The Revolt in San Francisco Should Shake Democrats to Their Core

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You would think that after Terry McAuliffe lost his governorship of Virginia, Democrats would be slamming the brakes on many of their agendas and begin the process of walking their crazy back a bit. However, like a jealous dog, they have bitten down on what they think is valuable and will not let it go. They’ll see their own party torn apart and destroyed.

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San Francisco recently had something of a revolt that resulted in the ousting of three school board members by parents in a recall election, with a fourth likely to be next on the chopping block. As RedState previously reported, the city of San Francisco seemed to be in agreement by a vast majority that these hard-left school board members needed to go due to their incompetence and focus on completing hard-left agenda items before seeing to the well-being of the children.

The issue is that Mayor London Breed, a hard-left politician herself, gets to appoint their replacements, meaning that the problem is likely going to continue, but every problem is an opportunity in disguise. If people were wanting to free San Francisco from the hard-left oppression it’s currently under, then now is the time to make the case for it.

This recall should scare the ever-living daylights out of Democrats. This wasn’t some midwestern Democrat-leaning small-town. This is San Francisco we’re talking about. This is a choking Smurf kind of blue, and here we have its residents revolting because things have gone too far. They want something a little less left and something a little more sensible. Claxons at Democrat HQs all over the country should be blaring.

It would appear, however, that few are actually paying attention. One person, in particular, is former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg who could be considered a leftist’s leftist. Even he sees the writing on the wall and wrote an entire op-ed at his publication to point out the obvious:

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Three months after Republicans scored major election upsets in Virginia and New Jersey, largely because of the frustration parents felt with Democratic officials who catered to teachers’ unions and culture warriors at the expense of children, voters in San Francisco recalled three school board members by margins of nearly three to one. Coming from America’s most liberal city, those results should translate into a 7 to 8 on the Richter scale, because the three main factors that drove the recall are not unique to the Bay Area.

Bloomberg then explained his three points, firstly that school board members were more concerned with the desires and wishes of teacher’s unions and “culture warriors” than the students, keeping public schools closed when it was clearly safe to open them and causing long-lasting damage to the children’s futures, especially those of lower-income.

Secondly, the school board members were more concerned with political correctness than kids. This includes focusing on renaming schools instead of actual important issues because they thought the people these schools were named after were racist.

Thirdly, they eliminated merit-based admissions for top-performing schools, a move even Bloomberg acknowledged only damages the community and makes families who worked hard to help their child succeed angry, resulting in a revolt.

Bloomberg said voters need to hear that Democrats understand that what the San Francisco school board did was a mistake and should never have happened if they’re to make it seem like the issue was an isolated problem and overall, Democrats are much smarter. He warned if this isn’t done soon, November is going to be a time of huge losses for Democrats.

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Maybe they’ll take his advice, but the issue for Democrats is that the inherent collectivism makes it a lumbering beast, and putting a stop to it when it was going at full speed is a tough thing to do. The left was, and is, all-in on this idea that teacher’s unions and school boards should be making decisions on what kids learn in their community’s schools, not the parents. They openly defy the parents, even to the point of mocking them.

Sheer hubris keeps Democrats on a crash course and, at least for midterms, they begin trying to reverse course even now but it’s all fresh in the minds of voters. The titanic is going to hit the iceberg at this point, but this should be a lesson Democrats learn.

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