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From maskless mayors to a homelessness crisis, San Francisco shows us the rotten fruit of the progressive ethos it has been home to. Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, and Gavin Newsom in Washington, D.C., 2008. (Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein via Wikimedia Commons)
When San Francisco Mayor London Breed was caught on tape boogieing down maskless in a bar, violating the very stringent orders she herself imposed on the city, she offered a spirited defense of her actions: “We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she said, explaining, “My drink was sitting at the table. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
The mayor was immediately accused of hypocrisy, but, like Governor Gavin Newsom, who just survived the recall election triggered after he was photographed dining out of compliance with his own pandemic orders, maskless and in a large company of lobbyists, or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was recorded breaking masking laws in a hair salon, or Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was walking barefaced in an airport, Breed will weather the storm. It’s not that she’s a hypocrite—of course she is—but the central governing ideology of San Francisco is not life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness , nor is it don’t tread on me . Rather, it is our elites care for us .
That ethos developed over decades. Longtime San Francisco resident and founding editor of Salon David Talbot describes the transformation of San Francisco from a 1950s working-class trade-union Democrat town into the hub of progressivism in his book Season of the Witch . It is a very confident piece of history, published in 2012, a few short years after Pelosi successfully rammed Obamacare—and, with it, San Francisco values—through Congress. Publication of Season of the Witch preceded the voter-approved Proposition 47 by two years; Prop 47, which was co-written by then-District Attorney of San Francisco George Gascon, a San Francisco machine politician, and then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, virtually eliminated punishment for many […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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