Can California do what the Confederacy couldn’t?

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

In the chance that California secessionists succeed, and there’s no Abraham Lincoln to step forward to “save the union,” someone would owe an apology to Robert E. Lee (and should restore those statues at once). If nothing recedes like success, we can look to the past to see that nothing recedes like an attempt to secede, either. It’s too soon to dig up Confederate money.

California’s Reputation for Loony Left Behavior Only Gets Worse

John Fund, National Review

On the one side, you have liberals who are thumbing their nose at legitimate law enforcement. Their allies include the mayor of Oakland and the owners of Hasta Muerta, who have contempt for the rule of law and those who enforce it. On the other side, there’s the admittedly controversial Trump administration. But it has a powerful argument that transcends partisan politics: If you don’t like the law, work to change it. But don’t prove your membership in the Loony Left by spitting on it and pretending that makes you virtuous.

California chaos -- Unchallenged liberalism leaves homelessness, drug abuse, garbage in its wake

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Having used needles and human waste on your sidewalks isn’t just a disgusting inconvenience, it’s a deadly biological hazard and an indicator of the breakdown of civil society. So the next time a Democrat tells you they know best, laugh and let them know your family deserves better than poo maps, hazmat homeless camps, and little girls having to avoid drug needles on the sidewalk.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wakes Up

While things are far from perfect at DOJ conservatives can take heart that the Attorney General has forcefully taken on one of the most important challenges facing the Trump presidency and constitutional government; California’s “sanctuary” for illegal aliens policies.

California Is a Modern Example of the Failure of Progressive Socialism

Allen West, CNS News

California, just like Venezuela, is a modern example of the failure of progressive socialism. It only creates two classes of individuals: the incredibly wealthy (the Soviets called it the Politburo) and the incredibly poor – folks who eat from garbage cans, defecate in the streets, and cannot afford a roof over their heads. I would offer that this is not what we want for America, but the liberal progressive media will never tell you that.

Understanding the California Mind

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

In California, civilization is speeding in reverse—well aside from the decrepit infrastructure, dismal public schools, and sky-high home prices. Or rather, the state travels halfway in reverse: anything involving the private sector (smartphones, Internet, new cars, TV, or getting solar panels installed) is 21st-century. Anything involving the overwhelmed government or public utilities (enforcing dumping laws, licensing dogs, hooking up solar panel meters to the grid, observing common traffic courtesies) is early 20th-century.

Christmas Lessons from California

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Coastal California is hilly, difficult to build on, and prone to devastating earthquakes. It is semi-arid, without much of an aquifer. The life-giving watershed of the Sierra Nevada is more than 200 miles away. Remember that voting progressively in the abstract does not automatically translate into living progressively in the concrete.

Second Amendment Update: National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Vote Today

It is crucial for those who value their Second Amendment guaranteed rights to get on the telephone to call their Representative to urge him or her to support H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 we urge all CHQ readers to call their Representative TODAY in support of H.R. 38.

In the Heart of ‘The Resistance,’ California Conservatives Are Invigorated

Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times

California has become, however improbably, a leading exporter of the energy that is animating the conservative movement, and it is giving rise to some of the loudest new voices on the right, from the West Wing to the radical fringe. Some of the most strident conservatives in President Trump’s orbit have honed and hardened their political identities in California.

California Joins The Confederate States Of America

In the Leftist fever to remove any symbol associated with the Confederate side of the American Civil War it is beyond comical that yesterday, California's liberal Governor Jerry Brown joined the Confederacy in attempting to nullify laws passed by Congress.

Is California Cracking Up?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Buying a home on the California coast is nearly impossible. The state budget can only be balanced through constant tax hikes. Finding a good, safe public school is difficult. Building a single new dam during the California drought to capture record runoff water in subsequent wet years proved politically impossible. No matter. Many Californians consider those existential problems to be a premodern drag, while they dream of postmodern trains, the legalization of pot-growing — and seceding from the United States of America.

California Is Seceding from the Constitution

David French, National Review

California public officials at every level of state and local government have taken it upon themselves to replace core constitutional protections with their own radical vision of social justice. This isn’t federalism; it’s lawlessness. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and every state law, ordinance, regulation, or practice that conflicts its guarantees of individual liberty must be struck down.

Rewarding Public Employees With New Tax Hikes on the Private Sector

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

California's leaders believe that Californians should always pay more taxes. They have no problem with typical six-figure salaries and pensions for government employees, who basically rule the Capitol with an iron fist. They don’t care that California has unaffordable home prices due to their growth-control efforts or that the Census Bureau pins our poverty rate at a nation’s high level of 24 percent using their cost-of-living-based standard.

Political prosecution in California

Editors, Washington Examiner

Instead of serving the public, California's attorney general has made himself an errand-boy for an organization that performs roughly one-third of all abortions in America, and whose employees make jokes about the prices they can ask of laboratories for baby parts left over from abortions.

California Shamelessly Persecutes Pro-Life Journalists

David French, National Review

Big Abortion holds the Democratic party in a vise grip, and it now may use that power to send a man to prison for embarrassing the nation’s largest abortion provider. Two young journalists may pay a steep price for doing work that the Left admires — at least when reporters are protecting ducks and chickens. But babies in the womb? They only have the right to die.

The New Gender Battle: Tampons v. Whiskey

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

The efforts to fund new programs on the back of “sin” products are nothing new. It’s not just California that does this, of course. What’s new is the effort to turn the tax code into an endless fight over gender-equity issues. These policies involve real dollars, often hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month in a family’s budget. Of course, the denizens of social justice will vote for all that junk and then announce their battle to save a family 50 cents a month in tampon taxes or a couple bucks in diaper taxes.

Will Trump Call California’s Bluff?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

Until Trump’s ascension, California’s pols could hardly get much attention — except as weird left-coast folks determined to send their tax base to Texas. Even President Obama sometimes treated California the way one would treat a precocious child. But now things could become contentious as the nation’s most populous and liberal state becomes the test case for the fundamentally conservative idea that states are free to stand up to the federal behemoth.

California GOP’s Final Death Throes

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

California long ago shifted to the left demographically and economically, and there’s basically nothing the GOP can do to stop it. The state’s party has been particularly mock-worthy, with its goofy strategies, poor candidates and lack of fundraising prowess. But it doesn’t really matter at this point.

Jerry Brown Dirties the Climate

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

The additional costs imposed by CARB bureaucrats will make it tougher to keep manufacturing and agricultural jobs from fleeing. Additional land-use edicts mandating fewer suburban developments and an end to major freeway construction will mean higher home costs and more congestion. Radical policies will lead to radical results. This isn’t scare mongering. It’s just the truth.

Direct Democracy: California’s Last Hope?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

We live in a one-party state, so certain ideas — the ones held by conservatives and libertarians — never get a true hearing in those committee rooms. I’d never design a system this way. I understand the broader conservative case against such a system, but at least with direct democracy, reformers have some chance to get around the current logjam.