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 slpped back and forth between the two snce we frst became a state. It’s a slghtly dfferent story when t comes to the state beng conservatve, lberal progressve … or, dare I type t, lbertaran. Nevada has been ts own state, wth ts own dea of lberty and freedom from government drecton, proddng and nterventon. Ths s for sure. Most lberals (.e. Calfornans) don’t have any dea what lfe wthout constant form fllng lcensure and a full three-and-a-half months tax flng processes are lke. Mult-generatonal Nevadans lke yourself do know what that s lke. I feel educaton va the Internet s the only hope we have for ths state and ths country.
    Keep wrtng.

  2. NevadaBrad   •     Author

    H Depra,

    I probably should have been more specfc. I was thnkng more of Nevada’s presdental votng record, whch had been farly sold red for many years untl tppng deep nto Obama terrtory. It makes me wonder whether the swng for Obama sgnals an overall shft to the progressve sde or whether t may serve as a wake-up call to the rght. Then agan, a new season of Amercan Idol just started so none of ths really means anythng anyway 🙂 Thanks for the comments and encouragement!

    Brad

  3. Drepa Rugl   •  

    Sorry, n my haste to comment I msspelled my own darn name.

    I thnk the change from Republcan to Democrat votng recently s for a few reasons.
    Frst, lke you mentoned, there s the mmgraton of lberals to our state.
    Next, there s further ndoctrnaton of the young n state run schools that are flled wth lberal faculty and currculum.
    Then, there s the meda that s left leanng (or at least a majorty of the meda s).
    Last, (and I thnk ths s most mportant) there s the Republcan’s shft from the Old Rght conservatve to further and further left lberal progressve. The Republcan Party used to be flled wth the Old Rght. The Old Rght was an ant-war, ant-tax, lbertaran leanng base for the Republcan Party untl after WWII. It was then that the progressves slpped nto the Republcan Party and changed ts perspectve. The Cvl Rghts movement, the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, the wars n Korea and Vetnam and fnally the slow manstreamng of Socal Securty have changed the vast majorty of Republcans. Once Republcans hated all government nvolvement n these aspects of our lves, but at ths pont n hstory I challenge you to fnd ten Republcans n the state (that ddn’t vote for Ron Paul n the last Presdental Prmary) that doesn’t thnk that we need(ed) three out of the fve thngs lsted above. Each of them contrbuted to a “progressvely” larger government and larger government nvolvement n our lves. Now t seems normal or even necessary. So what s the bg dfference between the red guy or the blue guy? My answer s “not as much as there used to be.”

  4. NevadaBrad   •     Author

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

    Brad

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