Monday, May 8, 2017

Rob Bonta tries to erase vestiges of Red Scare from state law

Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Being a member of the Communist Party can get you terminated from a state job, according to existing California law.

A bill authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta remove from state law a provision allowing a public employee's membership in the Communist Party to be grounds for termination.

The Assembly bill was narrowly approved on Monday and moves to the state Senate for later debate.

The state law was passed in 1953 during the height of the Red Scare and described "a clear and present danger" existed with the threat of the Communist Party "and their members will infiltrate and seek employment by the State and its public agencies."

Bonta told the Los Angeles Times, Assembly Bill 22 was written as a "technical fix to remove that reference to a label that could be misused or abused, and frankly, has been in the past, in some of the darker chapters of our history in this country."

Republicans and some Democrats had problems with the bill, saying it is was disrespectful to Vietnam War veterans who risked their lives to fight communism, according to the Los Angeles Times.


  1. While he's at it he could get rid of the loyalty oath that teachers have to take. Anything that is forced, whether politics or religion, loses its meaning.

  2. By MW:

    That's funny one, in other words the demagogues and charlatans in the California state legislature are again going through one of their periodic and public relations charades in which they pretend they are interested in protecting the rights of us little people.

    But don't be distracted by it, since it is just a little game and distraction they play between their various scams they engineer to rip us off.

  3. I'm fine with it, as I am fine with the proofreader making sure all the commas are in the right place and spellings correct. Just don't expect a big celebration or for me to tax myself to pay for a Rob Bonta statue. After all, according to Civil Code section 3533, "the law disregards trifles." The Red Scare is a thing of the distant past and, according to section 3530, "That which does not appear to exist is to be regarded as if it did not exist." That said, and although Communist Party affiliation -- whether of the Mao, Stalin, Ceaușescu, Castro, or Pol Pot varieties, or the good kind -- hasn't caused anyone any legal problems in California a long time, there is probably little harm from Mr. Bonta's devotion of time and resources to this effort (other than the wasted time and resources), for, as we know according to Civil Code section 3537, "superfluity does not vitiate". Let's hope Mr. Bonta doesn't make it his hobby to keep going around looking for old things to fix in the code, even if they don't need fixing, that he keeps his hands off of the aforementioned statutes of even earlier -- but not outdated -- vintage (enacted in 1872), and, finally, that he keeps in mind that, "the law neither does not requires idle acts." (Civ Code s 3532).

    1. Proofreading:

      **hasn't caused anyone any legal problems in California in a long time**

      **"the law neither does not requires idle acts." (Civ Code s 3532).**

      Mr. Bonta, I could have used your help!

    2. **"the law neither does **NOR** requires idle acts." (Civ Code s 3532).**

      I wasn't kidding!