Why I Left California

By: Nancy Morgan

After living in California for 33 years, I finally decided to leave. I sold my business and my home and relocated to South Carolina.

I moved to California when I was 17. Like most of my fellow residents, I was busy living my life. I gave very little thought to politics, assuming that politicians knew best how to run the state. I wasn’t even aware of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. I would always vote, but with 20/20 hindsight, I see how my votes were manipulated and influenced by the overwhelmingly liberal media.

Until age 36, I pretty much followed the party line, believing what I saw on the news and read in the papers. I figured the ‘experts’ knew better than I and was relieved not to have to form my own opinions. I relied on group thought, which is, or was, extremely pervasive in the Los Angeles area.

I remember hearing a talk show host describe how a school board in Torrance was successful in defeating a Christian candidate and remember feeling glad that there were others out there working to keep radical influences away from our children. I never questioned the premise that Christians were considered radical.

I adopted as fact the headlines I saw on the news. I was busy living my life. It wasn’t until 1992 that I became aware that I had only been exposed to one side of the story. I was not even aware that there was a conservative point of view.

In 1992, Ross Perot was on TV holding up a toilet seat. Perot said the Air Force had paid something like $700.00 for that toilet seat. He then said the 5 words that changed my life forever. “And this is public knowledge.”

Huh? I decided to check out his claim. And I found that, yes, that information was public knowledge. Only problem was, the media in Los Angeles had never reported it. Just as they never reported anything other than the liberal point of view.

After some searching, I latched onto National Review Magazine and the Washington Times. What I found when reading those publications made my blood boil. There was a whole school of thought out there that I had never been exposed to. The conservative point of view. And I found I agreed with their premises.

No matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides. For 22 years, I had only been exposed to one side of the story. And I came to find that side I had been exposed to was far different from what I had been led to believe. Shame on me.

I assumed that my husband, family and friends would be just as angry as I when I informed them of my new insights. I quickly found out that, then, as now, they were totally opposed to hearing any facts that challenged their long held views.

Long story short, I became a pariah. Conservative views were simply not tolerated back in the 90’s in Los Angeles. When I persisted in voicing my opinions, most of my relationships suffered. My husband left me and my family made clear that there must be something wrong with me. I got tired of the raised eyebrows and condescending smiles. I realized nothing I said would penetrate. The frustration drove me to anger, which pretty much nixed any chance I had of influencing others to my new point of view.

For 8 years, the only place I could be myself was when I covered conservative gatherings. Finally, a stray news item had a catalytic effect on me. I found that 7th graders in San Francisco were being taught how to fist. (A homosexual practice – enough said.) Under the guise of teaching tolerance, my tax dollars were being used to fund a week-end ‘health’ fair that brainwashed children into believing that the gay lifestyle was normal – merely a lifestyle choice. That was the last straw.

I took off on a cross-country trip, seeking a place where I could be myself and where my tax dollars wouldn’t be continually funding policies with which I fundamentally disagreed. I finally decided on South Carolina. I sold my business and home and left California for good.

I miss many things about California. But after last Tuesday’s election, I realize that living in California is no longer an option for me.

The blatant media malfeasance, the lack of intellectual diversity and the continuing reign of liberal politicians guarantees that California will remain mired in failed liberal policies for the foreseeable future. And I will not condone paying the taxes the state insists upon when I know the money will be spent on promoting a largely discredited liberal agenda. That’s not the America I want to live in.

Since 2002, several of my friends have also left California for good. Studies show that the only increase in population in California right now are immigrants. Which begs the question: Who will be paying the taxes required to fund the Utopian agenda put in place by far-left liberals? And how long can California continue to ignore reality before the whole state comes crashing down?

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s possible Governor-elect Moonbeam can solve the state’s fiscal crisis. Just because he’s a lifetime member of the far left doesn’t mean he can’t change his stripes and usher in the reforms California so desperately needs. By golly, I just saw a pig fly right by my window!

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com.
She lives in South Carolina.

