California Insight from Victor Davis Hansen

Russ Steele

If you live in California, you should read this Hansen Essay on our condition. It is no wonder that those who can are leaving the state.

 A Vandalized Valley 

While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction

I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it.

Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen. I think it dated from 1911. I have driven by it about 100 times in the 42 years since I got my first license. The bell had endured all those years. Where it is now I don’t know. Does someone just cut up a beautifully crafted bell in some chop yard in rural Fresno County, without a worry about who forged it or why — or why others for a century until now enjoyed its presence?

Why are making excused for criminal activity that is destroying the beauty of our State?

 

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to California Insight from Victor Davis Hansen

  1. gjrebane says:

    There’s a lot more to be said about what VDH has been describing. We have lost large sectors of our cities where only certain race-based admittance is allowed. Are large regions of our states next on the list to become ‘mad max territories’?

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