Take California, Please


The results of the election are in: California is practically another country.

Californians woke up the morning of Nov. 9 to find something extraordinary had happened the night before.

Voters here legalized the recreational use of marijuana. They sent a liberal African-American woman to the U.S. Senate. They extended the highest marginal income tax rate in the country to 2030 (or, as a practical matter, until the end of time).

Sure, voters kept the death penalty on the books, but they enacted even stricter gun controls. They approved yet another $2 per pack tax on cigarettes to pay for yet another harebrained social scheme. They backed wildly irresponsible bond measures and shot down an initiative to keep wildly irresponsible bond measures in check.

In short, it was a progressive free-for-all, a triumph of liberal enlightenment.

But, no!

Donald Trump won the presidency. How? Heaven knows, we didn’t vote for him.

In fact, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s national popular vote victory is due in large part to Golden State voters. Trump—and the U.S. Constitution—denied Clinton her foreordained coronation. Worse, he killed our buzz.

Well, your buzz maybe. Not mine.

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including City Journal, Investor's Business Daily, and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

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8 responses to “Take California, Please”

  1. If California doesn’t secede from the union, can the union please secede from California?

  2. We need to wall off California as much as Mexico, if not more.

  3. I’m sorry but I have to dissent here. Who says “these” people have any right to the state called California? Did “they” build it? Hell no. They have only reaped the benefits of prior generations. Most of them are transplants from somewhere else with their socialist ideas and illegal machinations.

    I say, California is a part of the USofA, and if they don’t like it “they” should vote with their feet and leave America for some other socialist country like Venezuela. Let them make their utopian haven with their own ideas, blood, sweat, tears and equity.

    They don’t like anything about America or it’s Founding Documents and ideals but when it suits them, they will play the secession card as if “they” have rights. I say Bullshit!

  4. Well the pinkos here now believe that even though they constitute a small minority of the country they should be allowed to vote to secede from the union.
    However, since CA is not unlike the US, were the people in the rural areas of the state to try and secede from the rest of the state the progs would suddenly remember their commitment to majoritarianism and the inviolable nature of political boundaries. Especially since most of CAs natural wonders, agriculture and water are not found in the repulsive coastal blue hells.

  5. So, Ben Boychuk, I see your Gov has selected a new AG and says “he will be a champion for all Californians (we know what that means) and help our state aggressively combat climate change.” Guess everything else out there on the Left coast is just dandy!