Red Pills Are Falling Down All Over California

California may not have had a lot of rain again this winter, but there are other kinds of heavy weather. An atmospheric river of red pills has collided with the Golden State, and by the millions, Californians are realizing how deeply deluded they have been about the condition of their state.

The first signs of enlightenment came when an intrepid band of dissidents tried yet again to gather enough signatures to force a recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. With no money, and four failed attempts already on record, nobody expected the fifth effort to succeed. But a year later, this volunteer army of several thousand Californians gathered nearly 2.2 million signed petitions. In early May, California’s secretary of state will almost certainly announce certification of the signatures. And later this year, California’s feckless governor will be fighting for his political life.

Recalls are contagious. Inspired by the Newsom recall, efforts are now underway to force recall elections in San Francisco and Los Angeles County, targeting the District Attorneys in those cities. Elected with money from leftist billionaires, money that was primarily directed into smear campaigns against their opponents, these two crime-friendly idiots, George Gascón in Los Angeles and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, are very likely going to have to defend their records in special elections in early 2022.

The Heart of the Beast

These are not small victories. California isn’t some remote appendage to the Matrix. California is the Matrix, its beating heart. But under the weight of years of abuse, its inhabitants are pulling the plugs and crawling out of their cocoons. The landscape they’re finally seeing with clear eyes is terrifying.

This isn’t merely about Gavin Newsom having a maskless meal with his well-heeled cronies at one of the most expensive restaurants in the world. It isn’t just about Newsom’s shameful handling of the COVID-19 crisis, or even about his worst transgression—the epic failure of leadership that was his locking down of schools for over a year just to appease the teachers’ union. These are just the precipitating events. Horrendous as they were, they merely served as the alarm bell to far more pernicious realities.

Wide awake Californians view a state that once was beautiful and now is ugly. They recognize the slide has been years in the making. Public schools fail the students who are most desperately in need of a good education. The education bureaucracy has decided to abandon standardized achievement tests and cease enforcing school discipline, neglecting its duty to present immutable standards to students in order to prepare them for life.

Californians see a state where all the bureaucrats, along with corporate titans of staggering wealth, have decided that cramming everyone into densely populated cities—COVID or the next pandemic be damned—is necessary to prevent “climate change.”

Finally, they’re seeing the fraudulent essence of this con. A deliberately created housing shortage and voilà, higher property tax revenue, and better returns for wealthy real estate investors. Ditto for water and energy. Cram it all down in the name of being “green,” and let the “renewables” manufacturers make a killing selling surveillance gadgets into every appliance to “help manage” consumption. Meanwhile, the corrupt public utilities, with earnings capped at a percentage of costs, watch profits soar on the exploding cost for renewables.

Perennial forest fires were another wake-up call, and here as well, a red pill moment is at hand for Californians. All Californians have to do is let the timber companies go back to work, thinning the overgrown forests, to restore a balance to nature. But what do the politicians do? Cope with the latest super fires by announcing that by 2035, only electric cars can be sold in California. Because that will somehow stop the next round of fires this summer.

But it’s the life on the streets of California’s cities that has most made the residents pick up one of those red pills and drink it down. California has decriminalized crime, all but legalized hard drugs, and built shelters and services for the “unhoused” along the urban beaches of Los Angeles County. As a result, and this is not hyperbole, murderers are getting out of prison in the heartland and migrating to the California coast because methamphetamine is cheap and abundant and nobody cares if you use it all the time, or pay for it with stolen goods.

Reaching the Breaking Point

But the nutty, dangerous, debauched, deteriorating cities of California have finally reached the breaking point, thanks to yet another node of resistance that came out of nowhere and shocked the placid, slimy, sanctimonious, do-nothing establishment to its core.

On Tuesday, ruling on a lawsuit filed by fed-up Angelenos against the city of Los Angeles, Judge David Carter ordered officials to “move forward with immediate action to house the unhoused and to return to clean and safe sidewalks in the city and county.” The judge also “demanded financial accountability into the billions of dollars that are supposed to be used to house the unhoused (who actually aren’t being housed).”

This is a day that Californians may very well look back upon and say that was when the tide turned.

Another surprise victory came out of Sacramento on Tuesday. Some of the most corrupt legislators in America withdrew a bill that would have made the names of people who sign recall petitions public information. Justified as necessary to allow people a “meaningful opportunity” to rescind their signature in support of a recall, the bill was sailing through the state legislature until the sponsors realized they were going too far.

