Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

Victor Davis Hanson is a prolific conservative author, essayist, editorialist, and reviewer — with his finger on the pulse of America while juxtaposing against the rise and fall of ancient cultures. He is among our favorites at Seeing Red AZ.

Here, he writes a two-page cautionary commentary “Bankrupt California,” which we highly recommend. The author of the sensational 2003 book, “Mexifornia: A State of Becoming,” concludes, “There are many lessons from California. One is that the vision of the present administration is already here — and it simply does not work.”

California, our next-door neighbor, has an unrestrained, liberal and free-spending Gov. Jerry Brown at the helm, presiding over economic collapse. Arizona is far more fortunate, but we are both border states, facing similar outcomes if the presidential election doesn’t take a right turn.  Our nation can only emulate California’s “open borders redistributionist socialism, therapeutic and politicized public schools, and public-employee unions” at its own peril.

Take a few minutes to read this instructional piece. You’ll be smarter when you finish.


9 Responses to Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

  1. CD9 says:

    Over a year ago I was told that by a government official,, California was so far gone it can not be saved anylonger. This is no surprise, let them take on all our illegals.

    • MacBeth says:

      Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown should be more than happy to do that. What difference would it make to him and his pro-illegal cronies? Many California cities are already bankrupt from funding this invasion of our nation.

      Hanson’s article is spot on! I also noted his descriptions of the crime to which he and other Californians are victims, and the lack of willingness of the authorities to effectivley deal with the onslaught.

  2. ZOO says:

    Like a 1930’s movie serial, Americans have been treated to chapter after chapter of the self-inflicted wounds of Mexifornia. As sure as the sun rises every morning, a Federal bailout of Mexifornia is on the horizon. This is where Americans must stand in violent opposition, and I mean violent! If there is anything that unites Americans in agreement across the country, it is the moronic, suicidal timeline of the Foldin State. Mexifornia is doomed to become the first third-world state in the union and not a single penny of Federal taxpayer dollars should be used in a futile attempt to reverse it. Get ready.

  3. garvan says:

    2-1/2 million people per year leave California because of taxes, regulations, and the other things the government does to its citizens.

    Welfare recipients are not among those leaving.

    In fact, they constitute a large segment of those coming to the state.

    It costs five times as much to rent a U-Haul from California to Texas than the other way around.

    A full one-third of all welfarites IN THE ENTIRE U.S. are living in California.

    California’s debt is over $600 BILLION. No wonder it’s being downgraded by Moody’s.

    It’s only a matter of time before the California ruling elite pass a law forbidding the export of one’s money from California.

    No wonder they call it The People’s Republic of California.

  4. patriotmom says:

    As a native Californian who left there with my family in 1994, I am deeply saddened to see what has happened to a once beautiful state. But years of illegal immigration, liberal politics and an absolutely idiot-filled State Legislature has turned it into a nightmare. I saw the Reconquista agenda coming years ago. We got out and never looked back.

    Arizona needs to learn a lesson and maintain the the resolve to keep illegals out and maintain our culture. Californians caved and now we see the result. But we in Arizona have our issues too: signage in Spanish, billboards in Spanish, voting materials in Spanish, American kids being required to learn everything in Spanish at schools like Gilbert Elementary where emphasis is on Spanish over English, professional positions requiring bilingual skills thereby forcing most white Americans out of contention- the list goes on and on.

    It was not like this when we moved to AZ 18 years ago and despite all the attempts to keep illegals out of here, there are still plenty of them here- most of whom don’t speak any English and don’t care about learning because they are catered to by businesses. We can only hope that Romney beats Nobama so that amnesty comes off the table and enforcement once again becomes the law of the land, pushing many more illegals to self-deport. If Nobama gets re-elected, the balkanization of America will continue.

  5. Jackhammer1941 says:

    Californication of Arizona is in full swing thanks to amnesty hand holding and open primary push of prop 121. This is how Liberty dies unless we continue to educate our neighbors on the truth of what is really happening in Sacremento the new capital of Mexico. Btw a vote for carmona, yes on prop 121 = I’m with stupid.

    • ZOO says:

      If you want to be ‘Californicated’, just keep voting for the McMachine. Send his boy Flake to the U.S. Senate, and elect even more McLewis/McWorsley types to our state legislature. Achtung! Vote Republican! ANY Republican!

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    Here’s another tidbit from California: Father of the slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens says that his son’s death was not “a political issue” and he believes that the “matter” is being “adequately investigated.”
    No surprise, the guy is a lawyer. He does not want Romney bringing it up.
    Bet if these murders happened on a Republican president’s watch, this creep would have already filed multiple lawsuits.

    Here’s the link to the article:

  7. Lucy says:

    Were it not for illegal immigration would California have the problems that it has today?