Demographics, demographics, demographics. I think whites are now down to less than 40% of the population statewide, less than 30% of the poulation in L.A. County which contains a quarter of the population in the state.
While the voters in this state (including yours truly) rightly passed Prop 187 (initiative denying state services to illegal aliens) in turned the overwhelming majority of hispanics solidly against the GOP. And all of the brainwashing and indoctrination which goes on these public schools-—I know I have a child a in public school-—these kids learn far more about Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King than they do about our founding fathers and the reasons for our Revolutionary War. There are so many factors. The GOP brand in California is about as popular as a case of hemmeroids. Gay marriage is viewed as sacrosant. People are covered from head to toe with piercings and tattoos. You can’t light up a cigarette anywhere around here without having the SWAT team called out, yet pot dipensaries are all over the place. This place is beyond disgust. Truly the entitlement ethic has repaced the work ethic. So sad too, the state could be booming if it wanted too. There is PLENTY of oil here and other natural resources. But the libtards are adamantly opposed to drilling for it. We could have a real strong agricultural sector too, but the libs are more interested in protecting the Delta Smelt as opposed to providing water to the farmers. Even filming in Hollyweird is in decline, thanks mostly to high taxes and the unions. Unions run EVERYTHING here and control Sacramento completely. Things really suck here. No one thinks things through. People have their heads up their asses. So pathetic. CA has become a gigantic pig sty. Dems and unions run everything. To hell with business. They don’t care. Just as long as people can get their welfare checks and gimmees. Bill O’Reilly and Mitt Romney were absolutel right: The election was all about people wanting free stuff, not jobs.
I would add one item, a whole lot of dem voters are white.
I think the actual division is not brown/white, it is govt workers vs private sector.
The govt workers fail to realize where their bucks actually originate, hence the crash (which is occuring as we speak) will be a surprise to many who feed from the trough.
Yup, this was the turning point. The left used that to turn Hispanics against the GOP. California is almost a foreign country now. It's completely lost. Within 5 years the US Federal Government will end up bailing CA out. People say it won't happen, but it will.
Demographics are why in not too many years conservatives won't even be able to count on Texas or Arizona.
People often say they "trust the American people to do the right thing" when it comes to elections. I say, the American people aren't immune from voting idiotically for generations at a time just like people do in other countries. Our Hispanic immigrants come from a place that voted for the same Socialist party (PRI) for 70 years straight - this despite the fact that Mexico was a crap hole the entire time. What makes people think they wouldn't do the same thing here? And it isn't as if this is all the Hispanics fault. FDR was, economically, a complete failure - yet the American people elected him 4 times.
We've crossed the tipping point and are now a European social welfare state. Once a people go down this road there is almost no possibility of reversing the decline. It just has to spiral down till the house of cards collapses.
The effect of Prop 187 is exaggerated I think. Hispanics were already voting against the GOP in California. And the popularity of 187 at the time propelled Governor Wilson to a comeback win in his reelection campaign. That was the last signficant statewide race won by a Republican (Schwarzenegger doesn’t count).
I won’t deny that it exacerbated the GOP’s latino problem. The never-ending demagoguery of the measure no doubt made the existing pro-Democrat sentiments of Hispanics even stronger, and perhaps led to faster registration of many latinos than otherwise would have happened.
But that was all going to happen eventually. Mass immigration (legal and illegal) of mostly Mexicans was always going to favor the Democrats. All 187 might have done was speed up the GOP’s inevitable death in California.