Meredith Turney

The issue that will have the greatest impact on our nation’s future is the education of our future leaders. Competition and choice in education will greatly improve the currently abysmal education system. But any legislation that threatens the almighty California Teachers Association union fails to make it out of even its first committee hearing. Apparently California cares more about protecting union power than providing the best education opportunities for its young.

California is also notoriously unsympathetic towards parental rights. In 2007 the legislature considered mandating every young girl (as young as 11) receive an STD vaccination. That same year, legislation was introduced to ban parents from spanking their children as part of responsible parental discipline. In both cases, lawmakers justified their nanny government laws by claiming they cared about prepubescent girls getting cancer and they cared about preventing child abuse. However, no one seemed to care about the loss of parental rights.

California also displays very little regard for some of its constituents, especially citizens in the 30th Assembly District. That’s the only area where an assembly member has been denied a district office. Upset that the incumbent Democrat assembly member endorsed as her successor the Republican candidate, Democrats cut Assemblyman Danny Gilmore’s budget for a district office and staff. Assemblyman Gilmore recently announced he will set up a tent on a street corner on Fridays in order to meet with constituents. If liberals really care about citizens, shouldn’t they ensure their representatives receive the staff afforded to all other lawmakers? It seems petty political games take higher priority than serving taxpayers.

These three examples reveal what California liberals—and all liberals—really care about: control. For all their demagoguery about caring for the little man, liberals express very little concern about the little man’s rights and freedom. Small businesses are being regulated and taxed out of the state at alarming rates. Families find it increasingly difficult to raise their children according to their religious beliefs in such a hostile environment. When businesses or families don’t conform to the liberal agenda, it’s amazing how little care is shown for them.

If only more Californians cared enough to vote these nannies out of office.

Meredith Turney

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