California entered the Union on Sept. 9, 1850. It entered as a "free" state, meaning slavery was banned.
When the Civil War broke out California recruited 15,725 volunteers to serve in the Union Army. Due to the vast distance involved, most of those units remained in the far west during the war.
One of the few exceptions being five companies of cavalry that volunteered in San Francisco and were later — after a long sea voyage — incorporated into the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry.
Since California remained in the Union, after the close of the war there was no Reconstruction government. And when Reconstruction ended a few years after the end of the Grant administration, California did not impose Jim Crow laws on Black residents.
Now, after reading that brief summary, we’ll wager you know more about California history than 99% of the politicians in Sacramento, from Gov. Gavin "Burnin'" Newsom to the newest member of the state house.
This is why you may find it shocking that the legislature has passed and the governor has signed a law, described by the San Diego Union Tribune, as one that makes California "first state government in the country . . . to adopt a law to study and develop proposals for potential reparations to descendants of enslaved people and those impacted by slavery."
California was probably first because no other state had a large enough concentration of fools in the legislature to vote for a similar measure.
Under the terms of the law, we predict the historic California Gold Rush will soon be joined in history books by the California Reparations Rush.
Naturally, a task force is being formed to study a situation where all the victims of the outrage are dead and all the beneficiaries of the outrage are equally dead.
It’s not really "reparations" unless someone gets some money.
But one politician has just the solution, she claims "intent of the California law is for the task force to prioritize potential reparations for African American people who are 'descendants of enslaved people or those who were impacted by slavery.'"
How does one define that?
We’re not sure, but we guarantee the rules will be as flexible as Gumby and very expensive. Hence our description of the Reparations Rush.
Mostly this bill is an opportunity for racial grievance mongers and moral exhibitionists to feel good about themselves by giving away someone else’s money.
The fact is the Union side of the Civil War has already paid its debt for slavery.
All one has to do is walk through the cemetery at Gettysburg or Vicksburg or Antietam to see the bill for slavery came to approximately 360,000 dead Union troops and it was paid in blood.
Unfortunately, there is no press coverage or money involved in experiencing this reality, which is why California taxpayers are going to be subjected to yet more governmental idiocy.
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 Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.