Facilitated by the indelible dear leader Governor Gavin Newsom, the multifaceted layers of California legislation are not what they seem. While the head of the state’s government forges a legacy of smug social media portraits that politicize everything from literature to a fabricated health crises, citizens around the US readily cringe at the news proliferating from an empire that eventually spreads like an ideological pandemic into the living room and sanctity of every law-abiding American.
In recently hijacking iconic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” to take a snide shot at the leadership of red states through a snarkily pompous Twitter post, Newsom cryptically endorsed his gaggle of minions currently deliberating over the specifics within pending legislation outlining how reparations will be distributed to the living descendants of slaves, leaving a plethora of unanswered question for reasonable voters. The California tyrant was complicit in fear-mongering at the outset Covid-19 spread in modeling a mask for a digital audience and setting the tone for lockdown directive, which the politician himself failed to comply with in attending a dinner at a swanky establishment, while the majority of his constituents coward in their domiciles.
The reparation task force, established in 2020 to oversee the framework for compensating just who with tax dollars, voted this week to limit the distribution of cash to state residents, as apparently there had been discussion to extend the government payouts on a national scale, in cementing another layer of insanity on California’s legacy of forwarding putrid policy that eventually clogs the legal system in burgling time, and hemorrhaging public coffers. In a state where a convicted murderous felon received a sex change while serving a life sentence in falling through the quantum singularity loophole that Hawking or Sagan could not explain, the bizarre is contemptuous, and the normal is processing life through the lens of a functioning Bay area tweaker composing a ransom note for a rubber duck he intentionally hides somewhere in the neighborhood.
With all things being unequal, the push for reparations is diabolically brilliant from the standpoint of political strategy, as the overtly controversial evolving measure takes the heat off of prominent Democrats with the crucial midterms fast approaching. Of course the distraction resulting from the task force’s vote is trending throughout the social media hemisphere as Asian-Americans shout about WWII interment camps, Whites gripe about the plight of their subservient European ancestors, and Hispanics note that the transgressions inflicted by colonialism should earn them a piece of the pie. Through the online orgiastic love fest of divisiveness a few of the important subtleties surrounding the measure are being obscured by the boundless emotional fog.
While criticism from skeptics on both sides of the ledger are asking the pertinent questions of what burden of proof does an individual have to provide, and what are the acceptable methods of approval in establishing that ancestors were in fact slaves to be eligible, the economics of the program are nonsensical, expect when considering the source. Add to the mix the trillion dollar industry of the genealogical titans in offering verification services to the average user for an extensive fee.
The California cash grab is simple, promote the use of genealogical services subsidized on the tax payer dime, in ultimately furnishing “stimulus” capital through the state. Double down on the initial growth of the artificial short-term boost to the economy, and ignore the lingering effects of inflation, while setting the awful precedent of reclaiming the past to grow government.
Critics point out that the criteria of the reparations program will include accepted verification services, that may put lower income families and individuals in a precarious financial position while awaiting their applications being processed. This is music to the ears of Democratic bureaucrats as at the very least, certain applicants will be at the whim of public services in continuing to fuel the public nightmare of government intrusion into the home, as free will is readily bartered for unquestioned allegiance.
The other unsettling aspect in this two-pronged stabbing utensil of malaise, is the ulterior motives of lawmakers representing the entire spectrum of politics who are as eager as salivating badgers casing a snake den in schmoozing the genealogical industry board members for a myriad of self-serving reasons, which includes another viable resource in the quest to harvest personal data and forge new demographics for the process of cross-referencing. Racial connotations are the furthest from consideration, as politicians explore possible new channels for revenue and strengthening their incumbency.
While the preposterous thought experiment has very little chance of actually becoming a horrendous reality, the well-documented conversations of the reparation task force has reached viral status in highlighting everything opposite of the valuable life lessons and observations contained with the pages of Harper Lee’s middle twentieth century societal critique classic. As Newsom tries in vain to paint himself as a benevolent intellectual within an image that tries to hard, the mere aristocrat and a slave to his own ego, has incited another culture war leaving Native Americans to ponder, where do we fit in this cosmic Jenga puzzle of commercial-grade race-baiting and posturing.
As the political axiom of “come one, come all” applies within the principles of inclusion, the bustling table of Elizabeth Warren’s claiming multi-ethnicity will collapse under the burden of the human condition if the ridiculous persists to the California chamber.