Posted by Tina
We’ve experienced a lot of crazy divisive politics at the start of the new century. An example is the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order that was established in 1839 to care for the elderly poor. When Obamacare was passed the sisters fought for an exemption from birth control mandates in the law on religious grounds. An article in Slate points to the confusion that existed even at the Supreme Court level.
We go through the same (expensive, time consuming) exercises over and over again whether it be about healthcare, voter registration, guns, environment, marijuana, the border, sanctuary cities, or you name it. It’s enough to make a person hurl. This is not America…and yes, I want America back. I want an America where people have the good sense to be polite and mind their own business, an America where people figure out their own problems and turn to others only when they can’t find a reasonable solution. Even then respect for others should be part of the deal. It’s not too much to ask and it would make all of our lives a lot less stressful and contentious.
But…reality is what it is. We live in one of the most busybody, control freak states in the nation. So, it came as no shock when I learned tonight that the formerly great state of California has decided to ban state sponsored travel to certain states for all state workers. Sates currently banned include, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.
Duly elected legislators in those states have passed laws that provide for religious protections that our state leaders find “discriminatory”…never mind that it is being discriminatory as it attempts to impose it’s will. One such law, the so-called bathroom bill, requires males and females to use bathrooms that match their biological gender. Another (in Texas) allows faith based child service providers to make decisions based in their religious values…it does require them to refer to alternate organizations that can/will provide services.
From my perspective the division, contention, and resulting problems flow from leaders who may mean well but intrude into individual lives and business stepping on toes and pushing their weight around. And why are they intruding? Because certain segments of the population think they have the right to compel others to conform to their values, even when it intrudes on basic constitutional rights. They have come to this entitled position in part because we have been tolerant of the intrusion. We have been generous and accommodating to their demands and we have asked nothing in return…not even the courtesy of returned accommodation, tolerance, generosity, and respect. Now that we are they attempt to make us monsters.
This has to end.
By the way, there are a few exemptions to California’s (adolescent) travel ban: “…for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants.
Oh yeah, never miss an opportunity for free money!
It should also be noted, before I end this, that California’s Board of Equalization (tax-collection) has an office in Houston, Texas.