Memorial to those who died trying to escape communism over the Berlin wall The California public education system may be responsible for the state's utter ignorance of the lessons of history. This was a Berlin Wall memorial, which was dedicated to Peter Fecter, an 18-year-old man who was fatally shot while attempting to escape to freedom in the West. People never willingly flee to a socialistic state.

Anyone who is yet to realize that leftism is attempting to destroy America as we know it should examine how the far left has unabashedly warped the state of California. America is on the verge of a civil war. It will not be fought along geographical lines, but cultural ones. The same treacherous ideology that is consuming the bulk of Europe has been at play in the Golden State for far too long. Giant technology companies that lined the deep pockets of California are poised to abandon it, as are many of the small businesses, which have been struggling most to survive under the massive burden of obscene taxation, regulation, and the litigious nature of the California courts. The "white flight" that happened in the metropolitan areas of England and throughout Europe are now in full swing in California. When both middle class and affluent citizens have completed their mass exodus from California toward the freedoms of the more conservative states, there will be virtually nobody left to pay for the governmental benefits of California's nanny state, of which a significant portion of the state's residents live on.

Paul Chabot, a two-time congressional candidate in California was defeated by Pete Aguilar in November of 2016. Chabot inflamed liberal ire after releasing "Terrorist Hunting Permits" as part of his campaign literature. After his loss, Chabot decided to pursue his dream of serving the public in another way, by launching Conservative Move. It is an organization specializing in helping Americans to relocate from leftist states, like California, to states where their rights are respected, their beliefs are not mocked, and the populace is not threatened by American patriotism. Chabot launched Conservative Move after relocating his own family to Texas, in the beginning of 2017. The former congressional hopeful said that he wanted to help decent families to find new opportunities and offer them the guidance that he would have appreciated during his own exodus from California.

"We want to be able to express to people that these areas that are conservative have safer streets, better schools, better-paying jobs, lower taxes," Chabot said when describing what Conservative Move does and why. "We hope that this doesn't become divisive, but it becomes a bridge that brings more and more people into this camp that loves faith, freedom, family, God, country and apple pie."

An article heralding the launch of Conservative Move was tattered with vile commentary from California Democrats and communists, which serves as a commentary about the ongoing struggle to preserve what remains of America's soul. Leftist Californians, who keep voting for 'progressive' politicians and ballot measures to usurp their own rights, mocked Chabot and the lot of conservative states which have become popular amongst those fleeing California's unholy bastion of progressivism. The leftist detractors berated "cesspools in rural areas", as if their filth and crime-ridden cities were providing a better quality of life than mainstream America. They even reminisced in the joy which comes only from paying higher taxes, because doing so "supports the community".

California's infrastructure is in the same dire straights as its economy infamously is, thanks to decades of leftist rule. California's 'progressive' virtue signalers, who love to wag their morally-superior fingers in the faces of conservatives, used incredibly disparaging language when describing those who live in conservative states. They jealously showed a particular disgust toward those who reside in nearly crime-free rural areas, in wholly disrespecting the very God-fearing people who feed the world. Within their leftist system of 'morality', it is now socially unacceptable to refer to a man in a dress as a man because he might "identify" as a woman, but it is not in the least bit inappropriate to deem all rural Americans as "hillbillies". Faithfulness, hard work, and community standards are all indications of perversion to leftists, but genuine mental illness and sexual perversion are their virtues. Deciphering how the leftist mind works and how 'progressives' justify their own moral hypocrisies can only steer one to the conclusion of mental illness in the form of a mass hysteria.

From 1990 to at least 2007, approximately 3.4 million California residents vacated to other states, according to Real Clear Politics. This is the time period when California's teetering on the brink, both culturally and economically, hit a fevered pace. If its spending had grown proportionally in relation to both inflation and population fluctuations during this time period, then California taxpayers would not have a $65 billion bill coming due. Had the leftist politicians, who were in full control of the state's government spent within their means, California's fiscal health would resemble that of nearby Oregon.

Graphic of Californians escaping to the United States

It is not just individuals that are leaving California. Entire companies are fleeing. As was reported by Fox News, from 2007 through 2015, as many as 9,000 companies had fled, or were in the process of fleeing California. The list of fleeing companies includes: Toyota, Jacobs Engineering Group, Nestlé, Nissan, Carl’s Jr., Jamba Juice, Occidental Petroleum, Numira Biosciences, and Omnitracs; to name but a few. Most of the smaller companies cannot afford to relocate, so they are simply dying.

The former economic powerhouse of California was centrally micromanaged to such a shocking and illogical extreme that 26 percent of its factory jobs and 35 percent of its technology jobs evaporated. The large employment gains in California came just before its downfall by way of unionization. Membership in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which has the highest-paid union workers in the United States, increased by 24 percent. A.S.C.M.E. members can retire as young as 50 and receive up to 90 percent of their final year's earnings every year for the remainder of their lives. These governmental employees did not produce anything meaningful or provide a service that was based on supply and demand. Their numbers and salaries were determined by the whims of the politicians at the statehouse, and not on the free market. As deficits exploded in California, and more companies began fleeing to conservative states, the leftist state leaders strengthened the ranks of the union, which obliged politicians with hefty donations to Democrat campaigns. This was happening on the backs of the overburdened taxpayers and surviving businesses.

"It's suddenly very cool to be the progressive. There's positive reinforcement now", Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher said, when reflecting upon how it used to be "cool" to be thought of as a moderate in California. Such euphemistic language hides a pervasive agenda wherein California politicians can only thrive by leaning as far left as possible.

As a result of Hillary Clinton's stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election and her backstabbing sabotage of Bernie Sanders, agitated leftist activists are more determined than ever to buttress their power and force legislators to become even more "progressive".

