May 12, 2021

The Sovietization of California

Attention readers: Larry Elder is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Dennis Prager.

I am writing this column upon returning home to California after five days in Florida. For the first time since my first trip to Los Angeles in 1974 and moving there two years later, I dreaded going to California.

That first trip, as a 25-year-old New Yorker, I experienced the palpable excitement looking at the American Airlines flight board at JFK airport and seeing “Los Angeles.” For most Americans, the very name “California” elicited excitement, wonder, even envy of Californians, and most of all … freedom. While America always represented freedom, within America, California exemplified freedom most of all.

Yet, here I am, sitting in a state where corruption reigns (one of the leading Democrats of the last half-century told me years ago that politicians in California are window dressing; the real power in California is wielded by unions) and where, for nine months, normal life has been shut down, schools have been closed and small businesses have been destroyed in unprecedented numbers.

During these last five days in Florida, a state governed by the pro-freedom party, I went anywhere I wanted. First and foremost, I could eat both inside and outside restaurants. At one of them, when I stood up to take photos of people dining, a patron who recognized me walked over and said, “I assume you’re just taking pictures of people eating in a restaurant.” That’s exactly what I was doing. I even took my two grandchildren to a bowling alley, which was filled with people enjoying themselves playing myriad arcade games as well as bowling.

None of that is allowed almost anywhere in California. It is becoming a police state, rooted in deception and irrationality.

Restaurants have been shut down (except for takeout orders), even for outdoor dining, for no scientific reason. After ordering Los Angeles county restaurants closed, the health authorities of Los Angeles county acknowledged in court that they had no evidence that outdoor dining was dangerous; they ordered restaurants closed, even to outdoor dining, solely in order to keep people home.

The left’s claim to “follow the science” is a lie. The left does not follow science; it follows scientists it agrees with and dismisses all other scientists as “anti-science.”

Science does not say that eating inside a restaurant at least six feet from other diners, let alone outside a restaurant, is potentially fatal, but eating inside an airplane inches from strangers is safe.

Science does not say mass protests during a pandemic (when people are constantly told to social distance) are a health benefit, but left-wing scientists say they are — when directed against racism. In June, Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, tweeted: “In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.” She cited the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden: “The threat to Covid control from protesting outside is tiny compared to the threat to Covid control created when governments act in ways that lose community trust. People can protest peacefully AND work together to stop Covid. Violence harms public health.”

Even The New York Times, in July, acknowledged the double standard: “Public health experts decried the anti-lockdown protests as dangerous gatherings in a pandemic. Health experts seem less comfortable doing so now that the marches are against racism.”

Science does not say, “Men give birth” or, “Men menstruate.” But the left routinely argues that “science says” such things and that “science says” there are more than two sexes, many more.

The last time I felt I was leaving a free society and entering an unfree one was when I visited the communist countries of Eastern Europe. As a graduate student majoring in communism, during the Cold War, I would travel through the countries known as Soviet satellites: Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In the middle of my trips, I would stop in Austria to breathe free air.

Never did I imagine I would ever experience anything analogous in America, the Land of the Free, the land of the Statue of Liberty and of the Liberty Bell. But I did yesterday, when leaving Florida and returning to California.

There is no question that America is becoming, if it hasn’t already become, two countries: one that values liberty, from small businesses being allowed to operate to people being allowed to say what they believe, and one that has contempt for liberty, from eating in restaurants to free speech.

I am asked almost daily by friends around the country and by callers to my national radio show whether I intend to stay in California. Were it not for all the close friends who live here and the synagogue I and a few friends founded, the answer would be no. But at a given point, I am sure that I will leave this Soviet satellite for a free state. The bigger and far more important question is: How long will the Soviet states of America and the free states of America remain the United States of America?

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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28 Responses

    1. Bill….I have been censored many times on here. It’s time to pressure your Congressional reps to repeal Sec. 230 of the Communications Act immediately or get Pres. Trump to do it by exec order by January. Let the attorney general fight facebook, google, etc. in court….that is his job. Pres. Trump was correct to veto the latest pork ridden “stimulus”… No more renaming of anything, no more removing historic monuments…. If Biden gets inaugurated, Republicans just need to keep the government shut down…

