taxes
and understand what budgeting really entails. And, most importantly,
know how to meet deadlines.
Now is the time for
bold ideas, common sense decision-making and aggressive action
by California’s most popular elected
official. Governor Schwarzenegger has the tools at his disposal
to swing close elections and enact change in Sacramento – change
that will make the Golden State golden once more.
should act on his promise to draft- up an initiative making
the Legislature part time. Clearly, the
Legislature has too many responsibilities on its collective plate.
Making the Legislature part time would limit the number of issues
they could discuss, vote on and, ultimately, approve – and
hopefully limit the harm that these “representatives” do
California needs new
legislators who want to do less, do it well and accomplish
it in a timely fashion. The forces of the
status quo – Democrats in the Legislature and their liberal
special interests – will fight this much-needed change
at every step of the way because it threatens their meal ticket.
Ultimately, all Californians
will be better off with a few less “girlie
men” making fewer decisions in Sacramento. CRO
2004 Matthew N. Klink