The further away from the Pacific Ocean you go, the saner California becomes. Sacramento, the state capitol, is comparatively low-key and conservative. I live close to the Nevada border at South Lake Tahoe. According to the famous county by county presidential election maps, I'm in the reddest of the reddest part of the state. San Francisco is largely run by the homo taliban with Asian and SWPL hangers on. Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are pretty much extensions of Mexico with all of the social pathology that entails. Those two cities pretty much dictate the political and cultural climate of the entire state.
Because conservatives, reactionaries, and realtalkers have no chance of effecting change at the ballot box, political disputes are always contests between the squabbling fringes which are resolved by determining who has more Pokemon victim points. For example, consider this story out of Sacramento concerning Blessed Junipero Serra:
The gays are trying to replace a statue of Blessed Father Serra with Sally Ride, the lesbian astronaut. The Indians (feather, not dot) oppose the canonization of Father Serra planned for later this year as he supposedly stands for the subjugation of native peoples by Spanish explorers and conquistadores. One of Pope Francis's entourage had this to say about that:
“They want to remove him from the Capitol precisely when the first Hispanic pope is planning to canonize him,” Carriquiry told the Associated Press. “Let’s say that it would not be an extraordinary welcome from a country that claims to be an example of multicultural welcomes.”I suppose Pope Francis is, technically, a Hispanic. Or is that Latino? He's an Argentine, but Argentinians are pretty much Italians who speak Spanish and act like 1950s Englishmen. The Indians who oppose Serra's canonization might identify as Hispanic too which should go some ways in demonstrating why Hispanic is a bullshit category. Hispanic includes white guys like former Mexican president Vicente Fox, to squat Mestizos for whom Spanish is a second or third language, to full blooded Indios who don't know a lick of Spanish.
Anyway, here we have a three way (heh) conflict between the gays, the Indians, and the Hispanics. I expect the gays will win again. It wasn't that long ago that Catholics had some cultural cachet because they were considered outsiders alongside the people who, ah, disproportionately populate the media. Nowadays we're villains almost on the same level as Southern Evangelicals. Even though I view liberalism as the cause of our civilization collapsing, I have to admit I kind of dig being considered a dangerous radical just for existing. That's one of the nice things about California: you get to enjoy the thrills of transgressing the sacrosanct while being correct at the same time.