Not ironic or paradoxical
CBS report on results of Tuesday's election:
For all the frustration surrounding the economy, voters refused to throw incumbent parties out of governors' and most big-city mayors' offices, and they turned back an Ohio law that aimed to ease grinding budget problems by restricting the union rights of public employees.
Makes perfect sense. Most governors are doing a competent job in a tough time. They may not be taking actions that everyone likes, but they are working
to serve the interests of their states, clearly trying to do good and sometimes even succeeding.
As for the union stuff, maybe Americans are regaining their earlier correct understanding of the value of human capital, no longer accepting the economic theory-shit about "creative destruction" and "free trade".
States are not the problem. DC is the problem. Congress has been completely non-functional for several decades, doing only evil.
"Courts" have been in Soviet hands for several decades, doing only grave evil.
The executive branch has been murderous and tyrannical for several decades, killing people by the thousands and destroying everything it encounters.
No amount of voting and protesting will make any difference in DC.
Only one thing will cure DC and save America: Mass secession by the sane states, forming a new confederation.