It’s Giving Week, where people come together to celebrate the spirit of giving. It is truly inspiring and humbling to see our fellow man donate their time and money to support causes that they believe in. We come together as a community and show how much we care about each other, and our compassion is celebrated.
We have been through two intense election cycles in 2018, neither of which produced good results for liberty in San Francisco or California. Facing the ballot results can be discouraging, to say the least. Measures that we have devoted many days of work to oppose passed with ease and candidates that we spent our free nights and weekends supporting came last in their elections. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on defending liberty, conceding that our efforts don’t make any difference after all.
Although... don’t they?
Why do government bureaucrats often throw common sense out the window with inflexible, illogical rules? A perfect example comes from Southern California where the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which is the second largest in the nation, has started enforcing a policy it’s had for years but has largely been ignoring. Now that enforcement began earlier this school year, parents are rightly up in arms.
In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1793, Cannabis convictions: resentencing. The bill amends Prop 64 (2016), the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and requires the state to erase or reduce prior sentences for marijuana possession. Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who sponsored the bill, stated “Long after paying their debt to society, people shouldn’t continue to face the collateral consequences, like being denied a job or housing, because they have an outdated conviction on their record.” AB 1793 lets people who committed victimless crimes move on with their lives.
It's kind of amazing that something so central to many of the issues we see and read and hear about in the news every day, something on which billions of dollars and countless hours of scheming by political "professionals" are expended every year, continues to be so widely misunderstood. Yes, that description can be applied to government itself, but here I'm simply talking about voting.