California Dems really are quite clueless

Farmington Daily Times

California wants to look righteous, so it shuns states it sees as discriminating against the LGBT community.
On Thursday, the Golden State announced it had placed a travel ban on Texas, forbidding California employees from flying on their state’s dime to the Lone Star State.
Texas is but the latest of states to face a California travel ban after enacting laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. 
Joining Texas among California-banned states last week, were Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota for passing similar legislation. Already, California had banned Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kansas.
The sound you hear is not the drawn sword of justice. It’s the dull blade of Democratic influence falling to the floor.
Does anyone out there in Leftie Land have a clue?
The GOP controls Congress, the White House and the vast majority of state legislatures and governorships. Recent congressional special elections kept Republicans winning.
You’d think the Democrats might spend at least a few minutes pondering the big question: Why?
Instead, California — a stronghold of this one-trick party — once again heads to the well of identity politics.
No doubt the left’s causes of equality are right and just. But ignoring the GOP run at the table of American politics is either suicidal or just plain dumb.
Make no mistake: California makes a powerful argument. State laws aimed at eroding hard-won LGBT rights should be challenged. But they should be challenged through engagement, not shunning.
After the long-uphill climb to win legal recognition of same-sex marriage, state laws, such as Texas’ HB 3859 tilt in favor of religious freedom over gay rights. 
That law allows foster care agencies to deny adoptions to LGBT people based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
This is about private agencies working in the public sphere on behalf of kids in state custody. It’s the best interests of the child that should matter here.
There is no doubt some people have sincerely held beliefs that oppose same-sex marriage. But it is also clear that some die-hard opponents of LGBT rights are using religion as a tool to push back against a genuine social shift.
Widespread acceptance of LGBT rights was the result of LGBT Americans making it clear they are your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family.
Their decency and humanity was — and is — a powerful persuader. Public sentiment is on their side. So is time.
For most young people, this is well-duh stuff. Why shouldn’t their gay friends have the same rights?
The change has been so fast that California might have forgotten that voters in that true-blue state banned same-sex marriage in 2008 with Proposition 8.
Democrats in general might like to forget that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage in 2008.
Things changed rapidly — and those changes reflect what’s right about America.
Today’s politics reflect a backlash. The Trump presidency threatens a lot of things Democrats hold dear. But you don’t fight back effectively by fueling divisiveness, emulating Trump tactics or dismissing Trump supporters as clueless bigots.
There is a discontent in the land that Republicans have successfully tapped. So far, Democrats’ response fails to show the ability to understand or the desire to persuade those who are discontented.
California illustrated that sad fact in high resolution.
Democrats need to come up with a loyal-opposition strategy that goes beyond the silly.