These topics highlight the ascension of radical ideology over the good of the state’s citizenry.
1. Bagging Common Sense
A Hepatitis A outbreak, originating in San Diego, is reaching epidemic proportions. The cause can be traced to two Progressive actions: a failure to screen illegal aliens for contagious diseases, and an an extremist environmental measure banning the use of plastic bags.
According to a Breitbart report:
California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Sacramento over the last 11 months.
It is not surprising that diseases, some of which had long been near totally eradicated within the United States, are an inherent danger of unchecked illegal immigration. What has surprised the environmental extremists is the unexpected result of banning plastic bags in San Diego. Homeless individuals had used those bags as an alternative means of bodily waste disposal when bathrooms were unavailable. In their absence, the increased presence of those wastes has had greater exposure, resulting in a spreading hepatitis outbreak.
A minimal amount of research, and an application of common sense, would have at least brought the issue to the table for discussion. But in the passionate views of environmental extremists, any application of actual human considerations is inappropriate.
2. Political Correctness vs. Health
Prioritization of political correctness over public health can also be seen in a new law which reduces penalties for knowingly exposing sex partners to HIV, and from knowingly donating HIV-positive blood to a blood bank.According to the new law, SB 239:
Existing law makes it a felony punishable by imprisonment for 3, 5, or 8 years in the state prison to expose another person to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by engaging in unprotected sexual activity when the infected person knows at the time of the unprotected sex that he or she is infected with HIV, has not disclosed his or her HIV-positive status, and acts with the specific intent to infect the other person with HIV. Existing law makes it a felony punishable by imprisonment for 2, 4, or 6 years for any person to donate blood, tissue, or, under specified circumstances, semen or breast milk, if the person knows that he or she has acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), or that he or she has tested reactive to HIV. Existing law provides that a person who is afflicted with a contagious, infectious, or communicable disease who willfully exposes himself or herself to another person, or any person who willfully exposes another person afflicted with the disease to someone else, is guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would repeal those provisions. The bill would instead make the intentional transmission of an infectious or communicable disease, as defined, a misdemeanor …
There should be no constituency for minimizing the penalties for knowingly spreading any contagious disease, especially when it can be avoided. What are the priorities of those who voted for and approved this measure?
3. Choosing Illegal Immigrants Over Public Safety
California’s SB 54 notes that that:
Existing law provides that when there is reason to believe that a person arrested for a violation of specified controlled substance provisions may not be a citizen of the United States, the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States having charge of deportation matters. This bill would repeal those provisions.
The salient question in analyzing SB 54, which has been condemned by the U.S. Justice Department and some California law enforcement leaders, is why are steps being taken to protect criminals? The bill is not geared towards illegals who are otherwise law abiding—its sole purpose is to protect criminals.