    2. It is not in the interest of American Digest or in the interest of those who pay its bills for its readers to be informed or to hear dissenting opinions. They are part of the loop that keeps people like those who vote for the likes of a Trump or a McConnell or those who pay homage to a political party rather than to the constitution that they swore to protect and defend. They further the baseless conspiracy theories and distort information to portray those who oppose the opinions that they promote as being seditious. They are doing their best to squelch opposition to the really terrible policies they were trying to put into place to help Fat Donny get into a position where he could declare himself president for life. The plan is to eliminate opposition to the fascism they have been promoting since 2016 so that they can down play democracy and promote a unitary leader concept (as long as it is a repuglickin in the unitary position).
      Thankfully the nation dodged this bullet by dumping Fat Donny by the way side. What it tells us, though, is that our country is not as bullet proof as we have thought for the last couple of hundred years. The thought of a person being elected to the presidentcy that was totally devoid of morals, scruples, honor, honesty or integrity was unthinkable. Now that we have had that experience, our eyes, hopefully, have been opened to the fact that we have been naive in not believing that such a thing could happen and are prepared to take the steps to close those gaping loopholes.

  1. This is not a free site, it is a communist site, it is for those that like being [email protected] It is for those that can not think for themselves, those that can not do for themselves, those that would rather be told what to do not ask what they would like to do. It is so sorry to see that there are so many lazy people any more.

    1. Sometimes my messages don’t reach the board either. Guess they can’t handle the truth as well as a “conservative site” should be able to. Seems like a liberal site to me since they squash freedom of speech. (Raspberries! Can’t tell me what to think!)

  2. The way this was done it will be impossible to determine who won. To many illegal ballots have already been mixed in with legal ones and no way to determine which is which. The only way to do this is with a new election.
    Rules for National Elections
    Following constraints apply to all states and or territories eligible to participate in national elections.
    No mail in voting.
    Absentee ballots for military and medical reasons only, medical must be validated by doctor.
    Absentee ballots must be requested thirty days prior to election day.
    Absentee ballots must be received two full days prior to election day, no excuses.
    Election ends 8:00 pm on election day, no ballots arriving after that time will be counted, no excuses.
    Full ID and signature verification required.
    Any and all non-citizens attempting to vote, will be subject to immediate deportation, no exception.
    Poll watchers from all parties must be allowed access to verify all ballots, poll watchers may not be denied access, regardless of party affiliation. if for any reason access is denied all counting is halted immediately until the problem is resolved.
    These rules apply to all states, and these rules may not be changed or altered in any way by any state and or territories eligible to participate in national elections.

    KISS………..Keep It Simple Stupid

    We don’t have to wait for a trial they are guilty until proven innocent, that is the [email protected] way

    1. You hit the nail on the head! Guilty til proven innocent is the communist rule. And the only way to count the legal votes is definitely through an entire new election nationwide.

    2. There have been no illegal ballots that the repugs have been able to verify. Your legal “team” admitted in front of a federal judge that, “this case is not about fraud”. That being the case, what is it about?

      You guys have had 60+ opportunities to show that ANY voting irregularities took place and you were unable to do so all 60+ times. What possible explanation do you have for this crushing defeat in the courts? Remember, too, that your team has even been shut down by judges that Trump appointed. Trump’s mistake was that he failed to understand that others actually had honor and integrity where he thought that by him appointing them they would “understand” that it entailed unwavering loyalty to the Fat Boy above all else. Doesn’t seem to be the case, does it?

  3. A part of the courts job is oversite, and if someone or some state is violating the constitution, then the court should step in, whether there is a complaint or brief filed in a lower court or the high court directly. If the court is not doing this then the court is not doing the do diligence it is suppose to do, to protect the constitution. And if the court is not going to do its job then it is up to we the people to do the job, and if we have to do the job then we just as well fire the court, we are the only ones that can. It makes no difference if a judge is conservative or liberal if the judge does not follow the constitution. The constitution was not put there to protect the legislature, the administration, or the court, it was put there to protect we the people, from the government, by putting in guide lines for the government to follow. When the government does not want to follow, then the government has to go. I think that the court gets so tongue tied with the literal meaning of the law that it forgets what its job is.

    Since officials in a number of states have taken it upon themselves to make laws with out the legislative bodies in those states, that the constitution gives the legislative bodies the power to do. They are ignoring the constitution, and need to be reigned in. It is past time for the SCROTUS to do its do diligence, and step in, if the SCROTUS does not wish to do so, then we the people will have to do the job of the court, and we will not need the court.
    Liberals think that they can change the laws just by wishing it, and that is wrong. That is the way kings and queens and tyrants rule, and that is why our forefathers wrote the constitution, to keep the corrupt from getting in power in government. That is why we have come to the point of needing to set term limits and to remove immunity that protects those that would try to abuse their position by creating greater transparency in the government.

