Is it catching? (#3 of 3)

By Nathan Barton

Is it in the water?  the air?  Maybe the fog that rolls in through the Golden Gate or from Ocean Beach and Baker Beach?  Or is it some sort of infection that people can get from breathing someone else’s freshly exhaled-air or getting some of their spittle on your skin?  We know it is probably not JUST a sexually-transmitted disease.

I’m talking about insanity.  Specifically insanity in the cities and towns of the Bay Area in the People’s Democratic Republic of California. (Emphasis “Democratic” but the GOP types are seemingly just as insane, but maybe in slightly different ways.)

San Francisco, itself. Oakland.  Berkley. Mountain View. And on and on.

Insanity?  Try this list – and think about their history: (Thanks to and others for sharing these news items with me.)

  • Banning plastic straws.  Make it a jailable offense to give a plastic straw to a customer.
  • Banning those cute little plastic swords for canapes and drinks.
  • Banning businesses from having employee cafeterias and giving employees free (or even reduced-price) lunches as a perk.
  • The highest rate of poverty in the Fifty States.
  • A million Californians fleeing to other states in just ten years.
  • Cities where it is acceptable to take a dump on the street or sidewalk.

We could go on and on.  California is not only a land of nuts and fruits, it is proud of it and seeks to make more and more people that way.

It insanely seems to want to become a Third-World country.  (And many people say it is doing just that.)  They are apparently in competition with Haiti.

California has been blessed with incredible natural resources: climate, minerals, rivers, the ocean, and so much more.  It has, in its short history, abused and destroyed those resources and then fallen into a auto de fe, agonizing over things that make no sense: like those plastic straws. Doing the same thing over and over again.  Getting the same results.

It is the poster child for nanny government, a socialist paradise, and a land of parasites in all parts of society.

And all it has given up for these things is liberty and common sense and rational thought and behavior.

For people who are immoral – whether it is the morality of the Bible used as a standard or just the morality of the Non-Aggression Principle – there is no way for them to live, let alone to govern themselves, much less govern others.

I think it is time to give up on California.  Not just voting with your feet (as Mama Liberty and so many others have), but taking action to stop depending on it.  Don’t go there on vacations, don’t go there on business, and encourage your relatives (the sane ones, if there are any still left in California) to get out. Tell the businesses and the tourists from the Golden State of Insanity and Tyranny that you appreciate their business, but you’d appreciate it more if they left California and moved to someplace that is free.  And sane. (But be careful to choose wisely: too many places in the West have been ruined by the wrong kind of Californian moving to those places.)

Use California as an example of what doesn’t work when you are trying to win people and even politicians and bureaucrats to the cause of liberty.

Evil leads to more evil.  There is no slippery slope: it is all ending up in the gutter, the sewer, the cesspool. In totalitarian and tyrannical government, a society filled with the insane who take dumps on sidewalks and threaten to kill you and yours because you did not give enough for their pet insane causes.  Filled with politicians who are not content with 20 or 50 percent of your lives and income: they want it all – to dole back out to you according to their standards.

California is done.  Stick a fork in it.  Learn to live without it. It will in a decade or quicker, be no different than Venezuela or Zimbabwe or South Africa.

And work hard to keep others from following that path. From catching the California disease.


Much as I enjoy Chuck’s cartoons, he’s really off-base here.  There is no way any student of history would consider California a cradle of civilization. (And PS: New Mexico is NOT a neighbor of California!)

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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4 Responses to Is it catching? (#3 of 3)

  1. Sunni says:

    Not intending to spam this place with my questions. I just want it to be clear that I’ve read this post and don’t see my questions posed after part 2 answered here.

    “The highest rate of poverty in the Fifty States.”
    Is this adjusted per capita? If so, that’s astonishing.


    • tpolnathan says:

      Sunni, please forgive me, but I can’t always respond as quickly to comments as you or I would like. I did see and answer the first comments about #2 of 3, but have been working 14-16 hours a day since Sunday, in an area with very poor cell service and even worse internet connections. I just saw your second comment this morning, now that I am back at a home base.

      As for the poverty rate, that is, I understand from the source, adjusted for per capita. I think it is also adjusted for the cost of living in specific areas – probably by county. San Francisco and Marin County, for example, are so incredibly expensive places to live that what might be an upper middle income even in some other part of California (the Valley or far north) is marginally poverty-line in Portola or Novato.


  2. beau says:

    the desire among the controllers for third world status is that it is easier and more profitable to RULE a third world cesspool than GOVERN a new world country.

    does anyone really think jerry brown (small letters intended) has anything in common with the street defecators in san fancisco (other than his hypocritical claims)? the only thing in common is that brown defecates on the people of california instead of the sidewalks.


    • tpolnathan says:

      Certainly good points. But your rhetorical question has at least a few answers. What “brown” shares with those who defile SF streets is a rejection of common concern for others, and arrogance and a rejection of responsibility for their actions and the consequences.


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