Meredith Turney

California cares. At least, that’s how its lawmakers justify the myriad nanny state regulations and laws passed every year. Under the guise of benevolence and concern, California’s government has turned the former Golden State into the Red Tape State.

It seems almost weekly that there’s another report of some legislator proposing to insert the state government into even the minuscule details of constituents’ lives. But of course, as long as the meddlesome action is taken for the good of the people, its invasiveness will be pardoned.

For example, take S.B. 242 from Senator Leland Yee. Senator Yee cares about people being discriminated against because of their language. That’s why he recently introduced legislation to make the language one speaks a protected characteristic under the state’s anti-discrimination law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act. Should the bill pass, the “right” to speak Korean or Spanish will be considered just as important as prohibiting discrimination based on race or sex. It doesn’t matter that government will regulate the language spoken in your private business, as long as someone’s feelings aren’t hurt about their own language.

The rest of America thought it an April Fools’ joke when media reported the California Air Resources Board was contemplating banning black cars because they consume more energy for air conditioning. Considering Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s devotion to curbing environmentally harmful energy consumption (because he cares!), it wasn’t such a far-fetched proposal.

California liberals also care about their Communist comrades. Last year Senator Allan Lowenthal introduced a bill that would have abolished state laws prohibiting communist teachers in public classrooms. During committee testimony Senator Lowenthal repeatedly asserted that communism is no longer a threat to the world and misappropriated President Ronald Reagan’s quote about it being left on the “ash heap of history.” This begs the question, do Senator Lowenthal and his peers care about the Chinese students murdered in Tiananmen Square, or the North Koreans, Cubans and millions of other human beings suffering under communism at this very moment?

For all their rhetoric about “caring” for citizens, California’s liberal lawmakers’ meddlesome actions expose a selective concern. Somehow only freedom-encroaching laws are approved, while policies that expand true liberty are summarily dismissed. Examples of this discrimination against just laws are too numerous to recount, but some are so egregious they cannot be ignored.

Meredith Turney

Meredith Turney is a conservative political commentator, writer and new media consultant.More of her work can be found at