Could an Independent Make California Great Again?

Once upon a time, two great political parties competed for voters’ attention and support in California. Then one party lost its mind and the other lost its base.

Somehow—maybe because we all have to be a little nuts to live in this glorious state—the crazy party took over and set about turning paradise into an overregulated, overpriced theme park where you can’t get a decent place to live (let alone a decent meal) for less than $120,000 a year.

From time to time, it’s worth pondering the sad fate of the California Republican Party. This is not one of those times. Three Republicans aspire to the governor’s office next year. Their names will be quickly forgotten because they lack the resources, the organization and the message to galvanize voters.

Sorry to be a party pooper, but it’s true. I abandoned the California GOP last year in a fit of despair. But even as political independence offers a kind of liberation, it also leaves one adrift and aloof. Independents may form the third-largest voting bloc in state, but calling them a “bloc” suggests a unity that doesn’t exist.

Which brings us to the Democrats, who are tearing each other apart without meaningful opposition.

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 “Could an Independent Make California Great Again?”

  1. “Could an Independent Make California Great Again?”


    Next question.

  2. Atlas has Shrugged in idiot Democrat parasite Commiefornia.

    White taxpayers move out…………Illegals, BLM trash, “gubment” unions, and commie libs control the state.

    Let the trash tax each other.

    Pass the popcorn……….This will be fun to watch.

  3. How? I’ve lived here all my life and there are too many leftists and brain dead (drug induced from the 60’s) liberals to let that happen. Everyone crazy came here from another state, liked the weather, and unfortunately decided to vote.

  4. You fight Marxist-Leninist as if your life depended on it. Which for millions of the un-born and for the velvet glove-solar powered tyranny Kommunist Kalifornia is becoming. It does…

  5. “Could an Independent Make California Great Again?”

    Sure … as long as they had two currencies; one to pay their non-California creditors (something like US dollars), and the other to pay their California creditors (something like Monopoly Money).

  6. California has been ruined since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger destroyed the last vestiges of the CA Republican party with Chamber of Commerce ballot initiatives. After losing all four, he retreated in ignominous Shriver Democrat posture.

  7. California has invited so many tapeworms into its mouth in the name of ideology that the parasites now control the host. We must not let the likes of California and the Illinois’ of the country become enabled wards of an equally bloated and misguided federal bureaucracy.

    For California to rise from the proverbial ashes, it must first be allowed to fall under its own weight.

  8. As long as those on welfare get to vote, and as long as non-voters are counted in apportionment, CA will continue to devolve. I was born & raised there – great place: deserts, mountains, lakes, ocean, theater, dining… moved out last year (I’m 62). Place is just over. And with the jungle primary, no non-Democrats ever again will make it to the General Election.