"We listen to our constituents. If our constituents are getting more engaged and moving farther to the left, in this case, I think that will have an effect on how we vote and how we do things".

-- Matt Dababneh, Democrat Assemblyman

If the constituents were moving further to the center, or even to the right, it is doubtful that the Woodland Hills' assemblyman would have the same attitude.

The flurry of leftist bills now circulating in Sacramento clearly illustrate that not a single lesson was learned during the presidential election. California's Democrat Party appears to not just be willing, but eager to eat their own, if their ranks do not measure up to the new leftist threshold that is required to win and retain a political position. How these new laws will further crush the crumbling economy, reduce the quality of life, and infringe upon the freedoms of Californians, does not seem to enter into their political equation.

When less rabid Democrats attempted to block regulations that were meant to punish people for their fuel consumption and double state employees' holiday pay, they were ripped apart by the 'progressive' advocacy group, Courage Campaign.

Laws passed in California since the 2016 presidential election include: a state-wide $15 minimum wage, background checks on ammunition purchases (not for guns but for every bullet purchased), a state tax surcharge on affluent citizens (a 'not poor enough' tax), an extra $2 tax per pack of cigarettes, multiple housing and transportation mandates that usher in new rules and expenses, and a plethora of random tax increases.

The California Democrats are engaged in an internal post-Bernie Sanders war. Sitting politicians, who deem themselves moderates, are being threatened with primary challenges from an increasingly powerful and leftist arm of the D.N.C. The Courage Campaign has been waging war on California Democrats who have not adequately espoused the ideals of socialism. The advocacy group publicly issues "Courage Scores" to chastise Democrats who vote too moderately. Courage Scores grade politicians on how much they are hindering the economy, destroying jobs, and for how well they are "standing up for constituents over corporations". In other words, it is economic warfare against themselves, for it is about attacking capitalism in the belief that its total failure will ultimately give rise to a mythical socialistic utopia. California's nearly exclusive Democrat government provides evidence that sometimes there is a fine line between delusion and treason.

A joint statement from California's political leaders, on the day after President Donald Trump was elected, shows that leftist lawmakers are more determined than ever to continue to drive California along its self-destructive path. "While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn't changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution," the declaration said, which was reported by Forbes. Soon after, the California state legislature hired Obama's former U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, as its legal counsel. He was tasked with halting federal law enforcement attempts against rogue "sanctuary" cities, protecting California's job-killing stance on immigration, and defending the insane environmental policies of climate change hysteria. The latter has ironically led to the destruction of California's ecosystems, causing wildfires, floods, and more.

When Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven wrote, The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty for The Nation, in 1966, they laid out a devious plot that the leftists of the time were eager to implement. Over the course of the last five decades, the building blocks of their conspiracy to overturn the nation have been soundly implemented. At first, the shocking article was dubbed a "crisis strategy," but now this leftist playbook is most often referred to as the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Ironically, Cloward and Piven claimed that the ruling classes (i.e. Republicans) were using the welfare system to weaken the poor further. In practice, it has been the Democrat Party that has shackled the poor; especially those within the minority communities, in order to maintain a political system of perpetual dependence like a modern-day slavery.

The welfare system was intended to offer temporary help to those in financial crises, but it was not meant to become a generational handout system. Democrats wield welfare benefits like a sword. It is a weapon that is pointed at the chests of conservatives, whom they falsely smear as being heartless for not wanting to live under a socialistic regime that is destined for failure. Cloward and Piven, and their throngs of adoring fans, believe that the only way in which poor individuals may achieve upward mobility is if the "rest of society is afraid of them". This very situation played-out in violent 'protests' during the final years of Barack Obama's presidency. Despite how well-played the Bolshevik game was, the plan eventually backfired throughout most of America, and the backlash spawned what some people call the Trump Revolution.

Cloward and Piven were not content with the level of taxpayer-funded governmental handouts of the welfare system. They, therefore, urged liberals to create a welfare parasite class to bankrupt the system from within, in order to cause the nation's financial and political systems to collapse, which would ultimately result in a bloody revolution. It was as if the two academics were channeling Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. This conspiracy of theft and class warfare, in the minds of many 1960's leftists, was the only way that a free society could be sabotaged enough into capitulating to their socialistic demands. There were approximately 8 million Americans on welfare when Cloward and Piven called for action to bankrupt the welfare state and usher the death of America. Today, there are 52.2 million Americans on welfare. This statistic accounts for approximately 21.3 percent of the population of the United States of America. Each year, the federal government reaches into the pockets of productive Americans to cover the nearly $1 trillion spent on welfare programs, many of which have been craftily engineered to be wasteful.

The leftist takeover of California did not happen overnight, nor did it happen in a vacuum. Leftism took hold of California slowly at first and attracted little attention. As the welfare state grew, the overt push to force a singular political perspective onto the populace by way of "social justice", censorship, and related educational "reforms" swallowed the last semblance of common sense inside the statehouse in Sacramento. It is now almost impossible to fathom how a fiscal conservative and Christian man like Ronald Reagan could have ever been elected as the governor of California.

The evidence of the corruption that is caused by the leftists upon our freedoms and our society is rampant, even for those of us who are outside of California. Take for instance, when searching for more information about this topic, a certain politically-active search engine company that is located in California is replacing the real search results with interference, such as "Numbers bust the myth: There's no great exodus from California". That's right, just move along and don't ask too many questions. It's really reminiscent of headlines from old Soviet newspapers that reported absolutely no people were defecting to the freedom-loving democracies of the West, because a communist's life is so good.

Tara Dodrill is a proud conservative Christian woman and homesteader from Appalachia. Dodrill is an author, radio show host, and online journalist with a background in the education and real estate fields. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who is dedicated to living a self-reliant lifestyle and aiding others along their preparedness journey.


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