State of Our Union: California – A Model of What is in Store for America

California, once a republic, then turned to statehood began its climb to be the fifth wealthiest state in the world during the Gold Rush of 1800s. Then motion pictures were invented and Hollywood was founded. Then the computer age began in leaps and bounds thanks to technological corporations, and after the social coup by “hippies” and those who believe socialism should replace the republic, it has moved toward being a  Banana Republic. More accurately, it is a prime model of how a nanny, welfare state, based upon concepts of socialism, cannot survive – personal freedom replaced with miserable collectivism – except for those elite who are exempt. Once a leader in many things, including educational excellence, it is far removed from its golden age era and model of success for other states to follow.

As Victor Davis Hanson, columnist, author of “Mexifornia”, and historian wrote on August 16th:

California’s combined income and sales taxes are among the nation’s highest, but the state’s deficit is still about $16 billion. It’s estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week to flee high taxes and costly regulations, yet California wants to raise taxes even higher; its business climate already ranks near the bottom of most surveys. Its teachers are among the highest paid on average in the nation, but its public school students consistently test near the bottom of the nation in both math and science. The state’s public employees enjoy some of the nation’s most generous pensions and benefits, but California’s retirement systems are underfunded by about $300 billion. The state’s gas taxes — at over 49 cents per gallon — are among the highest in the nation, but its once unmatched freeways, like 101 and 99, for long stretches have degenerated into potholed, clogged nightmares unchanged since the early 1960s. The state wishes to borrow billions of dollars to develop high-speed rail, beginning with a little-traveled link between Fresno and Corcoran — a corridor already served by money-losing Amtrak. Apparently, coastal residents like the idea of European high-speed rail — as long as noisy and dirty construction does not begin in their backyards. As gasoline prices soar, California chooses not to develop millions of barrels of untapped oil and even more natural gas off its shores and beneath its interior. Home to bankrupt green companies like Solyndra, California has mandated that a third of all the energy provided by state utilities soon must come from renewable energy sources — largely wind and solar, which presently provide about 11 percent of its electricity and almost none of its transportation fuel.
California represents the future of the United States, along with European nations who have refused to realize or accept that long standing policies and ideologies that have led to degradation and financial collapse is not working, so an alternate plan of action is required; one that involves common sense and the concepts of the Jeffersonian republic, which established the Constitution of the United States.
Too many are believing those that claim the Constitution is “outdated” and the cause of our woes. When in reality it is because we have drifted away from constitutional law and allowed those we elect to ignore and surpass the limitations of government within the articles of the Constitution of the United States that we have “progressed” to the perilous state of being we have arrived at today.
Utopia has been promised by those who have gained power and have provided a tyrannical government that soon will know no bounds or limitations whatsoever – and all with the blessing of the sheeple – because the government elite promises something no government can ever keep.  Individual freedom is our “unalienable right” and we have sold it out for benefits received through fellow citizens who are wealthier than those that collect. Too many Americans now believe that entitlements issued by government, using funds collected from all, with those who are productive paying the most, are their right. Those rights are not what is written in the Constitution. The pursuit of happiness is only successful through independence and one’s own merits and perseverance – not at the expense of others who have more wealth. Indeed, a contradiction to virtues is to envy the wealth of others and making it worse by using the government to steal from others.
It is good that we have a government and people who are willing to put forth efforts to help those who struggling in some crisis for various reasons, not always of their own doing or decision-making. However, the idea of welfare is a collective policy that helps people help themselves by providing the means to improve their situation, not make it a career. If gaining wealth is someone’s goal, instead of being envious of those who have it, they should seek that which marks success in life. No wealth can ever be achieved by living off the benefits of social programs. Education and seeking the knowledge required in any career option or business venture is the key to success.
Before we can expect reformation from those who operate our government, we must first reform ourselves in the way we think and act, and stand upon the principles of what made our nation great – the Constitution of the United States. Our family nucleus must be strengthened, our children must be provided with classical, useful education that requires standards that meet the requirements for success in life. It must also be strengthened by parents who teach that virtues are not a thing of the past, “old school”, but instead the foundation of building good character, which in turn makes us successful in various ways.
If you want a successful change, We the People must ensure that: our personal and national sovereignty be returned, we must not put our rights above others, our rights of personal property, and with freedom of choice comes personal responsibility.
Election 2012 is anything but politics as usual. It is an existential crisis. For many reasons, I would vote for my dog over Obama-Biden, not least of which is that she always warns me of danger. Romney-Ryan must find the courage and love of country to do the same.
Diana West