You know the expression, "As Goes California, So Goes the Country." It doesn't hurt to recall some history in this connection.
After all, California elevated that asshole Reagan into power and prominence years before America did.
And we had our own idiotic anti-governmental tax revolts years before everybody else.
And then we let Republican reactionaries whip up a draconian racist crackdown on immigration and drugs in which the State Republican Party doubled down on white resentment rather than adapt to the needs of a rapidly diversifying electorate to the ruin soon enough of the party's viability.
Hell, we even already had our own stupid stunt reality tee vee killer circus clown with the Governator.
And do you know what else?
We saw through the Reagan's anti-government anti-democratic anti-civilizational gimcrackery before the rest of the country did.
We reaped the ruinous harvest of debt and crumbling infrastructure and normative breakdown with which anti-tax revolts inevitably must be paid.
The richly diversifying and secularizing reality of California's population soon overwhelmed the procedural tricks through which an entrenched minority of Republicans sought for years to obstruct the will of the people.
And now our State is run from top to bottom by Democrats.
Strong women, people of color, queers, differently enabled people among our leaders reflect the knowledge and diversity of our people. We celebrate our diversity and are now working to secure the well-being of us all.
In what less than a decade ago under a Republican governor and in the face of Republican obstruction was often called "a failed state," we have implemented Keynesian macroeconomics, harm-reduction policy models, and climate science to transform our priorities and our practices. (Republicans have as little patience for these disciplines as they do for evolutionary theory or women's healthcare decisions.)
We are struggling to get closer and closer to a living wage paid for by ever more and more progressive taxes.
We are investing in public education, we are building vast sustainable public works in energy and transportation.
We are now solvent and prosperous and growing. (How much of that is another round of irrational exuberance whomped up by the robo-feudalist VC con-artists of Silicon Valley I leave to the side for once.)
We are working to contain climate catastrophe through regulations that will extend across the country since California on its own is the sixth largest economy on earth and it is easier to treat us as the national standard
We are modeling best practices and creative new legislation to make voting easier for every citizen as is our fundamental right, to ensure trustworthy elections, to regulate the ownership and use of guns, to end the racist war on drugs.
We are even beginning to implement the formalization of long-standing professional norms (for example, the expectation that presidential candidates release their taxes to the public to ensure that they have no conflicts of interest nor have engaged in illegal or inappropriate conduct) the violation of which by Trump (also Sanders, by the way) has endangered the Republic of which our State is a part. If Trump wants to be re-elected, he will have to submit his taxes if he is to have his name on the ballot in this State the population of which is too large for any candidate to dismiss, even if they have no expectation of winning it.
California has been here already and points the way forward.
California is the Resistance. Trump lost here by millions, he will never be our President.
California is the Living Alternative. You can be California or you can be Kansas. You decide.
California is building better shared futures for all Americans.
In the Trump interruption, California will be our great laboratory of democracy.