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With a mounting state debt and taxes and regulations strangling the state’s economy and driving businesses out, legislators in Planet California have shown they can take on the most burning issues of the day. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation banning the use of Redskins as name for sports teams or as a mascot for any of the state’s schools.

In a moment of inexplicable clarity, Governor Moonbeam vetoed another hairball from California’s ever with-it legislature that would have banned naming schools or public buildings after Confederate leaders.

“Local governments are laboratories of democracy which, under most circumstances, are quite capable of deciding for themselves which of their buildings and parks should be named, and after whom,” Brown said when vetoing the confederate legislation. Wow. Who knew he had this in him? He made no comment, however, when signing the Redskins bill. Apparently the laboratories aren’t hip enough to proceed in this matter without clear direction from Sacramento. (Some years back, Governor Aahnuld vetoed similar legislation.)

Poll after poll has shown that most American Indians are not offended by Redskins used as a team name or school mascot. But the white liberal indignation industry is greatly offended by it because it makes white liberals feel good about themselves for being offended by it. And this is enough in California, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the political left, to cast Redskins into outer darkness, laboratories of democracy be damned. Four schools in California must change their names, and ditch their old offensive uniforms, before the law takes effect January 1, 2017.

I’m sure this proud moment will figure prominently in Brown’s memoirs, which will be published soon after he leaves office, and will carry the title, “Profiles in Incoherence.”

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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