Opinion: Resistance In California

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

Because of family and friends, we go back to California, every so often. In December each year, we go to celebrate Christmas with my family. Last month we went a few days earlier than usual because my mom’s funeral was on December 21. My mom was 96 when she passed. She had lived a good, long life, but the last three or four years were hard on her and her passing was a blessing. She would have loved the party at my sister, Debby’s home after her funeral. We all had stories about mom, and our family and neighbors.

But while we were in the once Golden State, my wife, Judi, and I noticed something, just under the surface, in California. For part of our trip, we stayed in the Long Beach/Lakewood area of Los Angeles County. That county is a hotbed of COVID hysteria.

Masks are required almost everywhere indoors. There are signs at the entry to every supermarket, bank and restaurant, stating that masks are required. Yet, in every one of those locations we saw people without masks. While most people had donned their masks, a significant number were not wearing them. We had masks with us and would have put them on if we were asked by an employee at those places to do so, but no one ever asked. It appeared to us that the management at these businesses had decided that it was not their job to enforce government mask mandates.

Other signs of resistance in LA county were a number of “Let’s Go Brandon” bumper stickers and flags. We even saw a couple of pickup trucks with American flags and either the LGB or Trump flags.

These signs were even more prevalent in the Orange County city of Huntington Beach. There was no “Defund the Police” movement there and when Antifa and BLM marched in “Surf City”, the citizens came out in force on Main Street and PCH. Former MMA champ, Tito Ortiz, who has a Gym in HB, was out on the street with a group of his gym rats. The people of Huntington Beach had seen the collapse of order in LA, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Santa Monica and other cities and determined that the looting and burning were not going to happen in their hometown.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the residents of that city to take a card from the leftist’s deck and replicate one of their famous protests. Instead of burning draft cards or bras, the Huntington Beach patriots could have a mask burning ceremony. This city seems to be the center of resistance to ridiculous governmental mandates. In May of 2020, the restaurant Basilico’s Paste e Vino asked customers to remove masks before they came in. That eatery now has a sign on their business that reads: “NOTICE, PROOF OF BEING UNVACCINATED REQUIRED, we have zero tolerance for treasonous anti-American stupidity. Thank you for pondering.”

If it is true that cultural trends start in California, let us pray that this one spreads like wildfire over all of the other states.    

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