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.


Financial News Update – 11/08/10

White House: Obama Conducting Reign of Terror (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Ron Paul: Fed Will ‘Self Destruct’ as Easing Kills the Dollar

Gov. Chris Christie Schools Shrill David Gregory on “Meet the Press” over “Bush Tax Cuts” (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Ohio GMAC Foreclosure Case May Set Anti-Wall Street Precedent

Palin to Bernanke: ‘Cease and Desist’ (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

World Bank Chief Calls for Return to Gold Standard

Germany attacks US economic policy (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Calif borrows $40M a day to pay unemployment (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Attorney Fails to Persuade Judge in $113B Lawsuit

CBO: Health Reform Causes Drug Costs to Rise

Round One to Obama on Health Care

Currency Dreams of the Elite

Politics in an Age of Chaos

U.S.-China relationship shifts toward deep mistrust

The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking. Here Are the Stats to Prove it (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)


Armed police raids to stop unlicensed barbers

HARLEY-DAVIDSON to build bikes in India

Obama says US dominance declining

Gold hits record high, tops $1,400 per ounce

Oil price hits two-year high

Germany: American growth model ‘in deep crisis’

Banks set for small company failures

Obama sidesteps question on Fed policy

Irish banks sink as EU eyes nation’s survival plan

Debt Woes Revive Concern

CANTOR: Obama would be responsible for shutdown

Battles Loom Over Taxes, Spending

Chavez defends state takeovers of apartments

The 9 Reasons Why Quantitative Easing Is Bad For The U.S. Economy

Here Are The Industries Actually Creating New Jobs, And Here Are The Ones Still Slashing

Jim Rogers Shames Oxford: ‘Ben Bernanke Unfortunately Does Not Understand Economics’

Why Bernanke Is Gambling

Citi: Almost Half Of Next Year’s Growth Depends On The Bush Tax Cuts Being Extended

Deutsche Bank: Watch What Happens Once The End Of Stimulus Starts Gouging Economic Growth In January

GLOBAL ECONOMY-Obama returns fire after China slams Fed’s move (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Taxed enough already! (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

NIA: QE2, The Last Gasp Of A Monetary System (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Standard & Poor’s: Fannie, Freddie to Cost More than $650 Billion

Supreme Court Rejects Review of Obamacare

California Borrows $40M a Day From Federal Government to Pay Unemployment Insurance

It Figures… Obama Blames the GOP for the Health Care Bill on “60 Minutes” (Video)

Community Organizer in Chief: “I Do Get Discouraged… I Thought the Economy Would Have Gotten Better By Now”

Your Tax Dollars at Work… PBS’s Mark Shields: Palin Quitting As Governor Is Like Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick

After Losing 8.1 Million Jobs… Crazy Pelosi Says She’s Running for Minority Leader to “Create Jobs”

Obama Jumps Into G-20 Surplus Spat

Obama defends Fed from foreign onslaught

Biofuel worse for climate than fossil fuel – study (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Number of the Week: $10.2 Trillion in Global Borrowing (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Citi: Central Banks Are Going To Start Dumping Dollars In The Coming Weeks (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Is the USA having a Bank Holiday to Devalue the Dollar? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Morning Bell: Get to Work Stopping the Obama Tax Hikes

The Zombie Campaign for Higher Energy Prices

Washington Voters Win in Battle of the Billionaires

All or nothing: Stop the Obama tax increases

Will You Be Able To Heat Your Home This Winter? Millions Of American Families Will Not

Obama Punts on Dollar Devaluation Question

GOP Leaders: Repealing ObamaCare May Not ‘Fully’ Happen Until 2013


Right Now, a Complete Collapse of the Financial System is Not Out of the Question

Bernanke soft-pedals QE2 risks.

The age of the dollar is drawing to a close.

Stiglitz: We Have to Throw the Bankers in Jail or the Economy Won’t Recover

Largest 15 States are Spending Over 220% of their Tax Revenue

Microsoft CEO Sells $1.3 Billion of Shares

World Blasts Deranged Madman’s Uncheckable Insanity

German Minister Renews Fed Criticism

Inflation is Already Here with Lots More to Come

US Dollar Printing Huge Risk to World: China Banking Adviser

Quentin wrote: I have been using the “Big Rolls” (1,000 sheet roll) of toilet paper from Walgreen’s Pharmacy for years. Whenever they are on sale we buy. I knew the price had gone up but didn’t know “the rest of the story”. The oldest roll in our stock was priced at 79 cents each or 3/$1.99 and weighed 9.4 oz. The sheets were 4.5”x 4.4”and totaled 137.5 sq. ft. The next oldest roll in our stock was priced at 89 cents each or 4/$3.00 and weighed 7.8 oz. The sheets were 4.25”x 4.0”and totaled 118.05 sq. ft. The ones I bought yesterday were priced the same at 89 cents each or 4/$3.00. The sheets were 4.25”x 4.0”and totaled 118.05 sq. ft. But the rolls only weighed 7.4 ounces!”

Cotton Clothing Price Tags to Rise.

As Fed Policy Sinks the Dollar, Prices of Essentials Soar