California’s Left Wing Amnesia

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by Daniel Nardini

A California state bill, introduced by California Assemblyman Robert Bonta (Democrat-Oakland), would lift the restriction that those who work in or are political officials in the California state government do not have to worry about being fired if they are members of the Communist Party U.S.A. In other words, this legislation will void a 1953 state law that being a member of the Communist Party is grounds for dismissal for anyone who works in the state government. Well, I have no problem with this part—no one should be fired or reprimanded for their political views or the political party or association they belong to. It was wrong to have such a law like that then, and in my view it is wrong now. To me, it should not matter if a person is a member of the Communist Party, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the American Nazi Party, or the Ku Klux Klan, etc; no one should lose their job by guilt by political association.

At the same time, one thing I do not see the State of California doing is teaching anyone about the evils of Communism, or what Communism has done. And Communism’s record is a horrid one. Communism has killed over 100 million people, has destroyed or ruined the lives of over one billion people, and still controls one-fifth of the entire world’s population. Even as I speak, an estimated three to five million people in China alone are locked up in its notorious labor camp system where these poor unfortunates are worked 14 to 15 hours a day with no pay, virtually no food, and almost no breaks (not even to go to the toilet). If they “fail” to meet their quota for making what they are told to make they are brutally beaten and tortured. Hundreds of thousands of these people in China’s prisons are political and religious dissidents whose only crimes are either voicing a political opinion different from that of the Communist Party of China, or a religious belief not condoned by the Communist Party. This is not something happening in the past but again as I speak now. Why is there no museum to the horrors of Communism in California or anywhere else in the United States like national and state Holocaust museums? Why doesn’t California, or any other state, have Communism Remembrance Day? We have Holocaust Remembrance Day, and certainly a LOT of memorials for the Holocaust and victims of Nazi atrocities. Yet, when it comes down to Communism, there is virtually nothing. California is NO leader in the fight against Communism, and its bitter dark legacy.

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