Do Californians just want to have fun? Not if they are members of the state legislature which at the end of last month showed how liberalism, once defender of free speech, doubles the suppression of dissent and the diversity of points of view. view.

On June 24, the California State Assembly turned the so-called “separation wall” between church and state into a speed bump: the chamber, which is 76 percent Democratic, passed a resolution proposing that all religious leaders affirm LGBTQ lifestyles and oppose “conversion therapy”. “Designed to help gays and trans people change, if that is their goal.”

The resolution, ACR 99, has no legal force. It’s part of what Spanish speakers call dictablada, the soft dictatorship that pushes conformity to the reigning worldview, or else. Chinese and Californian authorities prefer dictablanda to dictatorship, hard dictatorship. They don’t need so many jailers if potential dissidents go to jail.

Be-happy liberalism in the 1960s spawned the Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley campus, the Summer of Love in San Francisco, and no-fault divorce in the legislative chambers in Sacramento. Even though free speech quickly became dirty talk and free love became far from free, the original goal was individual liberation. Now that has turned into trigger warnings, safe spaces and attempts to ban micro-attacks.

NBC’s presidential campaign debates on June 26 and 27 revealed numerous micro-attacks and a few macro-attacks. Democratic candidates showed a decade-long move on health care: Barack Obama promised you could keep your doctor, but Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others, including California Senator Kamala Harris, called for eliminating this freedom.

Pundits called Harris the big winner, but her left California intolerance of private medical insurance, border security, and neighborhood schools – she zapped Joe Biden on his 20th century resistance to federal ministry demands Education – will not play well on the road. Former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro also left incognito status by promoting government-paid abortions for trans women and proposed that illegal border crossings only result in civil punishment similar to a speeding ticket.

A photo widely circulated in the last week of June was so sad it sparked reactions that could lead to more tragedy, not less. The photo, of a father and his 2-year-old child drowned during an illegal crossing of the Rio Grande, was worth 100,000 words in Washington, where the Senate and House of Representatives agreed on a 4-year rescue plan. , $ 6 billion. But neither the Beltway Solons nor the Miami candidates had a solid solution.

Harris and others also called on the federal government to pay back $ 1.5 trillion in student loans, the money from a tax hike, but NBC reporters did not ask candidates if this was fair to graduates who had worked hard to pay off their loans. The predominantly Hispanic Miami journalists also didn’t ask a single question about US policy toward Venezuela and its government backed by Cuban agents.

There were also questions about the accumulation of power by the tech titans. Google employee facing corporate discipline, Mike Wacker, said “mobs of outrage and witch hunts” dominate Google culture, with vociferous Christians and conservatives facing discrimination. Historians decades away could see Facebook’s announcement of its intention to launch its cryptocurrency, Libra, as the most important development at the end of June.

Many publications have missed the importance of Libra, but Wired magazine included. Author Molly Wood noted that 350 million people use dollars, but seven times as many use Facebook and can use Libra, which “is probably most useful in countries where local currency is inflated or where banking operations are not. are unreliable. Think of the 170 million Facebook users in Africa, many of whom already do their banking and transactions on cell phones. It’s an easy sale.

Wood concluded it Wired article, “It may seem naive to ask if a company can really be as powerful as a country (the main difference being, you know, guns).” Facebook, Google, Apple, and other California companies may be on the way to becoming not just businesses, but countries. Their user populations and annual revenues are already larger than those of many sovereign states.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump continued to fight the macro-aggression on humans unable to fight back: “Taxpayer-funded abortion until the moment of birth – snatching babies straight from mothers’ wombs.” The president’s pro-life statements are great, but what about the partisan prayer of Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White at her campaign launch rally in Orlando? She said, “Let every demonic network that has lined up against the goal, against President Trump’s call, be broken, be demolished in the name of Jesus!”

The answer to the prayer was also unusual: many in the audience chanted “USA, USA”. A Daily Beast columnist confused by the mix of religion and politics said White was attacking “demonic news networks” and others mocked his “political exorcism”: rightly explained that White was referring to spiritual warfare.

June ended with The New York Times attacking the website, “a nifty little piece of disinformation that … casually pokes fun at the candidate.” But after the Democrats’ debate, the Time– a slick hunk of misinformation – tossed out a “Who won?” “Story under a title suggesting ideological diversity:” Experts on the left and on the right weigh. The article quotes 10 experts from the left, a journalist from Politico and one from the right, sort of: Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who says he is “proud to be gay.”

As we moved closer to Independence Day, we could update Woody Guthrie’s words: “This land is your land, this land is my land. From California to New York Island… propaganda made for you and me.

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