Art Pedroza Starts Great New Blog

John Seiler:

Our old friend Art Pedroza has started a great new blog, I’ve known Art for something like 15-20 years. Back when I was at the Orange County Register in the 1990s, he wrote great letters to the editor on the shenanigans in Santa Ana city and school politics.

When blogs came around in 2003, he started the Orange Juice blog, which quickly became the top local blog in Orange County. He gave that to others about two years ago. He then started the New Santa Ana blog about the city where he lives.

Like yours truly, Art has wandered among the political parties, and currently is back with the Libertarians. America’s constricted political system doesn’t provide enough choice of where to roost politically. The two major parties have erected numerous legal barriers to competition.

Republicans, despite their small-government rhetoric, too much want to run our lives and invade foreign countries (while making hefty profits on their investments with military contractors). It’s too bad more Republicans aren’t like Ron Paul or Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton. But that’s the fact.

Democrats, who interested Art for a while, believe everything would be great if we just gave the government 100 percent of our money to pay for government-worker pensions.

Art’s now back in the Libertarian Party. He wrote in an email, “That may seem nuts since the new open primary system will shut third parties out of our general elections, but I am hoping the courts will overturn the open primary.  If not, oh well.”

That’s about my attitude on American politics as the country, and California, sink into the slough of despond: Oh, well.

Art wrote, “Have I learned a few lessons over the past couple of years?  You bet. My new blog will be informative and I am sure my sense of humor will pop up, but I am going to try to present OC politics in an informed and entertaining way — and we’ll steer clear of the nuttiness that was the old OJ blog.”

Even if you’re not in Orange County, its politics affect all of California, and America.

So check out

— Jan. 3, 2012


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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 January, 2012, 09:42

    The disconcerting trend in American politics is that it really doesn’t matter whether we have a Republic or Democrat majority in congress or a Republican or Democrat President anymore. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer – our national debt goes vertical – the use or threat of US military force remains is constant – our civil liberties continue to erode (Patriot Act, NDAA, etc..)- ‘equality under the law’ remains a distant memory – and the exchange of money and favors between Wall Street and our highest political offices continues unabated. Combine that with all the legal and financial barriers keeping third parties at bay we essentially have a political monopoly. It seems that today we have a single party system masquerading as a two-party system. If you question that look at the choices you have on election day – at both the state and national levels!

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  2. Art Pedroza
    Art Pedroza 3 January, 2012, 22:27

    Thank you John for the nice introduction! Our blog is off and running and I am working into the wee hours to get up a new post for tomorrow.

    Have a Happy New Year – may the cause of freedom finally advance this year!

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  3. california politics blog
    california politics blog 6 January, 2012, 05:22

    California politics are obviously complex and building a consensus in a now polarized population makes things a real struggle. Californians really need to relearn what it means to be bipartisan and work toward compromise.

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