Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state’s status as a national leader.

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  1. annben Inactive

    It was nice hearing someone acknowledge the upper part of California, most people think that it stops at San Francisco, although some are aware of Sacramento. I’ve lived most of my life in Chico which is 45 minutes south of Red Bluff but my children go to school at Mercy High School, the closest Catholic high school. Chico is a bit of an anomaly since Chico State is here. So although we are more of a purple city the surrounding areas are very much red.

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    • January 31, 2017, at 1:56 PM PST
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  2. John Davey Member

    The thing most people forget is that Sacramento used to be fairly center-right. Companies used to test market products in Sacramento because it so closely resembled the mid-west in demographics and opinion. That started to change when the Legislature became full-time, and more and more power brokers started setting up shop full time to influence the full time Legislature. To have any power in that Legislature, Assembly members and Senators need to draft with Los Angeles and San Francisco politics, and you end up with professional-union-lawyer-goons™ like Darrell Steinberg as your Assembly member or Senator. They hang onto power long enough (City Council, Assembly, Senate, back to county board, or Mayor), and the politics of the region start to draft with the sentiments of the elected power broker.

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    • January 31, 2017, at 2:58 PM PST
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  3. Seawriter Member

    One thing Texas does right is a part time legislature which meets only once every two years.


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    • January 31, 2017, at 3:28 PM PST
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  4. Brian Clendinen Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    One thing Texas does right is a part time legislature which meets only once every two years.


    I think that actually works better than term limits.

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    • January 31, 2017, at 11:45 PM PST
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  5. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    Clearly the solution is for citizens to take the law back from the government.

    I have often thought of writing a story on that. A Robin Hood style revolt in California, with the local inspectors being tarred and feathered, and progressives having to call in the army to take care of the problem.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 6:36 AM PST
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  6. EHerring Coolidge

    Love this series of podcasts. VDH is always the voice of reason.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 9:02 AM PST
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  7. AndTheRest Inactive

    I wonder if anyone close to Trump knows about Hetch Hetchy (mentioned by VDH in passing). I don’t claim even a But-I-Stayed-at-a-Holiday-Inn understanding of President Trump’s game plans… but imagine I would enjoy the show were he to crown himself champion of THE founding issue of the Sierra Club, ESPECIALLY timed for if/when the outrage machine spins up about building pipelines or some such thing.


    (more info here:

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    • February 1, 2017, at 10:41 AM PST
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  8. Richard Easton Member

    EHerring (View Comment):
    Love this series of podcasts. VDH is always the voice of reason.

    Agreed. I always enjoyed it when VDH was on the Milt Rosenberg show (I know Milt).

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    • February 1, 2017, at 11:14 AM PST
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  9. Mikescapes Inactive

    How depressing! Maybe secession isn’t all that bad an idea.

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    • February 2, 2017, at 9:17 AM PST
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