California is a mess; no secret there. But the degree of decline that befalls it, and the quickness with which that decline is moving, seems to be largely ignored, particularly by Californians themselves. The nation’s most populous state, and arguably its most naturally beautiful, is falling apart virtually everywhere we look.
Yet state and local governments not only insist on moving forward with leftist policies, but continually double down by moving even farther left, and the state’s voters return them to office with ever-increasing electoral margins. California’s current approach to virtually all aspects of society — the economy, environment, legal system and culture — is unsustainable, and the time for reckoning is rapidly approaching.
The current crisis in California that is getting the most national attention is the plague of wildfires throughout much of the northern part of the state. Such fires have ravaged the area for millennia, long before the presence of any European settlers, but that has not stopped California leftists and their media from pointing fingers at climate change and President Trump.
Avoiding responsibility for a crisis by blaming anyone and anything with even a remote chance of culpability is the California way — which leads to a failure to develop real solutions. None of California’s leaders, least of all Democratic governor Newsom, have accepted any responsibility for the government’s role in the fires.
Evidence clearly shows that the decision by the state to revive “fire suppression” efforts, a practice that essentially delays the inevitable and results in even larger wildfires (and was mostly discontinued in the 1960s), has been a major contributor to the magnitude of this year’s fires. But has the government of California even paused to reconsider the strategy? Sadly, no.
Wildfires, unfortunately, are among the least of California’s woes. Homelessness in the state
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