September 8, 2012
It’s gotten so bad that even the New York Times is wondering if California has gone too far.
…cities, school districts and even libraries have been outlawing chunks of what used to pass here for birthright at a startling clip.
California apparently has a law against anything that might be practical or enjoyable. Anything useful must be banned. There’s even a city in California named Banning. Unless it’s marijuana, of course. Then it’s perfectly okay (as you let the federal government do the dirty work). From foie gras to plastic grocery bags, California governments have lowered the banhammer with an alarming frequency. As Reason puts it:
If a [California] legislator doesn’t like something, expect a proposal to ban it. If a legislator likes a particular idea, expect plans to build a bureaucracy to implement it. The only issues off the table involve fixing those budgetary and governmental problems that the state government is legitimately tasked with handling.
Dave Barry said it over twenty years ago and it still rings true:
The important thing isn’t so much what you want to ban; it’s the fact that you participate in the banning process. That’s what democracy is all about.