October 25, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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A map that shows the answer to the question "Are there Republicans in California?"

Are there Republicans in California?

My Take on  “Are there Republicans in California?”:

Introduction:

Before seeing this map of Republicans in California, I was a bit misinformed. I had only incorrect knowledge about the number of Republicans in California and how many congressional districts that they hold.

I had always heard that California is an extremely liberal state, so I just assumed that almost everyone from California is a liberal. So, when it came to questions like “do Republicans do well in California,” “are there any Republicans left in California,” or “can Republicans win in California,” I didn’t have good answers. Instead of doing research and finding out about the number of conservatives in California, I just stuck to my incorrect assumptions. 

Frankly, I thought that the Republican party in California is extinct and that there are no longer any Republicans in California, or at least very few. But, after seeing this, my mind is changed. Now, if you asked me “are there Republicans in California,” I would enthusiastically say yes. There are a number of Republicans in Congress from California, and the party does have some good electoral chances. I might even say that there are Republicans gaining ground in California.

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Republicans in Congress from California:

There are currently seven Republicans in Congress from California. They are Doug Lamalfa, Tom McClintock, Paul Cook, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Ken Calvert, and Duncan Hunter. Almost all of them come from the interior parts of the state. In other words, the agricultural areas that aren’t so different than Republican strongholds elsewhere in the nation.

While seven seats might not seem like that many, especially in a state with 53 representatives, it is still enough to boost the Republican presence in the House. Without those Republican Congressmen from California, we Republicans would be far worse off. If we lose any more of California, if the Republican party in California goes extinct, then Republican chances of holding the House of Representatives might be doomed.

However, I do not think that will happen. Instead, I think the Republican party does have good electoral chances nationwide and in California itself in 2020. Republicans in California might

Does the Republican Party have a chance in California?

So, does the Republican party have a chance to win in California? Probably not a presidential election. Right now, the state is too far gone and it will be hard to win. it is simply far too liberal of a state for Republicans to win. Similarly, there are no Republican Senators from California for a reason. The reason is that the super-populated areas of the state rule everything in the state.

Despite there being some very conservative areas, liberals will still always win full state races. There are simply too many people in hyper-liberal areas like Los Angles and San Francisco for Republicans to win a full state race. Unfortunately, Arnold Schwarzenegger might have been the last Republican governor in California.



But, Republicans in California do have good chances of winning House of Representatives races in many of the rural areas of the state. Those areas are mainly Republican already, but some of them have recently swung to the Democrats. I think that in the 2020 races, California Republican candidates can win them back and help Republicans nationwide win back the House of Representatives.

So, Republicans in California don’t have a good chance to win Senate, Governor, or Presidential races in California. But, they do have a very good chance of winning mayoral and House of Representatives elections. We need to make sure they get the support they need. Click on their names or on the links at the bottom of the page to find out more about them.

The Tyranny of the Majority in California:

When I was in class learning about Madison and Tocqueville’s concept of the tyranny of the majority, a student asked the professor for examples of tyranny of the majority. Naturally, the leftist professor pointed only to liberal examples. Southern whites oppressing blacks during Reconstruction and gay marriage being illegal, for example.

I, however, think the best example of the tyranny of the majority is California. As this map of conservatives in California shows, there are millions of Trump voters in California. However, because of the influence of large cities, they can only win local elections.  That means that the policies of radical leftists in LA are applied statewide. So farmers, who have to use fossil fuels and fertilizer to feed the nation effectively, are forced to listen to leftists about the danger of those materials.



Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, they are forced to put up with regulations and taxes on those materials. Fossil fuel based energy, the backbone of manufacturing and farming, has become almost prohibitively expensive in California due to regulations imposed on the whole state by leftists and Marxists in the crowded cities.

There is no better example of what a tyranny of the majority is than California. The majority of citizens in California live in its coastal cities. Their views and desire for regulations do not match the views of the millions of Republicans in California. We need to find a way to change that so that everyone is represented.

Conclusion:

There are conservatives in California. However, they are oppressed by a tyranny of the majority that prevents them from winning statewide elections. So, if you ask “are there conservatives in California,” I would say yes. But if you ask, “will California implement conservative policies,” then I would have to say no.

By: Gen Z Conservative

Links:

Doug Lamalfa: https://lamalfa.house.gov/

Tom McClintock: https://mcclintock.house.gov/

Paul Cook: https://cook.house.gov/

Devin Nunes: https://nunes.house.gov/

Kevin McCarthy: https://www.gop.gov/member/kevin-mccarthy/

Ken Calvert: https://calvert.house.gov/

Duncan Hunter: https://hunter.house.gov/about-me

Alexander Hamilton’s view of the tyranny of the majority and the tension between safety and liberty: https://genzconservative.com/the-tension-between-safety-and-liberty/

The tyranny of the majority in the Reconstruction-era South: https://genzconservative.com/the-best-book-about-the-gilded-age/

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