Readers know that this publication is no fan of California, either in the past or now.
However, it would be wrong not to point to good things happening in the Golden State, that People’s Democratic Republic of California. (Emphasis: Democratic, being treated as a synonym for Regressivists (“Progressives”), Socialists, Tranzis and Leftists.)
The LA Times recently had an opinion piece that exhibits rah-rah boosterism for the Golden State: “California is hardly ‘over'” . You may be surprised to find that I agree with a lot of it. The writer states many facts about California. Good things going on. I would be foolish to reject everything he wrote – or everything in California.
There are, indeed, many good things about the place. Despite being negative towards it, its culture, its historical track record, and its leadership (and most of the people, I admit). And even if too many of the good things are nothing but tools which are constantly turned to the service of the Dark Side.
However, the writer tries to brush off the negatives, which is what any tourist- and economic-development writing is going to do. And some of what he touts as good, frankly, is not. Finally, while he identifies two “questions” which California must address, the proposed solutions are just going to lead to more trouble.
Briefly, he boasts about the huge surpluses that California’s government enjoys, forgetting that this money was stolen from taxpayers and often not spent on the things those who stole it claimed it was for. While taxes and fees continue to skyrocket. He talks about the housing crisis (and the related income inequality) but suggests that the solution is more top-driven laws and regulations. He points out the need to upgrade the state’s electrical system, but fails to point out it is the state government, not just PG&E, to blame; and his “solution” is more government ownership.
I think he has at least one thing right: one step to solving many of these problems is for California to go its own way. Getting out from under the thumb of the FedGov, which he posits is anti-urban and anti-California. (Would that he were right on that part!) The secession, de jure or de facto, of California would, I believe, be a blessing for California and the other Forty-Nine States. Even if it were just to the status of free association that Puerto Rico or the Northern Mariana Islands has.
Someone has asked just what I have against California. Let me take a few words and explain my relationship.
Both my and my wife’s families have some close ties to the Golden State. Part of her family settled in far Northern California back in the 1850s (Cape Mendocino and vicinity) and her parents farmed at Tule Lake in the early 1950s. My own grandparents and father worked in Southern California during WW2 and the late 1940s before returning to Texas. I was stationed at San Francisco twice in the 1970s and 1980s, and served at the Presidio, Camp Parks, Two Rock Ranch, Fort Ord, Fort Hunter Liggett, Camp Roberts, and Fort Irwin.
I know many good people, including many lovers of liberty and Christian brothers and sisters, in the State. There are many good, honest, freedom-loving people in the State. (And there are a lot of these people who have FLED the State for good reason.)
Unfortunately these remaining good people are far, far outnumbered by a lot of people who are either NOT good, honest, or liberty-loving, or are under the influence and thumb of the Regressivist Tranzis who run the state and virtually every county, city, and town in it. California, like anywhere, has its share of scumbags and perverts and controllers. But in California, these aggressors are in control, and growing more so by the day. And unfortunately, for most of its history, California has been run by this type: from slave-grabbing AmerInd tribes through slave-running Spanish and then Mexican hypocrites, money- and land-grubbing Yankees and so on.
I love the land, many of the people, and the contributions they’ve all made to our Union, the world, technology, and even entertainment. But I hate their governments and those governments’ partners-in-crime. And yes, I mean those in Silicon Valley and Hollywood and all the rest of corrupt, perverted, and totalitarian modern California.
So, from the point of view of lovers of liberty as well as those who live in places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Colorado – and even Wyoming and South Dakota – the best solution is to LET those in control of California go their own way. And accept the ever-increasing numbers of liberty-lovers fleeing as refugees from that lovely but benighted land. And hopefully, to let those portions of California which are not corrupted and tyrannized into socialist conformity secede from the secession, if they cannot reform the lovely state.