It’s not enough that a number of our major cities have been effectively taken over by Marxist revolutionaries. It’s not enough that the ever-more-entitled political class flouts the rules they put in place for the rest of us. Oh, no, there’s more; one of our most populous states is tasting the fruits of leftist governance, and in response bending over and proclaiming “Thank you sir, may I have another?” By way of an example, yesterday ever-more-loony Mayor of Los Angeles tweeted out this little gem:
It’s almost 3 p.m. Time to turn off major appliances, set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or use a fan instead), turn off excess lights and unplug any appliances you’re not using.
We need every Californian to help conserve energy. Please do your part. #FlexAlert
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) September 6, 2020
What the actual fuck, California.
Oh, but it gets better! California has long had an option for plenty of “green,” clean, cheap abundant energy in the form of nuclear power. But in 2018, that state voted to close their last nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon, thus condemning the people of California to, well, shutting off their major appliances at 3PM.
There’s an old joke that applies here:
Now, I’m pretty confident that the LA Mayor’s energy footprint is well above the average for denizens of the once and former City of Angels. I’m damn well positive Governor Newsome’s is. But hey, we can’t expect the elite to live under the restrictions they place on us poor schlubs, right? Just ask Nancy Pelosi’s stylist. Or Al Gore. Meanwhile, the people of California are finding out what it’s like to live under the thumb of a state government that is, at best, incompetent and at worst, malignant.
When I first read some of Ayn Rand’s work back in the early Eighties, I found a fair amount of the underlying philosophy interesting, but I never thought I’d live to see Atlas Shrugged becoming as prescient as it seems to be now.