CA Threatens Jail If You Say The Wrong Thing

California Governor Jerry Brown sign a bill into law last week that would allow fines and jail time for any health care worker that did not use the preferred name or gender pronoun (he, she) when dealing with transgenders.

“Gov. Moonbeam”, as he was nicknamed during his presidential run three decades ago, has stood again as the face of how far out on the fringe California has become, now that it has become the first state to actually threaten jail time for something someone might say.

The bill was touted as a protection measure for LBGT people, and included penalties of up to a year in jail and $1000 fine for each offense.   It’s hard to believe this would pass any constitutional muster but even the thought that you would want to penalize someone for something they say is scary (with the possible exception of someone threatening extreme violence).  But in the extreme leftist politics that has become the state of California, that’s not so out of the ordinary.

On Free Speech

The tragic events in Charlottesville last weekend have shown us the reality that there still exist people who hold to repugnant views and are driven to express them in outrageous and sometimes violent ways.

The whole thing was like some alternate universe.  From the…let’s say ‘confusing’, at the least, series of responses from President Trump who couldn’t give a clear cut response to what was an obvious problem, to the rally organizers who derided President Trump for his Jewish son-in-law and Slavic wife, to…. well, just fill in the blank.  One can’t help but wonder if others were looking around, too, wondering if they were in some dream from which we would wake up (nightmares are  dreams, right?)

Unfortunately, the events in Charlottesville itself were not the only troubling ones.  The whole incident has brought up an important issue, one that has been fundamental to the country and society, that being the issue of free speech. Continue reading “On Free Speech”

Tragedy in Virgina

Quick Takes: A Sexless Baby, CNN, NPR and Illinois junk bonds

After a short vacation, Thinking Man is back with quick takes on several and widely-varied topics.  Most just make you want to shake your head in disbelief. Continue reading “Quick Takes: A Sexless Baby, CNN, NPR and Illinois junk bonds”

Violence in American Politics-An Assault on Democracy

Vitriol in American politics is not necessarily a new phenomenon.  But both in type and volume, the current level is out of control.

This week we saw an attempted political assassination when a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican Congressmen who were at an early morning baseball practice for the annual Congressional charity baseball game.  The gunman, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois, had a list on him of several GOP lawmakers who were marked for assassination.  Continue reading “Violence in American Politics-An Assault on Democracy”

Violence in Politics

This morning a gunman walked up to a ball field just outside of Washington, DC where a group of Senators and Congressman were having an early morning practice for the annual charity Congressional game.

The gunman asked if the group was Republican or Democrat, and then pulled out a rifle and opened fire.  The Illinois man, James Hodgkinson, had been highly critical of Republicans and had volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.  He hit one member of the Congressional leadership and three others, including Capital police before being shot himself and disarmed.  The gunman later died of his injuries.

We need to concerned about the growing hatred in politics.  In a democracy, there is no need for shooting to get your way.  The only reason for violence is that you don’t believe in democracy and believe that you should have your way at any cost.  Now may not be the time to talk about how to address the problem, but whatever the solution, shooting those you disagree with is not it and that should transcend any political boundaries.

And before we get the stories about the gunman was a ‘nice guy’, let’s just go ahead and say “no, he wasn’t’.  He was the bottom part of society.  Nice guys don’t shoot people who disagree with them, much less travel hundreds of miles to do it.