We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Just the other day read some story about how the latest environmental requirement was going to force hundreds of gas staions to close down.
Nothing has ever been sillier to me than the silly warnings that are posted all over California that say "this product is known to the State of California to [cause cancer / increase global warming / reduce psychic wellbeing / add hysterical topic here ]."
The omniscient State of California is not looking too good now.
My public middle school - we called them "junior highs" in California - was a great place, where the surrounding buildings now are covered in graffiti. My high school offered nine languages. Today I wouldn't want to walk there from the house where I grew up, which is in a neighborhood where I wouldn't especially want to live.
At the time, Los Angeles was multi-cultural before we knew what that meant, in a long ago time before the imposition of PC. It was full of Eastern European émigrés and Japanese and Latins and blacks and transplanted Midwesterners and New Yorkers who for the most part all got along. Despite the smog, which was terrible (in fact, it is one of the few things about Southern California that has improved) it was a wonderful, magical place in which to grow up. We would ride our bikes for miles and miles through every neighborhood in town without a care.
But leaving some 30 years ago was the best thing I could have done.
I enjoyed the article about California dream dying, and I feel heartbroken for those who lost their happiness and freedom to the illegal immigration, the loony leftist environmentalists, and the explosion of political correctness.
While I feel for them and wish those who left California the best, not all of those from California left their crazy ideas behind when the left to other states. In my opinion, a lot of transplanted Californians took their leftist environmental ideas, their PC, nanny state ideas, and the need to sue anyone over anything with them.
The neighboring states of OR, WA, NV, and AZ as well as ID, MT and others have suffered irreversible harm.
I hope that those leaving California for a better life do not forgot why they left when they find a new home in other states.
We are all Americans, but few of us want California's problems throughout the entire country.