In the latest sign that unhinged California should perhaps be unhinged from the continental U.S. and pushed out to sea, the West Hollywood City Council has voted unanimously to remove President Trump’s star at the town’s Walk of Fame.
“The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican,” West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico said in a statement.
“Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities or women — the honor no longer exists.”
Amid the stinging moral outrage, it goes without saying that these two stars continue to shine:
West Hollywood voted to remove Trump's Hollywood star citing his "treatment of illegal immigrants."
So they're more concerned with how Trump treats foreign people that enter the country illegally than our own Hollywood actors that have raped people?
When's their vote on these: pic.twitter.com/Cpee7k9Yt1
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 7, 2018
Alas, this latest act of blustering Hollywood hypocrisy is not the only lunacy abounding on our Left Coast these days.
Exit Cal, enter crazy
The vote to remove Trump’s star comes less than a week after Calexit co-founder Marcus Ruiz Evans told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that half of the state should be given to Native Americans after it secedes from the Union.
“Why not do something to right some of the wrongs of the past to the Native American people, and give them back their land?” Evans told a bemused Carlson.
“What’s gonna happen to the millions of people who live in this Indian country… who aren’t Indian?” Carlson asked.
“The primary Trump voters who live in that area will have to do what brown-skinned people tell them to do because brown-skinned people will be in charge. And if they don’t like that, they’re welcome to leave California,” Evans calmly replied.
The remarks echo those made by Calexit leader Shankar Singam on the same Fox program one year earlier. Singam told Carlson the exodus of fed-up middle-class residents from the Golden State was a “good thing” because it freed up space for the massive number of immigrants who have flooded into the state.
“We need to open up for the new wave of immigrants to come up,” Singam said.
Why this isn’t funny
It’s easy to laugh at these over-the-top remarks yet the replacement of the ordinary citizenry of California with a “wave” of immigrants, legal or otherwise, is indeed proceeding apace, with or without a Calexit. While liberals daydream about a brave new world of multicultural bliss to come, others see pending disaster.
Demographer Joel Kotkin, writing in City Journal, an urban policy publication of the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, forecasts a future of sparse opportunity for minorities in the new California.
Kotkin, who regards himself as a “conservative Democrat,” notes that “[i]n the past decade, the state has added 1.8 million Latinos, who will account by 2060 for almost half the state’s population. The black population has plateaued, while the number of white Californians is down some 700,000 over the past decade.”
The exodus of the middle class that Singam is so happy about will provide no boost to blacks or Latinos, Kotkin writes:
Historically, economic growth extended throughout the state, and produced many high-paying blue-collar jobs. In contrast, the post-2010 boom has been inordinately dependent on the high valuations of a handful of tech firms and coastal real estate speculation. Relatively few blacks or Latinos participate at the upper reaches of the tech economy—and a recent study suggests that their percentages in that sector are declining—and generally lack the family resources to compete in the real estate market.
The result will be anything but a rainbow paradise.
“California simply does not measure up in delivering educational attainment, income growth, homeownership, and social mobility for traditionally disadvantaged minorities,” Kotkin concludes.
The ceaseless growth of increasingly dense urban areas filled with poorly skilled immigrants is not just a threat to “Trump voters” who may stay behind in the Shining New California. It’s a threat to those who would replace them as well.
Pepperdine University’s Carson Bruno observes that “while there is a narrative that the rich are fleeing California, the real flight is among the middle-class.”
Bruno says that as young, aspirational working professionals continue to flee the state, its demographics will skew “older and more retiree-centric.”
“And when coupled with the fact that immigrants – who are helping to drive population growth in California – tend to be, on average, less affluent and educated and also are more likely to need more social services, state, county, and municipal governments could find themselves under serious administrative and financial stress,” Bruno concludes.
Take away Trump’s Hollywood star to virtue signal wokeness for “immigrants” and other groups to be found within the leftist victimhood lexicon.
Celebrate the replacement of the working middle class.
The euphoria can be dizzying in the moment.
The crash comes later.