4 thoughts on “Why I Left California

  1. You write, “the continuing reign of liberal politicians guarantees that California will remain mired in failed liberal policies for the foreseeable future”…as opposed to that wonderfully progressive paradise called South Carolina, which has 1/20th the GDP of california?

    I guess you were oblivious to the fact that during your stay here there was Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian, Arnold S. as governors and senators (wilson) as well as Richard Riordan, Mayor for 8 years in LA?

    Further Ms. Morgan since you seem to have lived most of your life in ignorance, let me point out to you that South Carolina takes in from Uncle Sam $1.35 for every dollar it sends to D.C. while California gets back $0.79 cents for every dollar we send in….effectively giving you rednecks a welfare subsidy courtesy of all those Marxist silicon valley companies (btw the Venture Capital center of the world). see link: http://img268.imageshack.us/i/redstatesocialism.jpg/

    If we Californians could keep what we give to south carolina and all the other red states which are parasites, we wouldn’t have any budget stress whatsoever.

    So your empty screed should be paraphrased thusly “Which begs the question: Who will be paying the taxes required to fund the backward redneck states who keep bleeding the wealthier blue far-left liberal states? And how long can California continue to bail out these lazy freeloading states before reality comes crashing down?”

    I look forward to destroying your rebuttal.

  2. Q—-The answer to your dilemma is painfully obvious when you start regurgitating figures relating the amount paid to the Federal Government versus the amount recieved. We need stronger states and a greatly diminished role played by the Federal Government. This line of thinking would greatly benefit California. Government redistribution of wealth is wrong. I am always surprised why more of your leftist bretheran don’t also subscribe to your rational and succinct views. Cheers——-

  3. P.S.: Q….The more I though about this the more I’m guessing that you are also just another gravytraining socialist P.O.S. (piece of S***) with no ties to silicon valley whatsoever, ready to redistribute the fruits of their labor to your “Californian Utopia”. I also look foreward to “destroying your rebuttal” if thats the new Californian hipster dufus term for meaningful discourse.

  4. Mr. doughetc.

    Whoa there boy. Lets debate this rationally shall we?

    I live and was born and raised in Los Angeles.

    Within a 12 mile drive of me, there is Caltech, USC and UCLA.

    Together they have been awarded 52 Nobel Prizes in biology, physics and medicine.

    This small little area has received more Nobel Prizes than the whole south COMBINED, so don’t give me that socialist bullsh*t rant, especially if you are from the south since your ignorance plainly shows.

    You infer that I am “just another gravytraining socialist P.O.S. (piece of S***)”.

    No sir, what I am implying is that the red states in general are exactly what you accused me of being since these states receive much more federal money than they put in.

    Google “red state welfare” if you doubt the facts, which, if you are from the south, there is a 90% chance that you are receiving welfare from the many blue states which underwrite your welfare status.

    My hypocritical friend, you are caught without a defense to my argument, hence your slandering me by calling me a dufus hipster blah blah.

    I will gladly destroy your argument (if you can make one) that California with only 35 million people and the economy the size of Great Britain (8th in the world if we were our own country, which I wish we were since I have little in common with dumbshite rednecks in the south and have no reason to associate with them)is somehow being destroyed by “liberalism”.

    My point to Ms. Morgan was that if we kept all our hard earned money in state and not have to share it with our lazy, mentally challenged red states, we wouldn’t have any fiscal problems since we would be awash with about $65 billion annually which would more than make up for any budget deficit california runs. (FYI, the total GDP for south carolina by comparison is $157 billion)

    Of all people, I thought conservative who hate the welfare state could sympathize with california’s plight as we support so many of you southerners who can’t carry your own weight. (And I do apologize for the Yankee carpetbaggers who set you guys back about a hundred years, but geesh, get over it, you lost and got your butts whipped, quit complaining, no one told you to try and destroy america johnny reb.)

    In summation, if you want to debate the indisputable facts (again, google redstate welfare) please respond with an intelligent, coherent, concise argument in your defense and not babble on about
    gibberish like california utopia. Please, grow up.

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