Any list of the most unattractive qualities of liberal extremism would have to include a love for telling other people how to live their lives.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than perhaps our nation’s most liberal state, California.
The Golden State’s attorney general recently announced he was adding Alabama, Texas, Kentucky and South Dakota to a list of states to which California now prohibits state-sponsored or state-funded travel, except in rare cases, because those states have passed laws California liberals consider discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community.
(According to CNN, among the exceptions are travel to “maintain grant funding or licensure, or for auditing and revenue collection purposes.” That’s an interesting exception considering the old political stereotype that conservatives love money and liberals care little or nothing about it.)
In case you’re wondering, the Alabama law that got the California AG fired up was legislation that, according to al.com, allows faith-based adoption agencies to follow their religious principles, which could include not placing children with gay couples.
South Dakota and Texas passed similar bills.
The four states recently added to the travel ban join Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi and Kansas, which were already on the list.
Travel by California residents on their own dime to any of the banned states, of course, remains legal, but the Golden State is a liberal’s paradise, so we can’t rule out the idea of the state passing some kind of travel tax that will have to be paid by anyone traveling from California to any of the states now drawing Cali’s ire.
If you think that sounds extreme, remember that few ideas can be too outlandish for an extreme liberal. Case in point: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ claim about global warming being our nation’s greatest national security threat. Hard to believe Bernie isn’t from Cali.
I bring this up today not to debate the various bills that have Californians so upset – that’s for another column – but rather, to point out the hypocrisy of this piece of Golden State legislation.
While California has apparently decided the laws of other states must pass the Golden State sniff test or face Golden State punishment, California continues to be the proud home of numerous sanctuary cities, municipalities that, to one degree or another, basically thumb their liberal noses at the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration laws.
According to the Los Angeles Times, about a dozen California cities have formal sanctuary policies, none of the state’s 58 counties comply with detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the L.A. mayor’s office has an Office of Immigrant Affairs that helps those in the country illegally access community and government services.
Then there’s San Francisco, which declared itself a sanctuary city in 1989. Of course, San Francisco was also the home of Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down by a Mexican national, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had been deported five times before killing her. San Francisco had turned down a request by federal officials to detain Lopez-Sanchez.
So to review, California liberals have apparently decided they will sit and pass judgment on the rest of us, while at the same time deciding which federal laws they will choose to honor.
It’s liberal hypocrisy, California style.
Lew Gilliland is assistant editor at The Daily Home. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.