Events of the last few days, both in my own life and in the news, convince me that Leftists have lost both their senses and their will to live.
For any sentient organism to live, it needs two things: First, it needs to have the will to live or, phrased differently, an aversion to death. Regarding the latter, while animals, whether cockroaches, spiders, gazelles, or lions, may not have an existential framework that sees them embrace life, we know that, whether intellectually or reflexively, they will do anything to avoid death. If you want to live, you must want not to die.
The second thing a sentient organism needs is the ability to care for itself. Sometimes that care means standing alone, an avatar of sturdy self-reliance. Sometimes caring for oneself means having the wit or the ability to find another to care for you. Babies, with their big eyes, sweet smiles, and irritating cries, are masters of this latter art.
The insane, sadly, are often very bad at caring for themselves. Those with some competence may hang around street corners with sores covering their bodies, begging for food, and therefore survive in a marginal way; those with less competence starve to death, aim BB guns at police officers, or find themselves in other situations inconsistent with life.
A will to live and competence. Without those, continued life is iffy.
With that in mind, I’d like to present some items to you. I’ll start with a phone call I had the other day with another lawyer who is an ardent Progressive and a good friend. I usually find his Progressivism amusing because, both personally and professionally, his every instinct is conservative. It’s just that, being gay, he is marinated in a toxic Leftist soup and fails to recognize the cognitive dissonance that permeates his life.
During this phone call, we were discussing various California laws that were put into place to protect home employees from genuine abuse. We’re all familiar with the stories of women brought from the home country, whether the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, or elsewhere, whose employers confiscate their passports and treat them as slaves, without rest or pay, and sometimes add physical abuse to the mix. (This is an excellent article about one such woman.) So California’s laws have a purpose.
However, as my friend pointed out, over the years, unscrupulous lawyers have begun to use those important laws in ways the mafia would admire. These lawyers find a truly picayune wrongdoing on the part of a company that provides home aides (such as the wrong column being filled in on pay stubs), and then say the equivalent of “Nice little business you’ve got here. Shame if something happened to it.”
The “something,” of course, is that the business must either pay the law firm’s straw man client (with at least 50% going to the law firm), or face a regulatory action that frequently leaves the business in bankruptcy. It’s a shakedown job that’s done with full approval and, often, active assistance, from the state’s myriad regulatory agencies.
Before I go further, I ought to remind you that, politically, California is a completely Democrat-dominated state. Up until this June, the Democrats had a super-majority, something that mattered for raising taxes. Even without that super-majority, though, they still have a comprehensive majority. This means that, other than taxes, they can do anything they damn will please with the legislature, which has been the reality for decades now. Moreover, the last true Republican governor was Pete Wilson, who left office in 1999. (Although Ah-nald ran as a Republican, he was not only a Democrat in his approach to governance, but he was always stymied by the majority Democrat legislature.)
So, to recap: The entirely Democrat-run state of California, at both the legislative and regulatory level, has allowed a situation to develop by which it aids and encourages lawyers who, in true mafia style, shake down small businesses. No wonder my friend was upset.
But then you know what he said? You’ll never guess, so I’ll just tell you: “I blame the Republicans for this.” [Read more…]