A Modern-day Flood. Boo.

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Previously on NevadaBrad.com: I lamented – but didn’t necessarily disapprove of – the fact that most of Nevada’s representatives are not from Nevada. After griping, I noticed that the horse was still moving so this is an attempt to give it a proper and final beating (settle down, it’s just a wild horse).

First, a quick recap: Only 36% of the Assembly were born in Nevada. Only 19% of the State Senate were born in Nevada. Quick enough? Good.

So, just another interesting note. The Republicans tend to be far more balanced when it comes to picking native Nevadans. The Republicans claim 40% natives with 60% outsiders.

What do you think the ratio is with the Democrats? The natives weigh in at 24% with 76% for the outsiders.

So, what does it mean? It’s tough to say. On the surface it seems that we’ve all but lost the state to a bunch of outsiders that do not have the best interest of Nevada at heart. Did these people flee to Nevada with the plan to overthrow a red state with a small population? I think that’s unlikely. As stated in my previous article, these people were fleeing the fruits of their labors. Someone else did to them the same thing they’re doing to us. The problem is that we’re running out of places to which we can flee.

The next logical question is this: What’s with all the outsiders in elected office? Is it because of the sheer abundance of transplants? Or because native Nevadans have a tendency to avoid office? Or is it because we’re so flush with outsiders that it’s a given that the population, now comprised of outsiders, will vote for these weaklike-minded candidates, which are also inevitably outsiders?

Here’s a few quick numbers to help you understand what we’re dealing with. The population of Nevada is currently about 2.76 million. In 2000 it was under 2 million. That’s a 38% increase in just a little more than a decade. Unless the people of Clark County were finally successful in their Lepus curpaeums-Homo sapiens cross-breeding experiments (Area 51 stuff), then it’s obvious that people are flooding into our state. Why? They long to be closer to their favorite gaming establishment? They want the freedom to visit the Circus Circus buffet when the craving strikes? It’s most likely because they enjoy sleeping in the shadow of the majestic Spring Mountains. Or it might just be the beautiful summer weather.

Roughly 2 million people now live in Clark County. That’s a 45% increase over their 2000 population of 1.38 million. In Washoe County we’ve seen a 26% increase from 340,000 (2000) to 430,000 currently.

Whatever it is, there’s some reason they came here. And they continue to come here. Whether it’s favorable business, tax, housing (or whatever) conditions, I’m skeptical that our current leadership will preserve the qualities that drew them here to begin with.

We’ve turned from a nice red color to kind of an ugly blueish-purple. Now that people are waking up to the problems on both sides of the aisle, perhaps we have a chance to take our state back. Many on the left are disgusted at the early settlers/pilgrims that “stole” land from the natives. Let’s hope that they feel similar disgust at the modern settlers that have stolen this land from the native-Nevadans. And they can go home and let us get back to harvesting wild horse meat to sell to the French.

4 comments

  1. Depra Rugl   •  

    Truth be told, Nevada hasn’t always been much of a red or blue state. The party favor has slipped back and forth between the two since we first became a state. It’s a slightly different story when it comes to the state being conservative, liberal progressive … or, dare I type it, libertarian. Nevada has been its own state, with its own idea of liberty and freedom from government direction, prodding and intervention. This is for sure. Most liberals (i.e. Californians) don’t have any idea what life without constant form filling licensure and a full three-and-a-half months tax filing processes are like. Multi-generational Nevadans like yourself do know what that is like. I feel education via the Internet is the only hope we have for this state and this country.
    Keep writing.

  2. NevadaBrad   •     Author

    Hi Depra,

    I probably should have been more specific. I was thinking more of Nevada’s presidential voting record, which had been fairly solid red for many years until tipping deep into Obama territory. It makes me wonder whether the swing for Obama signals an overall shift to the progressive side or whether it may serve as a wake-up call to the right. Then again, a new season of American Idol just started so none of this really means anything anyway :) Thanks for the comments and encouragement!

    Brad

  3. Drepa Rugl   •  

    Sorry, in my haste to comment I misspelled my own darn name.

    I think the change from Republican to Democrat voting recently is for a few reasons.
    First, like you mentioned, there is the immigration of liberals to our state.
    Next, there is further indoctrination of the young in state run schools that are filled with liberal faculty and curriculum.
    Then, there is the media that is left leaning (or at least a majority of the media is).
    Last, (and I think this is most important) there is the Republican’s shift from the Old Right conservative to further and further left liberal progressive. The Republican Party used to be filled with the Old Right. The Old Right was an anti-war, anti-tax, libertarian leaning base for the Republican Party until after WWII. It was then that the progressives slipped into the Republican Party and changed its perspective. The Civil Rights movement, the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, the wars in Korea and Vietnam and finally the slow mainstreaming of Social Security have changed the vast majority of Republicans. Once Republicans hated all government involvement in these aspects of our lives, but at this point in history I challenge you to find ten Republicans in the state (that didn’t vote for Ron Paul in the last Presidential Primary) that doesn’t think that we need(ed) three out of the five things listed above. Each of them contributed to a “progressively” larger government and larger government involvement in our lives. Now it seems normal or even necessary. So what is the big difference between the red guy or the blue guy? My answer is “not as much as there used to be.”

  4. NevadaBrad   •     Author

    Well said! I’m not a Paul-er, so I must be a rare breed. Let me know when you get that blog going…

    Brad

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