Recently, TruthRevolt wrote about how California Attorney GeneralXavier Becerra has added four more states to the state’s travel ban so that state employees won’t be able to take business trips to four additional states that have “backwards” laws regarding LGBT people. The newly-offending states include: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota. The already-banned states include Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
“While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back,” Becerra said according to The Hill. “That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”
In response, Tennessee cowered in embarrassment after having been publicly shamed. Oh wait, no, that wasn’t their response. In fact, they didn’t seem to care very much at all about California’s condescension. Here’s what they actually said, in a real resolution that was passed and signed by Governor Bill Haslam:
“Whereas, the ban stems from legislation enacted by Tennessee that allows counselors to refer patients to other counselors who can better meet their goals, which the California State Legislature has judged to be morally reprehensible; and
Whereas, California’s attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California’s exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration; and
Whereas, Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses; and
Whereas, Tennessee is puzzled why California thinks it is a good idea to prohibit its state colleges and universities from participating in athletic competition in Tennessee (March Madness comes to Memphis this year via the South Regional), Kansas, Mississippi, and North Carolina; andWhereas, this type of ban, the result of legitimate disagreements about government policy, is neither persuasive nor productive for either party and will lead to economic warfare among states, as one sovereign entity attempts to tell an equally sovereign entity how to conduct its affairs by restricting travel thereto; and
Whereas, the United States Constitution provides for a strong federal government for the common defense, but the Tenth Amendment grants the several states sovereignty in addressing issues solely within their jurisdiction, and all states should respect this most basic precept of American government; and
Whereas, if states such as California persist in banning travel to Tennessee as a punitive action for this body conducting its constitutionally mandated duties as its members see fit, our state leaders should consider strong reciprocal action in banning state sponsored travel to those misguided states; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we urge and encourage the Governor, the Speaker of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to ban state -sponsored and state funded travel within their respective jurisdictions to any state of the Union that has banned state – sponsored travel to Tennessee in a selective way, so that the other states feel the pain and not Tennessee
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge the other forty-eight states to refrain from imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the American Legislative Exchange Council and that a certified copy of this resolution be sent electronically to each member of each state legislative body in the nation, so they may also consider taking action against this type of blackmail.”
Now that is the proper response to the leftist zealots who are ruining California. Bravo to the Tennessee legislature, and to the governor for telling the moral crusading Attorney General Xavier Beccerra to go get stuffed, in a nice way of course. Frankly, too many Conservatives are too quick to try appeasement when confronted with this type of bullying. You simply cannot coddle the perpetually aggrieved left or cave in to their judgemental and intolerant, yes, intolerant tactics.
California is, perhaps the best example of how leftism destroys everything it touches. California has real problems, created by leftist legislators, and, of course the residents stupid enough to keep voting such miscreants into office. Yet, they waste time scolding other states, persecuting gun rights, taxing everything that moves, and finding new ways to refuse to abide by federal immigration laws? Are they mad? Of course they are, they are Leftists, and refuse to embrace reality. Rather than opening their eyes and seeing that they are, indeed, ruining California, they hit the accelerator, aiming for the Leftist Utopia they seek. Fools!
The truth is, California has it all. Natural beauty that is unsurpassed anywhere. Natural resources, great weather. Frankly no state can match the abundant gifts California has. Yet, leftism is destroying California. Businesses are fleeing the oppressive taxes and regulations. Many residents are doing the same Here are some examples
What is the saying about Socialism? At some point you run out of other people’s money? Yet, California refuses to learn that lesson. Perhaps California will one day stop condemning states like Tennessee and Texas and start learning basic economic truths from them. I hope so.
On a personal note, I have been looking at places to go on vacation later this year. And, as much as I would love to go see Yosemite, and the Sequoia’s, and the redwoods, and hike in Kings Canyon National Park, the cost of visiting there is higher than the other destinations I am deciding on, which are North Carolina and Tennessee. So, maybe one day California, but for me, I would much rather spend money in a state that respects my second amendment rights, and embraces economic common sense.
So, looks like, I will be enacting my own travel ban, sorry Cali, but Tennessee and North Carolina win