Santa Monica, California
Schwarzenegger: Indiana’s religious freedom law is bad for Republicans
Hasta la vista, culture wars.
BTW, I’ve never heard the left try to tell itself to drop the social issues.
Now I’d like to speak to some of my fellow Republicans. I know plenty of Republicans who are sensible and driven to solve problems for America. They believe in Reagan’s vision of a big tent where everyone is welcome. This message isn’t for them.
Incidentally, people are bringing up Reagan’s opposition to the Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6) in 1978. If you can’t tell the difference between the Briggs Initiative and RFRA, then I hereby revoke your oxygen consumption privileges.
If we want our party to grow and last, we must be focused on real solutions to problems Americans are facing.
We could start with infrastructure. Traffic costs our drivers over $100 billion annually.
Immigration? Oh yeah, we’re not supposed to talk about that or even notice it, either. The only permitted solution is to bring about more traffic.
Or we could get to work on education. If graduation rates don’t increase, we will have a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020 — not because we lack the manpower, but because the jobs will require education that our students aren’t receiving.
We can’t talk about that issue honestly, either. The only permitted solution is to import more low IQ NAMs, and to ignore the low IQ of our native NAMs, except when they want to get out of the death penalty.
But distracting, divisive laws like the one Indiana initially passed aren’t just bad for the country, they’re also bad for our party.
But good for Bill Clinton’s party?
In California, the GOP has seen the danger of focusing on the wrong issues. In 2007, Republicans made up nearly 35 percent of our registered voters. By 2009, our share dropped to 31 percent, and today, it is a measly 28 percent. That sharp drop started just after the divisive battle over Proposition 8.
Proposition 8 won. And the crucial demographic that helped it win is anything but a faithful Republican constituency.
California is becoming less Republican mostly because of the lack of affordable family formation for native-born whites.
You’re wrong. All you have to do is look at the response to Indiana’s law on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or pretty much wherever young people congregate and discuss what is important to them.
Both sides of the Indiana debate used Twitter to voice their support, and the result couldn’t be clearer. According to Zignal Labs, as of Wednesday night, #StandWithIndiana had been tweeted 5,571 times. Meanwhile, #BoycottIndiana was tweeted 430,728 times.
Take a quick look at Reddit’s r/news top stories for the week — there have been more than 15,000 comments on this issue, overwhelmingly in opposition to the Indiana law.
Polls show that laws like this are not supported by independents, women, minorities or Americans between 18 and 29. Nor are they supported by big business, as evidenced by NASCAR, the NBA and Wal-Mart’s public, vocal opposition.
Because, big corporations and young morons on cesspool social networking sites should have total control of public policy. Actually, not a lot of young morons — The apparent social media deluge is a function of a very small handful of dedicated script kiddies. If hashtags were policy, the girls that Boko Haram kidnapped and sold into slavery would be home by now.
And also, even Democrats show a slight plurality in support of RFRA language that’s way stronger than what Indiana first passed.
Why is Arnie being so blubber brained here? I think the answer is simple:
“I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” — Pauline Kael, December 28, 1972. Similarly, a telephone poll taken by Literary Digest magazine not long before Election Day in 1936 showed that Alf Landon would beat Franklin Roosevelt.