  4. Just like they did with the Hunter Biden scandal, the fake news and the media, are covering up what states are doing to hide the evidence. It is not only in the so-called battle ground states. The governors and judges, and election officials in these states, are violating the law and the constitution of the United States, by making laws illegally, and suppressing the evidence, by refusing to allow ballots, and machines to be investigated. As much as I hate to say this the Supreme Court is condoning this behavior, by not enforcing the constitution. This is their job, to protect the constitution by enforcing it. The Supreme Courts job of over site does not end because a case is not filed in a lower court. There is nothing in the constitution that says the Supreme Court it’s self cannot call on the DOJ or Superior Court to take action on such matters, and for it not to do so is negligence. As I have said before and will repeat.
    The constitution was not put there to protect the legislature, the administration, or the court, it was put there to protect we the people, from the government, by putting in guide lines for the government to follow.

    WE DON’T NEED MORE GOVERNMENT, WE NEED TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE.

    U.S. Code Section 242 of Title 18, Deprivation of rights under color of law, makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.

  5. I think that it was Kelly that said AOC likes to play the victim. Well ! AOC is right she is a victim. She is a victim of her own immaturity, and life experiences. Lets face it you don’t learn much getting drunk in a bar.
    As far as her higher learning is concerned she needs to go back to the school she went to and get her money back. She did not learn a thing.

    AOC should watch Bernie very carefully as Biden greases Bernie’s butt, just as Hillary did in the DNC primary. Good old Joe thinks of himself as the Godfather of the Chinese Mafia ( The DNC ). Dang Nabit Crooks.

    Swalwell isn’t the only Chinese spy in the government. There are hundreds in congress, they are called demonicrats.

    The GOP need to make sure that the dums don’t rig the vote c0unting, by putting all dums on the c0unting [email protected] Do not permit the p0ll [email protected] be [email protected]@ssed, or removed from the c0unting room. Strictly maintain the [email protected] of cust0dy.

  6. To those at the Communist Network News, Dominion software’s tricks really are a conspiracy Theory. One that is drummed up by you. The simple truth is that Dominion conspired with the DNC and the Biden campaign to undermine the 2020 election, and that CNN, ABC, NBC, THE LAME DUCK MEDIA, and others that conspired to hide or suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, and undermine the election are not only guilty of suppressing evidence they are guilty of treason, by trying to put a compromised ( and demented ) person in the office of the presidency thus undermining the security of the country. So as you can see there was a conspiracy to undermine not only the election but the country, by all of the above, that should be removed from the country.
    Got along without you before I met you gona get along without you now. I call them the Lame Duck Media, because the are ducking their responsibility to the people, and as such should be removed from the country.

    Are you all nuts supporting this maniac Trump…?
    It is better than a nut that can’t remember who his old bag is even if she is a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put a chain around your neck even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that will give your job to an illegal even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would sell your kids to human traffickers even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put you in jail for protecting your family even if you are demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that take your car an let you walk 20 miles to work even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put you in the army and send you off to war even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would give vaccine to the world before your family even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would smell your little girls hair even if she is a demonicrat.
    At least this nut knows where he is, where he is going, how to get there, and how to get back.
    This is to much information for a demonicrat to handle. They go to school to be brainwashed, not really learn anything. So when they have to do something that requires any thinking they don’t know how.

  7. Washington State is in the same situation as California. We have a Governor (Enslee) who is drunk with power and is doing everything in his power to kill small business all over the state. Truth doesn’t matter to him. Its all about keeping all of us minions under his thumb, and he was just re-elected because districts in and around Seattle run the state, even though 80+ of the state is Red…

  8. I hear that the regular dems want to start a new party. With out the radical leftists. They want a democratic party that they recognize. They don’t like all of this social BS that the communists are trying to shove down their throat. They think that the communists should have started their own party instead of trying to hi-jack theirs. They think people like AOC and the squids are not democrats they are commies that have use the democrat party to conceal what their real agenda is, and get democrats to support them before they know what they are. Now the democrats must reorganize a new party, and leave the radicals to rot on the vine.

  9. I was registered 52 years as a Democrat voter. I considered myself a conservative, a pro-life supporter, a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and an independent, non-denominational, saved, fundamentalist, Christian. I believed and still believe that every part of the U.S. Constitution needs to be kept as the law and our guide to our country. I saw how sick and immoral my party’s members were becoming. More every year, until I finally registered with the Republican party in 2009. Now I am beginning to see the same sickness creeping into this party. Continue to fight for “right values and common sense” my fellow conservatives! For all of you who are still in the Democrat party, get out of it like I did. If that’s not palpable to you or acceptable, then maybe you are in a position where “you” can start the establishment, of an “Old Time Democratic American” party.

  10. You will loose every thing when Biden takes over you will be run over from free loading illegals and Marxist communist

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