California has often led the way in America—culturally, technologically, politically. To remain charitably objective, that leadership has been a mixed blessing. But whatever society of the future California was headed towards before these events of 2021, at least one thing appears to have recently changed—the plane is no longer on autopilot, and the passengers are getting restless.

This article originally appeared on the website American Greatness.


  1. Linda Diehl says

    It’s not that we’ve been unaware…. It’s just that we’ve been MASKED / muzzled, Censored and SHUT DOWN!! WE MUST Support American Values!! FIGHT against pure Socialists and their give-aways and rip-offs, taking away OUR $$ and OUR LIVES!! They won’t GIVE us FREEDOM, so we must TAKE OUR FREEDOM! This is OUR OUNTRY!! THIS IS OUR STATE!! TAKE THE FREEDOM to work TAKE THE FREEDOM to LIVE A BETTER LIFE!!

  2. America was not built on hand-outs and ethnicity or sex as a qualification.
    America will be destroyed through hand-outs and diversity.
    The handwriting is on the wall if we would but read and heed it!
    California is currently a heavily leaning Marxist community of poorly educated people.
    Time to fire all public school teachers and administrators.
    Starting the hiring process the following day. Looking at character first than ability to teach! No unethical public employee applicants need apply (unless they disavow their membership!).
    School curriculum being a ballot issue in the local communities.
    Homeless? Stop feeding them unless they are contained within a secure compound where they can be sequestered according to their position; mental illness, addiction, lazy and incompetents, and the really down and out who will benefit from assistance.
    Stop inviting illegals, outlaw sanctuary cities, stop funding and financial supporting illegals – in any manner, revive capitol punishment – and use it! Make prisons, just that prisons where rehabilitation starts with discipline first, education second, and no, NO fancy libraries, day rooms, exercise equipment, game time, and out side news or influence.
    I’m tired of it all and we need to start over, back at the beginning when crime was low, homeless was not in your face, and people were educated, moral, and believed in their God, their country, and them selves.

  3. Perhaps actions taken the last four years, appointment of judges following the Constitution (9th Circuit+), has allowed Joe Citizen to fight against the corrupt system and judges/DA’s. The judge referenced in the article is a ray of hope and as Linda Diehl commented, a call for action now stands a chance against gov’t.

  4. Franklin S says

    We need to ask ourselves in all seriousness, is it over with? Is there no hope left? That’s how a lot of us are processing the current state of affairs with great dread and a profound sense of failure. But we can not afford to allow those thoughts to deter us from what we know is just and right.

  5. We also need to vote out people like Kathleen Porter, District 45, who ask 18 year olds for parenting advice for 9 year olds. Vote them out and get real legislators into office who will not simply follow the leftist commands without regard to we, the people, of California.


    • Chris Renner says

      Hell No! Don’t make them leave the state! For the smart ones of us who have left, we don’t want your refuse. If anything, have them take a long walk on a short pier! Tell them to go left not right!

  7. Brandon Baily says

    Too late! We are leaving. I’m a public school teacher. I am unapologetically American and have disavowed the communist teachers unions. While still a member, I do my best to educate. My family and I are out. June 5th is our freedom day. House is in escrow, job lined up. Pulling out pensions out of cal STRS. Not looking back. Hoping to save some of my family members. California will break under this weight.

    • Kathy Farmer says

      I am right there with you. Clearing out my house getting ready to sell and get out of town before the meltdown. So sad, use to be proud to be a CA native. Now I am ashamed and feel like I am living in a foreign country.

      • Brandon Baily says

        I pray that all goes well for you. Native Californian here, too. Ashamed of what this state has become.

  8. With over 50% of California voters on some sort of government dole it is hard to see where common sense will overcome a guaranteed unearned income. Only until non producing recipients start getting reduced payments will awareness set in, as the socialists inevitably repeat their fiscal folly and ‘run out of other peoples money’.

    • TheRandyGuy says

      That’s the issue. Those on the dole outnumber those of us that aren’t. As more productive residents leave CA for a rational state, it will only get worse.

  9. The powers that be went way, way too far, long, long ago.

  10. Really??? says

    While not ready to leave officially I am reducing my potential profile to the Socialist Gov. in Calif.

    Interesting the only people interested in my property are large companies that will take a disinterested view of rentals. After almost 80 years of ownership and trying to give a “family” style management will be gone.

    This is what you voted for when you elected Democrats who are now openly hostile to private ownership of property of any kind.

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