A friend sent me this image from the Los Angeles Times. It came with the paper’s endorsements for the upcoming election.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

I don’t know about you, but it reminds me of communist iconography from the 1920s.

Here’s an example from Bolshevik Russia in the early 20th century. The L.A. Times’ choice of a red and green color palette and a five-pointed star are clear references to iconography Russia’s Communist Party used.

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Source: Studio Matters

Everyone knows California is a safe space for Democrats. The state votes overwhelmingly in one direction. Look at this chart of votes from the 2016 presidential election…

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Source: Public Policy Institute of California

That means there’s no real discussion about what the best choice is in an election. The majority of coastal Californians would never consider the possibility of becoming swing voters.

That means the “liberal progressive” movement will continue to rule the state. It will persist with its high taxes and even higher spending plans until the money runs out. Then supporters will blame everyone but themselves.

Even with the communist overtones of the L.A. Times, there’s still scope for silent revolution. I was driving over the Sepulveda Pass yesterday and saw this sign on the hillside. It’s in Bel Air, which is about the biggest bastion of liberal thinking in the city.

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Believe it or not, California is still home to a small number of contrarians. The problem is I know plenty of Republicans smart enough not to voice their opinions in public. Not one would be foolish enough to put a Trump sign on their lawn. Everyone knows that would only lead to trouble.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. The free and honest exchange of ideas is something that differentiates us from communist regimes. There’s a good reason for that. Communism does not allow people to change their minds. Communism and elections don’t mix.

We have elections so we can discuss what we think is best for our lives, society, and the country. We get to fire the politicians who have done a poor job. We also get to give new politicians a chance to prove themselves.

No one believes for a moment that we’re all going to agree with each other all of the time. However, the ability to talk about what bothers us and to pay others the courtesy of allowing them to do the same is the foundation of our society.

It’s not a pretty process, but it works. Democracies have lasted for hundreds of years, and no democracy has ever had a famine. It’s an evolving process. There’s always room for improvement. That’s democracy’s greatest strength. We don’t believe we have all the answers. Democracy is always open to new solutions.

The greatest weakness of single-party states is the rulers are convinced they’re right. They don’t believe anyone can do the job better than they can. They control the police, military, and bureaucracy, so there’s no real discussion of alternatives.

Single-party authoritarianism appears strong on the outside, but it tends to be fragile. The reality is no one has a monopoly on being right. Everyone makes mistakes. The longer someone is in power, the more likely mistakes are to compound. Elections fix that flaw.

The integrity of the election system is the foundation of our society. It’s under siege right now. The sheer number of mail-in ballots that need to be processed and the wide variety of state rules on how to accept them is a recipe for strife. Right now, the stock market is steady, but the election remains a key source of potential volatility.

Democracy is our society’s most precious possession. If nothing else, that should encourage everyone to vote. In that regard, it’s like what doctors tell arthritic patients: “Use it or lose it.”

All the best,

Eoin Treacy