I’ll use this as my own inauguration day, spending the day thinking about what we can do better.
I have not given in to all the doom and gloom, although it’s hard not to. There is a deliberate effort to declare the Republican Party, conservatives, and the Tea Party movement over. Operation Demoralize never stops.
That doesn’t mean we don’t have problems. Ignoring reality doesn’t help.
But it’s not as bad as people make it out to be.
As IBD points out, Obama’s number one priority is to take back the House by dividing Republicans against each other. But that will be easier said than done, as redistricting will make it very difficult for Democrats to take back the House. But it’s not impossible, so our priority has to be to hold the House.
There will be another Operation Counterweight, one focused perhaps more on protecting prior gains. All that stands between us and another disaster on a scale equivalent to Obamacare is the House. So as much as I disagree with the strategy and negotiating tactics used by John Boehner and others in the House, my focus will not be on tearing us apart.
Redistricting is a good example of how things are not as bad as they seem. Redistricting in favor of Republicans was the result of large gains made at the state level in prior years. That is the untold story, and also a path forward.
So long as Obama is President, political action at the federal level is damage control.
But at the state and local level we can, and have been, very effective. That will be a focus of the Legal Insurrection in the coming year — changing what we can change, protecting what we can protect, undermining what we can undermine, acting locally.
Part of that effort will be letting the nanny state fall of its own weight, while insulating ourselves, our loved ones, our compatriots, and to the extent possible, our nation, from the damage.
So consider today our own inauguration day.
San Diego had a successful local pension reform ballot initiative in 2012.