The Death of California

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Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” told the story of Esmerelda, a gypsy dancing artist falsely accused of attempted killing and set to be executed by an unjust government. Quasimodo (the titular hunchback) swings down from Notre Dame’s cathedral and rescues Esmerelda, crying “Sanctuary!”

According to Newsom’s Dem legislative allies in California, the state could cover travel expenses, including lodging, transportation, and child care, for people who want to kill their unborn babies. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 15% of America’s abortions take place in California. If the state started subsidizing abortions in the country, this number would soar.

It is striking that California, as it sinks deeper into its social problems, embraces ever more radical social policies. It is home to 162,000 homeless people. This number has increased by approximately 24% between 2018 and 2020. California currently houses 25% of the homeless population in the United States.

California’s crime rate has risen to epidemic proportions, with major cities being ravaged by smash-and-grabs and wealthy people being murdered at their homes. Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that Rome is burning.

California’s economy is also behind the national. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that California has the highest unemployment rate at 7.3%. California currently has a rolling average of just 7.3% unemployment, compared to 550 deaths during the height of the pandemic. Newsom recently added a month-long indoor mask mandate.

Why is California continuing to embrace ever more radical policies? Because radicalism itself is a moral justification of policy failure. Dems may argue that crime and homelessness have gotten out of control and the economy is in decline, but it’s not true. Businesses are moving away. This is morally permissible, as California seeks a higher purpose. It’s Leftist utopianism. Newsom is not able to speak out about California’s stagnation but has much to say about California’s plans to push for new gun laws.

Dems have maintained for years that California is the most populous state in America. We can only wish they are wrong.