When it comes to persistence even the Energizer Bunny takes a back seat to today’s current crop of progressives, liberals, or democrats. Remember there is no difference between progressives, liberals, or democrats, they simply disagree on just how quickly they will run every aspect of your life.
Thirty-five years ago I left California because I could read the writing on the wall. I was heading into marriage with a young child and knew that California would be no sane or safe place to raise my children. I went to the safest, sanest most responsibly (relatively speaking) governed place I knew, Utah. Understand, as an Army brat I had lived all over the U. S. and even spent almost two years in Germany during the terrorist dominated Munich Olympics. I had lived in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Utah and Nevada.
Utah is the closest thing I have ever had to a “home” state. Whenever anyone asks where I’m from I always say that, after 38 years, I’m from Utah. Despite all the jokes about the “Zion Curtain” and “Happy Valley” Utah has been the most normal, sane and reasonable place I have ever lived. To all the detractors out there notice I didn’t say perfect. I love my state. I love our reliance on traditional family values. I love the ready acceptance of such radical (in much of the rest of the country at least) ideas as self sufficiency and personal responsibility. I am proud of the fact that, as a general population, we have one of the most educated citizenry in the country.
All that being said I have noticed over the last few years a steady march by much of the states leadership to not just the left of the political spectrum but (hello Salt Lake City) the far, radical left of the political divide. There is an ongoing attempt to subvert the values and traditions that make Utah one of the most responsibly governed states in the union.
Like the multi headed Hydra these efforts take on many forms. Lets examine three.
You must first understand that there is no such thing as “Conversion Therapy.” The term was invented by a group of liberal lawyers, I think from New Jersey, who several years ago sued a group of Jewish councilors who had stunning success rates with men who wanted to abandon the homersexual lifestyle. After some careful judge shopping the aforementioned lawyers began their carefully crafted, specifically manufactured crusade against their equally carefully crafted concept of Conversion Therapy. After several successful bans of a non existent therapy by states like New Jersey and California, Utah wants to jump on the sadistic bandwagon.
I can hear you now, but sailor why do you say sadistic? Isn’t that over reaching? Perform this thought experiment with me. Suppose you are a young man who has unwanted same sex attractions. You doesn’t understand why you feel the way you do. Despite the proddings of “educators” and popular culture you don’t want to feel the way you do. You exist in a state of anguish because you remain confused. Perhaps you begin self medicating with alcohol or drugs. Either way you are unhappy, sometimes in the extreme.
In this far to typical example, ie the types of people who would seek out same sex attraction therapy become the victims of the “caring” liberals desperate to ban the non existent conversion therapy. You must remain a homersexual until the day you die, no matter how miserable that makes you, because their narrative demands it. The state of Utah now cares enough to force you into a life of misery and use the bludgeon of law to punish anyone who cares enough to try and help you.
As long as the participation in therapy is voluntary and the outcome is not predetermined why would the homersexual groups yanking our governments chains be so adamant that this non existent therapy be banned? The simple fact is that every former homersexual alive is iron clad proof that “born that way” is a manufactured myth. At the end of the day any amount of collateral damage is completely acceptable to the homersexual lobby as long as the homersexual narrative survives. What is tragic is that so many otherwise sane people have accepted this as reasonable.
Illegal aliens, drivers license, in state tuition etc.
Immigration law breakers seem to have a special place in the hearts of many liberal politicians and Utah is now, sadly, no different. Our state has seen fit to give these criminals in state tuition rates at our colleges. One fails to find a sane explanation for this other than as an expression of tolerance for flouting the law.
In an even more stupid move we now give drivers licenses to illegal aliens. Ostensibly this was to encourage them to obtain auto insurance which we were promised that, upon getting their license, they would instantly do. This was a bold face lie that had been disproven by every other state that has done this. Our Governor and legislature knew this but rammed this legal stupidity down our throats anyway because they wanted to be popular with the media and so called immigrant rights groups. How utterly tragic and simple minded. Never mind the absolute betrayal of both the oath of office you took and the citizens you claim to represent.
I have written in depth about the “medical” pot issue. Like “conversion therapy” so called medical pot is a contrived invention. Pot’s medicinal properties have been studied for decades and found almost entirely wanting.
The fact is that after failing to raise a significant desire for recreational pot use in Utah a group of out of state pot pushers (NORMAL and The Marijuana Policy Project among others) adapted their strategy. They came back into Utah with a fully formed staff of activists and flush with some $250,000. In a careful and deliberate weaponization of our compassion they slowly developed the myth of medical pot. Thus we ended up with Proposition 2, a wildly misrepresented “citizen initiative” that called for pot shops on every corner. While pot smoking morons celebrated the legislature took the public representations of the Prop 2 pushers and codified them into law. Then all hell broke loose.
You see, the pushers of Prop 2 bleated over and over again that their initiative called for medical versions of pot to be prescribed by a doctor and purchased from a licensed pharmacy. When the legislature made those conditions the actual law the pushers of Prop 2 promptly sued the state to have Prop 2 instituted as written, ie pot shops on every corner.
The fact is, generically speaking, pot is just as medicinally effective as ground Unicorn horn.
Whether it’s the burgeoning homeless problem in Salt Lake City or the sorry state of public education, Utah seems determined to repeat every single tragic mistake that failed states like California and Washington have made.
So, how did we get here? In large part it is because militant east and west coast liberals have realized that our deep and inherent sense of compassion can be turned subtly and effectively against us. They have, with the help of a complicit media, managed to silence the vast majority of those opposed to their radical agenda with threats of labeling us as racists, bigots, haters, homophobes etc. In a further example of just how successful the radicals have been it has become accepted by far to many people that the mere accusation is the conviction.
There are additional reasons that must be acknowledged. The importation of tens of thousands of people from California, Oregon and Washington who desperately seek to turn Utah into the state they felt was so terrible that they had to leave is an obvious one.
It must also be pointed out that Utah has desperately sought to induce tens of thousands of illegal aliens to make Utah their “home” not as legal citizens but simply as warmly welcomed, expensively compensated at state expense and highly tolerated undocumented immigrants. It is never a good example to demonstrate a tolerant, even compassionate acceptance, of routine lawlessness.
This is the kind of attitude that produces the homeless camps taking over so many of California’s once scenic downtown’s and generates the human feces maps that so many of the residents of that enlightened state now need every time they venture out of their homes.
Ain’t liberalism grand?