After nearly 15 years of marriage to the beautiful Mrs. Cummings, she has become almost nauseating on the claim that she’s always right and that I’m just now beginning to admit it to her openly. On most issues, she is, of course, wrong. But let’s not start an unnecessary fight before Valentine’s Day. On one issue, however, she’s dead on: We would not have liked California enough to stay.
I had a few job opportunities in the last couple years that would have required relocating to the Guilded-er-Golden State. I admit I was more excited than she, especially since a couple of those opportunities were in northern California, far enough away from Los Angeles and in the middle of some of the most beautiful areas in the country. The weather is fantastic, the geography breathtaking, and the things to do there are nearly limitless. But oh, dear God, has California lost what’s left of its mind on matters of legislation.
If you thought 2016 was bad (It wasn’t. She lost), what if you had to endure this soft tyranny?
• Schools are banned statewide from using the term “Redskins” as a mascot
• If you buy one bullet or 5,000 rounds, you must go through a background check
• Gun owners must turn in magazines (For the love of all that is right and true, they’re not called” clips”) holding more than 10 rounds.
As with most things Leftist, it’s not 100% bad. If you drive for Uber or Lyft, you will have to undergo a background check. And if you are terminally ill, under “right to try” legislation you can now experiment with drugs that may not have passed their 100,000th FDA hurdle. Perhaps these are just meaty bones to throw off the pitchforks for a spell.
Here’s the most disturbing thing I’ve heard in a long time: Underage prostitution is now legal:
SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.”
The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.
So a law enforcement officer, already limited in his ability to save underage girls, loses one of the few ways to save them. In a simple procedure that could mean getting underage kids away from demonic pimps, if an officer makes an arrest he will be breaking the law. You can see where this is going: More prostitution, more sex crimes, more exploitation, more trafficking, more drug use, more violence, more death. I no longer ascribe good intentions to these immoral legislators.
Mrs. Cummings, you were right. I’m glad we didn’t move to California. And if any of you are from California, move.