|Too Liberal for Texas?|
Now I come from a long line of Texans, dating back to the Civil War, and I have family there. However, there is a redneck attitude that I hate, and which I now see at Vox Popoli and in several of its commenters. That redneck attitude says that vast swatches of humanity must all be the same, there is no variability within groups, and therefore it is not only okay to hate whole groups, but the natural and wise thing to do.
There are exceptions, like prohibiting Nazis or Communists from immigrating to your country or state. That would be wise discrimination. Not-so-wise discrimination would be assuming that all Germans are Nazis and all Russians are Communists...or all Californians are liberal moonbats.
The fact is, there are millions of conservatives in California. Living in a blue state does not make one a blue voter. Having the kind of prejudice exhibited at Vox Popoli is not indicative of anything resembling actual thought. If all the conservatives in California moved to Texas, that state's hold on conservatism would be immensely strengthened, not weakened. Liberal Californians wouldn't move -- what, trade cous-cous for grits? Bean sprouts for polk salad? Sushi for barbecue? Doc Martins for cowboy boots? I don't think so.
California conservatives are still conservatives. John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and Chuck Norris were all California Republicans. Brian Sussman, Melanie Morgan, Tom McClintock and Michael Savage still are. Likewise, black conservatives, Hispanic conservatives, university student conservatives, Asian conservatives, even gay conservatives....are still conservatives. These folks are my allies and I won't condemn these conservatives because they belong to a larger group that is not conservative. Everyone is an individual and should be treated as such (except when their larger group is a voluntary association that is based on a violent ideology, like Communism, Fascism or Islam).
If the bigots at Vox Popoli can't figure that out, then maybe I should remove them from my blog list. And that will be ironic, since I was first referred to that website by another California conservative, a San Francisco Attorney who blogs at Free Will.
Update: I have removed Vox Popoli from my blog roll. Suggest you do the same.