If you read nothing else today, please check this out:
What has happened to my adopted home state of over last decade is a tragedy, both for Californians and for America. For most of the past century, California has been "golden" not only in name but in every kind of superlative—a global leader in agriculture, energy, entertainment, technology, and most important of all, human aspiration.
In its modern origins California was paean to progress in the best sense of the word. In 1872, the second president of the University of California, Daniel Coit Gilman, said science was "the mother of California." Today, California may worship at the altar of science, but increasingly in the most regressive, hysterical, and reactionary way.
California's dominant ruling class—consisting of public-employee unions, green jihadis, and Democratic machine politicians—has no real use for science as Coit saw it: as a way to create prosperity for its citizens. Instead, the prevailing credo of the state has been how to do everything possible to return to its pre-settlement condition, with little regard for what that means to the average Californian.
Exit question: Is it time for a third party in California?
The current Republican party here in Cali seems ready to throw in the towel and become a "me-too" branch of the Democratic party.
Is a coalition of pro-growth, fiscal hawks compatible with conservative-leaning working and middle-class Asians, Blacks and Latinos?
If things continue as they are here, it will soon be time to find out.