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Fleeing Failed Blue States

In Economics, Front Page by Allen West

Just this past Monday, I wrote a missive for CNS News entitled “We’re Outta Here” addressing the flight of people from failing Democrat (socialist) run states. Yes, many — including President Trump himself — are heading to the more fertile lands of economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

I often have conversations with our website administrator, Marie, who resides in the midnight blue of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I keep telling her, the time is soon coming for her to say, “We’re Outta Here.” I think she is finally getting close to making that heroic decision.

Well, I wanted to take the time and highlight two awesome former Californians, now Texans, who made that courageous decision. Let’s be honest: there are some really stuck on stupid chuckleheads who are leaving these failed states, still embrace a failed progressive socialist philosophy of governance that forced their relocation. But, I have met many a good person who has uttered those famous words, “I wasn’t born here in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.”

As reported by the LA Times:

“The Volkswagen SUV whizzed past the Texas state line, a U-Haul trailer in tow, as it made its way toward Amarillo. 

“Yay!” Judy Stark cried out to her husband, Richard, as they officially left California. The pair bobbed their heads to ’50s music playing on the radio.

Like many other Republican and conservative voters in California, the retired couple have decided to leave the state. A major reason, Stark and her spouse say, is their disenchantment with deep-blue California’s liberal political culture. Despite spending most of their lives in the Golden State, they were fed up with high taxes, lukewarm support for local law enforcement, and policies they believe have thrown open the doors to illegal immigration.

Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely as their Democratic or liberal counterparts to seriously have considered moving — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. Conservatives mentioned taxes and California’s political culture as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited the state’s soaring housing costs.

Stark and her husband decided it was time to put their Modesto home up for sale about six months ago. After doing some research online, she came across the website Conservative Move, which, as its name suggests, helps conservatives in California relocate from liberal states to redder ones, such as Texas and Idaho.

Pulled over at a Pilot truck stop just outside Amarillo, Stark said she was excited to be hours from their final destination, Collin County, near Dallas. The pair purchased a newly constructed three-bedroom home in McKinney for about $300,000. In much of California, Stark said, a similar home would run about twice as much. “We’re moving to redder pastures,” Stark, 71, said by phone. “We’re getting with people who believe in the same political agenda that we do: America first, Americans first, law and order.”

Welcome Judy and Richard Stark to the Lone Star State where individual freedom and liberty thrive . . . or so it will remain if conservatives have their way. Sadly, there are those who are doing just as Judy and Richard have done, but fail to comprehend the error of their ways. Again, let me state the obvious: it is astonishingly delusional to flee from one place because of its horrific policies, then seek to establish those same failures in the successful state into which one moves. I think Einstein’s definition of insanity is very fitting.

As I travel the state of Texas, I often tell folks that when they see that new U-Haul pull up into the neighborhood, you must engage. Show that nice Texas friendly smile and perhaps bring a nice pecan pie. Welcome the new neighbors, strike up a nice conversation, and then ask those two very important questions…why did you move to Texas? Why did you leave the place where you were living?

Judy and Richard knew the answer to that question, and good thing they escaped before Nancy Pelosi’s little deranged nephew, Governor Gavin Newsom, institutes an “exit tax.” Oh, don’t you go laughing at the ol’ Colonel now, because they have indeed been discussing just that . . . taxing people for leaving California. Remember we brought you the story of the leftist folly called a “Head Tax.”

Yes, regardless of what some people think, over the past ten years there has been a population explosion in Texas. And that explosion has brought about a demographic shift, not to mention the influx of illegal immigrants into Texas. Yes, there have been those like Judy and Richard, but there are also those who are coming to Texas and seeking to fundamentally transform this State. And what is very telling is that many are coming and concentrating on the major population centers and the surrounding suburbs, like McKinney, Texas. Collin County, once a venerable GOP stronghold, is now fighting to “stay red” as many new businesses, corporations, and people move into North Texas, and also into Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. The state of Texas can boast having three cities in the top ten in these United States of America for population size. Those cities are not run by those who favor Texas’ conservative ideals, policies, principles, and values. Quite to the contrary.

What the leftists do when they invade — yes, like locusts — they seek two elected offices, City Council and School Board. And, in Texas, we see that trend and its ramifications. Yes, there is a growing issue with young people in Texas embracing the imbecilic antics of someone like a Bob Frank O’Rourke, good riddance. That is happening because these leftists are taking over the schools and converting them into indoctrination centers, like my experience at Garland High School recently. These same major cities also have major colleges and universities co-located, and guess what type of governing philosophy is being advanced? Yes, all one has to do is drop by the University of Texas, and come to understand why Austin is being kept weird.

I want to go out on a limb and say something that is not all that far-fetched. What if all of this flight by progressive socialists from failing blue states to successful red states is all by design? Part of a grand national strategy, just as Eric Holder and Barack Obama are targeting the Texas State House to flip in order to gain control of the impending redistricting? A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about the GOP needing real long-range strategists, not just these daily data dinks and consultants who have not a clue. We need some serious Sun Tzu kinda thinkers who can interpret the Alinsky-ites and decipher their next move.

That’s how we are going to “Keep Texas Red” and in doing so, we keep our Constitutional Republic!

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