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December 3, 2020

A Trifecta of Evil

Because I grew up in Florida, I am somewhat familiar with the game of Jai Alai (“the fastest sport in the world”) that the state of Florida graciously lets people bet on. In addition to betting on whether a team wins, places, or shows, you can pick two teams and win if they finish (in any order) in first and second place (a quiniela), you can pick two teams and win if they finish (in exact order) in first and second place (a perfecta), or you can pick three teams and win if they finish (in exact order) in first, second, and third place (a trifecta).

Perhaps it is the same in horse racing, but I know nothing about horse racing other than that the Kentucky Derby is run every year.

There are trifectas in politics as well. This is when one political party controls the state house, state senate, and the governorship.

The following fifteen states have a Democratic trifecta, the year signifying when the trifecta began:

California 2011
Colorado2019
Connecticut2011
Delaware2009
Hawaii2011
Illinois2019
Maine2019
Nevada2019
New Jersey2018
New Mexico2019
New York2019
Oregon2013
Rhode Island2013
Virginia2020
Washington 2017

The following twenty-one states have a Republican trifecta, the year signifying when the trifecta began:

Alabama2011
Arizona2009
Arkansas2015
Florida  2011
Georgia2005
Idaho1995
Indiana2011
Iowa2017
Mississippi2012
Missouri2017
Nebraska1999
North Dakota1995
Ohio2011
Oklahoma2011
South Carolina2003
South Dakota1995
Tennessee 2011
Texas2003
Utah1985
West Virginia2017
Wyoming2011

(Nebraska is unique in that it has a nonpartisan, unicameral legislature. However, it currently has thirty Republican affiliated members, eighteen Democratic affiliated members, and one Independent member. So, because it has a Republican governor, it is effectively a trifecta.)

According to BallotPedia, 77.6 percent of Americans live under a government trifecta.

This leaves fourteen states with a divided government, the year signifying when the divided government began:

Alaska2015 (Gov.-R, House-Split, Sen.-R)
Kansas2019 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Kentucky2019 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Louisiana2016 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Maryland2015 (Gov.-R, House-D, Sen.-D)
Massachusetts2015 (Gov.-R, House-D, Sen.-D)
Michigan   2019 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Minnesota2015 (Gov.-D, House-D, Sen.-R)
Montana2005 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
New Hampshire2019 (Gov.-R, House-D, Sen.-D)
North Carolina2017 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Pennsylvania2015 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)
Vermont2017 (Gov.-R, House-D, Sen.-D)
Wisconsin2019 (Gov.-D, House-R, Sen.-R)

We know that the Democratic Party is pure evil, and proudly so. Its socialist and statist policies are well known. It is the party of liberalism, progressivism, collectivism, paternalism, abortion on demand (at taxpayer expense for low-income women), the transgender movement, feminism, social justice warriors, economic egalitarianism, larger and more intrusive government, organized labor, increased government regulation of the economy and society, public education, government-mandated employee benefits, environmentalism, climate change, green energy, universal healthcare, an ever-increasing minimum wage, anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action, government-funded child care, healthcare and education as constitutional rights, more welfare with fewer work requirements, higher taxes on “the rich,” income-transfer programs, defunding the police, wealth-redistribution schemes, and every alternative lifestyle known to man.

Since the Democratic Party is so evil, a Democratic trifecta is a trifecta of evil.

But what about the Republicans? Don’t they claim to be conservatives who revere the Constitution, property rights, limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and the free market?

Don’t hold your breath.

Face mask tyranny has infected the Republican Party. Anyone with any sense knows that when the CDC says that “cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus” that it is a lie.

The Republican trifectas in the following states have state-wide face mask mandates: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia.

This doesn’t mean that there are no city or county mask ordinances in the other Republican-controlled states. It just means that there are no state-wide orders. I am a little pleased to report that in Mississippi, the Republican governor, Tate Reeves, who dictated that state residents wear masks on August 4, and then extended his order, has now ended his state-wide mask mandate. Sort of. He still believes that “masks work,” people attending the state fair and college football games have to wear masks, cities and towns can issue their own mask mandates, group gatherings where social distancing is not possible are limited, and, if coronavirus cases start to rise, the governor said he would consider putting a mask mandate back in place.

Also, Republican governors in the divided-government states of Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont—no doubt to the cheers of Democrats who control their legislatures—have issued mask mandates. (All Democratic governors have issued mask mandates.)

Mask mandates are tyrannical—even when dictated by Republicans. The Republican trifectas in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia are trifectas of evil.

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