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California’s Losses and Gains in 2023

California’s Losses and Gains in 2023

Cars and trucks drive past a U.S. flag on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim Hills, Calif., on Feb. 8, 2023. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

Christian Milord

Christian Milord

1/4/2024

Updated: 1/4/2024

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Common sense Americans are all too aware of the losses that impacted California and the rest of the nation last year. The state and federal government ramped up their respective debt and deficit spending on dubious programs that primarily benefited crony capitalist elites. Energy autonomy has been rejected over the last three years, inflation is persistent, the Southern border is lawless, and wokeness is infecting society, while crime and homelessness have escalated due to soft-on-crime district attorneys.
On the foreign front, which affects us here at home, our adversaries have increased their muscle flexing, illustrated by the aggression displayed by China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. Speaking loudly while carrying a small stick (opposite of Teddy Roosevelt), President Joe Biden has emboldened China’s global ambitions, Iran’s proxy warfare, Kim Jong Un’s missile activity, and Moscow’s Ukraine quagmire. These actions are losses for directly impacted nations as well as for the principles of liberty, prosperity, and the rule of law.
Predictably, these domestic and global trends have weakened America’s standing as leader of the free world. However, despite these troubling events, there are some gains from last year that we can build upon in 2024.
First, the woke industrial complex has been exposed as a Marxist construct that primarily caters to the shrill minority. Companies such as Budweiser, CNN, Disney, Target, among others, are learning the hard way that if they ignore the majority of customers, they can lose market share and their stocks will plummet.
Next, a number of city councils, counties, and school boards have fought back against woke nonsense. The unity of the American and state flag are taking precedence over the divisive pride flag, as evidenced by the actions of Huntington Beach and the OC Board of Supervisors. Charter schools are increasing in Southern California, and parents are demanding greater input into the curricular content of their children’s public school education. That would include utilizing appropriate books and curricular materials in classrooms and school libraries.
Third, the trans industrial complex has been exposed for what it truly is. It is nothing more than a moneymaking power grab minus any recognizable moral principles. It is also a harmful social media frenzy divorced from reality. Minors with dysphoria can receive mental and spiritual guidance without gender transitions. Most teens experience issues with self-identity as they develop, and most survive puberty’s challenges as they attain greater maturity.
If it is unscrupulous to advise an adult to alter their God-given gender, just visualize how diabolical it is to influence minors to choose an irreversible course that can generate lifelong suffering. Why would anyone counsel a youngster to take drugs that can cause sterility or undergo radical surgeries that condemn them to an unhealthy life as a permanent medical patient? This medical advice is labeled with a dystopian phrase “gender-affirming care.” Realistically, it ought to be renamed as “gender-negating carelessness.” Are you paying attention, blue state governors and GOP Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio?
Fourth, Californians and other Americans are waking up to the harsh crisis of illegal immigration, which is likely going to take a front row seat in November’s national election. Unvetted migration has strained our social services to the breaking point, and God knows how many malign actors from several nations have made their way into the U.S. via Latin America. A constant light needs to shine on the Democrat’s porous border policies this year.
Fifth, there is some hope for the public schools despite Sacramento’s attempts to inject Marxist indoctrination into the classrooms, even as test scores in core subjects have undergone a tailspin. Beginning this year, public elementary schools will be required to teach cursive writing within language arts after taking a leave of absence since 2010.
When I taught secondary school, I would prepare weekly lessons on aesthetic cursive handwriting, wherein students can develop manual dexterity and patience. Moreover, signatures are required in many of life’s transactions, and troves of research materials are written in cursive dating back hundreds of years. Students need to be able to read and understand historical materials when they generate essays, papers, and projects.
Sixth, although many of California’s universities continue to spout woke gibberish, common sense citizens can vote with their wallets and withdraw financial contributions to the propaganda factories that are fixated on color, creed, gender, and race. These institutions need to restore traditional values such as academic rigor, character and career development, equality of opportunity, free speech, and merit.
Seventh, since Sacramento is mired in debt, this would be a terrific opportunity for the state government to discard the high speed rail debacle and focus on well used infrastructure projects and water storage facilities. State funding should also emphasize the hiring of more law enforcement personnel which can reduce crime and improve police morale.
Finally, although large numbers of Californians are fleeing the state and taking their assets with them, small common sense gains last year can grow in number if more folks are willing to battle the woke industrial complex. Vote for fiscally sound candidates, run for office, boycott woke businesses, expose groups that demand extra rights, and promote the American Dream.
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Christian Milord

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Christian Milord is an Orange County, California-based educator, mentor, USCG veteran, and writer. He earned his M.S. degree from California State University, Fullerton, where he mentors student groups and is involved with literacy programs. His interests include culture, economics, education, domestic and foreign policy, and military issues. He can be reached at cnvmilord@sbcglobal.net

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