Normally California leftists oppose the idea of a blacklist. They contend blacklists are unfair, stigmatize people, and are judgmental. But now we learn their support or opposition to a blacklist mainly hinges upon what government for which the people in question were working.
If the person in question was working for good old Joe Stalin and the Soviet Union, then he was just a liberal in a hurry. Regardless of the millions of people Stalin killed and the millions who suffered under the tyranny of Communism, the U.S.-based subversive still had his heart in the right place. The fact much of was he did was treasonous is beside the point.
But, if the person is a business owner who is thinking about putting in a bid to help build Donald Trump’s wall, then God help him, because as far as California is concerned, that is beyond the pale. If leftists in Sacramento get their way, that Trump fellow-traveler will be put on a state-sponsored blacklist and banned from working on any state government contracts or projects.
Capital Public Radio quotes Calif. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, who says he knows exactly how the residents of his state feel. At least the ones who aid and abet illegal aliens, "If you’re a business that wants to do work with Trump’s proposed wall, then quite frankly, California doesn’t want to do business with you."
Lara has introduced a bill that would prohibit the state of California from doing business with any company or individual providing goods or services to the federal government for a federally-funded border wall.
I’m wondering if his bill would also include a good samaritan that accidentally gave a glass of water to an ICE agent?
This pro-law-breaking sentiment isn’t limited to California. This craziness has also spread to New York where a bill has been introduced to blacklist wall contractors and force public pension funds to sell any stock owned in a company that believes the U.S. should protect its border.
Similar bills have also been introduced in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Arizona.
Arizona, for now, has a Republican legislature so any chance that bill will pass is slim, but Democrats dominate Rhode Island, Illinois, and New York so prospects for blacklists there are bright.
The question the opposition media never thinks to ask is what do these laws do for citizens? You know, the people who have a legal right to live in the United States? How do they benefit from local officials publicly and defiantly undermining the rule of law?
The answer is, they don’t. Until citizens tire of being treated like second-class residents of their own country, politicians like Lara will continue their unconstitutional rampage.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.