The State of California and Politics

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California is a different kind of state. It is one of the largest states and is known for being one of the most diverse states along with being one of the most populous states in America as well. With all these factors coming into play with California, it is not unlikely that California’s politics is in for a wild journey.
In 2003, I was 12 years old, just old enough for my parents to let me watch Terminator. I knew who Arnold was at the time and I thought it was very cool to have a Hollywood actor as a governor. I even remember my parents and extended family calling him “the governator”. At being 12 years old, me being ignorant to politics, I had no idea what Arnold was doing in office. Ken DeBow makes an important and honest statement about the election of Arnold replacing Gray Davis, “the outcome was based on ‘irrational’ impulses such as confusion of the real-life Arnold with the invincible movie characters portrayed on the screen” (DeBow, Pg. 4). May be honest and somewhat true, looking back on it, a lot of voters probably did not know why they voted for Arnold to be the replacement. Probably, it was more of a popularity contest than anything else. California voters wanted to go another route than “politics as usual” and surprisingly, with not knowing Arnold at all, but just judging him based on what we saw on Television and how he carried himself, it became relatable.
Governing California is no easy task. California’s size, growth in population, and diversity are advantages and disadvantages at the same time. With Arnold new in the chair, Californian’s were looking for a new face, a new approach to things, and maybe sometimes, that is not the way to go. One problem is politics by initiative. It is interesting ...

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...of money, but money alone is not going to solve it. There are always going to be people that are going to take for granted their education. It is the government’s responsibility to see education be equal for all, but also an individual responsibility to take the time to sit down with each other and talk about the importance of school, learning, and education.
California is a special but troubling state. It is special because it is one of the few states that government takes on the form of direct democracy. On the flip side, it is troubling because water is of great importance and California does not know how to share within its own counties. And education is a mess right now too. Although we have the form of direct democracy, the harder it is for California to agree as a whole. It gives people the opportunity to speak up, but when is enough finally enough.

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